After over 40 years in banking, Tove Lockie is retiring on October 16th.
Growing up, Tove’s favorite subject was math. Although she graduated from Westmar College with bachelor’s degrees in education and psychology, she soon started a banking career in Illinois after college graduation and her marriage to Kevin Lockie.
Before long, they moved back to Riceville to begin farming with Kevin’s family. They held accounts with First National Bank in Riceville and Tove became acquainted with the bank’s President, Rex Willis. He asked Tove if she’d be interested in a job, and she started working with the bank in May of 1980. Although the bank has had several name changes—First National Bank to First State Bank and, then, First Security Bank—it was all under the same ownership and Tove remained loyal to her work for over 40 years. During that time her responsibilities have been in numerous departments including bookkeeping, certificates of deposit, individual retirement accounts, real estate loans, compliance, and working as a Teller. In recent years, Tove served as First Security’s Bank Secrecy Act Officer and Assistant Vice President.
During her long career, Tove experienced many changes to banking. When she started, all transactions were made with paper. Document processing was done manually and each check had to physically move from location to location before finally reaching the bank it was drawn from. Not long after she began her career, loan information was entered into the bank’s computer system, meaning she and her coworkers no longer had to manually calculate interest. Eventually, more complex accounts were offered and electronic options were added. With the onset of electronic banking, checks no longer had to travel to the bank to be posted. More transactions began to be processed in real time. Most recently, Tove experienced another surprising change with the adjustments to banking procedures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Taking my temperature and wearing a mask at work each day was definitely unexpected!” said Tove.
An element of her working life that hasn’t changed, however, are the many customers and coworkers that Tove enjoyed working with.
“My coworkers over the years have all been unique individuals,” she continued. “They’ve been very supportive, encouraging and great mentors.”
She also has fond memories of the “Adopt-A-Class” program that the bank sponsored at one time. Through this sponsorship, Tove was able to help with various presentations and teaching a 6th grade class outside of a regular school setting. She also enjoyed participating in the annual Wapsi Day parades, the community Halloween parties, and, for several years, serving the bank’s customer appreciation meal in the fall.
“Working at the bank, there has never been a dull moment and never two days alike,” continued Tove. “I have enjoyed serving the community of Riceville as well as the customers and fellow employees in North Central Iowa!”
Outside of work, Tove has been a very active volunteer. Over the years, she’s served as treasurer for the following organizations: The First Freedom Inc., Riceville Music Parents, Lutheran Brotherhood, and Thrivent. She’s also been involved with many fundraising benefits and community organizations and has held several offices. Additionally, she plays the organ at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Riceville.
After retirement, Tove will still be involved with the community. However, she’s looking forward to the free time she’ll have for outdoor activities, her husband, and their extended family. She is planning more visits to their three children and their families in Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Iowa as well as to her sister who lives in Maryland.
“I have appreciated my time with First Security and look forward to being a ‘customer’ in the lobby in the near future!” said Tove.
Tove will be celebrating with a “drive-through” open house in the alley north of First Security Bank. Stop by for a treat and to wish her well between 1 PM and 3 PM on Friday, October 16th!
First Security Bank & Trust has locations across North Central Iowa and headquarters in Charles City. Member FDIC.
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