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First Security Honors Sheril Brodbeck

First Security Honors Sheril Brodbeck

After a banking career spanning 56 years, Sheril Brodbeck plans to retire.

Sheril has been a member of Franklin and Butler counties her entire life. She was born in the Hampton hospital, lived on farms in the Aredale, Bristow, and Dumont areas while growing up, and she currently lives within the town of Dumont.

She graduated from Dumont High School in 1963 and soon after began her career in finance. She worked for Lutheran Mutual Insurance Company in Waverly before being recruited by the President of State Bank of Dumont. As Sheril always had an aptitude for working with numbers, she decided to take the position at her local bank. Later, State Bank of Dumont was sold to Liberty Bank. She worked for Liberty Bank until 1996, when she became employed at Hampton State Bank which eventually became First Security Bank.

Sheril has seen many changes throughout her banking career. She’s worked in a variety of roles including: Teller, Bookkeeper, Loan Processor, Compliance Committee member, and, finally, Loan Administrative Specialist. She also experienced the evolution of banking and the changes in banking technology over so many years. During all that time, she’s also worked very closely with some of the same people.

“I have enjoyed working with Sheril over the past 20 plus years,” commented Ron Raney, Market President and Ag/Commercial Lender. “With her 50 plus years in banking, she has seen it all and has been a great resource. She is always willing to help and is a great team player.”

Kathy Nolte, who has worked alongside Sheril for 13 years in the loan area said, “Sheril has been the greatest teacher and co-worker. She has been a shining example of service to our customers and her co-workers. She will be greatly missed.” 

“Sheril is one of those individuals that you look up to. I have enjoyed having her as part of our team and if I ever had a question I knew she would have the answer,” said Donnis Borcherding, who has worked with Sheril for 23 years and is currently the VP/Manager of the Operations area in the bank. “It is an honor to call her my friend and part of the family. She will be missed, and I hope she enjoys every minute of her retirement as she has worked very hard to reach this milestone.”

Michelle Schaefer, AVP, works on the Retail side at the Hampton office and has also worked with Sheril for 23 years. “She has always been someone to look up to. Her personal and work ethics have been an inspiration to me. I will truly miss the daily wit and humor that she brings to conversations,” said Michelle. “She is a great co-worker, friend, as well as a caring and sincere person who has always been a constant here at the bank. When you work with someone as long as I’ve worked with Sheril, you become family.”

Some of Sheril’s favorite memories include working with bank customers and their families and being able to support local school activities. She has enjoyed attending many sporting and musical programs through the local community schools.

Sheril has also been a very active volunteer. She is the Secretary and Treasurer for the Dumont Development Association (this group owns the medical building in Dumont so that the community has access to local medical services). She is also the organist and pianist for the Dumont Reformed Church.

Sheril is an avid traveler, and she plans to take advantage of more bus trips during retirement. Her most recent trip was a visit to the Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. There, she enjoyed several Christmas musical shows. During the spring and summer months, Sheril is looking forward to spending more time in her garden and flower beds with more daylight to do so.

Sheril’s last day with First Security will be December 20th. The bank is planning a private celebration in her honor.

First Security Bank & Trust has locations across North Central Iowa and headquarters in Charles City. Member FDIC.

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