96-Year-Old Employee Celebrates 61 Years at Mayo Clinic

August 18, 2017 11:09 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The average person is likely to have few jobs in one lifetime, and retire one day, but that's not the plan for everyone.

“I was assigned to come out here to Saint Marys after I finished my novation, and I've been here ever since," said Mayo Clinic employee Sister Lauren Weinandt. 

Located down the hall from administration, you'll find Sister Lauren, Mayo Clinic’s longest serving employee.

"I count 61 years,” Weinandt said. “I can't count that far.”

Weinandt works in the Archives and Development Department in administration. 

"Oh I love my work!” Weinandt said. “I love to come to work every day. I enjoy getting up and meeting my coworkers and new friends. Every morning I say good morning to everybody."

After celebrating her 96th birthday two weeks ago, and her 61st work anniversary this week, it became clear that Weinandt is cherished as a person and as an employee.

"My niece brought in 96 roses," she said. "I think I had 88 cards and messages over email."

Even Mayo Clinic president, Dr. John Noseworthy sent her a personal note wishing her a happy birthday and thanking her for her many years of service.

"You're our longest serving employee and you exemplify our values in all that you do," Noseworthy wrote in the letter.  

However, every day Weinandt provides patients and coworkers with more than just information.

"A lot of people stop in and ask questions," she said.  

"She'll listen to them, she consoles them, she provides comfort when it's appropriate and an encouraging word of prayer," Father John Evans said. "And in the moments when they feel so far away from home and so scared about a loved one being so sick, she provides a sense of serenity and peace."

Knowing that they can find comfort in trusted employee who’s not leaving anytime soon. Weinandt said she has no plans to retire in the near future.

Sister Lauren still uses a typewriter; she says she can work much faster and more efficiently on it than with a computer keyboard.


To watch an extended interview with Sister Lauren, click here.


Elise Romas

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