After more than 28 years of service with Farmington Vocational Rehabilitation, his family, close friends and colleagues came together to boast, toast and roast Jesse Sitzes at his retirement party held late recently at Mineral Area Colleges North School.
“We have been anticipating his retirement,” said Rebecca Bertram, Sitzes’ little girl. “Now he can do exactly what he desires … like gardening.”
As each speaker deviated in front of a full room of well-wishers there was a common theme about Sitzes work as a counselor and supervisor. Each spoke of his devotion and his dedication to his clients and to his fellow workers.
“Jesse was an excellent manager and a very goodan excellent fitness instructor to other counselors,” stated Louella McNeill, district supervisor for Farmington Vocational Recovery. “He has actually done a great deal for people with specials needs in this location.”
Jeanne Loyal, assistant commissioner for Voc Rehabilitation, mirrored McNeill’s opinion of Sitzes and his success for many years.
“Jesse has a real interest for individuals,” Loyal stated. “A lot of people get burned out in this job, but not Jesse. His enthusiasm for service was the exact same considering that his very first day of work.”
In addition to McNeill and Loyal, Toby Eckert, regional supervisor for Voc Rehabilitation, informed exactly what made Sitzes such a great therapist, mentor and staff member.
“He is somebody who has made an impression on everyone he satisfies,” Eckert stated. “It is that factor to consider for others that made people from St. Louis, Cape Girardeau and Springfield concern see him today.”
Together with all the compliments and boasting about Sitzes achievements, those in attendance did have some fun at the retired people cost.
“He has never been brief on words,” Loyal said. “And there isn’t a microphone Jesse doesn’t like.”
As others spoke about Sitzes they all had a humorous anecdote of working with Sitzes. One teased him about his driving abilities and why no person ever rode with him. Another mentioned essential expressions Sitzes employed throughout his profession, and many remarked how he was never ever short on words.Although he championed the cause for impairments, Sitzes was not above making enjoyableteasing himself. As he spoke he made enjoyable of his conferences taking permanently and that he was susceptible to being wordy.”Retirement parties are a lot like funeral services,”Sitzes said.”There is a whole lot of crying and an entirea great deal of lying.”The most poignant moment of the afternoon was when Sitzes’child, Gregg, addressed the crowd.The younger Sitzes mentioned maturing the child of Jesse Sitzes and the various concepts that occasionally caused papa and son clashes.But as he completed, he said, “My dad might not have actually been the ideal father … but he was perfect for me.”