Jill Newman had five of her six grandchildren visit with her recently. They are, from left to right seated, Eva on Grandma's lap, Sofia and Jonathan, and on the back,row standing, Jordan and Joseph. (Linda Moody photo)

Life’s Reflections: Newman looking forward to new chapter in life

GREENVILLE—Jill Newman officially retired from Fifth Third (5/3 Bank) in Greenville on July 3, 47 years, nine months and one week from the day she started. But, who’s counting?

The first 25 of those years were with Citizens State Bank, which later became 5/3.

She was recently surprised at a retirement party at the Greenville VFW by her family.

On the pretense of going to a night of bingo, her sisters, Debbie Hammontree and Jill’s identical twin sister Jann Peace made sure she got to the venue. And, the ruse worked.

“I was totally shocked and surprised,” said Jill, who was born 12 minutes before Jann.

Like so many businesses today, the financial institution’s name changed to 5/3 and it moved to its new location on East Main Street in Greenville as years went by.

She began working at Citizens State Bank when it was on the south end of Broadway, and her twin sister worked at the former AAA Office on the north end of Broadway.

I am pretty sure, over the years, customers who patronized both businesses on the same day were shocked to see that “same” face at each site.

At the bank, Jill started out as a teller, then worked with loans, then with those opening new accounts and was named a lead teller approximately 20 years ago.

She had the most seniority of all employees at the financial institution when she left.

Why did she retire?

I just decided when I turned 65 on June 28 I wanted to stay home,” she responded. “I will truly miss everyone I worked with. They are family that you spend more time with them than at home and I will miss all the customers. You get to know about their lives and I did enjoy waiting on them.”

Yes, family means a lot to her, and they are a close-knit bunch.

She was the daughter of the late Herman Hammontree and Mary Baumgardner – Hammontree – Klosterman – Whittington.

She has two brothers, Mike Hammontree and Bob Klosterman and sisters, Debbie, Jann and Cheryl Ann Keaser.

“Our family is close and we try to get together for holidays,” she said.

Jill is the mother of Eric Newman of Winchester, Ind., and Brittni Newman of the North Star area. She enjoys her six grandchildren, Enrrique, 15, Jordan 12, Joseph, 11, Jonathan, 10, Sofia, 7, and Eva 3.

Jill now plans to continue going to concerts, especially if they involve the Oak Ridge Boys.

“We’ve camped at the Darke County Fair for 35 years and will still do that,” she said.

She appreciates everyone who stopped in to see her on her last day at work.

“It was a bittersweet day after 47 years,” said the 1975 Greenville High School graduate, “It’s going to be different not to go to work. So now, I’m on to the next chapter of life. And, I want to thank my family for always being there.”

Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families and friends of Betty Grimes, Gary Voke, Frank Dawson, Greg Eubank and Bob Kozak.
Please pray for these people: Randy Heck, Bob Drees, Larry P. Fitzwater, Neal Gray, Michael Mowery, Debbie Mayse, Kenny Edwards, Judie Hathaway, Ralph Byrd, Della Burch, Ned and Brenda Wallace, Connie Buemi Hodson, Jim Kammer, Jim Marker, Randy Garrison, Steve Waymire, Warren Menchhofer, Kenton Turner, Gary Knick, Karen Hecht, Barbara Alexander, Randy Garrison, Jannie Barrow, Kathy Gragorace, Danny Foster, Dave Niley, Noella Combs, Clay Sheffer, Becky Everhart, Sharon Miller, Marie Rieman, Mary Bryant Arnett, Becky Oliver, Ronnie Young, Albert Duncan, Jayden Martin, Jeff Rider, Ralph Byrd, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, James Enicks, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Brenda Wallace, Linda Subler, Michelle Young, Roger McEowen, Jerri Barber, Sally Burnett Ganger, Rick Alexander, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Cory Meadows, Denver Harter, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses.
Happy birthday:
Aug. 9 to Kathy Wagner, Jason Billenstein, Lisa Miller, Adia Brooks, Kim Ward, Steve Garland, Barb Westgerdes, Carrie Stachler-Robbins and Robin Grice.
Aug. 10 to Tom Lawson, Herman Lutz, Doug Leis, Krista Widener, Keith “Slick” Schlechty, Tammy Morrison, Gwen Tinkle, Janet Webb and Ryan Cox.
Aug. 11 to Gary Middleton, Stanley Duncan, Darren Coby, John Farmer, Linda Hartzell Moore, Michele Arthur, Lois Fowble, Dane Barga and Emily Peters Smith.
Aug. 12 to Barbara Arnett, Paul Hartzell, Mike Clack and Debbie Nestor Baker.
Aug. 13 to Brad Albritton, Roxanne Rehmert, Mattie Hiestand, Brittany Ulman, twins Ross and Grace Dapore, Troy May, T.J. Phlipot, Lane Clark, Sondra Shiverdecker White and Rich Hadden.
Aug. 14 to Brad Lentz, Dennis Pratt, Bonnie Wagner, Amber Neal, Therese Pohlman, Theresa Siefring, Roxie Thornhill and Lindsey Newbauer.
Aug. 15 to Lisa Mayo, Zachary Riffell, Dylan Moody, Brianna Morris, Judy Howard Jones, Curtis Young, Janet Nealeigh and Tammany Wilson.
Happy anniversary to: Hugh and Melinda Linebaugh on Aug. 10; Randy and Mindy Ward on Aug. 11; Shila and Tom Magoto and Doug and Carol Riffle, all on aAug. 23; Judy and Wayne  Burns on Aug. 14; and Shawn and Michelle Phillippi on Aug. 15.

Think about it: “The trouble with patience is that the more a fellow has, the more folks want to use it..” — Author Unknown

Jill Newman greeted guests with lots of smiles at her retirement party at the Greenville VFW. (Linda Moody photo)
Darke County Now Staff - Linda Moody - Staff Writer

Linda Moody / Staff Writer

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ lmoody@darkecountynow.com or 937-337-1955.

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