FC: Michigan State University Extension Oakland County
1: Congratulations on your retirement!
2: Wayne | Carole
3: Nancy | Lois, You've certainly done an outstanding job the entire time you've been at MSU Extension. It was a pleasure working with someone as dedicated to their profession as you were. I wish you the very best of everything in retirement - stay well and keep in touch! Sincerely Mike Zehnder
4: Lois, When I think about working with Lois, the one memory that really stands out is the special events and classes for the holidays and Secretaries’ Day that she and Sylvia conducted for the staff. They were always so creative and fun. You could tell how much thought and preparation went into the events. It always made me feel appreciated and helped to promote that sense that we were all “one big, happy family” at MSUE. Sue | Lois, You have given me so many fun memories of working at the County Extension office. All the good times we had doing those "yummy" food preparation classes, the great Secretary's Day celebrations, and on and on. I always respected you as my supervisor but I also always considered you my friend. Enjoy your retirement. You've worked very hard for it and deserve to just sit back now and "smell the roses". My sincere best wishes and love, Sandy Cowell
5: sSue | Lois, Where has the time went? When I transferred to the extension office 22 years ago I was very nervous about the change, but you really helped me through the transition. I remember you telling me on my first day that we would get along fine as long as I didn't lay anything on your desk and never use “blue ink”. Now “blue ink” is a must (haha). I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you, but am very sad to see you go. Thank you for all the wonderful memories, there are too many to list. Enjoy your retirement. Cindy | Dear Lois, I’ll never forget how you spoiled the support staff with your wonderful Secretary’s Day meals and teaching us to bake bread. Thank you for the wonderful memories. I’ll miss being able to pop in your office to talk about anything! Judy Freed
6: Lois, It has been a pleasure working with you the past 12 years. I've always enjoyed seeing you, and have admired your strengths. Now you are encountering a new path in the marathon of life and I wish you only the best. Fondly, Mary Ann Chupa
7: Home economists came and went. Lois came and stayed. The first time I saw Lois in the office she was gathering material for a program, "How to Fillet Under-utilized Fish." To Lois that's just cutting up a carp, but Lois could do it in style. A new person took over this group called EFNEP. Changes were soon to be made. Do you know she actually told us we would be teaching in front of groups. And the stone was cast. Easy to talk with. If her door was open, you knew you were welcome to step in and talk or share. To this day if I stop in, I look to see, door open? Only saw Lois once in a meltdown. Might have been a bit rattled at audits. I recall a instance with a summer intern playing games on our office computer at lunch time. Smacking the side of computer and wiped out all EFNEP family files. When I retired, you asked what will you do. Actually I was scared I would end up taking food recalls at a nursing home. Words of wisdom, you don't have to do anything you don't want too. Enjoy retirement. Janice Nancarrow
9: The radio show on WEXL was a special event that Lois attended frequently as a guest director. Recipes and different food and food safety issues vitamin knowledge were her specialty. Lois was always willing to participate in a variety of unique experiences to raise the moral of all staff members. Usually a food related workshop for the winter holidays included providing some type of yummy recipe for the staff to enjoy. We made flower pots filled with homemade bread, carrot cake, asparagus roll ups, chocolate fondue, chocolate cordials, chocolate popcorn, hearty soup mix, calzone, Oreo cream dessert, cookies in a jar, enough?! There were Secretary's Day parties. We have photos to prove the silly events that Lois participated in—Hawaiian Luau, a cook and baker serving cinnamon rolls to the secretaries to name just a couple. There were always parties for those who retired, or those who left or those who were new to the staff! There were many in-service all day meetings and workshops at MSU in East Lansing that Lois and I attended. We spent the traveling time creating different ideas for unique teaching experiences as well as fun! The Food and Nutrition Hotline always provided interesting questions. The lady who wanted to use the turkey that was left in garage to thaw and the wings were eaten off. The person who wanted to use the soup that she left out all night on the counter!! There were lots of fun times at the MSU extension and lots of wonderful memories of learning from a wonderful teacher, and gaining new experiences, great support and friendship. Good Luck and Good Health Lois in your retirement. Fondly, Sylvia Treitman | Some Memories for Lois Most memorable of experiences at MSU Extension were related to "food" in one respect or another. Lois, I am sure you will never forget the fun times that were had at the Michigan State Fair each summer for many years judging and tasting contest items. The homemade preservation items had to be carefully examined and thankfully Lois was not asked to taste these items! There were, however, some jars that were much discolored, and some that were bubbling and ready to burst - never a dull moment in that job! Contests, however, these were another story. Pies, cakes, breads, jams, main dishes, simple foods, fancy foods, drink, you name it Lois and I judged almost everything that we were asked to do. But these items had to be tasted. And, taste we did! There were some strange looking ingredients in some products. One item in particular that I recall was a hardened piece of spaghetti in a pie! Lois survived the many contests.
10: Lois, It’s been pretty fun and interesting working with you these past 8.5 years. You are full of wisdom and will surely be missed. I don’t know what I’m going to do now that you will not be right across the hall. I think I have your cellular phone number. Maybe, they could keep you on as an on-call/contractual employee that I can use personally. I will miss you and your candy jar. Enjoy your retirement. Truly, Saneya | 10 Things Lois has Taught Me: 1. What in the world blanching means 2. Be accountable & truthful 3. How to choose a good wine, ‘ya know, like Jacques Bonet (not Jack’s Bonnet) 4. Be accurate, helpful & polite to the public 5. How to create an inexpensive & nutritious meal that my family will actually eat 6. To be an independent & confident woman 7. Friendship & laughter can heal (that bottle of wine helps, too) 8. Grace, poise & always keep your lipstick handy 9. Navy blue tights do not go with anything 10. Everything you need to know you can find in the Ball Blue Book I’ll truly miss you my friend. God bless. Jody
11: Lois, I have spent 1/2 my life working for you and it has been a wonderful experience. I have learned so much from you. Thank you for everything. I will miss you. So happy for you to be a full-time "Lady of Leisure" You deserve it! Jeannie
12: Lois, You will be hard to replace....who is going to tell me to throw out the bad stuff in the refrigerator? Linda | Lois, Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of Extension. With limited resources the job is challenging and can be frustrating but your support, understanding and flexibility has made it possible for me to do my job. Without that I’m not so sure I would be here today to say “I’ve been here twenty-two years”. Thank you again for making this part of my journey easier. You have been a blessing to me! Love, Lolly
13: Lois, You’re the first person I met in MSU Extension. As the acting Oakland County 4-H Agent in 1993, you’re the one who interviewed and ultimately hired me. So I really have you to thank for helping to keep my aging neurons firing all these years! You’ve certainly contributed to my personal development, and I know there are many others who can say the same. You’ll most definitely be missed around here, but somehow I have the feeling that you won’t really be retiring. You’ll probably be as busy as ever, and you’ll be doing what you want to do. Much joy and happiness as you begin this new chapter, Lois. Here’s to a life of sunshine, beaches and possibilities! Julie Scislowicz
14: Lois, If I could stop you from leaving I would, but that would be selfish. My wish is that you enjoy your time off with your family. I will miss you. Maria | Lois, Congratulations, you have worked hard and finally made it! The 10 years I’ve spent with you at extension has always felt like a second home to me and you are one of reasons why. I will truly miss your arrival in the mornings with your jolly “good morning” and a smile. UH OH, no more candy jar!!! Best wishes Lois for a relaxing and happy retirement. I found a retirement wish I would like to pass on to you. “May there be a whole new kind of life ahead of you, full of wonderful experiences just waiting to happen. Some call it “retirement” – but you, of course, will experience it as bliss.” I will miss you, Cathy Morris
15: Lois “I may not have been at MSU Extension for a long period of time, but it was long enough to know that without you, Lois, MSU Extension will be missing a piece of its heart.” Donna Genre
16: When I was a summer intern at Extension during the summer of 1980, I had to write an end of the summer report. A couple of years ago, Lois was cleaning out some files, came across the report and returned it to me. In this paper I state that I spent the first few weeks of the internship listening to Lois answer the hotline to pick up techniques in dealing with people along with reinforcing my confidence of my knowledge of food safety. I concluded the paper with the following quote, "I enjoyed my work and am especially thankful for the help and guidance of Lois Thieleke. Her knowledge of food preservation and ability to deal with people was an invaluable resource to me." Enjoy your retirement, Lois. I wish you lots of health and happiness. Robin | "Often while traveling with a camera we arrive just as the sun slips over the horizon of a moment, too late to expose film, only time enough to expose our hearts." Minor White "May your heart be exposed to all those moments while on your new life travels." Margi
17: Retirement means no pressure, no stress, no heartache... unless you play golf. - Gene Perret Lois, I wasn't here long but I enjoyed the time we did spend together. I’m going to miss when you came up to the front to start and find your car in the winter with your remote starter. I’m going to also miss you walking around the office with your big bright smile lighting up the office. I hope you have a great and exciting retirement ever! Enjoy and live it up for me also! Kiara J. Stewart-McCray Co-op Student | "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:" Ecclesiastes 3:1 May God richly bless this season of your life. Julie | Lois Enjoy your retirement It was nice working with you & thanks for all the Candy!!! Khalema
18: "Golden Girls" Lois Thieleke, Jeanne Clark, Mona Ellard and Brenda Reau all became friends in 1982 as new Extension employees. The Golden Girls TV show with four women was popular at the time and so that name has stuck with the group.
28: Irish Retirement Blessing May you always have work for your hands to do. May your pockets hold always a coin or two. May the sun shine bright on your windowpane. May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the hand of a friend always be near you. And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.