Rosie Lopez retires from Swiss Post
In 37 years of US Post service, Rosie Lopez has left a strong impression on her colleagues and clients.
Thursday October 28 marked his last day as a clerk at the Jourdanton post office. She celebrated the special occasion with a ceremony at the post office in the presence of her 33-year-old husband, Israel Lopez. Current and past colleagues have shared stories and memories of Lopez over the years. They joked that she would still wear lipstick, but lose it. So she started carrying Chapstick instead. During the day, customers stopped in for a hug and to let Lopez know she was going to be missed.
“She’s so helpful and everyone loves her,” said Norma Olsen, Jourdanton postmaster. “When all of her customers come in, they ask, ‘Where’s Rosie? They call and ask, “Is Rosie there?” She’s been here for a long time, so it’s her home.
Olsen described Lopez as very dedicated and punctual. She was considerate of clients and colleagues and did everything with a smile, Olsen explained.
Fellow clerks Devyn Lucas and April Bailey also shared the pleasure they had in knowing Lopez and working alongside him. Lucas has worked with Lopez for four and a half years, but has known her longer than that. She’s going to miss not being able to go to Lopez’s when she has a question.
“It’s weird that she’s not here,” Lucas said. “It’s almost like having a mother figure.”
Lopez began his career in 1986 at the San Antonio General Mail Facility (GMF) post office on Perrin Beitel Road.
“I was transferred here in May 1992 as an urban transporter,” Lopez said.
In September 1998, she was transferred to a clerk post. Over the years she has worked in the surrounding areas, such as Pleasanton, Poteet, Charpart Particularly Monkfish and Devine.
“We come in when it’s still dark and sometimes we don’t leave until it’s dark,” Bailey explained.
Lopez’s last official day would have been Friday, October 29, but she took it off for her birthday. Her family honored her with a surprise party the previous Saturday.
Throughout her field experience, she worked with many postmasters and saw changes from licking stamps to sticking them on envelopes. The volume of mail for parcels has also increased dramatically.
It is the interaction with people and colleagues that he will miss the most. However, she won’t miss the many car trips from her home in Charlotte, Saturday through Friday. She enjoyed her last two years of work, even with the pandemic and the snowfall of last February.
She looks forward to more free time than she can spend with her grandchildren, reading, cooking and fishing with her husband.
“I also want to thank my family,” Lopez said. “If it hadn’t been for their support, I wouldn’t have been so successful coming to work all the time.
Lopez and her husband were lucky enough to have two children, Noe and Angelica Lopez; and three grandchildren: Jacob, Noelani and Keira Lopez. Her husband recently retired from Atascosa County Jail. She also thanked her parents, Louis and Eva Badillo from Charlotte.