Teller readies for retirement

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Karon Moyer, who is retiring from PNC Bank, stands in front of her teller station Friday morning.

A banking career of nearly four and a half decades is coming to an end for PNC Bank’s lead teller.

Karon Moyer of Tiffin is retiring from PNC Bank Feb. 28 after 44 1/2 years. She started working for the bank in July 1973.

“My husband’s counting the days down (until I retire). I’m not; he is. … I feel still that I have a job to do,” she said.

Moyer said it is going to be a hard exit.

“I will cry. … I always like to help people,” she said.

The bank was First National Bank of Tiffin before it became National City of Norwalk, National City Corp. of Cleveland and finally PNC Bank.

Moyer worked in the building that now houses the county recorder, treasurer and auditor downtown, in the bank’s east-side branch that since has been torn down and in Norwalk. She also underwent training in North Carolina.

Moyer, a 1971 Columbian High School graduate, has worked in the bank’s Market Street location since 2000.

Shirley Smith, PNC’s manager since 1987, said she has been lucky not to have had high turnover.

The bank has gone from doing everything on paper to now being all electronic.

“Everything was on journal paper … when I first started,” Moyer said.

She has seen more cases of fraud over the course of her career, and the bank no longer does statements and filing like it previously did.

Moyer said sometimes, one just knows when it’s time to go.

She said she has enjoyed the people upon whom she waits.

“That’s the hardest part of leaving,” she said.

Moyer’s plans for retirement include downsizing belongings in her house.

She said she and Dwight, her husband of 16 years, want to travel and spend more time with their grandchildren. Dwight retired from National Machinery in April.

“He’s had a little time to acclimate himself to that,” she said.

The Moyers also make maple syrup and started collecting sap a few days ago. They have 24 taps and bottle the syrup for themselves and for family, Moyer said.

“That’s our little hobby for the wintertime. … It’s not a big operation,” she said.