Nurse, fundraiser nears retirement after 55 years of service

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Poring over historical pictures at the Good Samaritan Society – Algona in Iowa is a person who’s been pivotal.

“It opened in March of 1966 and I began employment in the summer of that year,” Mary Hannover, LPN, says.

Do the math and Mary’s service at the Society, still ongoing, adds up to an unheard of 55 years.

“Half of my life. Half of my life has been living and working in a nursing home and supporting of,” Mary says.

Administrator Joe Bartolo says 55 years in one place is “crazy” to think about.

“Good Sam is in her heart,” Joe says. “She knows the ins and outs of everything from day one in Algona.”

Retired administrator John E. Kern adds, “When people in Algona think of Good Samaritan, they immediately think of Mary.”