After working at the same job for 50 years, you might think you’d want to retire — but that’s not the story for Flo Angleberger. June 5 marks Flo Angleberger’s 50th anniversary of working for Frederick Memorial Hospital’s Financial Office.
Angleberger has seen big changes at FMH and has watched employees come and go.
“The front entrance with big white pillars on Park Avenue was where I entered. We parked our cars around the park. On the left when you entered was the switchboard operator, business office with our 5 employees including payroll, controller and cashier, and NCR machine where we posted charges and payments. At the time there were no computers,” said Angleberger.
Flo typed all of her transcripts on a typewriter. Computers came into the picture after the business office moved to the second floor with data processing and the credit department.
“Our first one was IBM and all of us in the business office had to share one computer. We had no knowledge of using a computer but FMH had us trained,” said Angleberger.
Angleberger started at $0.75 an hour when she began at FMH in 1961. She was there when her office moved offsite to Weis Festival Plaza. She watched as Elm Street Jr High School was demolished, which she attended for 3 years, to make room for the parking deck. Flo was even a member of the FMH bowling league in the 70’s.
Angleberger has four children, three of whom have worked at the hospital. Her oldest daughter worked in the big coffee shop that was on the first floor down from the business office in 1975. Angleberger’s oldest son worked in the physical department and her youngest son worked in maintenance.
Not only did her family work at FMH but she also created a family within her department. Her co-workers love her and remark how she always brings treats in for people.
“She never misses anyone’s birthday and gives gifts at every holiday,” says Daisy, a co-worker and friend of Flo’s.
When asked where Flo got all the energy, she said her 8 grandchildren keep her busy. She has 4 granddaughters and 4 grandsons. “They keep me active,” said Angleberger.
“The doctors say work as long as you can–it’s great for your health–so I’m going to keep working as long as I have my health,” says Angleberger. Flo enjoys working in her garden and enjoys spending time with her kittens. She also has a thing for frogs. “I have probably about 600 frog items and for different seasons,” says Flo as she holds a frog necklace. It was a gift from some of her friends in the office.
As far as work goes, Flo is still doing the same thing at the business office. “50 years has gone by fast with FMH. They are more like my second family than co-workers,” said Angleberger.
Thank you, Flo, and congratulations on 50 years with FMH!