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100 Year-Old Customers

UBT invited some very special Centenarians to celebrate with us. There are 35 bank customers (primarily in Nebraska) who will either be turning 100 this year or have already reached that milestone. Those that were up to it were visited by a Union Bank representative for a bit of a party. We took baked goods or flowers, and stayed for conversation. This experience just reinforced our belief that our customers truly do improve with age! One special lady still volunteers, one serves as her town historian, and another gentleman loves to golf! Several of these folks still handle their own finances, some were tickled to see bank friends and quite a few were happy to reminisce about UBT in its early years. It was an incredible experience for all involved, and we are so appreciative that our clients wanted to share this time with us. 

Wilma Cerny

Turned 100 this year
Lincoln, Nebraska

Laura Daehling

Turned 100 this year
Lincoln, Nebraska

Margaret Liberator

Turned 100 this year
Lincoln, Nebraska

E. Maxine Nichols

Turned 100 this year
Lincoln, Nebraska

Stanley Dokulil

Turned 100 this year
Lincoln, Nebraska

Lois Mcvey

Turning 100 this year
Lincoln, Nebraska

Evan Soneson and Deb Lien had the pleasure of visiting Lois to honor her on her 100th birthday. They presented her with a card and a lovely floral arrangement. Lois was delighted that they came to visit and she appreciated the beautiful arrangement. She stated over and over that she enjoyed banking at Union Bank. Deb has known Lois for 11 years and had the privilege of being her banker at N27th.

During their visit, they learned so much about Lois and her life. She was born and grew up in Albion, NE. She worked for the County Treasurer and later moved to Lincoln. She worked for a local bank for over 20 years as a teller. She talked about her husband, who was a jazz pianist. He played regularly at Pla More Ballroom. Lois said she wasn’t sure if it still existed and we assured her that it is still a popular place today. Lois said that she would sit and listen to the band and some of the fellas would occasionally ask her to dance since her husband was playing. Often she would just listen.

She spoke of her only daughter who lives near Branson. The Walters Building staff is planning a birthday party for Lois in April. Lois is hoping that her daughter will make the trip up to help her celebrate but she has some health issues that make travel difficult. Lois has been blessed with a sound mind and physical health for someone her age. She is such a joy to know. She is so generous in spirit that she had us place her arrangement in the lobby of the Walters Building so that all the residents could enjoy it. Happy Birthday, Lois!

Marjorie Musselman

Turning 104 this year
Lincoln, Nebraska

Three Union Bank representatives (Nicole Sweigard, Brian Rowland, and Paul Soukup) were lucky enough to meet with Majorie Musselman. Marjorie just turned 104 this last January! She grew up in a very small homestead out in Western Nebraska. Every single day, no matter how hot or cold it was, she rode her horse to and from school. She said she absolutely loved that horse. The only hard thing was once he got close to her farm, he would start galloping and would almost knock her off each day!

Marjorie was honestly great. She looked fantastic for 104. None of us thought she looked a day over 80. When asked the secret to living so long. She replied that she has two:

  1. Eat raw pecans every single day. She has been doing that for the last 75 years and loves it!
  2. Eat any kind of red berries. Her farm had a small strawberry patch, and since she was very young she would eat strawberries and raspberries almost every day. She thinks this works because her brother grew up on the same strawberry patch and he is 97 years old himself!

Overall, this was a great experience. This group absolutely enjoyed the time spent with Marjorie, and they hope that Marjorie enjoyed it, as well.

Lillian Zimola

Turning 100 this year
Lincoln, Nebraska

Todd Hornung and Jamie Nordstrom from our Wahoo branch had a lovely visit with Lillian Zimola. Lillian, a poet, shared a beautiful book of her works with Todd and Jamie, who took turns reading. Lillian, still going strong, feels that longevity runs in her family. Her sister, Emily, passed away three days before turning 110 years old. Emily, at 109, was the oldest living resident in Nebraska.

Jane Clampitt

Turning 100 this year
Lincoln, Nebraska

Jane grew up in Albany, NE, on a farm that belonged to her family for 130 years. She shared that horse and buggy and train were popular modes of transportation when she was teaching in Grand Island (Jane taught for 25 years), but, in later years, she longed to see more of the world and has visited Wales, where her family is from, six times. Jane lost her husband shortly after World War II, and speaks of him and their children fondly. Jane, a 30 year customer, appreciates Union Bank’s service – she and her daughter, Jean, also enjoyed the cherry pie our bank representatives brought!

Fern Heim

Turning 101 this year
Lincoln, Nebraska

In March, Lindsey Kirkendall, Jen Walton, and Miranda Soulliere had the pleasure of meeting Fern Heim. Fern is a UBT customer who is 101 years young and eats whatever she wants! Fern resides with her long-time friend and roommate Mary Louise. Their strong friendship began in 1971 when Fern’s beloved husband passed away and has evolved into something extraordinary, with Mary Louise serving as Fern’s care giver.

Mildred Schoonover

Turning 100 this year
Lincoln, Nebraska

Jordan Bergman, Lexi Rouse and Nicole Sweigard had the pleasure of meeting Mildred Schoonover and her daughter Gayle. Mildred will turn 100 in July and, as she is the only Centenarian where she resides. Staff and residents are excitedly planning a summer birthday bash! Mildred lived in Wichita for years before moving to Lincoln. Many of her former Wellington Greens neighbors still visit her today. Mildred’s family spans from coast to coast but visit her twice a year. Mildred loved the stories of UBT’s 100-year celebration and was pleased that she could be a part of the festivities.

Margaret Eicher

Turning 100 in 2017
Lincoln, NE

Three Union Bank representatives visited Margaret Romaine Eicher and her daughter Connie. They shared that talking to Margaret will leave you wanting to know more – her stories are just as memorable as she is. Margaret and her siblings grew up going by their middle names, so ‘Romaine’ is the name she responds to. Romaine’s journey started in Bloomington, Illinois, where she grew up, met her husband and they were happily married for over 60 years. Five children kept them busy, but Romaine found the time to do things she enjoyed. She was an avid painter for over 40 years, and her interests carried over into baking, sewing, upholstery, and golf. In fact, she was such an accomplished seamstress that she was wearing an outfit she had made. Romaine was proud to tell of making a hole-in-one at the age of 82; what a champ!

Phyllis Whitefoot Maline

Turning 100 in 2017
Howard County, Nebraska

Phyllis Whitefoot Maline is a lifelong Nebraska girl, growing up on Hard Scrabble Ranch near Lodgepole, Nebraska with her two sisters.  She graduated from Hastings Business College where she met her husband, Glendon. They built a family business together in Cozad and raised their two daughters.  Later she worked at Cozad State Bank for fourteen years.  After 77 years as a Cozad Haymaker, she moved to Lincoln in 2015. 

She is blessed with 6 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.  Her interests and activities include crocheting hundreds of hats for cancer patients, china painting and playing bridge.  

When asked about her longevity, she attributes it to a positive attitude and....good luck!


Mary Preece

Turning 100 in 2017
Lincoln, Nebraska

On March 16, 2017, two Union Bank employees (Ashley Hendrickson and Kelly Robare)  had the consummate pleasure of visiting with Mary Preece and her daughters, Beth Rogge and Georgean Barber. Mary is an accomplished pianist who regaled us with tales of her years as an accompanist. Her least favorite “gigs” as a teen were the funerals, because of the piano’s proximity to the casket!

Mary and her husband moved to the College View area in approximately 1950, started a pest control business, and began banking with Union Bank. Mary, Beth and Georgean reminisced about College View and shared memories of visiting Union Bank in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Apparently, fashions and people have changed, but the way Union Bank makes their customers feel has not!

Mary, a gracious hostess, shared how much it meant to her to receive flowers from her bank. When asked the secret to her longevity, she replied “stay as active as you can and try not to get too excited about anything! 

Check out our Facebook album to see some more of our 100 year old customers and some of their stories.

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