A Proud Family Tradition

Flandreau, SD, Postmaster Alisha VanderWal, Luverne, MN, Postmaster Clint Roozenboom, Dakotas District Complement Coordinator Eunice Roozenboom, and retired Hills, MN, Postmaster Dora Roozenboom Steffen.

Flandreau, SD, Postmaster Alisha VanderWal, Luverne, MN, Postmaster Clint Roozenboom, Dakotas District Complement Coordinator Eunice Roozenboom, and retired Hills, MN, Postmaster Dora Roozenboom Steffen.

Joining the family business isn’t as common in today’s world as it might have been in days past, but for one family in the Dakotas District, that tradition is both alive and well.

Eunice Roozenboom is a district complement coordinator in Sioux Falls, SD. She enjoys working for an organization that offers career advancement opportunity as well as superior compensation, and she passed along that strong viewpoint to her children. Recently, she saw her positive influence in action as she had the opportunity to install her son Clint Roozenboom as the Luverne, MN, Postmaster.

Eunice’s joy in seeing her son become Postmaster at a facility where both previously served as letter carriers was further amplified the following day when she also had the opportunity to install her daughter Alisha VanderWal as the Postmaster of Flandreau, SD. Alisha’s connection to the family business goes beyond a common employer, however, as she also served as a letter carrier in Luverne, the same office as her mother and brother.

Family traditions have an origin, and though Eunice played an instrumental role in guiding her children toward the Postal Service, it was her mother-in-law, Dora Roozenboom Steffen, who started it all. Dora served in many capacities until her retirement as Hills, MN, Postmaster in 1991, but one particular capacity rings a familiar bell – as a carrier in Luverne.

The tradition may someday carry forward to a fourth generation, as Clint recently married on August 16. Whichever career path future generations of the Roozenboom family may select, they will have the satisfaction of knowing that they come from a proud line of the postal family.

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