Retiring retail associate receives key to the city

Former Bremerton Postmaster Harry Klienfelter, Retail Associate Marj Hendershot, and Customer Services Supervisors Melinda Hara and John Walker.

When Bremerton, WA, Retail Associate Marj Hendershot announced her retirement after 40 years of service, employees and customers made almost identical comments – the office and town would be a quieter place without her presence.

Hendershot is known affectionately for her “cackle,” a distinctive laugh born of an effervescent personality and positive attitude known throughout the local community. It’s a characteristic which lead the local newspaper, the Kitsap Sun, to feature her departure in an article entitled, “The cackle is leaving.”

“She is positively exuberant in a way no one else is,” said fellow Retail Associate Anna Gilman.

KING 5, a Seattle television station, agreed with Gilman. The station made the trip across Puget Sound to visit Hendershot and feature her, and a large number of local community members who visited her on her last day at work on March 31, in its broadcast.

As a token of appreciation for distinctive service to the community, Mayor Patty Lent presented Hendershot with a key to the city during the retirement celebration.

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