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Longtime West Newton bank teller retiring after 34 years

| Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 9:50 p.m.
William S. Zirkle | The Times-Sun
PNC Bank teller supervisor Arlene Boyd (left) helps Samuel Ambrose of West Newton with a transaction on Friday Jan. 10, 2013. Boyd is retiring at the end of the month after 34 years on the job in the same building.

Arlene Boyd considers her “regulars” as family, which makes her impending retirement bittersweet.

After 34 years in the same building — 30 of them as teller supervisor — Boyd is finishing the chapter in her life that is her career at the end of January.

The Rostraver resident has worked in the last four iterations of the bank at the corner of East Main and South Second streets in West Newton starting with Union National in 1980 to Integra, to National City and most recently to PNC.

Boyd said she has enjoyed working in West Newton because it is a real community. “The regular customers become your family,” she said. The hard part is saying goodbye to the regulars, she said.

She noted, “You realize how long it's been when you serve the kids of customers.”

Training new tellers is like turning your kids out into the world, she said, adding the girls she works with are also like family, which makes it hard to leave.

Retirement for Boyd means being able to spend more time with her husband, Stu, who has already been retired for awhile. They plan on traveling, with more frequent trips to Michigan where their daughter Allison resides.

To celebrate Boyd's retirement, the bank is hosting an open house on Jan. 31 with members of the community, customers past and present urged to stop by and wish her well.

Said Kathy Joseph, financial services counselor, “We'll all miss her.”