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Rhonda Richardson Retires After 38 Years in Banking

First State Bank branch manager, Rhonda Richardson, will retire on October 27 after more than 38 years in banking. Richardson began her banking career in 1985 with Pioneer Bank as a teller in the bank’s former Milladore office. When the bank opened a new branch in Wisconsin Rapids in 1997, Richardson moved to that location later becoming branch manager. She continued in her branch manager role when Pioneer Bank merged with First State Bank in 2020. 

“The changes that have taken place in banking over the last 38 years have been most impacted by all of the technology available,” said Richardson. “I’ve always prided myself, though, in being able to help customers face-to-face. When people need help working through a financial situation or maybe they’ve been a victim of fraud, they really appreciate the knowledge and peace of mind we can provide.”

Without a doubt, we know Rhonda will continue to be passionate about her family, friends, church, and community in this new chapter of her life with her husband Terry.

“Rhonda has been a valued member of our team, respected by our customers and coworkers alike,” commented First State Bank president and CEO, Matthew Lemke. “We wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement.”

As we celebrate our long-time employee, we commend the dedication and pride Rhonda has taken while caring for our valued customers at our Wisconsin Rapids branch. As much as she will be missed, we are equally excited for her new adventures that await her.

Attend Our Open House

Customers and community members are invited to stop by First State Bank’s Wisconsin Rapids branch at 1710 West Grand Avenue for an Open House in Richardson’s honor on Wednesday, October 25, from 1-3 pm to wish her well in retirement and enjoy refreshments. 

Photo - During a recent First State Bank teambuilding outing, the Wisconsin Banker’s Association (WBA) recognized Wisconsin Rapids branch manager, Rhonda Richardson, for her 38 years in banking. Shown left to right, Matthew Lemke, president and CEO of First State Bank, Richardson, and Heather MacKinnon with the WBA.

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