Some days, you just have to act like a grown up. The afternoon of April 4 was one of those days, a day demanding we hold two opposite emotions at the same time. Kids just can’t do it – it takes an adult to be happy for the milestone in another person’s life, yet, simultaneously, sad for the loss it also brings to each of us. On that day, we celebrated the contributions made by fellow employees Patricia A. Johnson and Melvin D. Wesley as each retired from their positions at the Home.
The celebration was opened by the Rev. Virginia Wesley, Mel’s wife and an ordained minister who brings worship to non-Catholic Residents of St. Augustine Home. The biographies below were shared by Phyllis Illingworth, HR Director, during the celebration.
Melvin D. Wesley, or “Mel” as we call him, joined the St. Augustine’s Home employee family on May 4, 1995, as a janitor. When reviewing Mel’s personnel file in order to write this biography, we noted comments written by his supervisors which included: “Outstanding demeanor towards all. It is obvious you care about your job. You are conscientious about starting promptly, observing clocking times and in-services. You are compliant with all the Home’s policies. You are a valued employee!”
Mel has a quiet, kind demeanor and he was well liked by all. Mel always showed respect, kindness and a willingness to help the Little Sisters, the Residents and fellow staff members.
Mel’s daily presence in the Home will be missed, but he deserves his well-earned retirement so he can get some much needed rest. We wish you happiness and good health. Thank you, Melvin, for the service you have given to the overall success of the Home. We all will look forward to your future visits!
Patricia Ann Johnson, or “Patty” as she is known to us, began working at St. Augustine’s Home on Nov. 26, 2001, as a housekeeper. She worked in that capacity until April 5, 2002, when she transferred and became a laundry aide, where she worked until she retired on March 29, 2013.
Patty was very kind to the Residents and assisted one blind Resident who often came to the laundry to help fold. She enjoyed talking to the Residents and other staff sharing her personal life with them. Patty always tried to wear a smile and would speak to those whom she passed in the hallway. Patty would try to help others in any way if she could.
Patty was a very dependable employee; she tried to make it into work no matter what the weather conditions outside were. She rated high on her annual evaluations for her attendance, dependability and for being on time.
The Little Sisters, the Residents and Staff will miss seeing Patty on a daily basis, but wish her much happiness, continued good health and the much needed rest she has earned in her retirement. Thank you, Patty, for the service you have given to the overall success of St. Augustine’s Home.