Bernadette Talaski retires after 43 years at LCBT
As the Senior Vice President and Branch Administrator of Lapeer County Bank & Trust Co., Bernadette Talaski is well known and loved throughout the Bank. A hard worker from the start of her career, Bernie is always willing to give a helping hand. On her last day at LCBT, employees gathered for a goodbye lunch in her honor.
“For over 43 years, Bernadette Talaski has been the quintessential community banker. Lapeer County Bank & Trust Co. has been very fortunate to have her help managing the Bank during this time. She has been an inspiration to every employee with her professionalism and dedication to customers and community alike. She will be truly missed,” said Bruce Cady, President and CEO.
In December of 1971, Talaski joined Lapeer County Bank and Trust Co. as a teller, after leaving Community Bank in Kinde. “I’ve worked with Bernie longer than anybody at the Bank,” said LCBT BSA and Securities Administrator and Facilities Manager Deb Durance. “She has always been a good listener, whether you need to talk to her about banking or personal matters. No matter what, we could always talk to her. She’s one of the Bank’s greatest assets, and we’ll all miss her.”
Talaski’s career at LCBT continued moving forward at a rapid pace. In 1979, she was promoted to Elba Branch Manager, then quickly to Branch Officer. After graduating from the Perry School of Banking in 1988, she was promoted to South Main Branch Officer and Branch Administrator in 1989.
“My favorite part about working with Bernie was how much I learned from her. She has endless patience!” said Kim Hill, who worked with Talaski at the South Main office. “She is kind, she is knowledgeable and she is so very, very generous.”
Talaski was promoted to Vice President and Branch Administrator in November of 2008, then Senior Vice President and Branch Administrator in 2011.
“Bernie is the best boss I’ve ever worked for,” said Deb Coe, who will be taking over for Talaski as Branch Administrator. “She knows how to draw the line between being a supervisor and a friend, and can also be very supportive, even when mistakes are made. She will be missed by everyone, but especially by the people who worked closest to her. She’s a gem!”
Married with two children, Talaski is also an active member of the community, working closely with St. John’s Catholic Church in Davison and the Lapeer Zonta Club. In her retirement, she plans to relax, travel and spend time with her family and friends.