After a century of combined service at Family Drug in Brownstown, two sisters are retiring at the end of this year.
Born and raised in Brownstown, Beth Kellermeier, 64, and Susie Holle, 69, will hang up their pharmaceutical smocks and enjoy the extra time with their friends and families.
“Our last day is officially Dec. 31, but we’re going to keep our licenses up so when someone goes on vacation here, we can fill in,” Kellermeier said. “Susie will be working one day a week.”
Both sisters attended St. Peter’s Lutheran School, and then graduated from Brownstown Central High School. They have a brother, Tom Lubker, who is a retired truck driver.
Their parents were Howard and Blanche Lubker of Brownstown. Howard worked for the highway department, and Blanche worked at the post office, First National Bank and The Peoples Bank.
Kellermeier has been with Family Drug for 45 years and Holle for 55 years. Both sisters are currently employed as pharmacy technicians.
Scott Butt has been manager of Family Drug since his father, Jim Butt, retired in 2009. He is the third generation in his family to run the business.
“I’m 51 now, so I’ve known Beth and Susie all of my life,” Butt said. “I thought it was newsworthy that two sisters who had 100 years of combined service with our store were both going to be retiring.”
As to what he will miss the most about the sisters, Butt said his grandfather always said their store was a great place to raise a family, and that’s what Kellermeier and Holle are — they are family, and they will be missed.
“They are awesome ladies,” Butt said. “We’ve been very fortunate to have them with us.”
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