By Roberta Jasina

loraine1 Wow! Pretty Tough Broad Retires After 65 Years With Company Can you imagine working at the same place for 65 years?

65 years! 

Loraine Simler of Dearborn is retiring this month from Meritor in Troy where she has worked since 1946.  She is 83 years old, is sharp as a tack,  and is (reluctantly) hanging up her hat, so she can help take care of her sister.

How has she survived the office politics, the bosses, the gossip, and the typewriter-computer-revolution over the last 65 years?  She admits  she’s “a pretty tough broad.”

“Basically, I minded my own business,” Simler says.  “Anybody asked me to do something, I did it.  I never said no.”

And she says she was lucky enough to work for bosses she admired, and with staffers she loves.

“I can honestly say I never had a fight or any kind of anything that would upset the cart with anybody.  We learned to get along.”

Simler (who started out as a file clerk) was the first Meritor employee to get an electric typewriter and was the company’s first female manager.

I loved meeting Loraine.  She is smart, and funny and feisty.  She’s not shy.  She IS a “tough broad”…but a lovable one.  A lady.  She is beautiful.  I want to be her someday.

Meritor notified its 11,000 employees in 19 countries that today is Loraine Simler Day.

She deserves it!

Good luck in retirement, Loraine.  (Maybe I should say “semi-retirement.  She confesses she may pick up a part-time job.)


Comments (2)
  1. John says:

    It is a sad day at Meritor but a good one also. It is good day that allows us to acknowledge Lorraine’s value to the organization. I am proud to have known her and happy she is leaving with her health. She will be missed.

  2. Tim Hurley says:

    Good for her and good for WWJ to not be intimidated by the forces of politically correct jerks who will no doubt be offended by quoting her as a “Pretty Tough Broad”. This country needs a lot more ladies like her who value consistency and loyalty.

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