Denise Pietrucha, CARPLS’ Office Manager for 10+ years, retired in mid-August. This post is based on a thank you letter we wrote to commemorate her many contributions and the permanent impact she left on the organization:
We will miss you. You bring dedication and efficiency to everything you do, but most of all, you do everything with heart.
Thank you for making sure we kept the organization running efficiently—including the last 18+ months during the pandemic where you made everything look seamless.
Denise, how many times did you have to follow up with us on our timesheets and make sure we got paid? Too many times to count! And, how many meetings did you set up for us, how many times did you keep us on deadline for whatever reports and insurance needs we had, or managed confusing benefits? There was nothing we could not ask for your help with. You always knew the answers right at your fingers tips.
When we were here at the office, you made sure everything ran, supplies were covered, equipment was working, equipment and in-kind goods were donated, money was saved and benefits were processed. You managed 1,000 things at once and made it look easy. You missed no details.
We loved your sweets, too. From your cheesecakes to your chocolate covered pretzels to the nacho machine. You definitely spoiled us. Thank you.
Thank you for the many ways you helped the Development Team as Tanya’s wingman and organizing guru—that left an indelible impact on our work. We raised thousands of dollars together. You took the initiative and successfully solicited vendors, found the Comcast Innovation Grant (for $50,000) and put the most beautiful raffle baskets together that were possible.
We will always remember the “Aunt Dee” bags that your niece and nephew and their friends helped set out at our last big dinner, where we raised $1.5 million. You cannot replicate the kind of team player you are. Thank you.
And how many times did we need to call Dr. Cousin Tom, Cousin Linda, or another family member when we ran into a computer issue or something else? For you, your dedication and generosity are also a family affair. Thank you to your family for sharing their knowhow, talent and many generous gifts, whether with their time or their personal financial support.
We will miss your humor, your sweetness, and your determination to do things well.
Now, it’s your time-to do whatever you want, when you want and how you want. We are so pleased that you have this opportunity for the next chapter. We will miss you but couldn’t be happier for you.
An afterword: CARPLS is very sorry about the loss of Cousin Linda Aurrichio. May her memory be for a blessing.