By reporter Steven Smalley
A couple of familiar faces in the village hung up their cleats last week after decades of dedicated service on our behalf. Mario Samorano and Ed Anscheol, those two friendly guys at the post office, took government offers of early retirement called it quits following full careers in their chosen field.
“It was perfect timing for me to take the incentive and move on,” explains Samorano. “One of the main reasons I came up to the Magnolia post office was because of the great community I had heard about. They’ve been really good to me. It’s been a good place to work, and I’m certainly going to miss everyone.”
Mario has 34 years of service, 10 of those years were here in the Magnolia post office.
Ed has equally nice things to say about us. He has 33 of service, with 20 of them on the bluff.
“People in Magnolia are great. They really are nice, and I’ll miss them,” he says. Anscheol plans to help out with his mother’s immediate needs, but has some big baseball dreams. “I am going to try and become a Mariners usher,” he explains, while also noting his most unforgettable Mariners memory. “…In 1995, the Miracle Season that saved the team from moving to Florida.”
When prompted, Samorano reminisced about his years in the Postal Service and the things he has experienced. “I’ve seen it all. I’ve done it all – earthquakes, storms, power outages, robberies, and a couple of fires,” he reveals. “One thing that stood out was the Anthrax scare from 2001. We were required to come back to work…We basically put our lives on the line for our customers.” The times in Magnolia were mostly good though. Anscheol reminisced about one particularly notable customer. “There is one guy… He takes us out to lunch every Christmas. He’s a super nice guy.”
Samorano has his plans too. “I think it’s time for me to move on and enjoy a new chapter in my life. I may go into property management because that’s something I’ve had my hands in,” he says. “It’s been a good ride and an interesting ride.”