Newly retired Kewaunee County register of deeds Janet Wolf received a standing ovation from the County Board on Monday after being recognized for her more than three decades of service to the county.
“I enjoyed the people, I enjoyed the work – it just fit me,” Wolf said, reflecting on those years, including the last 10 as register of deeds.
Wolf attended the Door-Kewaunee Teachers College in Algoma and took a job in the county Veterans Service Office after graduation on Feb. 8, 1973. She said she worked for Bill Murphy until he retired and then Wayne Richmond – pointing out that current County Board Supervisor Virginia Haske is Richmond’s daughter.
After four years she took a job at Calumet Co. in Algoma for five years before returning to the county under Register of Deeds Alice Flaherty in August 1982. When Flaherty retired in 1989, she was succeeded by her deputy Marilyn Miller, who made Wolf the new deputy. They served together for another 18 years until Miller retired and Wolf was elected register of deeds in 2006.
While housecleaning not long ago, she found her first pay stub from the county from 1973. The take home pay was $144, “and I still stayed,” she laughed.
The office operates a lot differently in this digital age from the days when receipts were issued by hand, abstract indexes were written by hand or typed, and documents were marked with handstamps that showed the dates and times.
Wolf said she made a lot of friends and enjoyed her co-workers over the years.
“I’d like to thank the voters of Kewaunee County for electing me for my 10 years as register of deeds,” Wolf said. “I’d like to thank the board and my co-workers and family and friends and my husband for all their support. I’d like to thank my office staff there in the back, Sarah (Johanek) and Germaine (Bertrand), who did a wonderful job all the years I was in; I appreciate them so much.”
Bertrand is the newly elected register of deeds, and Johanek now serves as deputy.