Post office customers bid farewell to Marian Ellis
Marian Ellis, right, who retired as a clerk at the Litchfield post office on Saturday, and Aparna Banik, one of the current clerks. BZ photo
The Litchfield post office has lost a valued employee with the retirement of Marian Ellis.
Ellis, who greeted customers at the post office counter for 16 years, worked her final day on Saturday in ending a 35-year career in the U.S. Postal Service.
A New Milford resident, Ellis plans to spend more time in Florida at the condo she and her husband, Russ, own. In two or three years, Florida is likely to become the fulltime home of the couple, she said.
"It has been a wonderful experience in Litchfield and I’m going to miss everyone, but I’m looking forward to the next phase in my life,” Ellis said.
Ellis began her postal career in the Flushing section of Queens, N.Y., and worked at the Danbury post office before moving to Litchfield. A steady stream of customers Saturday wished Ellis luck, thanked her for her service, and presented her flowers and gifls.
"Well-deserved," Litchfield resident Oren K. Boynton said of Ellis' retirement. Working at the counter, Ellis was known for her friendly demeanor and ability to know the first names of most of the post office's regular customers.