After 40 years at Fermilab, Lupe Ponce retires Friday

Lupe Ponce

For 40 years, Lupe Ponce has been keeping Fermilab spotless. Known for her cheery disposition and her willingness to do more than is asked of her, she brightens the countenance of everyone she encounters.

Now Ponce will retire. Her last day is Friday, June 6.

“She’s a fantastic employee, always going above and beyond,” said Clorica’s Danny Urrea. “She always has a smile on her face.”

Ponce has worked tirelessly to make sure Fermilab staff can greet tidy office spaces, clean restrooms and vacuumed floors when they come to work. Now she will relax and spend time with her great-grandchild and four grandchildren. She also plans to go away for vacations as often as she can.

“I have been very happy working at Fermilab for the past 40 years, and it’s going to be hard to leave,” Ponce said. “Everyone has been so good to me.”

All are invited to celebrate Ponce’s retirement with coffee and cake on Wednesday, June 4, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the 2nd-floor crossover.

“She’s one of those employees who doesn’t need to be told to go the extra mile,” said Clorica Manager Enixe Castro. “We’re all going to miss her.”