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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Jane's heavy lifting

  •   “You’re following Jane around for the afternoon? Better get out your track shoes,” said the staff at GuidePoint Pharmacy when told the Gazette would be doing a story on their delivery person, Jane Loftus. It turns out they weren’t joking. The reporter ...
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  •   “You’re following Jane around for the afternoon? Better get out your track shoes,” said the staff at GuidePoint Pharmacy when told the Gazette would be doing a story on their delivery person, Jane Loftus. It turns out they weren’t joking. The reporter had to run more than once to keep up with her. Loftus, who turns 79 this month, has been delivering mail, medications, and bank deposits for GuidePoint since 2001. During a typical week she delivers medications not just to individuals, but to all the area nursing homes and assisted living centers. Ironically, many of the medication packages she mails in the winter go to warmer climates such as Arizona or Texas, where senior citizens such as herself go to get away from the cold. That’s just when she’s out on the road. Back at the shop, she also empties the trash, cleans all utensils and bowls, and vacuums the floors. All in all, she averages around 18 hours a week at GuidePoint. “I like to keep active. I was born on a farm near Perry, Iowa. There were four girls, no boys, so we had to do all the farm work,” she said. “At a very young age I was doing a lot of heavy work, which I didn’t mind. I loved it!” Loftus moved to Redwood Falls in 1966, when her husband John became the FFA  flight specialist for the Redwood Falls airport. For much of that time she was a stay-at-home mom, but she did get some waitressing in at the Copper Kettle restaurant, and was a dental assistant in Iowa. In 2001, when she was already several years past the official retirement age, Loftus  saw an ad by GuidePoint Pharmacy looking for someone to make deliveries. Loftus thought it would be a perfect fit for her active nature. Many of Loftus’s tasks every day involve lifting or lugging around equipment. The worst are the  “I could do without carrying around some of those heavy duffle bags or medicine cases,” she admitted. The best part? “When I’m out on deliveries, I meet all sorts of interesting people, and get to know their names,” she said. When does she plan to retire? “I could be like some of the people I deliver to, and sit around all day watching TV,” she said last month, getting ready to deliver loads of medications to several area nursing homes. “As long as I’m standing up and breathing, that’s not going to happen,” she added.
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