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'Lunch Lady' Sue Trainer retires from Denny after 36 years
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'Lunch Lady' Sue Trainer retires from Denny after 36 years | West Seattle Herald / White Center News Skip to Main Content Area Monday, December 19, 2016 | Overcast, light rain, 35.6 °F search Letters Sign in Subscribe Contact Us Front Page News Features Sports Opinion Police Blotter AirBnB lists West Seattle in Top Ten trendiest neighborhoods in the world for 2017 AirBnB, the service that lets people rent or find rooms to rent ... Westside-O-Rama West Seattle Entertainment Guide Admiral Theater 2343 California Ave. S.W. 938-3456 Movie ... Sports Roundup 12-5-16 By Tim Clinton SPORTS EDITOR Saturday, Dec. 3 Boys ... Amanda's View: “Spring Breakers” By Amanda Knox   When Chris mentioned this great film we should ... Police blotter Week of 12-19-16 Neighbors robbing neighbors A staff member of an apartment ... News Community members sought to advise on development plans for South Seattle College Leslie Harris elected Vice President of Seattle School Board White Center will light up the holidays with their annual tree lighting Dec. 17 Early Design Guidance meeting set for two, three story live-work buildings in Arbor Heights 'Lunch Lady' Sue Trainer retires from Denny after 36 years Changes at West Seattle Food Bank will make it more like a store Two Junction bus shelters being removed; 'illegal and uncivil behavior' cited Rogue One: A Star Wars Story starts at the Admiral Theater this week: But give them a break on calls Rogue One: A Star Wars Story starts at the Admiral Theater this week: But give them a break on calls Gillnetters oppose WDFW initiative to raise commercial fishing license fees for residents, lower for non-residents Nucor Steel donates more than $16,000 and nearly 4200 lbs of food to West Seattle Foodbank Looking for a place to park? There’s a new app for that Update: Vault fire knocks out power to 3200 homes and businesses; Power now restored Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales: Species in the Spotlight Christmas Ships in West Seattle Dec. 10 City is stepping up to address homelessness in West Seattle; but many residents remain distrustful Landmarks Preservation Board to consider nomination of the Crescent-Hamm Building in West Seattle for landmark status Land use application filed for six story mixed use building on Harbor Ave SW Council to honor teenage boxers from White Center in Special Recognition Ceremony Raven’s Nest West offers the best of Northwest coast native art Imagine owning your own ferry: Washington State auctioning off HiYu and Evergreen State Mountaineer Jim Whittaker speaks at ribbon-cutting ceremony for apartment complex named in his honor Think Seattle will soon become unaffordable? Fear not: the city is putting an end to unaffordable rents Snow up to four inches with wind predicted in Winter Storm Watch from NWS for Thursday night Corner Pocket Bar bartender arrested for selling heroin; Bar closed, permanent license revocation being sought Patrick RobinsonSue Trainer, retired Dec. 15 after serving thousands of meals to students at Denny International Middle School for the past 36 years. 'Lunch Lady' Sue Trainer retires from Denny after 36 years By Patrick Robinson 12/15/2016 When Sue Trainer first started as a 'lunch lady' in 1980 David T. Denny Junior High School was looking at another couple of decades of service in its old location on 30th Ave. SW. From the beginning she wanted to make her role there as one of a "home away from home." In 1986 she became Assistant Manager and in 1996 moved to the Manager's role where she served until her retirement Dec. 15. In a special ceremony in the new Denny International Middle School, she was honored by Principal Jeff Clark, co-workers, family and even assorted custodial staff who came back to be part of the event. Along the way, Sue served 6,480 breakfasts, and 17,100 lunches and in a single day served the most students ever with a promotional event called "Rockin the Record" when 608 students were served. Principal Clark said, "The most amazing thing about Sue Trainer is the way she's transformed the lunchroom to have a real feeling of home and connection for kids for decades. All of the extra little things she does to have it be a welcoming inviting place where everybody feels a part of being a Dolphin is just an inspiration. So we are all truly appreciative for every day and all those years and wish her all the best in retirement." Co-Worker Doree Fazio-Young said, "She's the only boss I've ever had and she was very fair, loyal and we had so much fun. She never made us do a job that she hadn't done herself, ever. She's an amazing woman. She helped us all professionally but she helped us in our private lives too. We're like a family. And she's been the head of the family." Other co-workers said the same thing, acknowledging that they were sorry to see her go. Trainer said she just plans on taking it easy for now at home. "My kids went here, my grandkids went here, she said, noting it's been a place of many happy memories. She said her best memory was her "60th Birthday Party and they had the band play Happy Birthday to me. That was pretty awesome." Now everyone is singing her praises. Photo gallery for this story We encourage our readers to comment. No registration is required. We ask that you keep your comments free of profanity and keep them civil. They are moderated and objectionable comments will be removed. View the discussion thread. Please send us your news tips, photos or ideas of how we can better cover your neighborhood. 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