UNSUNG HEROES: Mail delivery is physical work

As many people in the Batesville community might know, Debbie Nobbe delivered mail for over 30 years on the same route. As she has recently retired, her warm smile, friendly attitude, and ability to deliver through all types of weather will always be remembered.

Nobbe began mail carrying when she was asked by her aunt if she would be interested in the job. The former wife of the late Michael Werner and now wife of Terry Nobbe took the job because of the better pay and benefits that came along with it.

What she didn’t know was how physical the job truly was. “The day would begin by sorting mail for over 600 customers, marking the addresses that had packages, loading the packages into the vehicle (some were very large and heavy), delivering mail, and carrying packages to the door if they didn’t fit in the box,” Nobbe reports.

While all of that was done in a regular day, some shifts proved to be much more grueling. Throughout her three decades as a rural mail carrier, the lifelong Batesville resident experienced all kinds of severe weather conditions. She explains, “In the summer the mail truck is like an oven – there is no air conditioning. In the winter the truck is hard to keep warm since the windows are always open.” No matter what the conditions of the roads are, the mail goes out. The new retiree recalls delivering items through 2 feet of snow one winter, but clarifies that the worst weather for mail carriers is ice. She recollects the difficulties that ice brought by noting, “You have little control of the truck. I once was stuck on ice on a narrow, private street. I would slide no matter which way I went. I ended up having to have a wrecker pull the truck out.”

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