When Diane Paczkowski reflects on her life, she is reminded of her favorite quote: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
Looking back on the more than 41 years she worked for BRC, the retired administrative assistant recalls many such moments.
Paczkowski’s fondest memories stem from early in her career, as she learned about the industry.
“I was experiencing what it was truly like to work at a railroad,” she said. “The railroaders have their own language — I always was learning something new.”
Paczkowski began her career in 1974 as one of more than 250 clerks working for BRC. She served in more than 20 roles before being promoted to the Legal Department.
Through the years, Paczkowski met people from various crafts. Shared laughs and good times accompanied their work. Many of those people attended her retirement luncheon.
“It was nice of them to take time out of their day to be there and wish me well,” she said. “Best wishes to everyone at the Belt.”
Since her Aug. 31 retirement, Paczkowski has enjoyed more time with her family and friends. She and her husband of 39 years, Gary, have children, Nicole, who is married to Jeff, and Michael. They also have a granddaughter, Sophia, who will be joined by another in April.
“My retirement is now the next chapter of life, and I hope to have many more moments that take my breath away,” Paczkowski said.