Steve Schletty retired last year after nearly 45 years of being a dentist. He shared his thoughts to the Sun on retirement and the Osceola area.
After 44+ years I retired from dentistry. In June of 1976 I graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and one month later I opened my dental practice in the recently vacated Farmers Mutual Telephone Company that was built in 1925. That means that since 1925 only I and the telephone company have occupied this Osceola Mainstreet business over the past 95 years!
I officially retired the end of October 2020 and my dental practice and building was sold and transferred.
I have received many kind letters, cards and calls from my family of dental patients congratulating me on my retirement. I will forever carry with me the endless precious memories of caring for and interacting with my patients. A solo family dental practice is truly analogous with an immediate and extended family. You all have been a part of my life for the past 44 years and will always be thought of as family - not work.
COVID-19 has prevented me from hosting a traditional retirement party and gathering for all to attend. If that were held, I could personally thank you all for your support. I am so fortunate to have had my dental practice in Osceola. What a wonderful community in which to work and be involved and raise a family! I can think of no other place I would rather spend my life. Thank you, Osceola, and thanks to all of you for your support. It has truly been an honor to provide your dental care over all these years. Osceola will forever be my home. I look forward to seeing you in my retirement. Best wishes!