Mario Samorano has worked with the U.S. Postal Service for 34 years. Photo by Mike Dillon

Mario Samorano has worked with the U.S. Postal Service for 34 years. Photo by Mike Dillon


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Magnolia resident Gary Gaffner showed up a little before 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Magnolia Post Office (3211 W. McGraw St.) with a bag containing two bottles of nonalcoholic cider.

“Safeway’s finest,” he said, smiling. 

Gaffner’s gifts were headed for Mario Samorano and Ed Anschell, whose careers with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) were coming to an end at 5 p.m.

“They’ve served very well,” Gaffner reflected. “I worked at Boeing. They had zero-defects messages all over the place. [Samorano and Anschell have] had zero defects. People work diligently day after day. I just love those kinds of people.”

Anschell, 56, worked 32 years for USPS — 20 of those in Magnolia. He said he will miss the Magnolia people, whom he described as “mostly nice.”

As for the future, “I might be a Mariner usher or something,” the Shoreline resident said. Fifteen minutes before clocking out for the last time, Anschell said of his impending retirement: “It feels great.”

Samorano, 52, has spent 34 years as a postal worker; he’s been at the Magnolia station for 10 years.

“I’ll miss the customers,” the West Seattle resident said, calling the Magnolia post office one of the most coveted in the department — “a good place to be.”

Samorano recalled, “When I first came here, it was mostly elderly people; now, they’re younger. We’ve seen babies and watched them grow up.”

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