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Horicon Bank employees earn Lifetime Service Awards

Washington County, WI – Horicon Bank’s Fred F. Schwertfeger and Linda Schellpfeffer were honored by the Wisconsin Bankers Association as recipients of the organization’s Lifetime Service Award for 50 and 40 years of service to the banking industry.
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Photo left to right: Erik Stanton, Terry O’Connor, Alex Solanki, Neal Solanki, Ruth Schwertfeger, Fred F. Schwertfeger, Rick Novotny, Meredith Strieff; credit, Horicon Bank

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Fred F. Schwertfeger says he always knew he wanted to be a banker in his hometown of
Horicon, WI. After graduating from UW-Madison and serving in the US Army, Schwertfeger
joined First Wisconsin National Bank in London in 1971, until he later transferred to its
Milwaukee headquarters in 1973. He and his father formed Sword Financial Corporation in 1977 to create a holding company for Horicon Bank – allowing it to remain an independent community bank. Schwertfeger joined the Horicon Bank team in 1982 and was later named President.


During his time at Horicon Bank, Schwertfeger fostered a culture of care and growth. While
encouraging associates to care for their communities and each other, he actively grew the
bank’s geographic presence. Since 1982, Horicon Bank has grown from one branch to twenty-five branches throughout eastern Wisconsin and reached nearly $1.5 billion in assets.

“For more than 50 years, my dad has shown us what it means to be a ‘caring’ banker,” said Fred C. Schwertfeger, Horicon Bank President. “His care for our communities and the
relationships we have with our customers has led to tremendous success for Horicon Bank.”

Photo left to right: Rose Oswald-Poels (WBA) and Linda Schellpfeffer; credit, Horicon Bank

Linda Schellpfeffer’s career in banking started at Commercial State Bank in Iron Ridge in 1984 as a teller and customer service representative. After Horicon Bank acquired the location in 1985, Schellpfeffer’s career led her to working as a Consumer Loan Processor, Collections Department Manager and eventually overseeing the Horicon Bank Gliding Free Club.


Schellpfeffer led the Gliding Free Club and customer outreach events for 15 years before
retiring in February 2024.

“The care Linda shows each and every customer exemplifies what it means to live out our vision – to do good for our customers and in our communities,” said Fred C. Schwertfeger, “Both Linda’s and my dad’s careers deserve to be celebrated for all they have done for Horicon Bank and the banking industry.”

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