Saint John's Magazine Summer/Fall 2015

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A Responsibility to Share As Ernie ’59 and Mary Stelzer planned their estate, they reflected on the many blessings and opportunities they’d had in their lives. “Going to Saint John’s and Saint Kate’s were high on that list,” Ernie says. “Both of our schools were big on community and service. Once you’re exposed to it, it’s imprinted.” They were drawn to making an estate gift through the Saint John’s Donor-Advised Fund. “We felt a

responsibility to share,” Mary says. “With this type of fund, there are tax advantages, low fees and it’s easy to make changes.”

Their estate gift will fund two scholarships, a peace studies scholarship in memory of Ernie’s uncle, Fr. Lawrence Schmidt ’24, OSB, and the Stelzer Family Scholarship. All three of the Stelzer’s children—Kate ’86, Tim ’88 and Nancy ’92—attended Saint John’s and Saint Ben’s. This fall, their grandson will begin his studies at SJU. Thanks to Ernie and Mary’s generosity, others will be able to attend SJU, too.

It’s your will.

To learn more about making a gift through the Saint John’s Donor-Advised Fund or other kinds of bequests, contact Jim Dwyer at (800) 635-7303 or