Wednesday, February 15, 2006

t doesn’t take a millionaire to ‘Leave a Legacy’

Article Detail: "It doesn’t take a millionaire to ‘Leave a Legacy’ Barbara Schilling, secretary at Watkins Inc., leaves gifts
By Brian P. Heilman




Winona has had its share of generous benefactors, including the inimitable John Latsch, whom Winona County Historical Society Executive Director Mark Peterson calls “Winona’s preeminent philanthropist.”

But how does a humble Watkins Inc. secretary find herself on this landmark list of donors? Through Leave A Legacy, says Jim Hanzel of the Winona Area Public Schools Foundation.

The late Barbara Schilling, former Watkins employee and childless widow of Winona banker Fred Schilling, received a large sum of money after the death of her blind and childless sister, said Hanzel. After a trust officer from a local financial institution introduced Schilling to the Leave A Legacy campaign, she designated almost $1 million of her estate to local nonprofit groups."

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