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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Catholic Charities Spokane receives major bequest

the Inland Register

(From the April 18, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Gladys Irene Wernecke (pictured in an undated photo, right) died on Nov. 27, 2012. She was born in Uniontown, Wash., but lived most of her life in Spokane and worked for more than 30 years in a local meat packing plant.

She decided to leave the majority of her estate to Catholic Charities, to be used to serve the poor and vulnerable of the diocese. Her brother, Ray Schaff, and his wife Jeanne visited Catholic Charities in April to notify the agency of the bequest and to deliver a cashier’s check for over $70,000.

Ray and Jeanne live in Pullman, where they are members of Sacred Heart Parish.

In addition to the monetary bequest, upon selling her house and moving to Maplewood Gardens in Spokane, Wernecke donated most of her household goods to Catholic Charities’ Community Warehouse.

Dr. Rob McCann, executive director of Catholic Charities called the bequest “a blessing” that was “truly a game-changing moment for Catholic Charities.”

Wernecke’s gift “also emphasizes what a profound impact planned giving can have, not only for Catholic Charities but also for the entire diocese,” he said. “This gift will allow us to continue to serve the poorest of the poor throughout the diocese. We are so grateful to Ms. Wernecke and her family for choosing Catholic Charities to be the beneficiary of such a large gift.”

The funds will be divided up and be used for a combination of Catholic Charities programming, including the Community Warehouse, Emergency Assistance, and an affordable housing effort in Lind.

(IR photo courtesy of Catholic Charities)


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