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Strategically Build the Strength of the Organization: Ila Basler

Ila Basler was introduced to Chapel Hill Community by her friend, the late Rev. Glenn Royer. She was so impressed, that in 1999 she bequeathed most of her property to Chapel Hill, a $610,000 gift that led to the Basler Community Center at Kroft Commons. This community center is where her friends and other independent living residents at Kroft Commons gather for meals and fellowship. It’s a beautiful place, which strategically builds the strength of mission at Chapel Hill Community.

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Today and for Years to Come: Orletha and Dale Hartschuh

Orletha and Dale Hartschuh supported Fairhaven Community’s needs today and for years to come when they made their legacy gift of nearly $665,000 in 2005. This generous endowment bequest is the gift that will keep on giving. Income from the endowment has been used toward important renovations and capital improvements at Fairhaven. Home is brighter and more beautiful now, and will continue to be in the future, for older adults at Fairhaven as a result of their generosity.

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Family and Faith: Robert and Betty Walker

Family and faith always played a part in the lives of Robert and Betty Walker. Their faith in the United Church of Christ and the experience of the care and comforting community they personally received at Parkvue led to a legacy gift to Parkvue Community in 2014. Their impactful bequest of $923,000 to Parkvue will benefit residents and families for years to come. This generous gift and faith in the services at Parkvue Community make them a permanent part of United Church Homes’ history.

Matters of Importance: Virginia Sultzbach

Sheep farming, The Ohio State University, Cadillacs, and lilac bushes. These topics were matters of importance to Trinity resident Virginia Sultzbach. Her husband had been a sheep farmer in Springfield, Ohio. OSU was his alma mater, red and silver Cadillacs were Virginia’s favorite car to drive in his memory, and she lovingly took care of the lilac bushes at Trinity. When she learned of the need for an additional healthcare wing, it too became a matter of importance. In 1993, Virginia generously donated $1 million to support the Roy R. & Virginia Hyde Sultzbach Health Center at Trinity Community.

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Building a Community: Bill and Wanda Kroft

Bill and Wanda Kroft had a vision for a community of independent homes for retirees living in Canal Fulton, Ohio. They were interested in contributing to help make their vision a reality at Chapel Hill. Beginning with their sponsorship of a market feasibility study in 1998 with their gift of $500,000, over the years they have generously donated more than $1.89 million to help make their dream a reality. Kroft Commons, named in their honor, is a highlight of Chapel Hill Community with nearly 48 condominiums serving approximately 60 residents. Bill and Wanda enjoy their retirement while living independently at Chapel Hill.

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The Ultimate Gift: Ruth Stonebrook

Ruth Stonebrook’s support of Chapel Hill Community was long-standing and significant. Interviewed in 1996 regarding the trust she established, Ruth said, “Chapel Hill is a special place where you can see how your gift is being used. I chose to set up my trust with Chapel Hill because it’s a wise investment.” Ruth’s trust in Chapel Hill led to a $4.58 million legacy gift in 2013. Her gift will amplify the impact of the services offered at Chapel Hill by providing much needed funding for capital expansion that will position the organization for continuity of services in Canal Fulton for the future.

“I remember Bob Diller was fond of saying, ‘People believe in our mission, and emotionally, when their value system aligns with the loving care we provide, they will leave a lasting legacy with their favorite home. People give primarily because of a desire to make a difference.’”

Jim Minehart,
Former Vice President of Gift Planning,
6/12/1980 – 11/6/2003

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Change the World: Ruth Parker

Ruth Parker truly was a woman on a mission. Mrs. Parker often referred to Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio, as her “baby,” her favorite place meriting her devotion. From her first inclination to help build a retirement community in her hometown, until her passing in 2015, she was instrumental as Parkvue evolved and grew its ministry. With over $7.5 million in donations over her lifetime, her sustained attention to the needs of Parkvue never ceased. After her passing in 2015, Ruth Parker’s final gift, a $1.27 million bequest, was intentionally planned as an endowment fund to support her last project at Parkvue in perpetuity — the new aquatic therapy lap pool that opened in 2016 for the benefit of residents and community members.

Named Endowment Donors

Jeanne M. & Maynard J. Aldridge John D. & Mina K. Luecke, Sr. Freda J. Zieber
Samuel Jacob & Emma Rachel Ault Naomi Ruth Hegnauer Martin Lowell & Marian Zechiel
Jack & Betty Bailey & Cynthia Bailey Philip E. & Mary M. Maurer
Magdalena B. Bartsch David & Ann Nice
Dr. J. Albert Beam & Dr. Lillian E. Beam The Pieper Family
B.E. & Dorothy A. Beaston Anna Louise Prentice
Rev. & Mrs. Robert F. & Elizabeth H. Beck Wayne H. & Patricia A. Pressler
Thomas J. & Rosanna M. Becker Ralph C. & Sue Quellhorst
Laurence A. & Karen E. Bettcher John Rainey & Gene Finnegan
Suzanne & Robert* Schoedinger Dale H. & Kathryn Sanders Rieder
Corinne Flocken Boryczka Glenn & Mildred Royer
Burlin B. & Vera K. Brombaugh The Sawmiller Family
Bruce R. & Ruth E. Burgan Schory Professional
Thomas A. & Kathryn E. Coons Rev. & Mrs. Theodore Schory
Joan R. Coulter Emma C. Smith
Robert G. & Eleanor W. Diller Louis & Mary Anna Speller
Walter & Philamine Duibley Ruth A. Stonebrook
Joan Ernst Gertrude Stubbs
William O. & Janet O. Fahrenbruck Sherman & Dorothy Stryker
Grace V. Finney Charlene Thornburg
Barbara Fishel The Uberta Family
Friends of Chapel Hill Community Chaplaincy Herman A. & Helen F. Van Guelpen
Glenwood Community E. Kathryn Wadsworth
Isabel & Muriel Heid Robert & Betty Walker
Vernon A. & Hester B. Horst Ruth E. Webster
William Boyd & Sarah Albert Huff Marian Whitney
Delmar & Miriam Indorf Alfred A. & Frances A. Wilhelm
William A. & Wanda J. Kroft Wolsdorf Memorial
Helen E. Kurt Ernest W. & Karen B. Wood

* deceased

Bequests greater than $50,000 (does not include named endowment donors)


Anonymous Miss Emily E. Hensley* Rev. & Mrs. Marvin Rettig
Ms. Grace Amy Anders* Mrs. Ethel Heyob*  Mr. & Mrs. Clinton E. Retzsch*
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce J. Angell Ms. Sally Ann Hillard* Mr. & Mrs. Roger Roberts
Verna M. Armitage* Rev. Mike Hillis Mrs. Marian E. Rohrbaugh*
Rev. & Mrs. Paul E. Baumer Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Hollenbeck Mr. Dietrich* & Mrs. Betty Roth
Mr. Harold A. Behnken Mrs. Margaret A. Holfinger Dr. Carl Rothe* & Mrs. Mary Lou Rothe
Mrs. Jean W. Bender* Ms. Harriet Homer* Miss Maryalice Roush
Ms. Linda E. Bilick* Mr. & Mrs. Roy C. Humrighouse* Mrs. Esther M. Rowland*
Mr. Thomas N. Blandford* Mr. Fred E. Huntley* Ms. Carolyn F. Ryan*
Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Bowman* Gloria T. Hurwitz Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Rynard, Sr.
Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Bradford Mrs. Grace E. Johnson* Mr. Arthur Sams*
Ms. Suzanne M. Braun Miss Mariesther Johnson* Mr. William Sams
Mr. Jerrus M. Bryant* Kevin & Karen Johnston Miss Marvis Schaaf*
Mr. & Mrs. Randall L. Buchman Dorothy L. Jones Mr. George H. Schaefer*
Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Donald R. Buckthal Rev. Anne D. Kear Mr. George H. Schmitz*
Mrs. Jane Buehrer* Mr. John T. Kelsey* & Mrs. Charlene Kelsey Miss Ruth J. Schnier
Ms. Vera V. Burge Ms. Madolyn L. Key* Rev. & Mrs. Victor H. Schoen*
Mr. & Mrs. Jim Casey Mr. & Mrs. William R. Kiesel Mr. & Mrs. Frank C. Scholl*
Mrs. Elsa J. Chadwick* Rev. Dr. Paul B. Kiewit Mrs. Audrey Shafer*
Miss Pauline Choate* Rev. & Mrs. Erwin R. Koch Rev. Alfred W. Schroeder & Mrs. Catherine A. Sprague
Mr. Larry W. Clausing & Mrs. Donna Overholt Mrs. Evangeline K. Kohler* Mr. & Mrs. Bernard L. Schroer
Ms. Ellen Louise Collins Miss Helen H. Kottlowski* The Seider Memorial*
Jean Day* Rev. Henry and Cassandra Kroondyk Mrs. Ruth Shelton*
Rev. Paul E. Deppen* Mrs. Judy Kropf & Mr. John Kropf Rev. Dr. Roger L. Shinn* & Mrs. Katharine C. Shinn*
Mrs. Mary “Lou” Dickman* Rev. & Mrs. John Krueger Mrs. Helen N. Smith*
Miss Amy Diller  Mr. William Laggren* Mrs. Priscilla W. Smythe
Ms. Margaret D. Dorman* Mr. William J. Lange* Alta Sorrell*
Rev. Louis H. & Mrs. Donna Dorsch Mrs. Martha L. Lebold* Roy D. Speigle*
Mr. & Mrs. Ronald E. Duckson Mr. Robert P. Lee* & Mrs. Sharon Lee Dr. & Mrs. John C. Stahler*
Mr. Roscoe T. Dyke* Mrs. Brinley R. Lewis Mrs. Hazel Steinmetz*
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Dykema Ms. Sandy Lindahl Mrs. Elizabeth M. Stricker*
Ms. Marie Eberhard* Mrs. Anne K. Liston Ms. Mary T. Tymeson
Mrs. Dorothy E. Eckert Mrs. Mary Ann Luecke Mrs. Elizabeth Van*
Mrs. Suzanne S. Ellis Mr. Gary M. Mahaffey Mrs. Martha Van Sickle*
Ms. Adelle B. Elshoff* Mr. Jerry Mallicoat & Mr. John Cummings Rev. Greta Wagner
Mrs. Judy Evans Ms. Anne Marks-Gaertner Mr. & Mrs. Ford R. Weyrick*
Ms. Lida M. Ferguson* Mrs. Darlene K. Marrs Ms. Judy Whitwer
Mrs. Betty J. Frederiksen* Rev. & Mrs. John T. Miller Mrs. Cheryl & Mr. Steve Wickersham
Mr. Herbert M. Fuldner* & Mrs. Marjorie L. Fuldner Mr. & Mrs. James E. Minehart, Jr. Ms. Barbara Willardo
Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Calvin O. Gerber Mr. Richard & Mrs. Nancy Murdock Jan Williams
Mr. William H. Gluesenkamp* & Mrs. Wilma Gluesenkamp Mrs. Ruth Frost Parker* Mrs. Mary D. Winningham*
Ms. Zola Graves Rev. & Mrs. Erling W. Peterson* Mr. C. William Witte*
John & Cathy Green Mrs. Ada May Pfiester* Mr. Frederick A. Wolfram*
Mr. Merle Hamilton* & Mrs. Peg Hamilton* Mrs. Anna M. Phipps* Joanne W. Woods*
Ms. Terri Handlin Merrill & Mildred Post* Rev. Arden Yakimow*
Miss Caroline I. Hart* Mrs. Emma A. Stork * Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth L. Young
Mrs. Catharine J. Hartzell* Mr. Joe L. Randles*
Mrs. Ardythe M. Hatchett Ms. Lucy Read
Mrs. Doris B. Heartwell* Miss Vivian E. Reemer*
Mrs. Virginia L. Heidt Miss Virginia C. Rensch*

* deceased


Keeper of the Faith

Keeper of the Faith

Donor Spotlight: Lou Dickman Generous with her time and energy, the late Lou Dickman was known as the “helper of the community.” Grounded in faith, compassion and love for her family and friends, this former resident of Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio, provided holy communion to friends, old and new…