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  • Vernon Wernecke
    Vernon Wernecke
    The United community was saddened to learn of the passing of Vernon Wernecke at 95 years of age in December 2012. Vernon was a friend and supporter of United during his lifetime...
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  • Bob '59 and Marge Long
    Bob '59 and Marge Long
    When Bob and Marge Long decided to include United in their wills, they also sent a letter to Bob's Mission House Seminary classmates encouraging them to include a bequest to United in their wills as well...
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  • Alfred and Dorothee Aeppli
    Alfred and Dorothee Aeppli
    Alfred and Dorothee Aeppli have been friends and supporters of United for many years and were honored in May 2006 as new Joshua Society members. In September 2008, Alfred died of cancer...
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  • John '63 and Pat Krueger (by John Krueger)
    John '63 and Pat Krueger (by John Krueger)
    When Pat and I drew up our first will in the early 1970s, our main concern was care for our three children if we died. It was my sister, Naomi, and her family who were named as the custodial parents...
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  • Bob and Alice Strobel
    Bob and Alice Strobel
    Bob and Alice Strobel lived in New Brighton in a spacious home within minutes of United and were on hand at United's opening day of classes in 1962. United recruited the couple from Union Theological Seminary...
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  • Michael '77 and Barbara (Bobbie) Obenauer
    Michael '77 and Barbara (Bobbie) Obenauer
    Michael and Barbara (Bobbie) Obenauer of Poynette, Wis., have included United in their estate plans. Their decision, they said, was based on a desire to both say thank you and to give their heirs...
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  • Erna Hoof Estate
    A thoughtful bequest from the late Erna Hoof of Glencoe, Minn., was designated for United's student loan fund. Erna's bequest doubled the amount in the student loan fund at the time, substantially...
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  • Norma Barz Voetberg Estate
    United was the recipient of a generous gift from the Norma Barz Voetberg estate. The seminary was one of 12 organizations Norma wanted to support in hopes for a "better tomorrow."
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