Marie L. Kurtz Fund

 

Marie was educated at local parochial schools, Sacred Heart Elementary and the Immaculate Conception High School. Upon graduating in 1932, she received a scholarship to attend Marycrest College, but because it was during the depression it was necessary for her to go to work. She acquired a position with Credit Island Grocery and worked under Joe Lagomaricino, owner. Joe eventually put his store up for sale and Marie made up her mind that she would purchase it.

The grocery store was located in a prime area near Credit Island Park and central to activity on the west end of town. Marie worked from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, except on occasion when she would come in late after a night of dancing or seeing a show. The grocery store was near the Mississippi River and was not immune to flooding. During one such flood, Marie was busy protecting her inventory when she received a call from the post office. At the time, the grocery store acted like a branch post office where families in the area picked up their mail. The postmaster was surprised that anyone was able to make it through the flooding. He decided that if Marie was able to get to the store, then a mail carrier could get the mail there as well. In a twist of fate, the mail carrier would become Marie’s husband, Richard.

Richard continued as a postal carrier after their marriage. He enjoyed his work, especially being outdoors. Marie remembered him coming home after a day in 101 degree heat and how he tried to cool off. Richard enjoyed working with the postal credit union and both of them became involved in its activities.

Marie and Richard’s three sons, Thomas, born in 1941, David, born in 1942, and Charles, born in 1952, kept her very busy with many activities, especially baseball. They were in Little League and Pony Division. Marie loved baking and making grape jelly from the grapevines in her backyard. She volunteered at Genesis Hospital, delivering mail and flowers to the patients.

Marie’s spirit of giving lead her to believe establishing a charitable gift annuity at the Community Foundation would provide the greatest benefits to herself, her community and the organizations she loved. A gift annuity allowed Marie to receive fixed income payments for life while saving taxes twice, since she avoided capital gains tax and received a generous charitable deduction. Marie passed away in January 2008 and her gift now supports six charities that she selected.

"Mary and I have been interested in the issue of hunger in the Quad Cities for many, many years. It is great to be able to have an impact."

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