Legacy Society

The Legacy Society is a group of donors with a passion for Christian education. They have designated a gift to the Lutheran Education Foundation in their estate plan through a bequest, life insurance, transfer of real estate, or other appropriate planning tool.

Those who have chosen to be recognized as members of the Legacy Society have done so, not for worldly recognition, but to encouraging others to discover their own legacy of generosity. The Legacy Society is an opportunity to celebrate our biblical calling to enrich community and meet the needs of others in their seasons of life. What a great opportunity we have as Christians to be a blessing today, tomorrow, and forever.

How to Become a Member

Any one who chooses to donate to Lutheran Education Foundation through either a planned or deferred estate gift is automatically eligible for membership in the Legacy Society. This includes gifts given through: 

  • Life Insurance
  • Bequests
  • Retirement Plan Assets
  • Family Gift Funds
  • Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Revocable Trusts
  • Life Estate Reserved
  • Donor Advised Funds

Membership in the Legacy Society includes:

  • Celebration and recognition in publications such as newsletters, annual reports, and on the Lutheran Education Foundation website. 
  • Invitation to recognition events for all members providing an opportunity to network and celebrate their support of Lutheran Education Foundation. 
  • Advocating for the society which could include referral of potential members when possible and appropriate.
  • Ongoing information regarding planned gifts and available opportunities

If you have designated Lutheran Education Foundation in your gift planning and would like to be a member of the Legacy Society please print and fill out the enrollment form and mail to us. You many choose to remain anonymous if you so desire.

If you would like more information please contact Lloyd Wagnitz by phone at 402-467-5404 or by email at lwagnitz@lincolnlutheran.org.

Why Become a Legacy Society Member?

"We are very passionate about Lincoln Lutheran. When Lincoln Lutheran expanded to include high school the Lord 'tapped' us on the shoulder and said we were to send our three daughters. We questioned how we could do it with tuition and driving 60 miles each day. But the Lord provided! Our current and lifetime giving through gift planning is a statement about what God has done and a gift of gratitude." - Mark and Kathie Divine

"Certainly there are many worthy causes out there, but Lutheran education is very important to us. Sara attended Trinity Lutheran Elementary in Lincoln as well as Lincoln Lutheran Junior High, and her late father was instrumental in getting Lincoln Lutheran High School started. Our three daughters would attend elementary school at Christ Schools in Lincoln, and would eventually attend Lincoln Lutheran Middle and High Schools. Our family benefited from Christ-centered education and we could think of no better way to provide these opportunities for future generations than to designate the Lutheran Education Foundation in our estate plan." - Mark and Sara Fahleson

"After watching our kids grow and develop into young adults from their experiences at Messiah Lutheran and Lincoln Lutheran, we have designated the Lutheran Education Foundation as a beneficiary in our estate plan. We can't think of a better gift than seeing future generations benefit from Christian schools with adequate resources for good teachers & facilities." - Mike and Susan Staab

Legacy Society Members

5 anonymous members
Oliver and Emma Allen*
Clarence and Loretta Bangert*
Dennis Bartels*
Hattie Bartels*
Stuart and Jill Bartruff
Ray Becker*
Beulah Bedke*
Cory and Lynne Bergt
Robert* and Martha Bonner
Michael C. and Margaret Breckel*
Dennis and Joan Brink
Robert and Billie Bussmann
Robert and Beth Caldwell
John Canfield and Sherry Linnerson
Mark and Kathie Divine
Barbara Endorf*
Dennis Engelbart*
Deverne and Ruth Ernstmeyer*
Scott (1989) and Sara Ernstmeyer
Mark and Sara (1983) Fahleson
Marie Francis*
Lilly Frost*
John and Janice Gossin*
Donald* and Carmen Grant
Robert and Diane (1964) Grundman
Gloria Hankel*
Dan and Marj Heibel*
Robert and Janice Heins*
Tom and Denise (1973) Hertzel
Gwendell Hohensee
Jonathan (2004) and Rachel Jank
Mark and Debra Kisker
Neal and Patricia Koch
Dorothy Krause*
Ronald (1972) and Jayne Kuehn
Arnim and Florence Kumm*
Travis and Renae Lebo
Kenneth and Barbara Leymaster
Wayne and Wanda Lillich*
Donald and Lawana Lohrberg*
Kimberly Loontjer* (1999)
Wayne and Lori Luebbe
Kevin and Denise Meyer
Trudy Meyer
Richard Middendorf*
Tom and Andrea Morton
Alvin Norden*
Margaret Paschold*
Robert and Karen Ravenscroft
Larry* and Donna Redinbaugh
Karen Reeb*
Ivadelle Repschlaeger*
John and Sandra Roeber
Chris and Angie Schaedel
Robert and Wini Schaedel
Allan and Sandra Schmidt
Dale* and Florence Schmidt
Nathan Schmidt
Mary Schudel*
Paul Schudel
Jason (2000) and Anna Schwab
Henry and Josephine Schwalm*
Steve and Kathy Sirek
Rod and Gayle Smith
Mike and Susan Staab
Gladys Stinson*
Steve and June Taege
Kent and Sue Weishahn
Jerry and Krista Welch
Randy and Charlene Wilcox
Donna Willet
Gene Windhorst*

  • * an asterisk indicates members called home to be with their Lord
  • Lincoln Lutheran Alumni are designated with their graduation (year)
  • List last updated July 25, 2022

Legacy Society Enrollment Form

Print the form below and send it in. Or give us a call and we will schedule a visit to come and pick it up.