The couple, who were members of Sacred Heart Church in Templeton, made bequests of $295,000 each to Sacred Heart Church, St. Anthony Regional Hospital, New Hope and Manning Regional Healthcare Center.
“They didn’t have any children, so their community and Keith and Michele were their family,” said Jerry Janson, former financial advisor for the Kalkhoffs. “That’s probably the biggest reason they wanted to contribute this money is they looked at their community as family. They looked at those organizations that were benefitting the community and themselves as to why they chose the four they did.”
Janson is now retired, and his son Jordan Janson transitioned into serving as the Kalkhoffs advisor four or five years ago.
Leana, 87, died on June 2, 2020, and Donald, 89, died on Nov. 26, 2020. They are both buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Templeton.
Father Tim Friedrichsen, pastor at Sacred Heart Church, said the majority of the funds received by the parish will go towards upkeep of the 120-plus year-old church building – tuckpointing, new roof, lighting and the front steps.
Trish Roberts, development director at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, was in “awe, amazed and so grateful” to find out the news of the estate gift from the Kalkhoffs.
“One of my first thoughts was ‘I wish I would have had a chance to tell them how much we appreciate their thoughtfulness and consideration, not only for St. Anthony, but for other really important organizations in our community,’” said Roberts. “The whole gift is very generous. I just wish I could have thanked them in person.”
When Roberts found out about the gift, she sat down with St. Anthony President and CEO Ed Smith, Keith and Jordan to learn more about the Kalkhoffs. She asked Keith, as one of their trusted family members, how the couple would want the gift to be used.
“Keith has been affected by cancer,” said the development director, who added the contribution will go to the St. Anthony Cancer Center. “He believed this is something they would really want to support. They were very careful in how they spent their money and that is why they were able to do this.”
Another beneficiary of the Kalkhoff’s estate is Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC). Linn Block’s, RN, BSN, MHA, chief executive officer, said she was both surprised and shocked by the generous gift.
The estate gift will be used for a new program at the hospital – Senior Life Solutions, which is an outpatient program for seniors 65 and older who may be suffering from depression and anxiety. MRHC will renovate some of the space used for Senior Life Solutions. This program benefits seniors in a 25-mile radius of Manning, which includes Templeton and all the small towns in the area.
New Hope in Carroll plans to deposit the funds from the Kalkhoffs into their endowment so that interest earned can benefit programming at the non-profit perpetually.
Jodie Jansen, director of development at New Hope, explained the organization invests legacy gifts for “our organization’s endowment fund, allowing this single gift to continue to perpetually give for years to come.”
Shown in the photo outside of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Templeton are from left to right, (front row) Trish Roberts of St. Anthony, Keith Sporrer, Jodie Jansen of New Hope Village, and Linn Block of Manning Regional Healthcare Center; (back row) Joe Behrens and Father Tim Friedrichsen of Sacred Heart Church and Jerry and Jordan Janson, Edward Jones.