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Wilma Baumgartner: "I appreciate good hospitals"

Wilma Baumgartner: "I appreciate good hospitals"

Photo: Wilma Baumgartner with Dr. Myles Cunningham at the Saint Francis Hospital Keystone Founders Society dinner in 2009.

"It always feels so good when you can give to others," said Wilma Baumgartner. This devout Roman Catholic woman is generous with her time and money to many mission-minded organizations, including Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston.

She credits her mother as her role model of generosity. As a child growing up in Nazi-era Austria (1933-1945), she recalls, "My mother knew our neighbors couldn't afford to buy meat at the butcher, so she would sneak out the backdoor telling us she was going to the garden and share food with them."

"When I came to this country [at age 26], I was a war bride. My husband was in the U.S. Army in Normandy. He wanted to marry someone who could make apple strudel," she said with a twinkle. "But we had nothing. I saved and saved. I clipped coupons, and it added up. One day my piggy bank was full!" In fact, she became known for her financial savvy. "I think I could have been an economist," she said.

"I appreciate good hospitals," she said, "and I like Saint Francis for its friendliness and Dr. [Myles] Cunningham - I will be friends with him forever! It's so important that it's Catholic, too." Mrs. Baumgartner has made two charitable gift annuities to the hospital, and both will pay her earned interest every year until the end of her lifetime.

In addition to her charitable gift annuities, Mrs. Baumgartner has given gifts of appreciated stock to Saint Francis Hospital and is a member of The Keystone Founders Society. She enjoys attending "the doings," special events held for donors of the hospital.

A charitable gift annuity is a fast and simple way to make a gift today and still enjoy a lifetime income. For more information, contact Moira McGinley, Presence Health Foundation Office of Gift Planning Services, at 312-308-3244.

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