Kissinger bequest aids Cocalico Education Foundation

By on March 30, 2016


A generous gift of $118,000 from June E. Kissinger, life-long Denver resident and a 1941 graduate of the former Denver High School, will enable the Cocalico Education Foundation to start a permanent endowment fund.

Jerry Harding of Harding-Yost Insurance Associates, 352 Main St., Denver, and also past president of the foundation, spoke recently about the endowment fund’s inaugural donor and his relationship with the family.

“When I purchased this office from Eugene Brubaker, June’s mother Mabel worked here and stayed on as our first employee,” said Harding. “At that time Mabel was 74 years old.

June E. Kissinger

June E. Kissinger

“It was unique that not only was June an only child but her mother and father were also only children. So it’s somewhat understandable that June grew up a protected child. She had a sense of anxiety about many issues.”

“June and her mother were active in the Denver Woman’s Club for many years,” said Harding.

“When Mabel died, June called the agency and I thought I’d be minimally involved for a short period of time,” he said. “Little did I know I’d be involved for the next 22 years, until June died on Dec. 20, 2014. At that time June resided in Phoebe Berks Village in Wernersville.”

Harding said the Kissingers were careful with their money.

“All the years I knew Mabel and June, they led a thrifty, frugal life,” he said. “What I didn’t know and learned later was that Mabel’s father and June’s grandfather, Samuel Kurtz, was one of the 10 founders of Denver National Bank. When Fulton Bank bought Denver National Bank, June’s financial resources increased exponentially.”

June Kissinger wanted charities to benefit from her good fortune and she supported many charitable organizations throughout her life.

Each spring for many years, June proudly donated much of the money for the Cocalico Education Foundation’s “Books to Grow On” program, which supplied books to preschoolers.

“Now, with this generous bequest from June, it’s up to the Cocalico Education Foundation to grow that fund,” Harding said. “We’ll try to conserve the principal and use just the income or the income and a small percentage of the principal for scholarships and grants.”

The foundation was not alone in experiencing Kissinger’s posthumous generosity.

“At June’s passing other bequests were made in Lancaster and Berks counties,” Harding said.


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