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Donor Recognition Program


Lea A. & Elsie L. Wildung Society

The purpose of the Lea A. and Elsie L. Wildung Society is to honor and recognize those who have included a legacy gift in their estate plans or made an endowment gift to benefit St. Croix. These dedicated individuals are a reflection of the Wildung's (Biography) early commitment to supporting the growth and development of this high school ministry. In so doing, these people recognize the school's unique role in training young Christians.


Membership is extended to alumni, parents, and friends who notify the Development Office of their intention to benefit St. Croix in their estate plan or make an endowment gift. Gift arrangements which qualify include:

Charitable Trusts
Gifts of Life Insurance
Gift Annuities
Retained Life Estates
Retirement Plan Beneficiary Designations
Endowed Funds

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Members of the Lea A. and Elsie L. Wildung Society will receive a membership certificate suitable for display and will be the President's guest at the annual Wildung Society dinner.


Lea and Elsie Wildung were long time St. Paul residents and members of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in St. Paul-one of the founding congregations of St. Croix.

Lea was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Paul and as an adult became an active leader at St. John and with the Elmhurst Cemetary Board. He made his living as a carpenter and is remembered by many for these skills.

Elsie came from a strong Christian family with deep ministry roots. Her grandfather was an early Lutheran missionary who began a congregation in Dakota County that today is Trinity Lone Oak. As a child Elsie attended the Christian day school at St. John. Even though St. Croix Lutheran High School did not exist when Elsie attended high school, she always had a special place in her heart for our school.

In 1986, Elsie made a gift that began the endowment fund at St. Croix. Endowments are restricted investment gifts that provide a steady source of income (from interest earnings) to the school and are designated to be kept intact for perpetuity. Elsie was a pioneer in making a gift that would ensure the future of this ministry.

Later Elsie and Lea would remember St. Croix in their estate plans providing an endowed scholarship fund to provide tuition assistance for St. Croix students.


last updated: 11-nov-04