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Church receives bequest

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Annunciation Catholic Church recently received the $76,000 bequest of two spinster sisters, whose dying wish was to help support the local parish. Those attending the presentation included (from left) Indiana Benefits Recovery President Brent Minnick, associate Chuck Kudek and Annunciation Catholic Church Father Harold Rightor.
After 10 years, Annunciation Catholic Church, received the $76,000 bequest of two spinster sisters, whose dying wish was to help support their local parish.

Brazil, has been the home to Annunciation for the past 150 years.

The church membership included about 150 families, which formerly included the two sisters, who passed away within a year of each other.

They each also stated that, should they both pass, their estate would be bequeathed to Annunciation Church.

Father Harold Rightor II, Annunciation's current parish priest, did not know the ladies, nor that the role of executor of the sister's estate had been passed to him from his predecessor until contacted by Indiana Benefits Recovery President, Brent Minnick.

Minnick's company helps Indiana residents and businesses recover funds due to them that are lost or unknown to the parties involved. Associates Chuck Kudek and Deanna Charcalla were on the team involved in the recovery, which involved at least 40 hours worth of research.

"We never would have known about this generous donation," Father Rightor said.

"I have only been here for a little over a year and did not know the sisters personally."

Father Rightor stated that although he has known people who have made generous donations to the church, he has not heard of many who have donated their entire inheritance.

As for the plans for the money, Father Rightor stated, "The church and rectory are both very old, and they both are heated using the old, original boilers. Replacing them is one of several projects that are under consideration."

Indiana Benefits Recovery uses several research methods to identify and recover lost money.

Once the owner of the assets agrees to become a client, Indiana Benefits Recovery works with them throughout the process, performing research using a team of attorneys.

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I'm amazed the writer of this story used the word "spinster" when describing two incredibly generous ladies. Spinster is not a flattering adjective and has no place in this wonderful story.

-- Posted by Claycountian on Fri, Dec 17, 2010, at 5:45 AM

Historically a legal term for woman over the age of 38 whose only employment choice was to spin wool to earn a living. Though later the term was derogatory when women were not considered complete unless attached to a man, actually in the age of feminism a spinster is one who has set her standards high and no available man met those standards and does not connote a failure to "catch" a man. [wikapedia]

Obviously the ladies did well for themselves without a man and Annunciation Parish was their family.

Too bad their names weren't published as some in area most likely know them.

What a wonderful Christmas gift for the parish. This will allow more funds to be used for good works and not for overdue physical plant repairs/improvements. A win/win for many.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Fri, Dec 17, 2010, at 7:44 AM

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