The Lowell Nelson Society

One of the Foundation’s top priorities is endowment growth. To that end, in 1997 the Directors established a planned giving program, The Lowell Nelson Society, named for the man who provided distinguished service and leadership as the District’s Superintendent from 1959 until he retired in 1973. Everyone who values excellent public school education is urged to consider membership in the society. Society members generously perpetuate their support of public education in Winona beyond their lifetimes.

Membership is accorded to those who leave a legacy to the Foundation by naming it as a beneficiary in their wills or other estate plans, insurance policies, qualified pension plans, or through charitable trusts, bargain sales, or other charitable arrangements. Appreciated assets generally provide the best opportunities for high value, low cost charitable planned gifts.

The Foundation urges donors to consult with their financial advisors when contemplating making a planned gift.

For more information or answers to questions, contact the Foundation office: 507-494-1004 or send an email to:

The Lowell Nelson Society was established by unanimous vote on April 15, 1997 by the 1997-1998 Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools Board of Directors.

Thank you for the continuous support to the Foundation. When considering a Legacy gift, please use the following form (.docx).

The current members of the Lowell Nelson Society are listed below. We hope you will consider joining this group who are leaving a lasting legacy that will benefit WAPS students for generations to come.


Judy Bodway Shelley & John Milek
Susan & John Eddy Gay & Arvid Mortensen
Mark Godsey Joliene & LaVerne Olson
Gayle Goetzman Linda & Don Olson
Norma Grausnick* Herbert B. & Anne B. Polachek*
Harriet Green Russ & Wanda Rattunde
Scott & Carmen Hannon Robert & Jean Raz*
Jim & Shannon* Hanzel Nancy & Jim Reynolds
Donna Helble* Chuck & Judy Shepard
Susan Hoffe* Barbara Schilling*
Neva King* Sharon Suchla*
Harland* & Pauline Knight* Rita Sullivan*
Ruth Kottschade* Linda A. Wood
Tom & Leone Mauszycki Joyce and Pete* Woodworth
Luke & Brenda Merchlewitz
Ramona & Roger* Metz