A generous gift came to the Community Foundation recently from the estate of Pauline Kober, a longtime resident of Waterloo. Kober left the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa a gift of more than $143,000, which will be split into two community impact funds to benefit citizens of Black Hawk County and citizens of Traer, Iowa.
Pauline was born and grew up in rural Traer, Iowa, daughter of Frank and Millie Vogt-Safley. She received her education at Gates Business College and in 1944 began working in the office at Rath Packing Company, where she worked until her retirement in 1984. Having no children or spouse, Pauline left her estate to the community, benefiting several charities including the Community Foundation.
"Pauline was aware that she had a good deal of wealth and was the last surviving member of a large family. She was always interested in what was going on in the community and realized a need to think through what legacy she might leave, representing herself and her family," said Jared Bauch, Attorney.
Pauline Kober (left) is pictured with her longtime friend Anita Rau. Kober willed more than $143,000 to help benefit both Black Hawk County and Traer, where she was born and raised.
During her retirement, Pauline volunteered at the St. Francis Hospital in the gift shop and mail sorting, and looked after elderly friends-running errands, cooking and making sure they were taken to doctor appointments. Long time friend, Anita Rau, remembers Pauline as a friendly and generous woman and a hard worker.
Because the funds are permanently endowed, the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa Board and the governing committee of the Tama County Community Foundation, an affiliate foundation, will be able to make grants from each community impact fund annually to benefit the changing needs of the communities in perpetuity.
"Rather than see her wealth dissipate to collateral heirs, with whom she had no contact, Pauline wanted to make sure there was a legacy left to the community that would continue to bear fruit," said Bauch.
For more information about the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa and how you can give to or create your own fund, visit the foundation website at www.cfneia.org or call