Kay Bouyack, of the foundation, has announced the creation of the Richard O. and Thelma Augusta Duvendeck Memorial Fund.
“Half of the income from the restricted fund will be used for the needs of impoverished children, and the other half will benefit projects of First Lutheran Church in Portsmouth,” said Kim Cutlip. “It's what we usually call a combination fund, which is great.”
Thelma Duvendeck died in 2004 at the age of 93. She and her husband, Richard, who died in 1987, owned the Duvendeck Paint Store in Sciotoville where they lived.
“The couple had no children of their own, but Thelma always wanted to help people who were less fortunate than herself,” said Keri Kuhn, a friend, who helped and cared for Thelma Duvendeck, while she was in nursing homes. “She loved children and loved to hear about kids. She wanted to help other people by giving to them.”
Cutlip said the foundation received the new memorial fund at the end of 2006.
“We usually let the fund sit and grow, and get some earnings, before we start offering the grants to the beneficiaries,” Cutlip said. “Typically people apply to us with their grant proposal in hand, so if someone wants to apply and they haven't, we encourage them to apply.”
Cutlip said the Duvendeck Memorial Fund will produce approximately $5,000 per year.
“This will be added to the mix of some $900,000 in grants, disbursements and scholarships the Scioto Foundation is currently awarding,” she said. “Each fund adds to what we can give back to the community.”
Anyone wishing to learn more about the Duvendeck Fund may do so by contacting the Scioto Foundation at (740) 354-4612 or at P.O. Box 911, Portsmouth, Ohio, 45662.
“Thelma was a true lady, a modest, private person and a housewife whose values centered on taking care of her husband and her home,” Kuhn said.