Patricia J. (Ehlers) Popple Sunny Day Legacy Fund

"When a person experiences deep joy and adoration in their life, it often leads to significant outcomes"

Pat Popple, a Chippewa Falls resident, finds as much joy in exploring genealogy as she does in caring for her treasured pets.   After retiring from 37 years of teaching and school administration in the Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire School Districts, Pat considered how she could leave a gift for her community. To ensure that her two greatest joys would be supported and cared for forever, she started a fund to help them.

Pat opened an endowed fund and designated it to support The Chippewa County Genealogical Society and The Chippewa County Humane Association.   

"My endowment will help these organizations get more things done, more projects accomplished, and bring more people together".

Pat found her love for genealogy through her mother. My mother was one of 13 in her family. She always remembered everyone's special dates and knew how we were all connected through the generations. She really inspired me to find out who paved the way for me to be here today. With the intention of inspiring others to explore genealogy, half of Pat's fund will support the genealogical society's mission. 

It was through her grandmother that Pat developed a love for cats. Her first cat, "Putsy," was given to her and her family by her grandmother. She and family members cared for this independent, loving, and unpredictable, red cat. Since then, Pat has found joy in caring for many cats, and dogs too, who needed a loving home and teaching them exactly what that meant. Half of Pat's fund will support this type of experience for others through the mission of the humane society.  

Grants support Chippewa County Humane Association, Inc. and Chippewa County Genealogical Society, Inc.


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