April 8, 2021
The Toledo Blade featured a story yesterday on Katherine R. Smith, and the Katherine R. Smith Funds for Youth, grants that are designated to support programs in northwest Ohio that enhance the lives of young people. The Board of Trustees of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation and the Waterville Community Foundation awarded Katherine R. Smith Funds for Youth grants totaling $41,460 to seven nonprofit organizations including Adopt America Network; After-School All-Stars Ohio; Awake Community Coalition; Bittersweet Farms; Courageous Community Services; Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center; and The Ridge Project, Inc. an exercise program at the Anthony Wayne YMCA.
RCO Law is proud that Katherine R. Smith was a client of the firm. She passed in 2015 at age 98. Katherine grew up in Toledo and Liberty Center, Ohio. She moved to Stamford, Connecticut, with her husband, Tom, where she worked as an administrative assistant for Cushman Brothers. The couple had no children. Later in life at the age of 87, she returned to Ohio. Attorney Paul E. Croy worked closely with Katherine on her estate plan that was designed to provide grant monies to meet specific needs in our community that focused on young people under age 18.
"Katherine was a wonderful, caring lady who clearly understood how her legacy could serve others. It was a pleasure to work with someone who wanted to continue to make a difference after she had passed. Having lived through the depression, she knew the value of hard work and saving. She also recognized that young people deserved strong programs to nurture their minds, bodies and spirits. Katherine’s goodwill is making an impact on future generations,” Paul said.
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