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West Bend man's legacy lives on with donations made after his death

Mark Scholz left thousands of dollars to charity
Posted: 6:35 PM, Nov 21, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-22 00:35:49Z

A West Bend man who spent most of his life helping others, is still helping even after his death.

Mark Scholz was honored during the TMJ4 Positively Milwaukee Awards last month for his charitable contributions and volunteer work in the community.

His family is making sure his legacy carries on by delivering checks to the organizations he donated to in his will.

"He was very humble and he didn’t do these things for the accolades at all," said Jan Zehren, Mark's sister.

His family knew he was involved in the community, but didn't know quite how much until his death in February. That's when they found out about all of the money he left behind for the organizations he cared about.

On Tuesday, Zehren and her mother Bernice Scholz delivered a check for $30,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County.

"When you get this type of donation, that’s a big deal," said Jay Fisher, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County. "Unbudgeted money and the amount he has’re able to serve a lot more kids."

"It’s very hard for me not to shed a tear because he’s done such wonderful things for the kids and in his life, that was very very important," said Bernice Scholz.

The family went on a tour of the facility and was invited to eat a Thanksgiving meal with the children there, something they say was very healing.

"It's made me very, very proud of having a son like him," Bernice said. 

The money will be used to support local sports leagues in West Bend, something Mark was very passionate about.

His family still has six more checks to deliver, including a $30,000 donation for the Kraemer Cancer Center at St. Joseph's Hospital and a $15,000 donation for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County.