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St. Mary’s Nursing School alumnus leaves $100,000 to IVCH Foundation

Published: Friday, June 13, 2014 12:45 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014 12:50 p.m. CDT
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Lori Rathbun presents a $100,000 check to IVCH Foundation President Jim Weber at the office of Jonathan Brandt, a Peru attorney.

PERU — The generosity of a Peru woman who graduated from the St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1948 has resulted in a $100,000 bequest to the Illinois Valley Community Hospital Foundation.

Adele Bucar died Feb. 19, 2014, in her Peru home. Her will named the IVCH Foundation as one of the beneficiaries of her estate. Bucar’s niece, Lori Rathbun, presented a check for $100,000 to IVCH Foundation President Jim Weber June 4 at the office of Peru attorney Jonathan Brandt.

“This is a wonderful gift at any time but especially so this year when we are commemorating the history of IVCH,” said Weber.

St. Mary’s Hospital in LaSalle merged with People’s Hospital in Peru in 1976 to form IVCH. People’s Hospital opened in 1914, and IVCH is observing the 100th anniversary of that event this year.

The St. Mary’s building was eventually closed when hospital services were consolidated in Peru. The St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing closed in 1954.

Bucar worked as a registered nurse at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village after graduating from nursing school.

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