Boyertown-area projects awarded grants

A longtime Boyertown resident left $1.42 million in her will to the Berks County Community Foundation for a fund to benefit the residents of the Boyertown School District.

The Marlene L. Driscoll Fund was created by the bequest of Marlene Driscoll, who passed away at age 85 on Nov. 13, 2019. Her estate was settled in December 2020.

The school district consists of Colebrookdale, Douglass, Earl and Washington townships; Boyertown, Bally and Bechtelsville; and the townships of Douglass, New Hanover and Upper Frederick in Montgomery County.

“Mrs. Driscoll’s legacy will help to support organizations and initiatives that brighten the lives of local residents,” said Heidi Williamson, senior vice president for programs and initiatives at the community foundation based in Reading. “She’s truly left an everlasting gift to her community.”

Jason Brudereck, foundation director of communication, said the foundation will identify the needs in the community to determine where the grants will go.

Driscoll, a native of Glen Burnie, Md., was predeceased by her husband, D. Robert “Bob” Driscoll, who died Nov. 6, 2006. He was a barber in Boyertown.

With no heirs to whom she could leave her estate, Driscoll decided to leave her estate to her community, said her estate lawyer, Thomas D. Leidy.

She held various jobs, including at National Penn Bank, Limerick power plant and Gross Equipment Company.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boyertown. She was well known in the area for her affiliation with Faith Chapter #444 Order of the Eastern Star and as a past officer in Order of the Amaranth #113 of Pottstown.

After the settlement of the Driscoll estate, the community foundation had assets of more than $100 million at the end of December 2020. 

The Community Foundation has awarded more than $65 million in grants and scholarships since its founding in 1994.

 

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