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FORT ST. JOHN, BC – The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation has established the Manfred Stegelmeier Endowment Fund after a $200,000 donation from Stegelmeier’s estate.

According to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, the donation will be used to help purchase vital medical, diagnostic, and surgical equipment to support patient comfort at the Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa Residential Care Facility.

Manfred’s siblings shared a memory of their brother’s relationship with Fort St. John in the FSJHF release.

“Our brother always held the staff and the work done at the Fort St. John Hospital in high esteem. For this reason, at his own passing, he donated his entire estate and the sale of his home to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation.”

Stegelmeier was born in Germany in 1939 and moved to Canada in 1956. After becoming an airplane pilot, he explored Canada from east to west, and then north, finally settling in Charlie Lake with his wife, Margaret. He was a volunteer firefighter with the Charlie Lake Fire Department for many years.

After he retired, Stegelmeier became an active member of the Fort St. John Seniors Association.

Hospital Foundation executive director Niki Hedges is honoured to establish the fund in Stegelmeier’s name, who passed away in 2018.

“His name is now placed on the Endowment Fund panel located in the Hospital lobby, and his and Margaret’s names will also be placed on the Foundations Memorial Wall. Manfred’s gift will have a lasting impact in a way that was meaningful to him,” says Hedges.

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