meet marianne and louis weisenfeld

From its opening in 1905 until a 1983 consolidation, St. Agnes Grade School on the near south side of St. Louis city was served by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. It was during the 1940s that little Marianne Schuller attended St. Agnes. There, she was introduced to the CSJ charism, learning a great deal from these committed educators and servants to the “dear neighbor in need.”
Later, Marianne attended Notre Dame High School in St. Louis, where among her “dozen or so” close girlfriends, two went on to join the CSJ community. “We all stayed in touch over the years, getting together for lunch or a nice dinner out,” Marianne recalls. “Sister Paulette
Gladis and Sister Mariann DeBuck, (who passed away four years ago) would often host our group at the Motherhouse in Carondelet. Their dining room is wonderful, and we’d stay
around chatting after lunch, so that was really great.”
Over the years, Marianne would also hear from Sister Paulette when a particular ministry or project was in need. “I would donate to this or that...the Sisters do so much—you can’t imagine how many people need help to get back on their feet. They’ve lost a job or a spouse or have a very sick child, and they need a helping hand. I think it’s great how the sisters are
there providing this assistance.”
In 1970 Marianne married Louis Weisenfeld, a native of Breese, Illinois, where the couple now live and attend St. Augustine Church. But Marianne continues to stay in touch
with her CSJ friends. In 2012, the Weisenfelds began thinking about establishing
a sizable planned gift to a charitable ministry. “We don’t have children but were considering our donation to someone, somewhere. I told my husband, ‘The Sisters don’t waste a nickel,
and they help people who really need help, including a lot of older people.’ We wanted the money to go where we knew it would be used wisely.”
Choosing an annuity enabled the couple to enjoy significant tax advantages along with yearly residual income. “That part’s nice, though I think we still would’ve donated without that
benefit,” Marianne says. Thus it is that through one couple’s generous planned gift, a friendship that first blossomed so many decades ago is destined to remain in bloom for many years to come.

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Click here to learn more about planned giving or contact Patricia R. Cassens, CFRE, Executive Director of Mission Advancement, at 314-678-0329 or e-mail her at


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