Bells of St. Mary’s gets $50K gift

Matching donation from the B. Bruce Krier Foundation eclipses goal of $250,000 for nonprofit

This rendering shows what the Bells of St. Mary's memorial, which will feature three bells from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lake Church, will look like.
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Bells of St. Mary’s, Inc. has received a matching gift of $50,000 from the B. Bruce Krier Foundation of Random Lake toward its $250,000 capital campaign goal.

The Bells of St. Mary’s capital campaign will fund construction of a new bell memorial to house the three historic bells from the former St. Mary’s Church in Lake Church, and other improvements to St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lake Church.

The Bells of St. Mary’s Inc. launched its capital campaign on May 16 and already raised over $150,000.

“Once the $50,000 gift is matched, we will have met our $250,000 goal. We are honored that Bruce Krier’s legacy of giving will live on through our Bells of St. Mary’s project,” Bells of St. Mary’s Vice President Kevin Wester said.

Bruce Krier was a fifth-generation member of St. Mary’s Parish in Lake Church.  He was baptized at St. Mary’s and was a graduate of St. Mary’s Grade School. 

Krier became president of Belgium’s Krier Preserving Co., which was founded by his grandfather J.B. Krier in 1913.

Bruce later reorganized the company as Krier Foods, Inc. which is in Random Lake and is one of the largest beverage manufacturers in the Midwest.  Bruce, a well-known philanthropist in the region, died from cancer in 2013.

Bells of St. Mary’s plans to begin construction of the bell memorial next spring. Dedication of the bell memorial is planned for August 13, during what is being billed as Celebrate Lake Church Weekend, which runs in conjunction with Luxembourg Fest in Belgium.

To donate to the Bells of St. Mary’s capital campaign, visit thebellsofstmarys.org or contact Kevin Wester at kevin.wester14@gmail.com or (262) 355-5758.

Improving the St. Mary’s Cemetery is already under way. Gravestone cleaning sessions have been held this summer.

“We now have the oldest section of the cemetery entirely finished, but we have quite a ways to go,” Wester said.

Sessions are to resume in spring.

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