Bluffs woman sets up fund for Midlands Humane Society in memory of her sister | Local News

Rene Stroud of Council Bluffs has established a fund to support the Midlands Humane Society in memory of her oldest sister, Lisa Richter of Geneva, Illinois.

Richter was killed in a traffic accident in spring 2009, Stroud said.

When money became available as a result of litigation against the other driver, who was found to be at fault, Stroud worked with the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation to set up the Lisa Richter Memorial Fund.

Animals were a cause near to her sister’s heart, Stroud said.

“She loved animals,” she said. “She loved dogs, especially.”

Richter was very close to her two dogs, Katie and Chloe, Stroud said.

“They were her friends,” she said. “They were almost her children.”

Katie was the last family pet they had together, and Lisa took Katie with her when she moved away from home, Stroud said.

“Having the dogs gave her a sense of peace,” she said.

Katie passed away at about the same time Richter did, she said.

“After she passed, Dad took on Chloe,” who has since died.

As with most funds at the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, donors have 10 percent added to their contributions and a 25 percent Endow Iowa tax credit and receive a federal tax deduction, said Jerry Mathiasen, the foundation’s president and CEO. And the fund will continue to help MHS indefinitely.

“Every year, an amount of dollars will be granted out to the Humane Society,” Mathiasen said. “Anybody can go on our website and contribute. There’s no minimum amount.”

Mathiasen told Stroud: “It’s really neat that you’re leaving a legacy for Lisa.”

Stroud said it was nice to have something positive come out of the tragic accident.

For more information or to contribute, visit, click on “Donate to a Charitable Fund” and scroll down to the Lisa Richter Memorial Fund.

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