Saturday, June 28, 2014
Bernadette Steep did not grow up wealthy or live extravagantly. She worked hard during college to pay for tuition and lived frugally throughout her life while working as a public school teacher. She also did not have many relatives in her later years. She did not have children or a spouse, and her sister who she lived with died in 2007. However, she did receive some large gifts later in life, and when she died she gave them to her true love, education. Steep left $2 million to her alma mater, Marquette University, to be used toward scholarships for the College of Education and the Law School.
See Karen Herzog, Frugal Teacher Leaves $2 Million for Marquette Scholarships, The Journal Sentinel, June 18, 2014.
Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.