Man honors nursing home with $2 million for care rendered 13 years ago

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For long-term care workers wondering if their good work is ever noticed, this story's for you.

A northern Wisconsin man has decided to give $2 million to a continuing care retirement community because he was so impressed with the care his mother received there. Northland Lutheran Retirement Community will be the beneficiary of the gift from Ed Manske and his wife, Janice.

It is the biggest single donation ever received by the company, which operates full-service communities in Marinette, WI, where Ed Manske was born and raised, and Menominee, MI.

According to published reports, Manske said the main reason the CCRC will inherit the $2 million is because of the way staff members cared for his mother. Manske's memories must be vivid: His mother died in 1995.

The gift will be used to further "important work of Christian service long into the future," said Bishop Thomas Skrenes, of the Northern Great Lakes Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, in an online posting. Northland offers a full-range of elder services, from independent living through skilled nursing, including transportation and other services.