Originally Published: July 31, 2018 2:53 p.m.
Joe and Hertha Koole have generously bequeathed their estate to the Friends of the Prescott Valley Public Library.
On July 17, former library director and trustee of the Koole estate, Stuart Mattson, presented a check to the president and vice president of the Friends for more than $163,000.
On that same day, the Board of Directors of the Friends voted to invest the gift for future library needs. The hope is that each year the Friends will be able to choose between using dividends to help the library meet its goal of serving the community and re-investing those dividends to grow the fund so that it will be able to help even more in the future.
Hertha and Joe Koole were important supporters of the Library and early residents of Prescott Valley. In the late 1970s they attended a free dinner in Michigan and heard about a place called Prescott Valley, Arizona.
They bought a lot and moved to what Hertha called the “Village” in 1978. The Kooles were very active in the community and would ride their bikes to the pool, located at the current senior center, and volunteer at the library. Hertha also volunteered at Mountain View Elementary School.
Joe passed away on Oct. 25, 2003, at age 92; Hertha passed away on July 5, 2017, at age 88.
“Hertha was well loved not only as a volunteer, but she was considered family to us all at the library,” current Library Director Casey Van Haren wrote in the June Prescott Valley Public Library newsletter.