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Ex-Teacher Leaves Her Fortune to City Schools

Edna Diehl bequeaths $1.3 million to the district in which she worked for 29 years.

September 10, 2006|From the Associated Press

DAVISON, Mich. — A woman who spent 29 years as a teacher and counselor at the city high school has left $1.3 million to the school district.

Edna Diehl died in July at 88. The Davison Educational Foundation will hold the money in trust, with the interest to be used to fund scholarships.

The district expects the interest will generate about $60,000 a year, paying for two years' worth of college for five students every year, said Kevin Leffler, a school board member and foundation president.

Diehl and her husband, Ben, who died in 1997, had no children.

She was known as a serious, sometimes even strict, teacher at Davison High School. Former students said she cared deeply and wanted them to succeed in life.

"She was pretty serious most of the time. But she could also be fun outside of school," Connie Olejniczak, a student during the mid-1960s, told the Flint Journal.

Diehl was known for her ability to raise money for student trips, colleagues said.

"I remember her having to count money all the time," said Dick DeLoge, a retired teacher who worked with her for about five years.

Davison is 50 miles north of Detroit.

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