Family members of Philip and Luella Gaertner (top) and Lorvin and Edna Harting (bottom) established this fund to glorify God, to support future called workers of the WELS, and to honor the memory of their loved ones who, moved by the gospel, all served the Lord. Specifically, Philip Gaertner held many offices in local WELS congregations and in the church at large, encouraged two of his children to enter the public ministry, and was a strong supporter of the WELS in its ministry. Luella Gaertner had a heart for missions and was instrumental in starting the LWMS chapter at Trinity-Neenah, Wisconsin. Lorvin Harting served in various offices in local congregations. Edna Harting faithfully served the Lord on altar guild.
Income from the fund is distributed to students with financial need.