Date: October 9th, 2013

Peggy Morse Leaves $100,000 to Lancaster Community Fund

Ken Klaas, chair of the Lancaster Community Fund, announced this week that the organization has received a bequest of $100,000 from Peggy S. Morse, long-time Lancaster resident who died in July of this year.  Peggy was the wife of Edward J. Morse, Jr., an attorney and third-generation Lancaster Morse family member.  The gift establishes the Morse Family Fund as a component of the Lancaster Community Fund.  The initial grants from the Morse Family Fund will be made in the spring of 2014 and will support projects proposed by local non-profit organizations that serve people living in the Lancaster School District.


Peggy Morse

Peggy Morse grew up in Pennsylvania and met Ed at the University of Wisconsin when they were students.  After World War II, Ed and Peg settled in Lancaster where Ed established a law practice and Peggy engaged in civic affairs.  Peg served as a troop leader of Girl Scouts and was a member of the Garden Club and PEO.  Additionally, she was an accomplished painter in the local artists group.  Peg and Ed were principal promoters of the establishment and development of a Girl Scout Camp south of Lancaster which operated under the auspices of the Dubuque Council.  Ed was an active participant in the life of our community and served for many years as Lancaster’s city attorney.   The Morses are survived by two children, Martha Forget of Sand Point, Idaho, and Daniel Morse, of Madison.