Dale and Pat Te Kolste: A Legacy Built Together
Theirs is a true love story upon which others could be based—70 years of marriage that began with a blind date in college and included a courtship interrupted by World War II.
"He was gone four years. We laughed that we carried on our courtship through mail."
Dale and Pat Te Kolste shared an extraordinary life#8212;and built a remarkable legacy#8212;together.
"I wanted to be his support," Pat says. "Whatever he went into, he could always be sure I was going along with him."
The journey included Dale's professional ascension at Northern Natural Gas (which later became InterNorth), the births of their three children, and an extensive list of involvements that profoundly impacted our community and Methodist Health System.
Pat, who started her career as a teacher, volunteered at the old Methodist Hospital at 36th and Cuming streets and later served on the Boards of Methodist Hospital Foundation and Nebraska Methodist College.
"I really enjoyed everything I did for the Boards," Pat recalls. "I thought, ‘This is the most forward-looking group that I have ever known.'"
Dale, instrumental in helping to integrate Omaha Public Schools in the 1970s, served as Chairman of the Boards of Nebraska Methodist Hospital and Methodist Health System.
"I'm grateful that he could live as long as he lived," Pat says. Dale died of pneumonia February 13, 2016, at the age of 95. He included Methodist Hospital Foundation in his estate plan with a gift of life insurance. Pat continues to enhance the couple's charitable legacy with ongoing support of the Foundation and 125-year-old Nebraska Methodist College.
"I was always very much interested in the college. I have so much faith in that establishment. I don't want there to be any question whether it can go on. That would break my heart. I think we are turning out super people."
Those "super people" owe a debt of gratitude to two Nebraska natives whose decades-long love story included a deep devotion to community-and a desire to elevate it together.
To learn how you can follow in Dale and Pat's footsteps and ensure that Methodist Hospital remains a strong presence in our community, contact Elizabeth Borisow at (402) 354-4825 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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