September 2, 2014
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Lakeview couple leave estate to Arkansas Children's Hospital

     Although they weren't able to have children of their own, it was their love of children that spurred Theodore Martin Kabelitz and his wife, Regina Marie, of Lakeview to leave their estate to the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. A retired attorney from the Chicago area, Theodore Kabelitz, and his wife, thoroughly researched the renowned hospital before deciding to leave more than $314,000 to the facility.
     The bequest was announced Wednesday by Mountain Home attorney Roy Danuser, who did the legal work and administered the Kabelitz's trust, and Don Ott of Lakeview, a close friend and neighbor of theirs who served as a successor trustee. After the Kabelitz's died, Ott approached Danuser about serving as attorney for the trust. During the next 21 months, the two worked to ensure all of the Kabelitz's taxes, medical and funeral expenses were paid and to take care of the estate and the sale of property, all with the decision that they would accept no pay for their work.
     Theodore Kabelitz died in January 2012 and his wife died 13 months earlier in December 2010. Ott said he first got to know the couple when he worked as a real estate agent and he sold them their home when they retired in Lakeview in 1981. He said over the years he became close friends with them.
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     Danuser spoke of the Kabelitz's decision to leave their estate to the Children's Hospital, which he said is the only pediatric research facility in Arkansas.
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     Danuser said the Kabelitz's were impressed the Children's Hospital is ranked among the top five pediatric facilities in the country. The hospital is a nationwide leader in pediatric transplantation, Danuser said, performing 99 pediatric heart transplants in the past five years.
     Two representatives of the Arkansas Children's Hospital, Melissa Stiles and Becky McCauley, were on hand to accept the Kabelitz's gift. Stiles, a senior development officer for Planned Giving, on what the donation means.
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     Stiles said she plans to research the possibility of a naming opportunity honoring the Kabelitz's as a result of the sizable gift.   
     Ott said Theodore and Regina Kabelitz were caring and generous people.
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     Lakeview resident Don Ott and Mountain Home attorney Roy Danuser on an estate gift of just over $314,000 made by Theodore and Regina Kabelitz to the Arkansas Children's Hospital.

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