FULTON, Ill. — Schmaling Memorial Public Library of Fulton has received a second monetary gift from the estate of Ray and Frances (Fiet) Rus, two well-known Fulton natives.

Ray Rus was the original administrator of Harbor Crest Nursing Home in Fulton. In addition to being a homemaker, Frances (Fiet) Rus was organist for 50 years at First Reformed Church in Fulton, and she gave piano and organ lessons in her home and at Renier’s Music Store in Clinton.

An avid reader, Frances Rus was a long-time patron and supporter of Schmaling Memorial Library, commonly referred to as the Fulton Public Library.

Their desire to remember the library with gifts from their estate was carried out by their three children: Arlyn (Claire) Rus, Lynne (Bill) Loerop and Joan (Keith) Faber. In accordance with the wishes of the family, the money was directed into the Schmaling Memorial Library Project Fund. With the assistance of the Fulton Association for Community Enrichment, the project fund was established last fall with the initial gift from the Rus estate.

The library’s board of trustees can tap into the project fund at any time, but the money in this fund will be reserved only for major library projects and will not be used for normal operating expenses.

The project fund is separate from the Schmaling Memorial Public Library Endowment Fund which was established through FACE in 2007. Unlike the project fund, the endowment fund exists in perpetuity, and each year only a portion of the interest earned by the fund can be spent to benefit the library.

Anyone interested in knowing more about the library’s project fund or endowment fund, or in making a donation to either fund, is asked to contact Ron Koehn, president of the library’s board of trustees, or Connie Koehn, director of FACE, at (815) 589-2646.