Maxine Rippe Award

The Maxine Rippe Award recognizes an individual whose past and present service to the Allen County community exemplifies Christian compassion. Administered by The Lutheran Foundation, it is one of four monetary awards given annually through the Raymond Rosenberger Award Foundation.


A longtime member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and a Kunkle Valve employee, Mr. Rosenberger lived frugally and invested nearly all of his income. At his passing, his estate established a foundation that funds four individual service awards, each granted by a different local northeastern Indiana organization. The Rosenberger Award Foundation funds The Lutheran Foundation’s Maxine Rippe Award, along with annual awards given by Parkview Hospital, St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, and the United Way of Allen County. Each of the four awards recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding community service on behalf of a local charitable organization.

This award was named in memory of Maxine Rippe to honor those who are dedicated to serving their community and alleviating human suffering. Maxine was a student at the Lutheran School of Nursing when she died of polio in 1940. She was a graduate of South Side High School and a member of the National Honor Society. A member of Trinity English Lutheran Church, Maxine sang in the choir at the church, was a past queen of Fort Wayne Bethel of Job’s Daughters, and served several local civic organizations. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Rippe, she was engaged to Dr. Lad Zeman of Chicago. Maxine was just six months shy of graduating and a few months from becoming a bride when she passed away at the age of 20 at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis.

Selection Criteria

Qualified Maxine Rippe Award nominees have demonstrated exceptional service—either as a volunteer or as an employee—to a local Allen County charitable organization that alleviates human suffering, promotes wellness, or enhances quality of life for those suffering from illness or injury. In keeping with the goals of the Rosenberger Award Foundation, the annual award typically exceeds $10,000 and is meant to encourage lifelong community involvement. The recognized recipient is selected from the submitted nominees to receive the cash award. Qualified nominees:

  • Have performed diligent and faithful service on behalf of a tax-exempt, charitable Allen County organization that works to alleviate human suffering, enhance the quality of life of persons afflicted with illness or injury, or promote wellness through the prevention of illness, disease or injury.
  • Have displayed extraordinary devotion to furthering the organization’s objectives.
  • Have encouraged others to serve the organization and further its objectives.
  • Have served or currently serves the organization either as an employee or a volunteer.

Award Recipients

  • 2020 – The Reverend Jon Anderson
  • 2019 – Mike Buhr
  • 2018 – Cheryl Brockman
  • 2017 – Elvis Netterville
  • 2016 – Martha Weber
  • 2015 – Bernice Ostermeyer
  • 2014 – Dr. Saneta Maiko
  • 2013 – Pat Patton
  • 2012 – Margarete Matiszik
  • 2011 – Roger and Carrie Macke
  • 2010 – Vivian Purvis
  • 2009 – Martin “Bud” Scheimann
  • 2008 – Roland and Marian Masenthin
  • 2007 – The Reverend Vernon Graham
  • 2006 – Thelma Heine
  • 2005 – Robert and Ramona Scheimann
  • 2004 – William and Betterae Ihssen
  • 2003 – Richard and Doris Hagen
  • 2002 – Earl and Irma Dressler
  • 2001 – Merle Altstiel
  • 2000 – Norma Hartman
  • 1999 – Annette Diemer

Making a Nomination

The Maxine Rippe Award is based on past and present achievements and is not meant to reflect future service. Once the award is granted, no restrictions or conditions are placed upon the use of the monetary award. Nominations must not come from a nominee’s immediate family. PNC Bank employees or their spouses are not eligible for the award.

To nominate an individual, please complete the nomination form and describe why he or she deserves a nomination. Your statement should clearly indicate the specific services your nominee has performed, and how those services have furthered the goals of a particular charitable organization.

Nomination deadline is February 28 at noon.

For questions, email Sue Faust, or call (260) 458-2105.