Animal Control receives significant gift

St. Joseph County Animal Control was the benefactor of a significant gift left in the will of a Colon couple.

St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department Capt. TJ Baker said $10,000 was bequeathed to the Centreville-based agency by Karla Wilson and her husband, Robert “Pat” Wilson. Karla, a Colon High School alumna, passed away at age 67 in November 2022, while her 75-year-old husband died a year later. Both succumbed to cancer.

Karla’s brother, Jim Bidwell and his partner, Deb Yesh were presented a certificate of appreciation earlier this month to acknowledge the donation.

Bidwell said he wasn’t surprised his sister and brother-in-law did so much to benefit St. Joseph County Animal Control. The two did not have kids, so pets filled a significant void in their lives.

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