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Mayo Clinic honors former Norfolk residents

June 15, 2018 GMT

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Former Norfolkans Richard and Dolores Zolnosky were recently recognized for their gift to Mayo Clinic here.

The couple gave the proceeds from the sale of their farmland in Pierce County and funded a trust to support research into Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.

A dinner to recognize the Zolnoskys’ generosity took place last week at the Mayo Foundation House, which is the historic home of Dr. William J. Mayo, one of the founders of Mayo Clinic, in Rochester.

Guests at the event included Marion and Pat Arneson of Wayne; Frank and Meredith Armstrong of Rochester, and Lloyd and Cheryl Smith, also of Rochester.

“Wealth is not a possession,” Richard Zolnosky said at the dinner. “Wealth is a tool to be used. When it is used within God’s realm, it can be a life-changing experience for many instead of a few.”

Connie Kurth, who is with the development department at the Mayo Clinic, said, “Mayo Clinic is extremely grateful for the Zolnoskys’ generous support. Their gift will provide hope and healing to many.”