Jack ’62 and Nina Osberg Create Estate Plan Gift for Augsburg to Move the Ball Forward
It would be challenging to calculate the number of lives former Head Football Coach Jack Osberg '62 and his wife Nina have influenced over their six decades with Augsburg. Each year the couple worked as a team to recruit the year's incoming class of 20-25 football players. They sought out the best players they could find each year; skillful players who would value the Augsburg experience.
Teammates in life and work, the Osbergs recall how close they felt to the football players and to the players' families. Nina says: "I felt as involved as Jack was. I counseled and nurtured many of our players."
"Now at this stage of our life, we look back on what matters to us," Jack says. "We think about how Augsburg touched our lives. I graduated from here. Nina is an honorary Auggie. Three of our six children graduated from here: Peter '93, Jamie '95 and Anne '01. I had the opportunity to work in my dream job here. We think it is a pretty special place. So we decided to do something financially to help Augsburg."
Keith Stout from the Advancement Office described ways they could make a difference in the campaign for the new Center for Science, Business, and Religion. They decided to create a gift through their estate, and Stout introduced them to Glenn Thiel, Augsburg's legacy gift consultant, to finalize the plan.
The Osbergs named Augsburg as a beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan. Their gift is designated for the new Center for Science, Business, and Religion.
It's Time for Us to Give Back
"Planning for how to give to Augsburg has gotten more important to us," Nina says. "Earlier we were scraping pennies. Now we are thinking about how many things we received through Augsburg, and it's time for us to give back. We are cherishing the memories and thinking about what Augsburg means to us."
Jack was actively involved at Augsburg for much of his life, touching six different decades. He arrived as a student in 1958, graduating in 1962. His next involvement came in 1977 as Augsburg's assistant football coach, a part-time job he held through 1984. During those years, Jack also was teaching biology at Wayzata High School. Then in 1991, Jack was named head football coach at Augsburg, a full-time job. Even after he retired in 2005, he worked half time in the Alumni Office for two years and was assistant football coach until 2009.
Nina worked full time for 28 years in an alternative education program at Wayzata High School in Wayzata, Minn. Once she accompanied Jack to Tomah, Wisc., after a full day at school, to visit a prospective athlete. Nina laughs now about how she asked as they were driving through Eau Claire, "Are we almost there?" and Jack replied, "It's just a bit farther." Nina says, "I found out later we still had 80 miles to go." They watched the student play a game, talked with him and his family, and then drove back home, arriving at 3 a.m. That prospective student came to Augsburg, and their friendship continues, many years later. The ties run deep.
"The opportunity I had to work here in a faith-based institution that reaches out to an urban community was so special. It excites me to help Augsburg fulfill and enrich the students who are here now," Jack says. "I am thrilled to be able to make a campaign commitment because of what Augsburg did for me and what Augsburg does for other people."
Jack adds: "My classmates, professors and coaches all influenced my life and helped me figure out what I wanted to do. Augsburg helped me mature and sense my vocation. Those relationships have continued, not only with my classmates, but with students I coached and their families. The people and the values are still important here. Nina and I want to help this place that matters so much."
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