Esther Pilster Believed in Education

Esther PilsterLongtime educator and principal with Omaha Public Schools, Esther Pilster provided NET with a sizable gift in her estate plan, called a bequest, to sustain its statewide educational programs in perpetuity. She believed in and trusted public television, and was a proponent of education to solve problems. Her generosity in establishing this bequest will provide funds to continue NET's work to meet the needs of learners of all ages and to help enrich lives in the future.

Esther watched NET's Nebraska Stories and was interested in documentaries about Nebraska—particularly history from the western part of the state where she was active with the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center at Chadron State College.

The daughter of Edward and Margaret Jones, she was raised on a farm near Wymore and married Raleigh Pilster of Whitney. After teacher training at Peru State College, she completed her bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

She got her start teaching in one-room schools in Gage County and also taught in Neligh, Seward and Chadron. Esther served as the first principal of the new Boyd Elementary School in Omaha where she retired after 21 years. For her work in the community, the Esther Pilster Park was named for her in 1997.

Legacy bequests, like Esther's, provide the opportunity to promote the importance of education for the next generation of Nebraskans.

Including a gift to NET in your will or living trust can be as simple as adding a single sentence. Please reach out to The NET Planned Giving Office at or 800.634.6788 for sample language and help getting started.

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