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Wednesday, 13 November 2013 12:38

Donated furnace keeps Darien family in their home

Written by  CSI Media news staff
From the left, homeowners Nicholas and Patrick Wood, Kirk and Lucas Lantz from Komfort Heating & Cooling, Gerry Wood, Robin Macara of Komfort Heating & Cooling and Ron Weber, the Woods’ brother-in-law, with the newly installed furnace in their Darien home. From the left, homeowners Nicholas and Patrick Wood, Kirk and Lucas Lantz from Komfort Heating & Cooling, Gerry Wood, Robin Macara of Komfort Heating & Cooling and Ron Weber, the Woods’ brother-in-law, with the newly installed furnace in their Darien home. Photo submitted

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Three Darien brothers will have a safe and warm home this winter thanks to the efforts of a local heating contractor.

After their home had fallen in to disrepair, Komfort Heating and Cooling in Elkhorn came to the family’s aid and installed a new furnace in late October.

The home belongs to Nicholas, Patrick and Gerry Wood and was built by their parents in 1975 as part of a Housing and Urban Development program.

In a letter to Jay Myers at Komfort Heating and Cooling, the Woods’ sister, Linda Weber, wrote that the family, including six children, moved to Darien in 1973 so one of the brothers, Nicholas, could attend the Wisconsin School for the Deaf in Delavan.

Their father died in 1989, and their mother died in the home last July 5 after a long illness.

In the intervening years, the house had fallen into disrepair, and the brothers worried that the home would be deemed uninhabitable.

In addition to other needed repairs, the furnace and air conditioner were nearly unworkable.

Gerry would have to go down on a regular basis and manually light the furnace with a lighter. Linda said he’d have to carefully listen for just the right time to light it.

Keeping the central air conditioning working also was of utmost importance because one of the brothers, Patrick, has a severe lung and breathing disease.

With the help of Walworth County Health and Human Services, they were put in contact with Jay of Komfort Heating and Cooling in Elkhorn and Lennox who donated and installed a new furnace in time for winter.

Ron and Linda Weber have been helping with other renovation expenses, and with their combined effort, the brothers expect to stay in the home for a long time.

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  • Guest - unknown

    the parts you've failed to put in were they moved in 1975 not 1973 also its jerry not gerryand you forgot to add that that there mom had a heart attack while watching tv and they are still working out her loss

    about 1 year ago
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  • Guest - Linda Siert

    That's the way Walworth County people work together to help when it is needed. Thank you for your generosity!!

    about 1 year ago
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