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.