At a time when charitable giving is down across the country, the Avon Land Trust is delighted to announce its receipt of an exceptionally generous gift from the estate of Mr. William (Bill) and Mrs. Virginia (Gini) Grunewald of Avon. The Grunewalds thoughtfully remembered the land trust in their estate plan, bestowing on the organization $55,160.00 – the largest monetary gift in the trust’s 40+ year history.
Lifelong residents of Avon, the Grunewalds met each other on the bus to Canton High School (back before Avon had its own high school). Friends and family recall it was truly love at first sight for them both. During WWII, Bill served in the Merchant Marines on the freighter USS Alamo Victory in the Pacific theatre. He returned to Avon and married Gini in 1946. The couple settled on Lovely Street where they raised their two children, Douglas and Marcia. Bill participated in town politics, serving on the building committees of both Avon High School and the Avon Senior Center. Gini, too, was an active volunteer in school, civic and church activities.
Bill worked as a surveyor in the Farmington Valley, which put him in close touch with the land and gave him a unique perspective of the evolution of Avon’s landscape. Gini, too, enjoyed spending time in Avon’s vast outdoors with her dogs and in the company of wild birds. Christine Graesser, president of The Avon Land Trust expressed the trust’s gratitude for this extraordinary gift: “We are very grateful to the Grunewald family for their generous gift. We will respect their gift and be thoughtful stewards of it.” To remember the Avon Land Trust in your estate plan or to learn more about ALT properties and offerings, please visit www.avonlandtrust.org.
Written by Susan Rietano Davey