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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

LINDA WIEGAND'S LEGACY OF LOVE LIVES ON!

I was driving around my neighborhood, and I happened to see the truck you see above in this blog. I immediately jumped out of my car to take a few pictures.  

You may think what you want about Linda Wiegand, but the fact is that no matter what has been said about her, she has left behind a legacy of giving that says volumes about the kind of person that she was.  

In 1989, Linda Wiegand, along with other residents in the Town of Simsbury, was centrally involved in establishing the organization "Gifts of Love".  Given the timeframe, you can't help wondering if, at the time she got involved, she was already struggling with her marriage and her concerns regarding her children and worked to establish Gifts of Love as a means of coming to terms with her own difficulties.

Gifts of Love, using the slogan "Families Helping Families", assists families in crisis which do not meet the eligibility requirements of government assistance programs to get the help they need. According to their website, Gifts of Love serves those who face "a short-term financial crisis due to reduced work hours, illness, divorce, death of a spouse/mate, exiting an abusive relationship, or a significant unexpected increase in expenses. By helping clients meet their most basic needs through food, clothing, housewares, linens and furniture, [Gifts of Love] enable[s] them to focus on putting their lives back in order and attaining financial independence. Clients can visit the Agency for services once per month for up to one year."

For more information, please click on the link below:


www.giftsoflovect.org


It was not long after the establishment of Gifts of Love that Linda Wiegand became embroiled in a custody battle over her two sons which lasted for a decade. She was convinced that her children were victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by her ex husband, but was unable to make strides in her court action because the legal proceedings were so flawed. The Judge in the case concealed evidence and seized the funds Ms. Wiegand had raised in order to pay for her legal representation, as well as seizing all her remaining assets.

The end result was that Linda Wiegand lost access to her children, fled the state under a cloud and has essentially disappeared. No one has been able to make contact with her in years and it is suspected that she may have passed away. Her son, Jonathan P. Wiegand, who spent the final years of his life hoping to see her again, died this past August. See link:


http://divorceinconnecticut.blogspot.com/2017/08/jonathan-p-wiegand-dead-at-31.html

More details on Linda Wiegand's case and its impact on family court litigants are available at the following link: 


http://divorceinconnecticut.blogspot.com/2017/01/linda-wiegand-victim-or-perpetrator-set.html


Please Note:  Today, on September 19, 2017, there will be a wine and food tasting fundraiser for Gifts of Love from 6:00pm - 9:00pm at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Canton, CT.

3 comments:

  1. What is terrifying about this case is that Linda's son was take from her without just cause and given to his stepfather and his mother was taken from his life. I know Linda's son had tried for years to find her, and I recently heard that her son died young as a result of suicide.

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  2. this is all beyond pathetic. It reminds me of the combined power of money and activists/advocates/attorneys and this blog and a few integrous legislators can do to rectify cases like these when they are unfolding..whats the catalyst? Whats it going to take? How much pain is enough? How can the general public read CT residents compartmentalize so well and sleep?

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  3. I was nanny to Jon and Ben around 1991. Ben was two years old then as I recall. I lived in the house in Simsbury, CT with the two children and Tom and Linda. My sister was also nanny for them back in 1987 before Linda met Tom.

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