It was 1999, and Bill and Joyce Scheuerman were looking for a place to retire. From New Jersey, they had vacationed in southern Vermont for decades and knew they wanted to retire to this region. But which town? They looked at homes in Putney, Guilford, and Dummerston—all great locations. But Joyce was a nurse, and she placed a high value on access to good health care. When asked why they settled on Townshend, she had an easy answer: “Because it has Grace Cottage.”
Once they moved to Townshend, both became patients of Grace Cottage Family Health. After his wife’s death in 2001, Bill started giving to Grace Cottage; to honor Joyce’s career as a nurse, all of his gifts were given in her memory. Over the years, Bill’s annual gifts to Grace Cottage grew, and he never failed to return his annual giving envelope to Grace Cottage.
When Bill was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2014, his daughter and son-in-law, Sheila Scheuerman and Jeff Karlin, were amazed at the care provided at Grace Cottage: “Dr. Moss Linder was so compassionate. He called the house after Dad’s discharge to see how we were doing. He was concerned that we had support as well as Dad.”
Following Bill’s passing in 2014, Jeff and Sheila became devoted supporters of Grace Cottage, donating both time and money. “We give to Grace Cottage because we are thankful for the compassionate care that my Dad received and also because we want to ensure that Grace Cottage continues to provide quality healthcare in the future.”
Jeff Karlin & Sheila Scheuerman