To the Editor:
On Jan. 17, 2010, a terrible tragedy happened in southern Minnesota in a small town called Lewisville. The lives of two members of our family, Ashley Sullivan and Chet Gronewold, were stolen from us through an unthinkable act of domestic homicide/suicide.
Since the tragedy, our family has relocated to Lake Crystal with hopes of moving forward but never forgetting the impact we have felt by their presence. Ashley was 25 and the mother of two young sons. Her smile lit up a room, and she always lived with the mentality that family is of the utmost important. Chet was 59 and was a loving husband and stepfather. He died trying to protect Ashley from her murderer.
Family, friends and loved ones will host the second annual memorial event and silent auction on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 4-7 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Lake Crystal Elementary School. The address is 502 Watonwan St., Lake Crystal. There will be a brief keynote speaker, socializing, dinner donated by the Lake Crystal Legion, and birthday cake, as Oct. 19 would have been Chet’s 63rd birthday.
October is a special month, as it represents Domestic Violence Awareness month nationwide. Our family has fought this silent war for almost four years, speaking on both local and state levels to implement change to protect victims of domestic violence.
We are seeking small donations for the silent auction taking place on that day. All proceeds will go to those in need of help, resources and protection through the Committee Against Domestic Abuse (CADA) in both Blue Earth and Watonwan counties.
Please consider donating to this cause. Your support is appreciated and felt by us and those we miss and love in Heaven. If you choose not to donate, please consider attending this event to help raise awareness.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Alesha Sullivan and Ken Sullivan