UPDATED: Saturday, October 3, 2009 --- 6:35 p.m.
A Cazenovia woman has a new home three years after her husband was killed during a school shooting.
Sue Klang's new home replaces her family's old farmhouse, which needed many improvements.
Sue's husband, John, was shot and killed by a student at Weston High School three years ago.
Community support in donations and services helped build the new home, unveiled to the public today.
"You don't realize how much people care about you and how you're doing and then something like that happens and it's like, 'Wow.' It's very heartwarming," Klang said.
Construction began last year in basically the same spot as her old home.
Klang actually had applied to be part of the TV show, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" but another local family's home was chosen.
But she says this way she could put her own personal touches to her new home.
A call to support the family of a local principal, shot and killed at his school, almost two years ago.
The teen convicted of the murder is serving a life sentence. The man's family, meanwhile, is living in a home in desperate need of repairs.
"There were six of us running around here," Sue Klang says.
Sue Klang grew up in this 120-year-old farmhouse... along with her five siblings.
"We could play baseball in the backyard or football... didn't have a whole lot of other things to do... fun to do that," she says.
Years later, Sue and her husband, John Klang, began raising their own family within its walls... walls which have begun to crumble from the ground to the ceiling.
"It's just like downstairs ... just crumbling."
When a reality TV show turned down Klang for a home makeover, her friends stepped up to help build a new house.
"That doesn't deter us, we still have a problem here and need to help resolve it," friend Julie Lewis says.
This is where the home will be built, just feet from the original farmhouse, but the group still needs supplies and volunteers.
"It was their plan to do this. They talked about it. And, he had said when the farm was paid for, that they would begin work on the house. He hasn't had a chance to do that," Lewis says of John Klang.
John Klang was shot and killed by a student in the hallway of Weston High School almost two years ago.
"Some people think this is going to dredge up all that... and stuff... it's with us every day. We miss him every day... every day there's something that reminds us of him," Sue Klang says.
Sue Klang says it's hard to imagine living in a new home... harder to imagine what her husband would say about the effort.
"I don't really know how he'd react to all of this, but like I say, if he knew it was good for us, he would be for it," Sue Klang says.
Supporters hope to begin preliminary work on the site next week.
A committee is in charge of the project. If you'd like to help with donations, you can send them to:
State Bank of Cazenovia
Sue Klang Home
110 East Main
Cazenovia, WI 53924
Or, contact Julie and Cal Lewis, if you'd like to offer services.
Contact them at (608) 647-3076