Meet Your Neighbors – LaVaughn Kunny
Meet LaVaughn Kunny
From: Finley, North Dakota (north of Fargo – it’s very much like the movie)
How long in the neighborhood: 59 yrs. Moved in with Husband Bart in 1950.
Family: Husband Bart passed nine years ago. Three grown children, daughter, daughter, son. Bart was chairman of the biology department at Beloit College.
Occupation: Retired. Taught biology at Aldrich middle school.
- - The Arts League of Beloit – Past president
- - SLU (Society for Learning Unlimited) – Founding member and past president
- - Beloit Historical Society – volunteer
- - Atonement Lutheran Church – member
Why this neighborhood: Bart had accepted a teaching position at Beloit College. Initially they moved into a rental home on the 700 block of Park. They subsequently purchased their home on Church. They moved into the neighborhood because of home values and proximity to work. Also, having studied art and architecture in college LaVaughn loved the character of their distinctive old house.
Best part about living here: LaVaughn loves her home, her neighbors and the neighborhood/community. With her appreciation for architecture and wanting to maintain the unique character of her home, subsequent updates to the home were done with professional architect design. As they entertained frequently they enlarged both the dining room and first floor bathroom.
As for the community, the best part is the diversity she and her family have enjoyed. Her children attended Wright School, Aldrich and BMHS and are the better for having experienced diversity in their education and upbringing. She’s proud of the diverse makeup of her and her children’s friendships.
LaVaughn loves being so close to the college. There is so much made available for the broader community that there is more to do then time to take advantage, and it’s so close. She’s particularly fond of the symphony, Wright and Logan Museums.
Being a retired teacher she enjoys the affection of many former students who still go out of their way to show her their appreciation and friendship. She has lots of stories. Ask her and you’ll get her going.
Aspirations for the neighborhood community: LaVaughn looks forward to ever more cultural diversity in the community. She’s particularly hopeful for more active involvement from Beloit’s Hispanic community.
Meet LaVaughn: “You’ll find me at out for lunch downtown somewhere. Stop and say hello.”