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Charitable planning 3Emil Simonetti lived a life of service so it was no surprise that his estate plan established many charitable bequests.

The late Emil Simonetti was an extremely dedicated philanthropist in New Jersey, who supported Atlantic Health System’s Chilton Medical Center and his community for many years. Those who knew him say that he was generous, compassionate and a visionary.

Simonetti wanted to extend his charitable commitment well beyond his lifetime, through planned giving. After he died on August 1, 2015, much of the former Butler, New Jersey resident’s estate was donated to the causes and institutions he valued most. These included Chilton Medical Center, which received $1.2 million to benefit its Emergency Department. The hospital said that an area of the facility will be dedicated to Emil and his wife Carol.

Simonetti was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during World War II. He also was a Councilman and Police Commissioner of Butler, as well as an advocate for Morris County residents with disabilities.

Simonetti also showed a strong interest in health care: he was involved with several health-centered organizations. He was appointed to two governing boards at Chilton Medical Center, where he contributed his financial expertise and participated in the hospital’s Senior Advisory Committee. In that capacity, he helped to develop programs for the community’s senior population.

“Emil held Chilton in high regard and had great confidence in what we do. He attended many of our fundraising events and was a member of Chilton’s Legacy Circle, expressing his desire to support the hospital through estate planning,” commented Mario R. Rosellini, Jr. of the Chilton Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees.

Rosellini also mentioned that Simonetti talked about leaving a legacy and leaving something to Chilton. The medical center had no idea of the magnitude of his generosity until recently when it learned of his $1.2 million bequests.

Simonetti’s gift is aimed at helping the hospital’s continuing efforts to equip Chilton’s emergency department with cutting-edge imaging and diagnostic technologies, along with modernizing its facilities to optimize efficiency, capacity and the overall experience of patients and families.

Reference: Tap Into Montville (October 18, 2017) “Former Butler Resident Bequeathed $1.2 Million to Chilton Medical Center”


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