Tuesday, December 21, 2010

+ Countess Marie-Christine Wolff-Metternich zur Gracht (1932-2010)

Schloß Dyck, and the foundation she created, were the passions of the late Countess Marie-Christine Wolff-Metternich zur Gracht. This dynamic lady died on 10 December at Göttingen and after a valiant battle against illness.

She was the eldest of seven daughter of the last Fürst of Salm-Reifferscheid-Krautheim u.Dyck (1899-1958), who was married to Princess Cäcilie zu Salm-Salm (1911-1991), youngest daughter of the Hereditary Prince Emanuel and his wife, the former Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria, herself one of the daughters of the Archduke Friedrich and his wife, the former Princess Isabella of Croÿ.

Marie-Christine married Count Peter Wolff-Metternich zur Gracht in 1955. He survives her. The couple had several children and just recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary!

The countess was renowned for her passion for collecting modern art, as well as for the absolute delight she found in working in the garden. These passions she was able to put on display at Schloß Dyck, a marvelous residence she inherited from her ancestors.

"Schloß Dyck certainly was an affair of the heart for the countess," declared Jens Spanjer. commercial director of the foundation Marie-Christine setup for the protection of the castle and its gardens. She always visited the castle in June and September and seems to have truly enjoyed with the many visitors who came to see her home. Throughout, she remained involved in the running of the estate and the foundation, even though she ceded presidency to her son Simeon in 2002. "She considered the foundation as the legacy of her life," Mr. Spanjer explained.

Her goal was to maintain the facilities and make them attractive to visitors. Countess Marie-Christine Wolff Metternich had inherited Schloß Dyck in 1991 after the death of her mother. The family then placed it under the protection of a foundation of great benefit to the Land of North Rhine Westphalia, and the town of Jüchen, with the goal of maintaining the castle and its park and turn it in the future into "a center of art and culture of garden landscaping in the Rhineland. "

Although she lived at Schloß Adelebsen at Göttingen, she never cut ties with her former way of life Schloß Dyck.

Her funeral was attended by family and friends just a few days ago. May She Rest In Peace!

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