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Louis H. Verruso

1936 - 2009 MANCHESTER, VT Louis "Lou" Henry Verruso passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at his home. Known for his love of family and friends and his ready smile, Lou was a very familiar face around Manchester.

Born on April 14, 1936, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Lou was the only son of Stella and Calogero Verruso. He lived in Brooklyn throughout his childhood and moved to Bayshore, L.I., when he married Theresa Deisu. Lou enjoyed playing music and was a drummer in a band for many years. Lou and Theresa lived in North Babylon, N.Y., until 1974, when they moved their family to Manchester. Lou had two long-term marriages, first to Theresa, and after her death, to Elizabeth Marusa. Lou took pleasure in getting together with friends over a good meal, as well as playing golf and traveling.

Lou established a successful business career. He distributed Pepperidge Farm products before developing his own distribution routes for Brunckhorst (Boars Head) Meat Provisions in upper New England. Lou was very proud of his ability to serve his customers well and to create a reputation for distinction. He excelled at working to meet his customers' needs and knowing them personally.

Lou believed strongly in serving his community. As a member of Christ the Savior (St. Paul's) Church, he devoted many hours to its charitable causes. He served as a lay minister for the church as well. He belonged to the Manchester Lions Club and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. One of his greatest honors was being nominated for the Vermont State Council 2009 Anchor Award, an acknowledgement of his many years of unselfish contributions to his community. Through his personal and business contacts, Lou was a generous and frequent contributor to and sponsor of many community events and fundraisers.

Lou is survived by his two daughters and their families, Stella and George Connors of Manchester and Catherine and Richard Condon of Arlington; his sister Rose Tramutello of Long Island; his wife of 27 years, Elizabeth, and two children and their families: Sherri and Mark Weber of Massachusetts and Ken and Brenda Verruso of Maine.

FUNERAL NOTICE: The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 5 at Christ Our Savior Parish/St. Paul's Church in Manchester at 10 am with a reception following. Calling hours will be at Brewster Funeral Home in Manchester on Monday, January 4 from 2-4 pm and from 6-8 pm. Contributions may be made in Lou's memory to the Manchester Lions Club Sight & Hearing Fund or the Manchester Interfaith Council Emergency Fund c/o Brewster Funeral Service PO Box 885 Manchester, VT 05255.

Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 4, 2001
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