JAROSLAV CHRISTOPHER CASE - HINESBURG - A true hero, Jaroslav was a humble, courageous and honorable man. Born to Irena and James Case of Hinesburg on March 15, 1962, he peacefully passed away on Jan. 2, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. He attended Hinesburg Elementary School and graduated from Champlain Valley Union High School. He achieved Eagle Scout status and joined the army. He served in the military for The Old Guard at Arlington Nation Cemetery. He also served in and retired from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In the spirit of a true Vermont mountaineer, he tenaciously built the stone home he would raise his family in, using stones gathered from his land and beams hauled from a local barn. He was a stone-mason and all around Renaissance man, loving cooking and gardening as well. Jaroslav, during his life time, saved many lives not only during his service but also on occasions such as saving his sister Catherine from an angry beehive when she was little, to resuscitating a young pregnant woman thrown from her car in a dramatic crash, and pulling a woman out of an iced covered lake. In an unending commitment to humanity and moral responsibility, he pulled three people out of a burning vehicle without regard to his own safety. Through it all he was always humble and was known to say, "I was just in the right place at the right time." He had a tremendous sense of duty and responsibility. He is survived by his parents, Irena and James Case; the mother of his children, Mary Ann Case; his children, Nina, Amanda and Alexander Case; his wife, Sheyanne Baker; his sisters, Ocsanna Delgadillo, and Catherine Ricklefs; and other family and loved ones. Because of his tremendous honor and the heroic life he led, his legacy will be fondly remembered and represented by his family and loved ones. Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 6, 2011, at St. Jude's Church in Hinesburg from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. with a Mass from 12 to 1 p.m. and a home burial to follow. Elmwood-Meunier Funeral Home in Burlington can be contacted for more information on the day's proceedings. Their number is (802) 863-5682.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 5, 2012