Bert Louis Juett (1963 - 2012)

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Juett, Bert Louis

Saturday, November 10, 2012, the most precious and priceless life has now left. There will NEVER be another like him and I had the joy of participating in that life from the day he was born until his last breath. Bert Louis Juett, born July 27, 1963—died November 10, 2012. Bo—in a word—living. He saw life in all that he did. A landscaper by trade, he saw life in the retaining walls he set, the stone walls he built, the roofs and siding he applied, the sidewalks he designed and put in, the gardens he planted. Plant an oak tree and be reminded of strength of character and endurance. Plant an evergreen and be reminded of life that endures through the harshness of cold and heat. Both reminders of who Bo was. A man of few words, but when he spoke his words were strong, full of compassion and wisdom. He lives in the hearts and lives of all who knew him. It is not about the day we enter into this world naked and needy. Nor is it about the day we leave this world broken and breathless. It is about how we live our lives. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. "And in the end it's not the years in your life that count, but the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) US President, lawyer. Bo was predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Ruth F. Juett and is survived by his sister Abbie Lynn, niece Daisy Girin and great nephew Xavier Girin; brother Robert (Rebecca) and seven nephews, one step-nephew, a niece-in-law, one great-nephew and two great-nieces; brother Patrick and niece Taylor Marie; brother Michael (Holly) and nephew Cameron. Thank you to those who were always there: David and Lynn, Wayne and Cathy, Shane, Gene and Kelly, Barry and Cindy, Julia and Skip, nurse Adrian and Hospice, Dr. Bael and "Dr." Marsha, Dr. Cho, and all the nurses in their offices. What angels here on earth you all are and strength you are to those who have been weakened by disease. Instead of taking a life from a flower or a plant, Bo would rather you give an opportunity for life, and either put a plant in the ground, or give to those that battle Krohn's Disease or other forms of cancer by giving to the Krohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, 386 Park Avenue South, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10016-8804, or the cancer treatment organization of your choice. Services will be at the Bethel Grove Bible Church, 1763 Slaterville Road, Ithaca on Friday, November 16th from 11 am to 2 pm. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Odessa.

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Published in Ithaca Journal on Nov. 15, 2012
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