John E. Lasell

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WILLIAMSTOWN - John Elliot Lasell, 91, joined his family in heaven on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, after suffering from Parkinson's disease, at Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Berlin.
Born July 22, 1927, in Barre, he was the eldest son of Horace H. and Esther T. (Cheney) Lasell. He grew up on the family farm on South Hill in Williamstown, attending Williamstown schools and graduating from what is now Vermont Technical College in 1944.
He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was heading across the Pacific Ocean when World War II ended. He was stationed in China as part of the peacekeeping force following the war.
After the war, John returned to Williamstown and went to work on the railroad. In 1952, he met and fell in love with Ann E. Kelley. They married Nov. 29, 1952, and they purchased a farm on Winchester Hill Road in Williamstown, just one mile from the farm he had grown up on. He worked as a truck driver delivering coal and oil in the stone sheds, and later, as a union carpenter. All the time he was working, he farmed, getting up early to milk cows before going to work and milking them again after he got home in the evening. He was a dairy farmer and then raised beef and veal calves. John spent his summer vacations getting his hay in for the upcoming winter.
John and Ann enjoyed square dancing, snow machining and playing cards with friends. He loved singing and music, especially church hymns and songs from his youth.
In 1978, Ann suffered a stroke and he added the role of caregiver to his busy schedule. He cared for her 13 years, until her death in 1992. He also helped care for his mom in her final year and helped when his son, Kelly, became ill, as well. He was always there for whomever needed him. His family and his friends were always the most important thing to John.
John was a member of the United Federated Church in Williamstown where he was a longtime member of the Christian Education Committee. He was a member of the American Legion Post 10 in Barre and was the longtime treasurer of the Cheney Family Reunion. He volunteered for the Town of Williamstown as a cemetery commissioner and fence viewer.
John is survived by his children, Elizabeth and her husband, David Bicknell, Darrel and his wife, Cheryl Lasell, and Winston Lasell; daughter-in-law Penny Lasell; his grandchildren, Aaron (Cecia) Bicknell, Christie (Michael) Geilen, Shannon Lasell, Tim (Krystal) Vize, Corey (Kerrie) Lasell, Craig Kelley, Amanda Lasell; his great-grandchildren Ryan Geilen, Mercedez Vize, Anna Bicknell, Claire Lasell; his sisters, Maida Covey, Edah Osgood, Lenora (Norman) Larkin; his brothers Morris (Brenda), Stanley Lasell; his in-laws Robert (Nada) Kelley, Mabel (Matt) Premont; his special friend, Shirley Bailey; along with many nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Ann, his daughter, Laura Lea, his son, Kelly, his brother, Winston, and his sister, Alice Guyette.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at 2 p.m. in the United Federated Congregational Church, Main Street, Williamstown. Interment will be held in the family plot in the East Hill Cemetery, Gilbert Road, Williamstown. Family and friends may call on Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre. For a memorial guestbook, visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John's memory may be given to Women United in Christian Service, P.O. Box 438, Williamstown, VT 05679; or to the , 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
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Published in Times Argus on Sept. 11, 2018
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