BRATTLEBORO - Johannes "John" Wessel, 91, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.
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He was born in Zoeterwoude, Holland on Nov. 15, 1922, the son of Willem and Aagje (van Vliet) Wessel.
During World War II, he was able to evade German occupation troops searching for young Dutch men to work in factories.
In 1946, he married Sophia A. van Hoeven.
At age 13 he started working for van Leeuwen Pipe Organ Co. in Leiden. After emigrating to Brattleboro in 1954, he was employed at Estey Organ Co., and after Estey closed, he continued building, restoring, repairing and maintaining pipe organs throughout Vermont and much of New England until his retirement in 2002.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Willem Wessel, of West Chesterfield, N.H.; four daughters, Nellie Hamilton, of Hinsdale, N.H., Trixie Stinebring, of Spofford, N.H., Joy Trigg, of Williston, and Rose Wessel, of Cummington, Mass.; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
There will be no public services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rescue Inc., PO Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05302.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Atamaniuk Funeral Home.
For online condolences, visit www.atamaniuk.com.
Published in Times Argus on Jan. 11, 2014