BRATTLEBORO — Johannes “John” Wessel, 91, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.
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, Mr. Wessel married Sophia A. van Hoeven.
His career in the pipe organ industry began at age 13 working for van Leeuwen Pipe Organ Co. in Leiden. After immigrating 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 New England, until his retirement in 2002.
Survivors include his wife; five children, Willem Wessel of West Chesterfield, N.H., 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.