Jerry Kyhill CASTLETON — Jerry Kyhill, 71, of Castleton, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, Feb. 2, 2019, (Groundhog Day), at his residence, following a two-year courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), with his loved ones by his side. Jerry was born in Brooklyn, NY, on Dec. 16, 1947. He was the son of Richard and Rita (Greenfield) Kyhill. Jerry married Marjorie Krieger on July 14, 1977. The family relocated to Castleton in 1981 where he became the manager/chef of Sal’s Italian Restaurant on West Street in Rutland, eventually becoming owner/operator of the restaurant in 1984. Later on, he opened a second location, Sal’s South in Wallingford. Growing up close to Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, NY, he was an avid fan of baseball and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Upon the Dodgers leaving Brooklyn, Jerry transitioned to Yankee fandom. Throughout his life, he was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed golf, fishing, having a catch and shooting hoops, as well as any other athletic endeavors. Jerry was a wonderful husband, father, brother, Papa K and friend. His voracious love for life, family, food and music always made a positive impact upon others. Fond memories include his Sal’s Groupies, Cape Cod Family, OBX Crew and all of his boys from Brooklyn. Survivors include his wife and dedicated caregiver, Marjorie, of Castleton; daughter, Jennifer Wieczorkowski and husband Phil, of Seymour, CT; daughter, Hannah Mulligan and husband Mike, of Valatie, NY; son, Jesse Kyhill and wife Elizabeth, of Fair Haven; brother, Steven Kyhill and wife Theresa, of Castleton; grandchildren include Kyla Wieczorkowski, Ali Wieczorkowski, Max Kyhill, Samuel Kyhill, Jaden Kyhill and Abigail Mulligan; along with several nieces and nephews. There will be no calling hours; however, Jerry has requested a “Celebration of Light” to be held in his memory, which will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in honor of Jerry to the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT 05701. Condolences are preferred to be left online with the Rutland Herald. Arrangements are with the Durfee Funeral Home, 119 North Main St., Fair Haven.

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My Sympathies to Marj, and the family. The world has lost another bright spot. Jerry always left them laughing. He was a good man and a great friend to many. He will surely be missed.

Bert Ladd

Sorry about your loss. May you find some comfort as you see yourselves doing and saying things that he did and said. May his smile and remembering how he loved all of you live on in vivid memories and give you strength and peace. It was a beautiful life taken too soon. Caring. Arlene Ladd

Sarah Haley

Marj, Jen, Jesse, and Hannah, I am so very sorry for your loss. Jerry was a truly wonderful person. Take comfort in all the wonderful memories you have with him Your family is in my prayers.


Jerry was one of the nicest guys I've ever met. Jerry possessed all the traits i admire in a man. He was fun to be with, always generous of himself, loved his family and friends and was a hard worker. Thinking of you all and God Bless You all. Mike Papaineau, Chittenden.


Dear Marj, Jen, Jesse and Hannah. We are so sad to learn of Jerry's passing. He touched so many lives in so many ways. May his memory be for a blessing.......Karen and Ed Gartner


Marj and Family
Sending you love, thoughts and prayers.

Sarah Roy


We used to drive to Sal’s Restaurant in Rutland on Friday nights because Jerry was a superb chef and host. Sal’s was almost always packed with customers. Jen and Jessica usually waited tables, and if we were lucky, we would sometimes talk with Jerry for a few minutes about family, local news, and sports. More recently, Peggy found Jerry to be a skilled competitor when they would play Words With Friends. Thanks for the many good times and memories, Jerry. Our condolences to Marj and the entire Kyhill family.
Denny, Peggy, and John Shramek

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