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NO. R-283.  House concurrent resolution in memory of Rosendo Cueto.


Offered by:  Representative Klein of East Montpelier

Offered by:  Senators Cummings, Doyle and Scott

Whereas, Rosendo (Rosie) Cueto of East Montpelier earned the respect and admiration of the community as a businessman, civic leader, farmer, and municipal government and school board official, and

Whereas, he was born in Vermont’s capital city and graduated from Montpelier High School and Vermont College, and

Whereas, on completing his college education in the midst of World War II, Rosie Cueto enlisted in the United States Army and was eventually deployed to the Pacific Theatre where he was among the first soldiers to serve in the American occupation force of southern Japan, and

Whereas, upon his post-war return home, Rosie Cueto began to work at his father’s grocery market on Barre Street and remained behind its counter until closing the business in 1979, and

Whereas, as a beef cattle farmer at his East Montpelier farm, Rosie Cueto raised and marketed polled registered Herefords, operated Vermont’s first state‑licensed slaughterhouse, rode his tractor, and split wood, and

Whereas, Rosie Cueto’s strong interest in providing local students with a quality education led him to represent East Montpelier on the former multi‑town Montpelier High School Board and then on the new U-32 School Board of which he was one of the first chairs, and

Whereas, municipal matters aside from education were also of concern to Rosie Cueto, and he served on the East Montpelier Selectboard and for many years as his town’s lister, and

Whereas, Rosie Cueto was actively involved in many business and fraternal organizations, including the Montpelier Merchants Bureau, the Montpelier Chamber of Commerce, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Elks, and the Mt. Sinai Shriners, and he was a founder of the Central Vermont Rotary which honored him as a Central Vermont Rotarian of the Year and as a Paul Harris Fellow, and

Whereas, his colleagues in the capital’s business community honored him by naming him Montpelier’s Man of the Year, and

Whereas, after a valiant battle against cancer, Rosie Cueto died on December 23, 2007, and his survivors include his wife, Armonia (Val), his children, Jeffrey and Julie, and his grandson, Daniel, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its sincere condolences to the family of Rosendo Cueto, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Armonia Cueto in East Montpelier.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont