Beth Yeskel Greene
WILMINGTON- Beth Yeskel Greene, 70, died peacefully Saturday, December 26, at her home, following a long, courageous fight with Parkinson’s disease. She was born September 11, 1950, in Newark, NJ, the daughter of Stanley and Evelyn Yeskel, and grew up in Maplewood, NJ. She graduated from Columbia High School and received a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University.
Mrs. Greene fell in love with Vermont and moved here in late 1973. She met her beloved husband, John Greene, when her car broke down. They were married on November 2, 1975, celebrating 45 years of marriage this year. Together they ran the family business, Greene’s Servicenter, where she was the office manager. While working at the station, she also worked at Marlboro School, Dover School, residential schools for adolescents, and Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Greene was involved in many organizations and community events including the Wilmington School Board for 10 years, nine of which she was the chair; Deerfield Valley Rotary Club for 14 years; Wilmington PTC; Wilmington/Whitingham Leadership Project; Booster Club; organizer of the pet show at the Deerfield Valley Farmers’ Day Fair; and Eastern Star. She was an involved member of the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community, teaching Hebrew school and leading services, and also was a member of the Temple of the Presence. Her most favorite role was that of Mom and Nana.
She was a talented artist, loved her gardens and sunsets from home, enjoyed lakes and boating, swimming in pools, dancing, traveling, planning and hosting parties, getting ice cream with her caregivers, and making her friends and family laugh. She was a light of love and kindness to all she met.
She was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws Robert and Evelyn Greene; brother-in-law Joel Greene; and sister-in-law Jill Yeskel.
She is survived by her husband John; daughter Jessica (Barker Willard), of Wilmington; grandson Matthew Hammond; brothers Barry Yeskel, of West Orange, NJ, and Peter Yeskel (Candace) of Annapolis, MD; many nieces and nephews; and her dog Jojo.
Services and burial will be private with a celebration of life planned for a later date. Donations can be made to the Deerfield Valley Rotary Club in her honor c/o Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, PO Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363. To send the family personal condolences visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.