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Vincent Quist, 84, grew up in Washington

Published 9:36 pm, Wednesday, March 28, 2012
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Vincent Quist, 84, of Kent, died March 20, 2012, at Hartford Hospital, with his wife, June (Caldwell) Quist, and his sister, Dorine Boesel, at his side.

He was born July 6, 1927, in New Milford, one of 12 children of Karl Quist and Olga (Johnson) Quist.

Mr. Quist grew up in the home his father built in the late 1920s, known in the family as the homestead, on Cook Street in Washington Depot.

In 1946, after graduating from Washington High School, he worked as a laboratory technician at Brasserts Laboratory in Washington. Later, he was a chemist for Dorr-Oliver in Westport before joining the Nestle Co. as a sales representative.

He worked for Nestle for 18 years, leaving the company to join his brothers, Ralph and Elmer, in purchasing a dairy farm in Washington. Subsequently, Mr. Quist worked for more than 20 years as the manager of Washington's Tatetuck Farm.

In retirement, he moved to Kent and spent many hours working at his son Gunnar's horse farm in Millerton, N.Y., where the thousands of bulbs he planted are starting to flower.

As a young man, Mr. Quist joined the choir at Salem Covenant Church, where he sang for more than 50 years.

A service will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at 1 p.m. at Salem Covenant Church, 96 Baldwin Hill Road, in Washington. A reception will follow in fellowship hall.

In addition to his wife of 55 years, Mr. Quist is survived by a son, Gunnar Peter Quist, of Millerton; a daughter, Margit Caldwell Quist, and her husband, Andrew Oravetz, of Torrington; three granddaughters, Maya, Isabela and Ava; a brother, Eric Quist of Pine, Ariz.; two sisters Dorine Boesel, of New Milford, and Elvi Burr, of Brookfield; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers George, Walter, Ralph and Elmer, and sisters Astrid, Linea, Vivien and Virginia.

Memorials may be made to Salem Covenant Church.

The Lillis Funeral Home in New Milford was in charge of arrangements.