Obituary: M.B. Neisner, Jr.

M.B. Neisner, Jr.
M.B. Neisner, Jr.

Melvin Bauer Neisner, Jr. (MB) came into the world on June 7, 1956 and left it on Aug. 12, 2018 surrounded by his family. His mother, Ellen Garson Neisner, and late father, Melvin B. Neisner, raised him in Rochester, New York where he became an Eagle Scout, one of his proudest accomplishments. He graduated from Pittsford Sutherland High School, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Washington University School of Law.

MB moved to Killington in 1978, first running a ski lift at the mountain and then serving as business manager of the Killington Mountain Times with his brother, Andy.

Except for law school and a few years working in St. Louis, Killington has been MB’s home. He married Peggy [Margaret (Leonard) Neisner] in 1989. They raised their two children, Noellen Anna and Melvin Bauer Neisner, III (Bauer) in Killington. He dedicated himself to his family, his law practice and his community in innumerable capacities including serving as justice of the peace, town health officer, member of the Board of Civil Authority and moderator of Town Meeting. For his service to the Killington-Pico Rotary Club, including its presidency, he was awarded the top honor bestowed by the international organization, the Paul Harris Fellow recognition. MB devoted many hours to his children’s schools and contributed his pro bono help to countless friends and organizations (he never called it “pro bono”; it was just generosity). He and his family welcomed many international Rotary exchange students into their home over the years. He wielded with equal skill a lawnmower, a chainsaw, a snowplow, a barbecue fork and a lawyer’s pen. He was deeply proud of his sobriety for over a decade and contributed in many ways to AA.

MB leaves his beloved wife and children; his mother in Rochester, New York; two sisters, Meleny Neisner Rehr of Gaithersburg, Maryland and Betsy Garson Neisner of Leverett, Massachusetts and her wife, Mary Barnett; Oslo, the youngest in a series of much spoiled dogs, as well as his niece, Melaina Neisner, and three nephews, Eric and Daniel Rehr and Charles Neisner. His father and brother, Andrew H. Neisner, predeceased him.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in MB’s memory to The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, 5526 West 13400 South, #510, Herriman, UT 84096 and to the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care, 154 Hitchcock Loop Rd., Lebanon, NH 03756. A celebration of his life will be held at Mountain Meadows Lodge on Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 4 to 6 pm.

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