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Rassoul Rangaviz MONTPELIER - Rassoul Rangaviz passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 2, 2018. He was born on May 23, 1957, in Ardabil, Iran, to Horieh and the late Habib Rangaviz. He proved to be a promising student at an early age and joined the Navy to further his education. As an Iranian naval-cadet in the 1970s, he had the opportunity to come to the United States on a military scholarship. Without speaking any English, Rassoul packed up and moved to Northfield to attend Norwich University. There, he learned English, completed a degree in accounting and, most importantly, fell in love with Ann Lauzon of Barre. Although they were only 18 and 21, Ann and Rassoul knew they had found something special in each other. But after only 10 months, history intervened. As the Iranian Hostage Crisis played out in 1979, the United States government canceled all Iranian military exchange visas and Rassoul was forced to leave the country and return to Iran. For Ann and Rassoul, the separation only served to clarify the importance of their relationship. Not one to be deterred by an international crisis, Ann traveled to the church of Senator Patrick and Marcelle Leahy and begged Marcelle to help her find a way to bring Rassoul back to the States. Moved by the story, Marcelle and Senator Leahy helped Ann secure a fiancé visa for Rassoul. In January 1981, Rassoul flew back to United States where an overjoyed Ann was waiting for him at JFK. Although Rassoul knew that he was returning on a fiancé visa, Ann had another surprise for him at the airport: she had already booked the church where they would get married three weeks later, on Valentine’s Day 1981. From there, life moved quickly. Rassoul and Ann had two children, Sheilah and David, whom they raised in Montpelier. Rassoul rose to become the chief financial officer of Copley Hospital, where he worked for over 20 years. Rassoul made friends everywhere he went: he formed a tight-knit group of Iranian friends in Vermont, he played cards with the same group of neighbors for over 25 years, and he was very close to his Copley Hospital family. His daughter, Sheilah, followed in his footsteps and became a financial officer at a major hospital system. After attending Harvard Law School, his son, Dave, became an appellate public defender in Massachusetts. Rassoul walked his daughter down the aisle at her wedding to James Ensign and out-danced everyone at Dave’s wedding to Hannah Brennan. For the last two years, he had been Bubba to his first grandchild, Olivia. He is survived by his mother; two brothers Mohammed and Bahman; his sister, Nadia; six nieces and nephews; and many extended family members in Iran, whom he visited this past fall. He also leaves behind Ann’s very large family, who became his family. He was everyone’s favorite friend, everyone’s favorite card player and everyone’s favorite family member. He will be missed terribly. Public calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Guare & Sons Funeral Home on 30 School St., Montpelier. The funeral will be held at St. Augustine Church on Barre Street, Montpelier, Thursday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Copley Hospital, 528 Washington Highway, Morrisville, VT 05661.

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Jean Commito

Dear Ann, Sheilah, and David,
I was shocked and so saddened to read of Rassoul's death. He was always such a welcoming individual and so supportive of his family. I will remember him fondly and wish you all the best. Jean Commito

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