One of the Vet to Vet program’s all-time favorite veterans, Louis “Bo” Horvath, recently passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family, a week after celebrating his 97th birthday.
“Bo made such an impact on every life he touched,” said Vicki Mastroianni, Senior Solutions’ Home Visitor Program Manager. “And his veteran buddies loved him dearly.” Upon hearing of Bo’s passing, one of his vet buddies Jack Greene said: “Wow, we lost Bo. He was my vet, by God. I’ll miss you buddy.” Another vet buddy, David Dion, noted how proud Bo was of his military service. The photo accompanying this article is posted on David’s refrigerator. “We talked about how that photo was taken while he was home on leave, before being shipped out to the Pacific and 3 years of combat! He looks handsome and innocent.”
Last year, Bo was nominated for Senior Solutions’ Successful Aging Award by members of the veteran community. He was a WWII Navy veteran who served on the USS Iowa Battleship, which endured two strikes from a Japanese shore battery. Right until the end of his life, Bo maintained his independence, kept a sharp mind, drove to do his errands, and frequently cooked for himself. He served as an inspiration to older veterans in Vermont.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post No. 5, 32 Linden Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301; Marlboro Cares, P. O. Box 222, Marlboro, VT 05344; or to Rescue, Inc., 541 Canal Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301.