Robert Krissel, longtime Vail Valley homeowner, 1934-2010 |

Robert Krissel, longtime Vail Valley homeowner, 1934-2010

Special to the Daily
Vail, CO Colorado
Robert Krissel

Robert A. Krissel, 76, died at home Dec. 4, surrounded by loving family and friends.

Bob was a familiar face in Vail after first bringing his family to ski Vail in the early 1970s and having been a part-time resident in Vail, and recently Beaver Creek, for the past 22 years. Bob was one of the original partners in Vendetta’s restaurant when it opened in the early 1980s.

Bob was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Jan. 10, 1934, to Ricka Rosenfeld and Walter DuPont Krissel.

He spent his childhood years in Rye and attended the local high school and the Fieldstone School. Bob graduated from Dartmouth in 1956, where he was active in ROTC and was captain of both the tennis and swim teams. After Dartmouth, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1960 and earned the rank of captain.

He married Janet Meryl Carter, of Dallas, in 1957.

The couple lived in Germany for two years, where their first child, Kimberly, was born in 1958. They returned to the states in 1960 and resided in Manhattan, where Bob began work at Equitable Bag, the family-owned and operated shopping bag business. He started in sales and worked his way up to CEO and president.

Bob’s son, Jim, was born in 1961 and youngest daughter, Dina, in 1963. The family built their home in Lakeville, Conn., in 1969 and spent many holidays, summers and weekends with local friends. In addition to their Lakeville home, they spent many winters in Vail and summers at their home in Santa Fe, N.M.

Bob supported many nonprofit boards and organizations throughout his life. He served on the boards of Beth Israel, the National Museum of the American Indian, Sharon Hospital, the Santa Fe Opera as president, the Yale Club and National Jewish Hospital in Denver. Bob was also a member of the Sharon Country Club, the Beaver Creek Club, the Harmony Club and the Young Presidents Organization.

Bob loved to fly. He flew privately in his own plane, commuting between his homes with his wife, Janet, and their loyal dachshunds (first Nina and Oscar and then Baxter and Lulu). He loved good food, wine, skiing and a game of golf. Bob maintained a very active social calendar, attending various events for the causes he passionately supported.

His wife, Janet, died in 2005.

He married Jenelle Soderquist of Minneapolis in 2007. Bob and Jenelle traveled to Italy, France, England and Argentina. They spent time renovating their Lakeville home and enjoying their grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Jenelle, he is survived by his children, Kim and her husband, Matt Jones, of Denver, Jim and his wife, Jessica Fowler, of Sharon, Conn., and Dina Jaeger of Falls Village, Conn.; a stepson, William Soderquist of Los Angeles, Calif.; his eight grandchildren; his sister, Toni, and her husband, Jamie Goodale, of Manhattan; a nephew, Timothy Goodale, of London; a niece, Ashley, and her husband, C.J. Muse, of Manhattan; and his cousin Jonathan Canno and his spouse, Pierce Roberts, of East Hampton, N.Y.

Enjoy your flight, Bob.

A memorial service will take place in the spring in Connecticut. Donations can be sent to the Salisbury VNA, 30A Salmon Kill Road, Salisbury CT 06068.

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