Veronica Mary Mayer (Cousino)

Veronica Mary Mayer (Cousino)

On May 8,2020, heaven gained an angel and her family lost a fierce little spitfire when Veronica Mary Mayer (Cousino), 80, of Bristol Vermont passed away from a fatal heart attack in the company of her loving husband (Ray) of 62 years. She had just completed one of her favorite pastimes, beating him at a game of Rumikub.  Ronnie was born on September 13th, 1939 to Bernadette Blaise Cousino and Peter John Cousino at their family home in Bristol Vermont. She graduated from Bristol High School in 1958. She met her soul mate, Ray in 1957, and they were married in 1958. If you knew the two of them, you knew that they were seldom apart and totally devoted to one another. Ronnie is survived by her devoted husband, Joseph Raymond Mayer as well as her son, Todd Mayer (Laura) and daughter Terri Thomsen (Ole), her two grandsons, Jacob and Jesse Thomsen and three granddaughters, Stephanie Felion (Dale), Jennifer Mayer and Sophie Thomsen. She also leaves a great grandson Alan Felion and a great great grandson Gracen Felion. Ronnie leaves five sisters, Yvonne Morgan, Anne Myrick, Patricia Atkins, Linda Roscoe and Mary Bingham and four brothers, Thomas, Roger, Charles and Peter Cousino. She is predeceased by both parents Bernadette and Peter Cousino, her sister Marjorie Paquette, and her brothers Lucius, Guy, Ambrose, Eugene and Joseph Cousino. She also leaves dozens of nieces and nephews and a special cousin, June Larrabee.

Ronnie’s career consisted of working at the telephone office and as an aide at Bristol Elementary and MAUHS. In her later years she worked at IBM in food service which gave her the opportunity to travel to and from work with Ray, which she loved. Like many of her siblings, she also worked with the elderly off and on through the years and was a coveted “sitter” by her nieces and sisters.

All Ronnie ever wanted to be was a wife and mother and she excelled at both. She loved her children and grandchildren with a passion that was unparalleled. She worried deeply about the wellbeing of family and friends and spent most of her life in some form of service to those around her whether it be calling family and friends to check in or praying for anyone and everyone who needed prayers. Her nieces often requested “Ask Aunt Ronnie to pray for me, her prayers work!”  Ronnie prided herself on her fabulous chocolate chip cookies.  Those cookies were coveted by family, friends, school rooms and strangers. She was generous in handing them out! Ronnie loved everyone and she had no trouble expressing that. There are children and adults all over this state who considered her their own special grandma. She had a knack for making everyone who knew her feel like they were her absolute favorite.

Ronnie was an avid Red Sox fan and loved to razz the Yankee fans. You know who you are!  She enjoyed traveling but her favorite place was Wells Maine where she and Ray spent many hours sitting by the ocean watching the sunrise.  She was a giver and loved to shop. There are many people who were the lucky recipients of her generosity.  She was a tiny lady with an enormous heart full of love and adventure. Ronnie was very proud of the fact that she made 8 Skydiving jumps in Malone New York where her daughter Terri met her husband Ole. She beamed when she said that the jumps in New York cost her a wedding and gained her a son in law who she adored.

Ronnie was a member of the Catholic Churches in Bristol and Vergennes Vt. She was a woman of deep faith. She and her husband spent the last 40 years starting their morning by saying the rosary together and praying for family and friends. Ronnie found comfort in reading her prayer books each morning, hours before the sunrise.

Although it is very difficult to postpone our celebration of her life, we will do so until we can all be together and hug again. She would not want us to celebrate without hugs and love.

 In that vein, there will be a mass of Christian Burial as soon as possible. We will publish details when we know when it will take place. In the meantime, revel in your memories of Ronnie. Remember her spirit and smile when you think of her huge personality. To send online condolences to her family please visit

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James Cousino
4 years ago

God be with you Aunt Ronnie .Love you

mary bingham
4 years ago

My big sister and best friend… until we meet again I will hold you close

Brian & Pam Ladeau
4 years ago

Dear Ray, Todd. Terry and All of the Cousino Family, We are so sorry for your loss, Ronnie was certainly all that you said in her obituary. [What a beautiful obituary] She always made me laugh and gave fabulous hugs.! Cherish the memories and let her spirit live on.

Angel Thompson
4 years ago

We all are going to miss. Ronnie

Kristie sitar
4 years ago

That is a wonderful tribute to aunt Ronnie! Much love to uncle Ray, Terri and family and Todd and family. As well as all her siblings and large family! Love Kristie and Maysa

Peter Straub
4 years ago

Heaven has one more angel. Years ago, when the Middle School was starting at Mt. Abe, Ronnie served as Team A’s Aide. As is no surprise to those who knew Ronnie, she was far more than an “aide” . . . she was a true partner in Team A’s work. As has been shared, her short stature belied her huge personality and heart. Ronnie was a true gift to the Team A kids and teachers. Even though those years were long ago, the memories of Ronnie’s spirit, smile, and selfless impact remain fresh.

Thank you, Ronnie, for sharing the “you” that was you. May you rest in peace, and may your beloved family feel you surrounded in that peace across the river, and forever feel you at their shoulder.

Bill and Liz Wisell
4 years ago

To the family of Ronnie Mayer. We have had many good times, mostly class reunions. She was fun and funny and brought much laughter to wherever she was. Love and peace to the entire family. Bill and Liz Wisell

Louise Acker
4 years ago

So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed chatting with her and
OChris always enjoyed seeing Ronnie and Ray at IBM. She will surely be missed

Fay leavitt
4 years ago

So sorry to hear of Ronnies death. She was a very sweet lady and had a beautiful smile. Condolences to the family. Sincerely
Fay & Dudley Leavitt

June Sargent
4 years ago

Now she can be a guardian angel for so many more of her loved ones, and we will be all the more blessed for this. We love and miss you very much.
June (Larrabee) Sargent

Stephanie Larsen
4 years ago

My deepest love and sympathy go out to the Mayer, Thomsen and Cousino families. She will forever be held close in my heart as my Aunt Ronnie.

Joe Cousino
4 years ago

If there ever was a beautiful obituary, Ronnie’s is it. Ronnie and Marjorie, according to my late dad (Ronnie’s first cousin, Ralph Cousino), were the first to ever babysit me when I was an infant. God bless and Godspeed Ronnie and blessed memories, Ray.

Jaye & Yvonne
4 years ago

Mom says she sure will miss her sister. Ronnie was full of love & kindness. We will hold her close in our hearts. We love you!

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