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NEW BERLIN - Elna H. Virtell, 88, of New Berlin, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 7, 2017, at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
Elna was born on March 1, 1929, on the Harrington farm in West Burlington, the daughter of the late Carl and Mildred Wayman Harrington.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her loving husband, Peter, in 2014.
Following graduation from Edmeston Central School and the Paulson Business Institute in Syracuse, Elna settled in New Hartford. She was employed with General Electric in New Hartford for several years before relocating to New Berlin with her husband, Peter, and young son, Mark, in 1969.
Elna worked as a legal secretary in Edmeston and New Berlin law firms before spending several years at Chase Nursing Home as a social worker. In addition, she worked with the American Red Cross in Norwich.
Following her retirement, Elna enjoyed traveling to Florida with Peter and socializing with her neighbors. In the summer months, she was often found spending time on her front porch with a good book. She will be remembered as a warm and loving wife, mother, and good friend.
Elna was active in her community. She was a life member of the New Berlin Art Forum, serving as the director for many years. In addition, she was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the First United Methodist Church of New Berlin.
Elna is survived by her son, Mark (Donna Cosmo) Virtell of New Berlin; brother-in-law, Art Strong of Milford; sisters-in-law, Judy Virtell of New Jersey and Betty Virtell of Milford; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday July 15, at the Delker and Terry Funeral Home, 30 South St., Edmeston with Pastor Richard Anderson of the First United Methodist Church of New Berlin officiating. Interment will follow in Burlington Flats Cemetery. Calling hours will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. before services at the funeral home. Elna's family will host a time of fellowship and refreshments at the United Methodist Church in New Berlin following the committal services.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the First United Methodist Church of New Berlin in loving memory of Elna. Arrangements are by NYS Licensed Funeral Director David Delker at the Delker and Terry Funeral Home, 30 South St., Edmeston.
To send condolences, visit www.Delkerterryfuneralhome.com or visit Facebook Delker and Terry Funeral Home.
Published on July 10, 2017
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