Elna H. Virtell




Elna H. Virtell, 88, of New Berlin, NY passed away peacefully on Friday July 7, 2017 at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY.


Elna was born on March 1, 1929 on the Harrington Farm in West Burlington, NY the daughter of the late Carl and Mildred Wayman Harrington. In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by her loving husband Peter in 2014.


Following graduation from Edmeston Central School, and The Paulson Business Institute in Syracuse, NY, Elna settled in New Hartford, NY. 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 NJ, Betty Virtell of Milford, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends.


Funeral services will be 1:00 PM on Saturday July 15, 2017 at the Delker and Terry Funeral Home 30 South Street 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 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM prior to the 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 Street Edmeston, NY. To send condolences visit www.Delkerterryfuneralhome.com or visit Facebook Delker and Terry Funeral Home.




4 thoughts on “Elna H. Virtell”

  1. Elna, I am still in a state of shock over you leaving so suddenly, I keep waiting for Mary to bring you home from some outing. Cherising the time I got to know you, the times spent on the porch with you, you were always so interested in all I was doing, and my family, and seeing all my pictures, especially the ones of the baby swans that you loved so much. I am so glad you got to see them. Making me a part of your family means so much to me. Our Sunday morning breakfasts, taking you shopping, sitting with you, all these times I hold dear to my heart. It will be hard to go on without you, but I will be there for Mark. Life will not be the same, you will be missed by all!!!!

  2. My good friend Mark
    So sorry for the loss of your mom!
    She was a great lady, she loved all of us.
    Cherish all the memories buddy
    Your friend Joe G

  3. Mrs. Virtell (Mark’s friends growing up never called her Elna!) was a truly beautiful person. My trips to NY at Thanksgiving time always included a stop at the Virtell house to see Mark and Mr. and Mrs. Virtell. I am so sorry you are gone and will miss seeing you at Thanksgiving. Thank you for everything you did for me and especially my Mom. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mark at this difficult time.

  4. May your family and friends be comforted by God’s promise to swallow up death forever and wipe away every tear from all faces. (Isaiah 25:8) Along with the promise of a time very soon when no residents will say, “I am sick”. (Isaiah 33:24) Remembering to the promise of the resurrection hope for both the righteous and unrighteous. (Acts 24:15)

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