New Berlin, NY
Peter C. Virtell, 86, of New Berlin died peacefully Tuesday April 1st at Chase Memorial Nursing Home with his family by his side.
He was born February 13, 1928 in Oneonta, the son of Lewis and Lillian (Wright) Virtell. He married Elna Harrington June 23, 1951 at the United Methodist Church is Edmeston.
Peter served in the United States Air Force (1946-1949) in the 1112 Special Air Missions Squadron as Sgt. He managed Agway Energy Products for 38 years, retiring in 1987. Pete was a 60 year member of the Phoebus Lodge F & A.M. He served as the Rotary President, was a Paul Harris Fellow and Coached for the Little League & Pony League. Golf was an all time favorite sport of Pete’s and for the past 20 years he continued to play all winter in Florida. He enjoyed hunting & fishing with his father-in-law, Carl, and son, Mark.
Pete is survived by his wife, Elna; his son, Mark; his sister Bernice and husband, Art Strong; his sister-in-laws Betty & Judy Virtell; his special cousin, Laura Halpin of Chase Nursing Home; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
His two brothers Jim & Paul Virtell predeceased Pete.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday April 5, 2014 from Noon till 2:00 pm at the Houk-Johnson-Terry Funeral Home. A Masonic service will be held at 2:00 pm a Funeral Services will follow with Rev. Lyle Linder officiating.
Interment will be in the spring at Burlington Flats Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Northeast Chapter, The Meadows, Suite 2, 140 Cty. Hwy. 33 West, Cooperstown, NY 13326; or the First United Methodist Church in New Berlin.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.