Brunelli, Winifred G. (Conklin)
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Beloved mother and grandmother, Winifred G. Brunelli, passed away at Somers Manor Nursing home on Monday, February 27, 2012 at the age of 81. She was the first child of the late Clifford and Winifred (Towey) Conklin, born in 1930, at the start of the depression, and would often describe the numerous jobs she worked at from the age of five to help her family survive. She had to drop out of school in the eighth grade in order to raise her five younger siblings. She ensured they all graduated high school, and each went on to their own careers. She worked at Northern Westchester Hospital as a young girl, as well as the Montrose Veterans Hospital, where she met her now deceased husband Joseph Aloysius Brunelli. Together they raised five children in the catholic faith, Deborah Ann, Joseph Aloysius, Clifford Anthony, Ann Marie, and Lisa Bernadette. She was the proud grandmother of Joseph, Gillian, Joey, and Alexander.
Mrs. Brunelli earned her LPN license, along with her GED, and spent more than 25 years working at Northern Westchester Hospital, in the maternity ward and the oncology ward, a career which she dearly loved and was deeply devoted to. She met and became friends with hundreds of people, whom she corresponded with for many years after her retirement.
Mrs. Brunelli was a very intelligent, vibrant, woman who had a wide range of interests, from Ralph Nader to the space program. She was a prolific reader, and will be remembered for her extreme generosity and compassion. She was a devoted parishioner of St Patrick's Church in Yorktown, an associate member of the Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance corps, and a member of the Yorktown Elks Club.
The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home, in Yorktown on Thursday & Friday from 4-8 PM. A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10:00 AM at the Old St. Patrick's Church, Yorktown with interment to follow at Amawalk Hill Cemetery, Yorktown Heights.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in her memory to the Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 104, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 or the Northern Westchester Hospital Employee Fund, 400 E. Main Street, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549.
Published in the The Journal News on Feb. 29, 2012