Roberta Grace Eilenberger Ferrell
1921 - 2012
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Ferrell, Roberta Grace Eilenberger

Trumansburg: Roberta Ferrell passed in her sleep on February 24, 2012, in her home and surrounded by her children. She was born on August 5, 1921, and had recently celebrated her 90th birthday.



Roberta Ferrell was one of two daughters of Charles F. Eilenberger and Olive Marian Rose Weibly, and her sister Harriet predeceased her. She graduated in 1939 from Malden High School in Massachusetts, and in 1942 married Charles K. McGurk (deceased) of East Rochester, NY. They moved to Enfield after the war and resided there until 1967. She moved to Trumansburg when she married Leon R. Ferrell (deceased), and she resided there until her death.



Roberta managed The Frame Shop on Buffalo Street for 15 years, and was expert in oil painting cleaning and restoration and preservation of graphic materials. Roberta is survived by her children, Charles R. McGurk (Nicole Segers McGurk) of Ithaca, NY, Harriet E. McGurk Stella (Frank Stella) of New York, NY, Bruce J. McGurk (Janette R. Cushman) of Orinda, CA, and Betsy A. McGurk Mensah (Edward Mensah) of Chicago, IL. She has eleven grandchildren: Kelda, Kegan, Lisa, and Mark McGurk, Peter and Patrick Stella, Rosalie and James McGurk, and Elizabeth, Victor, and Stella Mensah; and one great granddaughter, Aneke McGurk Ryan. Memorial donations may be made to Hospicare Services of Tompkins County.


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Published in Ithaca Journal from Feb. 29 to Mar. 2, 2012.
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March 26, 2012
As children, we always loved visiting Aunt Berta and our cousins. She always took us swimming at Enfield Falls, which was a special activity for us. My condolences to Mac, Harriet, Bruce and Betsy.
Carol Jane Christensen
March 26, 2012
So sorry to learn of Aunt Berta's passing. She was an amazing and wonderful lady. We all loved her and she will be missed.
Dick and Joy Pearson
Centerville, UT
Dick Pearson
March 26, 2012
This is my beloved aunt Berta. The antique frame mirror she gave me as a wedding gift still hangs in my home. She and my mother shared a special bond as sister-friends. I have many fond memories which I cherish. My condolences to my cousins.
Donna Johnson
March 9, 2012
To Bobbie, my special friend of 54 years! I will remember you and your wonderful smile and enthusiasm forever.My prayers are with you and your family.
Marie Greco
February 29, 2012
It was a privilege to care for Roberta in the short time I knew her. My condolences to all of you. (VNS nurse)
Carol Bloomgarden
February 29, 2012
Bobbi was a woman who enjoyed every piece of life to the fullest...an amazing, amazing woman. A piece of the sun has joined the angels...
Condolences to the family.
Sue Batterson
Sue Batterson
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