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.
Published in Ithaca Journal from Feb. 29 to Mar. 2, 2012.