Brunelli, Retired Yorktown Nurse, Dies at 81

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Winifred G. Brunelli died Feb. 27 at Somers Manor Nursing Home at the age of 81.

A retired maternity ward nurse, she worked at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco. Brunelli was a longtime parishioner of St. Patrick's Church in Yorktown, as well as an associate member of the Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Yorktown Elks Club.

The first child of the late Clifford and Winifred Conklin, she was born in 1930. From the age of 5, she took numerous jobs to help her parents make ends meet. By the eighth grade, Brunelli had to drop out in order to raise her five younger siblings. 

While ensuring they all graduated high school and attained careers, Brunelli worked at Northern Westchester Hospital. She then worked at Montrose Veterans Hospital, where she met and later married Joseph Aloysius Brunelli. She earned her license in practical nursing along with her GED and worked at Northern Westchester Hospital for more than 25 years in the maternity and oncology wards.

Brunelli enjoyed reading and continued to correspond with those she met while working as a nurse well after her retirement.

She is survived by her children, Deborah Ann, Joseph Aloysius, Clifford Anthony, Ann Marie and Lisa Bernadette; and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Old St. Patrick's Church in Yorktown with interment to follow at Amawalk Hill Cemetery in Yorktown Heights. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 104, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 or the Northern Westchester Hospital Employee Fund, 400 E. Main St., Mount Kisco, NY 10549.

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