Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373
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Elizabeth M. Purnell

uneral services will be held on January 13, 2018 at the First Church of Deerfield at 11am with the Rev. Liza Knapp pastor officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Brookside Cemetery, South Deerfield. There are no calling hours

South Deerfield – Elizabeth M. Purnell, 97 of Sawmill Plain Rd., South Deerfield, died Saturday afternoon, December 30, 2017 in Poet Seat Health Care Center in Greenfield. She was born in Fridenfels, Germany, January 19, 1920, the daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Dargel) Krahe.

 

Elizabeth was educated in Germany. After high school, she went to Augsburg where she studied piano and singing. She worked as a bilingual secretary and interpreter for the German Branch of B.W.G. Duisburg located at Cardiff Wales, G.B.

 

She was married to Frederick Purnell August 25, 1971 in Germany. They were married for 30 years until Fred’s passing on December 25, 2001.

 

Elizabeth was a very active woman, she loved the outdoors, and she enjoyed biking, downhill and cross country skiing and loved swimming in her own pool until she was 95. She was very active in her church and was a large contributor to their music program.

 

She leaves one sister, Maria Muellhofer of Lindau, Germany, a step-son Jon Purnell and his wife of Boston, VA, three nephews, 3 nieces in Germany, seven step-grandchildren and 8 step-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother Peter Krahe and step-son Frederick Purnell Jr.  

 

Funeral services will be held on January 13, 2018 at the First Church of Deerfield at 11am with the Rev. Liza Knapp pastor officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Brookside Cemetery, South Deerfield. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the First Church of Deerfield for their music program.

 

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