Virelli, Phyllis Elizabeth (Gordon) - February 16, 2017


Phyllis Elizabeth (Gordon) Virelli, 99, formerly of New Britain, Connecticut, died February 16, 2017, at a convalescent home in Plainville, Connecticut, with her family beside her. Phyllis was born in Portland, Maine, on September 30, 1917, the daughter of the late Melville and Helen (Towle) Gordon. She attended Burdett College in Boston, Massachusetts, and was employed at American Standard. She was also an active member of First Church of Christ in New Britain where she was a deacon and served on several committees. She loved to travel, and contributed her longevity to her love of exercise including ballet and doing calisthenics every morning. Phyllis was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and is survived by three sons, Albert Virelli of Southington, Connecticut, Robert Virelli, and his wife Leslie, of Vero Beach, Florida, and Dennis Virelli, and his wife Babette, of West Palm Beach, Florida, a daughter, Denise and her husband Jonathan Russell of Hartford, Connecticut, two grandchildren, Beth Ann Bonvie and her husband Robert, and Robert Virelli Jr. and his wife Tara, three great-grandchildren, Connor Bonvie, Aurora Virelli and Greyson Virelli, and her niece, Judith Swarner of Soldotna, Alaska and the Gordon family, Kevin, Kenny, Karen, Kathleen and Kerry of Boston, MA. She was predeceased by a sister, Eleanor Young of Soldotna, Alaska and brother Kenneth Gordon of Weston, Massachusetts. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11am at First Church of Christ in New Britain, Connecticut. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Church of Christ, Congregational, 830 Corbin Avenue, New Britain, Connecticut 06052.

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