In Memory

Elizabeth Wenger (Williams)

Elizabeth Wenger (Williams)

     R J Reynolds Senior High School
Class Of 1962


From:  Joseph M. Purtell, CAPT USN (Ret)

Sadly my wife, Liz passed away suddenly due to a undiagnosed brain tumor which hemorrhaged on March 27, 2015. She was a graduate of Penn State and had a long career working for the Navy Dept. in DC. We have been living in Viera, FL since retirement. She had no children of her own, but embraced my family. RIP.

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04/19/15 01:08 PM #1    

Danny T. Ferguson

Elizabeth Williams Purtell

Melbourne, FL

Elizabeth (Liz) suffered a tragic brain tumor and in two days passed away on Friday March 27, 2015.

Liz was born on November 11, 1944 and was adopted by Dr. Raymond and Anna Wenger now deceased. She grew up in Winston-Salem, NC and graduated from Penn State University. She is survived by her loving husband, Joseph M. Purtell, CAPT, USN (Ret), Step-sons David and Mark (Ingrid) Purtell and nine grandchildren, daughter in law Niki Purtell and son in law Dr. Bob Gaston. She was predeceased by step-daughter Deanna Gaston, and step-sons Joseph Jr. and Kevin.

Liz represented the U.S. Naval Air System Command in Washington, DC for over three decades while negotiating sales and transfers of missiles and helicopters to allied nations. In this capacity she traveled widely in Europe, the Far East and Egypt.

Upon retirement Liz and Joe moved to Florida, settling in India River Colony Club of Viera for most of the year and spending summers at Breezy Point, NY. In both places, she was note for exceptional gardening and for enjoying card playing and her pets, Mr. Wu and Tessie.

Services will be held at Beckman Williamson Funeral Home, Viera Fl., visitation for family and friends from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM followed by a service at 4:00 PM. Wednesday April 1, 2015.

You may sign Liz's guestbook at Interment services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date
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