Brenda Aileen Burchell

March 15, 1943February 23, 2021

Brenda A. Burchell, 77, of Oneonta, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at her home.

She was born on March 15, 1943 in Watertown, NY, the daughter of William L. and Freda (Kilburn) Whitford. She was predeceased by her husband Herbert J. Burchell.

Brenda was a beautiful, wonderful woman who went to dance forever with Herb, her husband. She will always be missed, but we can rejoice in knowing that she was the best mother a child could ever want.

Brenda has so much love in her heart and she gave it to everyone she met. She and her husband took care of many foster children over a 30 year span. We are so very proud of them for doing that and we loved each child as if they were part of our family.

She is remembered as a loving mother and grandmother who was vibrant, hilarious, helpful and always aimed to please. Known for her quick-witted humor and infectious laughter but most of all the warm-hearted way she cared for others and helped however she could without hesitation. She made the best coffee, the best home-cooked meals and even the best takeout (because if it was coming from her, no matter what it was it just tasted better). Love is when someone looks at you, they don’t judge you and they want to help you. This is the love she demonstrated her entire life. Anyone who knew her was blessed with knowing a human full of God's love. ~ The memory of a good person is a blessing. Proverbs 10:7

Brenda enjoyed dancing, playing scrabble, card games, bowling, gardening, and making funny faces.

She is survived by her daughter, Sheila D. Burchell, Oneonta, NY; her son, W.R. Burchell, Portlandville, NY ; her granddaughters, Sandi F. Lull, Marysville, OH, Marissa Burchell, Fort Plain, NY, and Samantha Burchell, Whitesboro, NY; her sister, Marsha K. Whitford, Saint Clair, MI; several nieces, nephews; and 6 great grandchildren.

She was also predeceased by her parents; and her son, Bryan H. Burchell, Oneonta, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made Helios Care “Special Needs Fund” at 297 River Street Service Road/Suite #1, Oneonta, NY 13820.

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Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Carlton Cleveland

April 4, 2021

Shiela, my deepest condolences to you and your Family. Your parents were always so welcoming when we played basketball at their house. That is a great picture of them with the birds. I will send a donation in her name to Hospice. Again, my deepest condolences. Carlton Cleveland.