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Gerald L. "Jerry" Brownell

May 21, 1942 — December 17, 2023

Gerald L. "Jerry" Brownell, 81, of Norwich, died peacefully in the comfort of his home on Sunday, December 17, 2023.

Born on May 21, 1942, in New Berlin, NY, Jerry was the son of the late Merle and Mary (Tavani) Brownell. He graduated from New Berlin Central School in 1960 and shortly after found employment at General Laboratories Associates in Norwich. Jerry later became employed with Bell-Howell in Massachusetts where he would meet his future wife, Elaine Spenard, who also was employed at Bell-Howell at the time. Jerry and Elaine were married on June 24, 1978 in Tewksbury, MA.

In 1978, Elaine and Jerry relocated to Norwich and worked for Simmonds Precision previously known as General Laboratories Associates. Jerry worked for the company during their various name changes until his retirement in 2005 on his 63rd birthday. In retirement, Jerry like bicycle riding, metal detecting, enjoyed food and finding recipes for Elaine to make him, and was known for his passion for computers, starting in the early 1980s. Elaine and Jerry also traveled in their motorhome extensively across the United States, making sure to take selfies wherever they were. He was also very proud of his children and grandchildren.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Elaine, of Norwich; his children, Michael Brownell, of St. Petersburg, FL, Barry Brownell, of Cooperstown, NY, Robby Brownell, of New Smyrna Beach, FL, Michael (Tami) Mullin, of Waynesboro, VA, Kristy (Aaron) Fortino, of Tampa, FL, and Colleen (Todd) Mullin-Park, of Savannah, GA; grandchildren, Justin, Stephen, Andy, Holly, Allison, Michael, Katie, Matthew, Christopher, Joseph, Amanda, Jennifer, Jessalyn, Emily, Dalton, Garrett, and Vonya; ten great-grandchildren; brother, David (Kirsten) Brownell, of South Paris, ME; nieces, Carin and Sarah; and nephew, Steve.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Hospice and Palliative of Chenango County, especially Nidia, Logan and Karis for their kindness and support given to Jerry and his family during the last three months.

A service for Jerry will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at the Church of St. Paul's, where the Rev. Ralph A. Bove, will officiate. Burial will take place at St. Paul’s Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wilson Funeral Home on Saturday, January 6, 2024, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Contributions in memory of Jerry may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road Suite 300 Jacksonville, FL 32256 or the Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County, 33-39 Court Street, Norwich, NY 13815.

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