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Obituary of Preston Bortell
Greece: Preston L. Bortell passed away on October 11, 2017 at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty; his children, Eric (Theresa) Bortell & Beth (Mike) Mucci; his sisters, Jean Morris, Ruth Ann (Tom) Gribb & Jackie (Karl) Minium; his grandchildren, Dylan & Luke Bortell and Nicholas & Jessica Mucci; and several nieces & nephews.
Preston was a proud Veteran of the US Army and retiree of Eastman Kodak in 1991.
Family and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 3000 Dewey Avenue, Rochester, NY 14616 on Sunday, October 22nd at 2 p.m. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family at Riverview Cemetery in Millerstown, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Preston to Bethany Presbyterian Church (at the above address) or Lifetime Care Hospice or a charity of choice.
Growing up in Millerstown, PA, Preston enjoyed hunting, fishing, and boating on the Juniata River. He graduated from Greenwood High School and Penn State University. While in the Army, he was stationed at the Cold Regions Research labs in Hanover, NH, and summers would be spent on the Greenland Icecap.
He then worked at Eastman Kodak as a design engineer until his retirement.
In his adult years, singing was his passion. He sang in the Bethany and Messiah church choirs, the Greece Choral Society, and the Finger Lakes Choral Festival.
Teaching his children, grandchildren, and scouts about canoeing, fishing, skiing, and camping was great fun. Family was his joy and always came first.
Arrangements entrusted to Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, Inc., Hilton, New York.