Obituary – Petrucelli, Ellen Lorene (Butler)

Class of 1940

Ellen Lorene (Butler) Petrucelli

February 8, 1922 – March 1, 2008

Ellen Lorene Petrucelli, 86, passed away March 1, 2008. She was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on February 8, 1922.

Ellen was a gifted musician, playing the coronet. She won many competitions as a soloist. She was then awarded a music scholarship to Oklahoma State.

Ellen then formed her own band and traveled nationally. Her travels took her to Biloxi, MS where she met and married Bob. After Bob returned from World War II, they moved to San Diego. While in San Diego, they, along with her brother-in-law and wife, opened the Villa Restaurant located in Pacific Beach. After many years, she began working at Vacation Village and then The Sheraton. While there, she earned many awards including Employee of the Year. Ellen was also a member of the Mission Bay Women’s Golf Club where she made many wonderful friends.

She is survived by her daughter Carole Montejano of La Mesa, son Robert A. Petrucelli of San Diego, and two grandchildren.

Visitation 4 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at Pacific Beach Mortuary, 4710 Cass St., San Diego, with Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 6, 2008, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, 1945 Illion St. San Diego. Burial will be at El Camino Memorial Park. Donations are suggested to San Diego Hospice, 4311 3rd Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103.