Daily Gazette, Schenectady, N.Y., November 14, 2001 RENO, Nev. - Robert Thomas Purtell, 84, died at home Sunday. Born in Exeter, N.H., moved from New York to Reno in 1958. He was the widower of Velma Purtell. Survivors include five daughters, Marlene Plant of Altamont, Carol Fredrick of Ballston Spa, Diane Hull of Keysville, Linda Kohler of Carson City, Nev., and Lisa Beretz of Saratoga Springs; a son, Roy Purtell of Troy; two sisters, Betty Piotrowski and Florence Mangino, both of Schenectady; 23 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. Walton Sierra Chapel, Reno. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery. Walton Funeral Home.