WOODBURY — Ofelia Crane died peacefully on July 16, 2020, at her son’s home in Maryland. Her son, Edward, his wife, Satellite, and her husband, William (Bill) H. Wehrhahn, were at her side.
Ofelia was born on February 28, 1929, in Manila. She was a World War II bride married to Robert (Bob) Terrill Crane. They were married 40 years before Bob passed away in 1985. She married her second husband, Bill, on February 9, 1999. They enjoyed 21 wonderful years before she went to her reward.
Ofelia grew up in a large, loving family and had an idyllic childhood in the Philippines prior to World War II. Her father worked as an accountant for an American company that owned a radio station and by the time she was 5, she was singing on a live-broadcast variety show just for fun.
As an adolescent she would spend summers with her grandparents in the countryside where she was lavished with love and treats. Her father would drop her off at the train station and she traveled alone to the “province,” unthinkable now in the U.S., but quite safe back then in the Philippines.
When WWII broke out her life changed dramatically. Her father’s company was taken over by the Japanese and he lost his job, so her mother sold her jewelry to buy food. The family hid in bomb shelters during dogfights between the American and Japanese, but she sometimes ventured out to watch the action despite the danger. She eventually secured a secretarial job with the U.S. Army, where she met her first husband, Bob.
She worked as an executive secretary for Chrysler in Delaware during her early life in the U.S. then moved to Woodbury, raised a family, and started night school. Ofelia graduated from the University of New Haven with an undergraduate degree in accounting followed by an MBA degree. After obtaining her undergrad degree she started working at Sears, followed by Torin Corporation and Devino Oil before retiring from Chemtura Corporation (formerly Uniroyal Chemical) in September 1999.
Ofelia loved to perform line dancing and tai-chi. She also loved playing mahjong, singing in the choir at St. Teresa Church in Woodbury, attending concerts and theater, and traveling.
Ofelia was cremated in Maryland and her ashes will be buried in Woodbury when the pandemic relents.
She is survived by her husband, Bill; her sons, Edward and Terrill, her daughter, Leilani, and her nine grandchildren.
Ofelia brought sunlight wherever she went. She was loved by all that were lucky enough to know her and she will be sorely missed.