Eleanor (Bonkosky) Hettlinger, 88, of Danbury and New Milford, died at Danbury Hospital Nov. 9, 2010.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Matilda (Ritz) and William Bonkosky, and her husband, Carl (Dick) Hettlinger, to whom she was married for 64 years.

Mrs. Hettlinger was born March 13, 1922, in New Britain.

She graduated from New Britain High School and New Britain School of Nursing, class of 1943.

Mrs. Hettlinger began her career of caring for others as a registered nurse at New Britain Hospital and Bradley Memorial Hospital in Southington.

For many years she was the office nurse for Dr. George M. Gura in Southington.

She was a longtime member of First Lutheran Church in Southington and a member of the Nurses Alumni Associations of HCC at New Britain General and HCC at Bradley Memorial.

She is survived by a daughter, Jane Sanger, and her husband, Bob Sanger, of New Milford, with whom she lived for the past five years; a son, Richard Hettlinger, and his wife, Barbara, of East Longmeadow, Mass., and Harpswell, Maine; and a son, Robert Hettlinger, and his wife, Phyllis, of Bloomington, Minn.

She is also survived by a sister, Gladys Klotz, of Southington; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Hettlinger will be remembered for her gift of hospitality, hosting many family reunions and parties, and for her baking, especially the Christmas cookies.

The Plantsville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church, 232 Bristol St., Southington, CT 06489.