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Iscela R. Bernal, 48

Dr. Iscela Rosa Bernal of Easton, wife of Dermot G. Mitchell, died Oct.  13 at Yale-New Haven Hospital after a brief illness. She was 48.

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Iscela Bernal: practiced in Westport. Contributed photo

Born in Lima, Peru, she received her undergraduate degree and a Master’s degree from William Patterson University in Wayne, New Jersey and Master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Bridgeport in acupuncture and naturopathic medicine.

She was a board certified and licensed naturopathic physician. She owned and practiced at the Bernal Center, Inc. in Westport, specializing in acupuncture and naturopathic medicine where she developed many close relationships with her numerous patients

Prior to becoming a physician, she worked at the New York Blood Center in New York City and as an AIDS research biotechnologist for many years, and authored several research papers.

Survivors in addition to her husband Dermot Mitchell include her mother, Rosa Molina Nanetti de Bernal; a brother, David Bernal both of Lima, Peru, and several aunts, uncles and cousins in the United States and Peru. She was predeceased by her father, a noted physician and anesthesiologist, Dr. Orlando Bernal.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 at 11:30 a.m. at Covenant Church, 1 Sport Hill Road, Easton with the Rev, Cary Slater Officiating. Interment will follow in Lawncroft Cemetery, Fairfield.

Friends may greet the family on Friday, Nov. 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield.

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