Charlotte Frances Ventrella, 86

Charlotte Frances Ventrella, age 86, long-time resident of Wilton, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 at her home.

Born in Norwalk, the daughter of the late Charles and Sarah (Hendricks) Clarke, she was the beloved wife of Peter Ventrella for 64 years. A graduate of Norwalk High School Class of 1945 and the Nurse Cadet Corps at Norwalk Hospital, she worked as an R.N. at Norwalk Hospital, Lea Manor and Notre Dame Convalescent Home.

She loved to bake, knit, sew and garden. She was a dedicated family woman who enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and spending weekends at her other home in Vermont.

She is survived by her son Richard of Norwalk, daughter Jill Ely of Wilton, and seven grandchildren: Heather Gagliardo, Chris Ventrella, Jessica Porter, Lauren Ventrella, Sarah Vooys, James Ely and William Ely.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Avenue, Norwalk, with burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery. Her family will receive friends on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 4 to 8 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, P.O. Box 489, Wilton, CT 06897, or AIND/Giant Steps, 309 Barberry Road, Southport, CT 06890 (  For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit