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Oct. 30, 1915 – Dec. 26, 2013

Anna Ventura, a retired teacher and longtime parishioner at Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church in Lancaster, died Thursday in Sisters Hospital’s St. Joseph Campus after a short illness. She was 98.

A lifelong resident of Depew, Mrs. Ventura graduated from St. Mary’s High School before working in the office at the former Gould’s National Battery on Neoga Street in Depew.

After serving as a first communion teacher for Our Lady of Pompeii School, Mrs. Ventura became a first-grade teacher at the school and eventually became the school’s librarian.

She received several awards and recognitions during her career, including the Religious Educator of the Year Award, Service to School and Community Award and Excellence in Teaching Award.

An active parishioner at Our Lady of Pompeii for more than 90 years, she kept the church’s pamphlet rack stocked with brochures as a child and later served as a collection counter and volunteered at numerous spaghetti dinners and lawn fetes.

Mrs. Ventura sang in the church’s choir for more than 65 years and was a longtime member of the church’s Altar and Rosary Society. She has been inducted into the church’s Wall of Fame.

Mrs. Ventura is survived by two sisters, Millie Catuzzi and Eleanor Olari.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 158 Laverack Ave., Lancaster.