Charles A. Centrella, Sr., 91, retired bank officer, longtime Ridgefielder

Charles A. Centrella, Sr., 91, of Ridgefield, husband of the late Prudence (Geraci) Centrella died on Tuesday afternoon at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, New London, CT.

Mr. Centrella was born in New York, NY, October 22, 1920, son of the late Ferdinando and Giula (Luongo) Centrella.

He was raised and educated in the Bronx and joined Citibank in 1943 as a window teller in the securities department and rose to a corporate authorization officer. He retired in 1975 and has been retired longer than he was actively employed.

Summer residents of Ridgefield since 1954, coming from New York, the Centrellas became permanent residents of Ridgefield in 1976.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Ridgefield O.W.L.S. and a former member of the Elks Lodge.

A loving and faithful husband, Charles and Prudence were married for sixty-five years upon her death in 2005.

A beloved father, he is survived by a daughter, Julie Viola and her husband, Peter of New Fairfield, CT and by a son, Charles A. Centrella Jr. and his wife, Ellen of Danbury, CT; five grandchildren, Lisa Druckreier, Deborah Centrella. Michelle Ruscoe, Julienne Viola and Peter Charles Viola, nine great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves the second love of his life, Helen Pfeifer.

Funeral services will take place in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 11 AM.

Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Ridgefield.

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Friday, July 27, 2012 from 5 PM to 8 PM.

Contributions in Mr. Centrella's memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Avenue, Wallingford, CT 06492.