Doris Ventres, voice from home for soldiers, dies

Doris Ventres, who made it her mission to write to every Ridgefielder who was away for home serving in the U.S. military, has died.

First Selectman Rudy Marconi made the announcement at the Board of Selectmen's meeting Wednesday night, Nov. 18, and the board made plans to attend services for her as a group to show their appreciation for her letter-writing. The services are Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 11 at the First Congregational Church, Marconi said.

Selectwoman Maureen Kozlark noted that Ventres had also worked closely with Ridgefielder Dorian Peckham, who created the wooden "hearts" posted along north Main Street, in the colors of the flag with the names of service people.

"For years she wrote letters to the troops," Marconi said. "...She dedicated herself to writing letters to the soldiers for years and years and years."

Doris (Hoyt) Ventres was 86 and also lived in Sherman. She was wife of George E. Ventres, mother of Tad and Dale; mother in law of Elena, grandmother of Cody and Garret, and a sister in law and aunt.

Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m. in the First Congregational Church of Ridgefield.  Interment will follow in Bald Hill Cemetery, Wilton.

The family will receive friends in Lund Hall following the interment.  Contributions in Mrs. Ventres' memory may be made to the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, 90 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT 0687 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675.