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Flori J. Floyd Ventura
1945 - 2014
Flori J. (Floyd) Ventura, 68, died at his Pleasant Prairie home on Feb. 16, 2014, of natural causes.
Born in Montebello, Calif. in 1945, to Nello and Jennie (Lori) Ventura, he lived his entire life here.
He attended Holy Rosary and St. James Elementary and graduated from St. Josephs High School. He studied accounting at Gateway Technical Institute and became a certified gemologist upon graduation with honors of a two-year curriculum at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in California.
After receiving his certification as a gemologist, he was offered a teaching position at GIA. He declined the offer in order to join his father and brother William Bill Ventura as a co-owner in the family business, Venturas Jewelers. He was dedicated to his clientele as a self-employed gemologist for many years until his retirement.
Flori served in the United States National Guard for six years and was stationed at Ft. Campbell, Ky., and Ft. Sill, Okla.
A devout Catholic, he was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church and St. Annes Catholic Church and the Italian American Club.
He was preceded in death by his father, Nello Ventura and brother, Bill Ventura.
Surviving are his former wife and lifelong friend, Cheryl (Seefeld) Ventura; son and daughter-in-law, Flori Carl and Stacey (Jacobs) Ventura of Kenosha; one granddaughter, Kalie; his mother, Jennie Ventura of Kenosha and Tucson; one brother, Joseph Ventura of Kenosha and Tucson; and one sister, Dr. Lori Ventura of Miami. He is also survived by two nieces, Anita Ventura Wiertnzy and Arianna Ventura and one nephew Gene Ventura.
Visitation at the Proko Funeral Home will be held on Friday, Feb. 21, from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on Saturday morning, Feb. 22, at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Mass will be celebrated on Saturday morning, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Interment at St. George Cemetery will follow.
Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street Phone: (262) 654-3533
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Proko Funeral Home
5111 W. 60th St. Kenosha, WI 53140
Published online at KenoshaNews.com from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21, 2014