Dorothy Ventimiglia was a strong, hardworking woman who was dedicated to raising her six children and always put her family first.
“She would work through any obstacle she ever had,” said her daughter, Claire Stout. “She raised the six of us kids, and always put us before herself.”
Dorothy “Dory” Ventimiglia, 77, of Hammond, died Oct. 18. She had worked a variety of jobs, including 11 years teaching in the Gary Diocese. She also co-owned Larry’s Pizza in Hegewisch and North Hammond for 28 years.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and her master’s in education from Purdue University as she raised her children, said her husband of 57 years, Larry Ventimiglia.
“She basically finished her education with baby number six on her knee,” he said. “That’s the kind of girl she was.”
After the couple retired, they traveled extensively. Their children gave them a trip to Hawaii to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, and they went on a cruise to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
They also had made trips to Europe, including stops in Paris, London and Rome.
Stout said her mother enjoyed needlework, including knitting and crocheting. She enjoyed gardening and reading.
She looked forward to yearly trips to Michigan with the children, and then with the grandchildren.
“She planned out the meals, cooked the food, planned for fishing and other activities,” her daughter said. “That was the highlight of her year.”