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Woodlawn Funeral Home & Woodlawn Memorial Gardens

6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA

OBITUARY

Viola Doris Ventura

July 15, 1924November 19, 2019
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Viola D. (Dottie) Ventura passed away after a long illness at 95 years old on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.

Predeceased by husband of 50 years, Joseph Ventura, Jr., she is survived by son, Joseph Ventura, III (Holly Ventura); daughter, Linda Marie Exum (Bruce Exum, Sr.); sons, John Ventura and Mark Ventura; grandsons, Bruce Exum, Jr. (Michelle Exum), Stephen Ventura, Mark Ventura, Jr.and Joseph Ventura, IV; granddaughter, Megan Ventura; and four great grandchildren, Kasey Baum (David Baum), Hannah Exum, Jacob Exum and Stephen Ventura, Jr.

She was born in North Carolina and moved to Norfolk, VA once married. She and her husband lived in the Oakdale Farms neighborhood for 30 years. It was there they opened their home to serve as foster parents to over a hundred children. When questioned how she was able to do that she always responded that she considered it a labor of love. She was a long time member of Oakdale Presbyterian Church.

Family visitation will be from 7pm to 9pm on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6329 E Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Woodlawn Funeral Home, with interment to follow in the Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

To leave a memory or message of condolences, please visit www.WoodlawnNorfolk.com

  • FAMILY

  • Joseph Ventura, Jr., Husband (deceased)
  • Joseph Ventura, III (Holly Ventura), Son
  • Linda Marie Exum (Bruce Exum, Sr.), Daughter
  • John Ventura, Son
  • Mark Ventura, Son
  • Bruce Exum, Jr. (Michelle Exum), Grandson
  • Stephen Ventura, Grandson
  • Mark Ventura, Jr., Grandson
  • Joseph Ventura, IV, Grandson
  • Megan Ventura, Granddaughter
  • Kasey Baum (David Baum), Great Granddaughter
  • Hannah Exum, Great Granddaughter
  • Jacob Exum, Great Grandson
  • Stephen Ventura, Jr., Great Grandson
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Bruce Exum, Jr., Pallbearer
  • Jacob Exum, Pallbearer
  • Joseph Ventura, IV, Pallbearer
  • David Baum, Pallbearer
  • Kenneth Roberts, Pallbearer
  • Cole Roberts, Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, November 23, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, November 24, 2019
  • Burial Sunday, November 24, 2019

Memories

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Erica Strube

November 22, 2019

Our Condolences on the loss of your mom
May she rest in Peace. Wrap the love of those around you as you struggle thru your emotions.
Condolences to all her family and friends
Much Love and Respect
Strube and Erica

Sarah Williams

November 22, 2019

When Dottie walked into The Other Mother/Sentara ChildCare to apply for a position, I knew immediately the she was needed there. It was a joy to work with Dottie as she transitioned her life from foster mom to being Dottie. Several unfortunate things, including. a house fire, happened to her while working there, but Dottie found a way to rise above and bring a beautiful smile that showed the joy she felt just being with the children. A lovely lady!

Marie Exum

November 21, 2019

My mom went to be with her Savior on 11/19 /19. God is good all the time.

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