Obituary: Charles A. Centrella Jr.

Charles A. Centrella Jr.

NAUGATUCK — Charles A. Centrella Jr., 74, husband of Ellen (Williamson) Centrella, died unexpectedly on Jan. 17, 2020, at his home.

Charles was born Feb. 23, 1945, in the Bronx, N.Y., son of the late Charles A. Centrella Sr. and Prudence (Geraci) Centrella. Charles lived most of his life in the Bronx and in Danbury, having lived the past six years in Naugatuck. Charles retired from the United States Postal Service, where he worked for 36 years as a postman, and proudly served in the U.S. Army National Guard Reserves.

In addition to his wife, Charles is survived by his daughters, Lisa Druckreier (Michael), Deborah Centrella (late John Lopez) and Michelle Ruscoe (Patrick); his grandchildren, Erika, Amber, Laura, Melanie, Brianna, Patrick Jr., and Faith; his great-grandchildren, Jason Jr., Bianca, Grace, Aaron, Addison, Izabella and Kayleigh; his sister, Julie Viola (Peter); and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. at the Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Ave., Naugatuck. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ridgefield. Calling hours are Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers and to honor Charles’s memory, contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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