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Kay J. Venning

Kay J. (Carpenter) Venning, 86, of Gardner, died peacefully, Saturday, February 6, 2021, in her residence surrounded by her family.

Born in Auburn on August 2, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Frederick A. and Evelyn E. (Searle) Carpenter. She graduated from Auburn High School with the Class of 1952 and from Henry Heywood Hospital School of Nursing with the Class of 1954. Kay was a Computer Information Technology specialist employed by Venning & Jacques of Gardner for 25-years until her retirement in 1999. She was previously employed as a registered nurse at Heywood Hospital.

Kay was a congregant of the Chestnut Street United Methodist Church of Gardner. She was a member of the Gardner Women’s Golf Association, the Gardner Museum, the Gardner Boat Club, and the Gardner Bridge Club. Kay loved to play golf, tennis, and gardening. She also loved to spend time away from home; at her lake house in Rindge,NH, and winters in Naples, FL. But the time that Kay loved and cherished the most was spent with her family, especially her grandsons.

Kay is survived by her husband of 64-years, Robert A. Venning of Gardner; two sons, James A. Venning and his wife Lise of Tampa, FL, and R. Steven Venning and his wife Donna of Bennington, NH; four grandsons, James T. Venning of Cambridge, Alexander R. Venning of St. Paul, MN, Robert T. Venning of Austin, TX, and Eric M. Venning of Milford, NH; a great-granddaughter, Ella Kay Venning; two sisters, Virginia Varg of Auburn and Glenna Brownell of Charlton; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a sister, Evelyn Davis; and a brother, Bernard Carpenter.

Funeral Services will be announced and held at a later date.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl Street, Gardner, MA 01440, or, your favorite charity.  Please reference in memory of Kay J. Venning.

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Hello Mr. Venning. This is Chris Jacques and I want to express my condolences on the passing of Mrs. Venning. During the time you and my father were partners, both of you were always very nice to me and it is still much appreciated. Thoughts and prayers to you, Jim, and Steve.

Chris Jacques Feb 17 2021 12:00 AM

We spent many hours with Kay and Bob on the golf course and at the lake. She was a warm and loving friend. Rest in the arms of the Lord, Kay

Pat and Dennis Brennan Feb 10 2021 12:00 AM