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Marga DeNatale, 89, Retired Greenwich HS Secretary

OLD GREENWICH, Conn. – Marga L. DeNatale died at her home in Old Greenwich May 24. She was 89.

She was born Margarete Louise Klammt on April 13, 1923, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Paula Lueders Klammt and Arthur Klammt. Raised in Yonkers, N.Y., DeNatale graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1940. She graduated from Denison University in 1944 with a bachelor's degree in German.

Upon graduation from college, she started a career in marketing. She went to work for C.E. Hooper, a radio audience measurement firm, and later for N.W. Ayer & Son advertising agency.

In 1951, she married Joseph F. DeNatale and they moved to Old Greenwich in 1957. After her children reached school age, DeNatale resumed her career as a guidance secretary at Greenwich High School. She retired from the high school in 1988.

DeNatale was a longtime member of First Congregational Church of Old Greenwich, where she was a former member of the women's fellowship, a church office volunteer and an active volunteer at the rummage room.

From its beginning, she and her husband were street captains for 99 for 1, a church-sponsored weekly food drive that provided food to those in need. She served as Cub Scout den mother and Girl Scout leader when her children were young.

DeNatale is survived by three sons, Richard (Deborah) DeNatale, of Wake Forest, N.C., Douglas (Gail) DeNatale, of Malden, Mass., and John (Cynthia) DeNatale, of Fairfield; a daughter, Elisabeth "Lisa" DeNatale, of Old Greenwich; six grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph, in 2002; and a sister, Marian White.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church of Old Greenwich. Leo P. Gallagher and Son Funeral Home in Greenwich is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Neighbor-to-Neighbor, Christ Church Annex, 248 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830.

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