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John Valentino

Feb. 12, 1920 – Dec. 24, 2014

John Valentino, 94, Altoona, passed away peacefully Wednesday at home surrounded by loving family members.

He was born in Faeto, Italy, son of Joseph and Antoinette (Iannelli) Valentino. He married Mary J. Danella on Aug. 2, 1947.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years; two children: Joyce A. Chestney (Jim) and John J. (Kathleen), both of Altoona; three grandchildren: Jamie Chestney and wife, Heather, Beth Ann Shola and husband, John, and Jaclyn Chestney; and four great-grandchildren: Brittney and Alyssa Chestney and Emma and Evan Shola.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Lena Pagliaroli; and a brother, Rudy.

John was a 1939 graduate of Altoona High School. He was a decorated U.S. Army veteran, serving in WWII and earning four Bronze Stars. He attended military intelligence school and served as a special agent, criminal investigation division, in Italy. He retired as an insurance consultant from Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.

He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, where he was an usher, member and past president of the Holy Name Society, and involved in many other church activities. He was active in many organizations, serving as past president of the Altoona Council PTA, past commander and member of the A&J Iaia American Legion Post 827, past president of the Sixth Ward Baseball Association and past president of the 1939 Class Reunion Committee. He was also a member of the Altoona School Board of Directors and also served on the The Arc of Blair County supervisory committee for many years.

John also enjoyed playing pinochle and bocce and was a sports enthusiast. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He always had a positive attitude and cherished his times with his family. He was also a devout Catholic who enjoyed attending church and saying his prayers at home. He was a very caring person and a true gentleman who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, at Santella Funeral Home, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church or to the Mount Carmel Restoration Fund.