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Mary Jane (Danella) Valentino
October 22, 1922 ~ January 6, 2024 (age 101) 101 Years Old
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Mary Jane Valentino, 101, Altoona, peacefully passed away Saturday at the Allegheny Lutheran Home in Hollidaysburg. She was born in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Thelma and Anthony Danella.
She married John Valentino on Aug. 2, 1947.
Her beloved husband of 67 years preceded her in death, as well as her parents; two sisters; and a brother.
Surviving are her adoring children: John J. (Kathleen) Valentino and Joyce (Jim) Chestney. She was the loving, caring and fun grandmother of Jamie (Samantha), Beth Ann (John) Shola and Jaclyn (Jeff). Her great-grandchildren: Brittney Chestney, Alyssa Chestney, Emma Shola and Evan Shola were very blessed to have her in their lives as they were growing up. She always knew what they were involved in and enjoyed experiencing and hearing about their activities. Mary shared many phone calls and facetimes to each one of them on countless occasions. She had many nieces and nephews from out of state who continued to call, visit and send cards just to be close to her.
Mary also leaves behind a group of neighborhood children who grew up in that very special Pleasant Valley area. They had the pleasure of staying in contact with her, sharing priceless memories of her as children visiting her home. They continued sending cards, stopping by and making phone calls. Also left behind is a special person from Mary's old neighborhood beauty shop who grew to be very close in all aspects of Mary’s life over the many years.
She was a 1941 graduate of Altoona High School and worked for Attorney Walton before starting her family. After her children were grown, she worked as a teacher’s aide to the Reading Specialist at St. Mary's Parochial School. Those students grew up and continued contact with Mrs. Valentino and always greeted her with joy and appreciation.
Mary was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. She loved her church very much and was a devout Catholic. She belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society and throughout her life, was involved with many church activities alongside her loving husband. They loved doing things together. Where you saw one, you saw the other.
Mary was also an avid and knowledgeable sports fan. She enjoyed watching games with her husband, John, prior to his passing, and continued to watch her favorite teams: Penn State, the Yankees, Coach K and his Duke Blue Devils.
Mary loved her family above all else. She took time out each day to recite the rosary and say special prayers for each one of them. She would pray for her friends, her children's friends, and people in need. We were all blessed to have her in our lives.
The family extends very special thanks to the caring staff at the Allegheny Lutheran Home.
Friends will be received from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral Mass Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Santella Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mary’s memory may be given to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 806 11th St., Altoona PA 16602; Central Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1837 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602; or to Altoona St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, 2201 Union Ave., Altoona, PA 16601.