Marguerite Valente, 92, beloved mother and grandmother, entered heaven on April 20, 2017. As she moved from this life to the next she was surrounded by her loving family.
Marguerite was born in Boston, MA and was the eldest daughter of eight siblings. From an early age, Marguerite was devoted to the Catholic Church, and shared her faith with all who she encountered. She met her husband, Stephen Valente, when he was home on leave from WWII. They met at a pizzeria and as soon as he saw her he told his friends "that's the girl I'm going to marry." It was a true story of love at first sight. She moved to Florida with her young family in 1958.
After moving to St. Petersburg she dedicated herself to service, not only to her family but to the community. She followed the bible's direction providing aid to the homebond, sick and disenfranchised. Together with her husband she volunteered with the Cursillo doing community out reach visiting hospitals, veterans and nursing homes. She would specifically ask to visit with those who didn't have any other visitors so they would have companionship. She volunteered with Alpha House starting in its foundational years, did home visits to evaluate need with St.Vincent DePaul, was an early member of the Women's Council, an active member of Sierra Club and was a Mercedarian.
Marguerite was a foundational pillar of the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle faith community and an active member for 60 years. She attended 8am mass daily for years and had lifelong friendships in the congregation. She lived with unwavering faith, kindness and love. She never met a stranger and always saw the good in people. A natural born storyteller, Marguerite was know for her anecdotes and witty sense of humor.
Margurite's legacy will be realized through everyone who was lucky enough to know her. Always a willing teacher, her children, grandchildren, and friends remember life lessons gleaned from hours spent together: how cook, how to sew, how to sing and dance, but most importantly that even the smallest act of kindness has a ripple effect making the world a better place.
She is survived by her Sons, Dennis Valente (wife, Terry Valente) and Mark Valente (wife, Marianne Valente); Daughter, Kathleen DaFonte (husband, Richard DaFonte); Son-in-law, John Karpinecz; grandchildren, Stephen Valente (wife, Tiffany Valente), Vincent Valente, Jessica DaFonte, James DaFonte, Megan Valente, Michael Valente; great-grandchildren, Chloe Wallenstein and Kinsley Valente; and multiple Nieces and Nephews. Waiting for her in paradise were her parents, Rita and Thomas Maloney; sisters, Dotty, Mary and Janie; brothers, Thomas, Earl, Leo and Robert, her cherished husband, Stephen Valente and beloved daughter, Noreen Karpinecz.
Services will be Tuesday April 25 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle (Chapel): Visitation at 9:00am followed by mass at 10:00am. Reception to follow.
Though Marguerite loved flowers, the family requests donations be made to Suncoast Hospice Woodside (5771 Roosevelt Blvd Clearwater, FL) in lieu of flowers.