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Charles Valenti

Charles Valenti, 90, of the Cork Lane section of Pittston Township, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Pittston on February 12, 1930, he was the youngest son of Cologero and Maria (Mendola) Valenti.

Charlie was a graduate of Pittston High School, class of 1949. He had worked in the Reliable Spring and Welding Service, a family business, and at various collieries. He retired after 35 years of employment from the local 524 Pipefitters, where he worked in power plants, industrial buildings and manufacturing facilities throughout the region.

He was a former member of St. Rocco’s Church and a current member of St. Joseph Marello Parish. He was also a member of each of the parish’s Holy Name Societies from

their inception. He was also an active member of the Italian American Association of Luzerne County since its inception and received the Italian Heritage Award in September of 2014. He was also a member of the Montedoro Society of Pittston. He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 16071. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a former member of the Bear Hill Gun Club and Red Rock Mountain Gun Club. He along with his wife, Shirley, continually made contributions to many non-profit organizations.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lorraine Callahan Valenti; and siblings, Josephine, Florence, Grace, Maria, Michael and Stephen.

Surviving are his wife of over 20 years Shirley McCloskey Paye Valenti; daughters, Mary Lou Wideman, Pittston and Virginia Quinn and her husband, Jim, West Pittston; grandson, Joel Wideman and his wife Andrea; great-grandchildren, Oliver and Alicia and 2 great-great-granddaughters; adopted nephew and niece, Jim and Lisa Hastie; numerous nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with interment in St. John the Evangelist Cemetery, Pittston.


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