John W. Valenti, 50, of Austin, died Sunday (April 29, 2012) of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Liberty Township, McKean County.
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Born on July 23, 1961, in Coudersport, he was the son of the late Joseph B. and Alma H. Johnson Valenti. On May 12, 1984, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, he married Rhonda K. Ripple, who survives.
John was a 1979 graduate of Austin High School. He was a lifetime tool and die machinist, working for various companies, including Philips/ECG and GKN Sintered Metals, both in Emporium, and most recently with Morgan AM&T in Coudersport. He had also achieved his CDL license and worked with Werner Trucking.
He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin and was a Third Degree Knight with Knights of Columbus Council #1355. He was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #368 of Emporium, the Sons of the American Legion and the Southern Potter County Snowmobile Club.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Marcia T. Valenti of Austin and Karina H. (fiancé Kevin Chelton) Valenti of Erie; one sister, Vera E. Valenti of Austin; four brothers, James P. (Missy) Valenti, Joseph M. (Sue) Valenti, Jeffrey G. (Ali) Valenti and Jesse L. (Michelle) Valenti, all of Austin; one aunt, Marcia (Earl) Asperger of Emporium; and many nieces and nephews.
John was looking forward to his first grandchild, due in July.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends are invited to John's Life Celebration beginning with visitation at the Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Augustine Catholic Church with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Augustine-St. Paul Cemetery in Costello.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Augustine Catholic Church, P.O. Box 271, Austin, PA 16720; or to a
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Published in The Bradford Era from May 1 to May 6, 2012