Valerie Cretella

CRETELLA, VALERIE M. passed away on November 12, 2012 at her home with her daughter and sons by her side in Severna Park, MD.

Valerie was born December 9, 1924 in Shady Side, Ohio to Felix Paul Green and Barbara Green. Valerie grew up in Shady Side, OH and moved at a young age to Detroit, MI where she worked at Capitol Airlines. In Detroit, she met and married Coast Guard Officer Henry A. Cretella. After Detroit, Valerie lived in many cities from Brownsville, Texas to Cape May, New Jersey before settling in Severna Park, MD in the 1970's. Her interests were many but included the love and caring for her family, gardening, gourmet cooking, reading, bird watching, yoga, dancing and jazz music, love of entertaining and care of children.

Valerie is survived by her daughter Anne Marie Cretella, Sons Mark Cretella and Stephen Cretella, Grandson Michael Rosario Cretella, Niece Carolyn Rhodes and Nephews Greg Green and Ron Green.  Valerie is preceded in death by her beloved family, Mother Barbara, Father Felix, Brother Felix Green, Jr., Sister-in-Law Mary Green, Niece Debbie Green and Nephew Robert Green.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Barranco & Sons ,P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home in Maryland and Altmeyer Funeral Home in Wheeling, WV. The funeral will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at the Mount Cavalry Chapel in Wheeling, WV; burial will follow at Mount Cavalry Cemetery in Wheeling.  A Memorial Mass will be held in Severna Park, Maryland at St. John the Evangelist Parrish on Saturday, November 24 at 10 am.

Donations can be made to the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401
Online condolences may be made at

Funeral Home

Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home - Severna Park
495 Ritchie Highway Severna Park, MD 21146
(410) 647-2400

Published in The Capital on Nov. 17, 2012