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Amina C. Valocchi of Downingtown Amina C. Valocchi, 89, of Downingtown, passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at her residence with her family by her side. She was the wife of Benjamin "Ben" Valocchi, with whom she shared 68 years of marriage. Born in Downingtown, the daughter of the late Domenic and Dorinda Caporale, who had emigrated from Abruzzi region of Italy and settled on Church Street in Johnsontown, Downingtown. Amina attended the Downingtown West Ward School and Downingtown High School, where she graduated in 1941. She studied accounting at the Taylor Business School. During WWII, she typed letters for St. Joseph Church to local men and women serving in the armed forces. She also worked in the offices at Lukens Steel and Shellenberg Department Store in Philadelphia. On April 22, 1944, Amina married Ben Valocchi. Together they had twelve children. From 1951 to 1959 Amina and Ben lived in the Johnstown section of Downingtown with eight of their children. In 1959, they moved to a larger home on Lancaster Avenue, where they completed their family. In 1971, they moved to their present home. During this time, Amina nurtured her family and honed the organizational skills that would serve her well in her subsequent professional endeavors. She attended evening classes at Penn State University and Immaculata College. Notwithstanding the demands of managing a family of eleven children, she was actively involved in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts by serving on Troop Committees, as Assistant Leader and Leader of local Girl Scout troops; as the Neighborhood Chairwoman of Greater Downingtown Area and for several years as Cookie Mom for the region. She served on the Board of Directors of the Downingtown Visiting Nurse Association (1957 - 1959), as Co-Chair of the Downingtown Community Chest (1957 - 1963) and on the Red Cross Board of Directors (1957). As their family grew, Amina also worked as a licensed public accountant with Taraschi and Valocchi, as well as accounting services for Rosedale Realty. She was a member of the Pennsylvania and National Societies of Public Accountants. In 1969, she joined Homemaker-Home Health Aide Service of Chester County and served as its Executive Director until 1989. In that capacity, she opened and expanded Senior Centers and Meals on Wheels programs throughout the county. She was a board member of the Pennsylvania Council for Homemaker-Home Health Aide Services; the National HomeCaring Council and a state and national representative to the National Council on Aging. She was a member of United Way of Pennsylvania; the Health & Welfare Council of Chester County; the American Public Welfare Association; and the Sub-Area Council of the Health Systems Agency of Southeastern, Pa. On a state and national level, she served on the Long Term Care Study Committee under the Department of Aging from 1979-1981 and on the National Institute of Mental Health Advisory Panel from 1980 to 1982. Amina represented the United States at international conferences for the Homemakers/Home Health Care Professional Association in Paris, Geneva, and Copenhagen and in London where she was introduced to Queen Elizabeth. Amina spread her good work throughout the community. In 1978, she was a co-founder of the Western Mainline YMCA - Lionville Branch. She served on its Board of Directors from 1978 to 1998 and on the Corporate Board from 1994 to 1996. She was a member of the Advisory Board and later participated in the fund drive for the construction of Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown. She was a member of the Downingtown Area Chamber of Commerce and served as its President from 1992-1994. Beginning with her graduation in 1941, Amina was an active member of the Downingtown High School Alumni Association and served two terms as its President. She was a member of St. Joseph Parish and was a member of the Ladies of St. Joseph. She participated in Catholic Charities Drives for many years and served on the Archbishop Committee of Laity. She was also a founding member of the Ladies' Auxiliary of St. Anthony Lodge. Her good work was recognized often. In 2000, the Downingtown Area Chamber of Commerce founded the Amina C. Valocchi Scholarship Fund which is awarded annually to students from the Downingtown and Bishop Shanahan High Schools. In 1973, Amina was awarded the Legion of Honor, Chapel of the Four Chaplains. She also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Downingtown High School Alumni Association in 1991; the Anna Harlan Award from the Coatesville YWCA in 1988; and an Outstanding Service Award from the Chester County Vo-Tech. She was named Citizen of the Year in Downingtown in 1989 and in 1991, was named the "Mother of the Year" by the Daily Local News. In addition to her husband Ben, she is survived by her children, Stephanie, Cheryl, Mary Jo, Gregory, Jeffrey, Kathryn, Christina, Michael and Susan, and sister, Cyd Paltrone, of West Chester. Over the years they were blessed with thirty grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Amina was predeceased by her sons, Stephen and Ben, Jr. and her daughter, Teri. An evening visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25th at St. Joseph Church, 338 Manor Ave., Downingtown. A morning visitation will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26th at the James J. Terry Funeral Home, 736 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. from St. Joseph Church, Downingtown Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Downingtown. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to the Amina C. Valocchi Scholarship Fund, 38 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335. To send memorial tributes please visit www.jamesterryfuneralhome.com .

Published in The Daily Local on Jan. 22, 2013
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