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Belen DeVela Dellapenta

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NEWPORT NEWS - Belen DeVela Dellapenta, 76, passed away Thursday, December 12, 2013. Born and raised in the Philippines, she was a graduate of Manuel L Quezon University with a Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service. She lived in Okinawa, Japan for 4 years where she met her future husband and worked as a secretary for Foremost Dairies. She returned to the Philippines, shortly there after she married and moved to the United States residing in Newport News since 1973. She was a member of St. Jerome's Catholic Church and choir. She served as an active Charter Member of the Philippine - American Community of the Peninsula since 1976 where she was a former President and Choreographer for the PACP Dance Troupe. Mrs. Dellapenta worked as a Personnel Specialist at Busch Gardens for nine years. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Joseph Dellapenta Jr; two sons, Vincent and Jeffrey Dellapenta; four sisters, Perla O'Toole, Lordes Malapit, Cecilia DeVela, Lori Leano, and a brother, Norberto DeVela. She is preceded in death by her brother, Ceferino DeVela Jr. The family will receive friends Tuesday, December 17 from 6-8 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel. A funeral mass will be held 1 pm Wednesday, December 18 at St. Jerome Catholic Church. Entombment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may take the form of donations to the , 11835 Canon Boulevard, Suite A102, Newport News, VA 23606. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.altmeyer.com
Published in Daily Press from Dec. 15 to Dec. 17, 2013
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