Rudolph James Valentino
1951 - 2017
"Rudy" was born July 7, 1951 and passed away on August 9, 2017. Rudy was very involved in the Milwaukee Area Music and Entertainment Festivals and several other events around the country. Survived by his Mother, June (Palm Springs), Brother, John (Pat), Brother, Dan (Palm Springs), Sister, Debi (Palm Springs), Niece, Maggie (Andy), Great Niece, Aidyn Roska, Uncle, Joe Cauley, 2 Aunts, Mary Jean Cauley and Margaret (Mike) Cannestra, Beloved Girlfriend, Aileen, his 2 "4-legged girls" Sophie & Stella and numerous other relatives and friends. There will be a Celebration of Life held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 3pm-6pm at The Wisconsin Club, 900 W Wisconsin Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53233 In lieu of flowers we ask that you donate in his honor to your local Animal Shelter or Beagle Rescue.
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Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Aug. 20, 2017.
Celebration of Life
3:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
The Wisconsin Club
900 W Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
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Rudy was more than my mom's boyfriend- he was a friend, confidant, and the stepdad I always wanted. He told my sister and I that we were the daughters he never had, and he acted that way every day. We didn't have many adventures, our times were spent together on the living room couch, talking about everything from the dogs to Stephen King (our favorite author, one of the things that brought us so close). For Christmas last year, he got me 4 first editions of his favorite Stephen King novels, one of the most thoughtful gifts I have or will ever receive. But that was his way, he listened more than he talked, and went above and beyond for those he truly cared about. I am so touched by the love that has been pouring in since his passing-he impacted so many people in his life and I believe his legacy will live on, through us. Whether it be through music, or murder mysteries, his memory will continue to affect us all every day.
Rudy, I love you, I miss you
Your stepdaughter,
Emma Fiorita
August 25, 2017


While I loved our adventures, it was your stories told with pure joy, optimism, and warmth which never ever failed. Anyone who had the pleasure, and for me the honor to know you will forever cherish your spirit.
You are loved

Dr. Dan

Rudy always knew how to bring the fun!
daniel Siker
August 24, 2017
Gonna miss ya Rudy.
We worked together for a long time in this crazy business (24 years). So much madness and memories.
Thought we would have many more years giggin'
Can't believe your gone.
Love ya!
Steven Gulke
August 23, 2017
Gonna miss you Rudy.
We went waaayyyy back in this business.
Had great times together.
I am saddened and shocked that I won't get to sit with you as you crank up a stogy and tell stories of shows past.
Keep an eye on the rest of us from above as we carry on.
Love ya!
Steven Gulke
August 23, 2017
Rudy was a one of a kind. Always respectful and the nicest guy to work with. RIP, Rudy. You'll be missed!
John Calarco
August 21, 2017
Rudy was an amazing guy and a good friend. He will be missed by many. RIP Brother.
John Kettler
August 20, 2017
My heart and prayers are with the family. Rudy was such a great friend (adopted father) to me. He loved his life even though its been difficult at times but I will always cherish his smile, laugh, big heart and loving arms. His mommy raised him the right way and oh how he loved her so much.
Sorry I won't be able to attend his service but I will be thinking of you all. Just know he will be smiling down from above as I'm sure he's very busy reuniting with loved ones in his new Eternal home.
Hold tight to all the memories.
RuthAnn Wampner (Van Beek )
Ruthie Wampner (Van Beek)
August 20, 2017
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