Emanuel (Manny) Joseph Valentino, Jr.

June 23, 1939 - November 13, 2021

On Saturday, November 13, 2021, Emanuel (Manny) Joseph Valentino, Jr., loving and devoted husband, father of two children, grandfather of seven children and great grandfather of eight passed away at the age of 82.

Emanuel was preceded in death by his father, Emanuel Valentino, Sr. and his mother, Susan Valentino, his sister Albina Favia and brother-in-law Timothy Murphy.  He is survived by his wife Eileen; two children, Michele (Dave) Masciotro and Christine (Jim) Biddle; his grandchildren and step grandchildren, Justin (Diana) Suhanyi, Danielle (Claylon) Cooper, Ryan (Nikki) Suhanyi, Antonio Masciotro, Lauren (Joel Johnson) Biddle, McKenna (Coleman) Givens and Nicholas Valentino Biddle; his great grandchildren, Isaac Suhanyi, Siena Suhanyi, Anthony Suhanyi, Madison Cooper, Claylon Cooper, III, Jaxton Cooper, Cambria Suhanyi and Killian Suhanyi; his siblings, Leonard Valentino, Carol Murphy and Ralph (Veronica) Valentino and his brother-in-laws, Cesare Favia, Dennis (Barbara) DeVitto and several cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.  

Manny was born on June 23, 1939 in Chicago, IL to Emanuel and Susan Valentino.  On September 8, 1962, he married the love of his life, Eileen B DeVitto.  They raised two girls, Michele (Dave) Masciotro and Christine (Jim) Biddle. In 1974, Manny and Eileen moved their family to Arvada, Colorado.  Manny pursued his passion in construction and eventually owned and operated Citywide Enterprises, Inc. for twenty four years.  In 2010, Manny and Eileen retired in Florida. 

During their retirement, he enjoyed travel, gardening, landscaping, golfing, flying, boating, fishing, bird watching (and making a bird friend, Blue), cooking and gathering with family and friends.  One of Manny’s most treasured gifts in addition to Eileen (his Little Piece of Heaven) and his daughters, Michele and Christine, are his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Da Papa is our hero.  He was always there through life’s trials and celebrations.  Papa gave us courage and believed in us to pursue and follow our dreams.

Papa is known for his strong and passionate devotion to his family and friends, his love for music, teaching his grand and great grandchildren to swim, his talent for making the best fried eggplant and fig jam and talking with his hands.  He has touched so many lives in so many ways.  The footprints and memories Emanuel has left are a precious gift and will be treasured endlessly.   

Visitation following with a Rosary will be held at Mt. Olivet Chapel, 12801 W 44th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 on Monday, December 6, 2021 at 3:30 PM.   The Service will be held at Mt. Olivet Chapel, 12801 W 44th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 11:30 AM. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to St Jude Children’s Hospital in Memory of Emanuel Joseph Valentino, Jr. are preferred.: https://www.stjude.org/give/memorials-and-dedications.html.   or via mail: 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.

Guestbook

  1. Donna Valentino Gerambia Nov 22, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Eileen & family, so very sorry to hear of Manny’s passing. Even though it’s been yrs since we’ve seen you all, you are still and always famiglia. Love & prayers, cousin , Donna. Valentino Gerambia

  2. Jerry Nelson Nov 22, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    I’m sorry that I will not be able to attend the Memorial in Denver however Jr was my very very best friend and always will be he will be missed I still have all the memories we had it in the last 70 years I love you man

  3. Prudy Nov 22, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    You were loved by many and will be missed by all who loved and knew you. May you Rest In Peace.. Love, Prudy

  4. Bill Nov 23, 2021 at 8:42 am

    A mans man who did it his way, it was an honor to know you. Rest in peace… The McDowell’s

  5. Bill and Jill Hardin Nov 23, 2021 at 11:35 am

    Growing up down the block from each other, our friendship started when we attended 1st grade together. I have many great memories of Junior.
    Jill and I are saddened by the loss of a good friend. Bill

  6. Michael and Joanne Nov 24, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Michael and I have no worlds to express the loss and sadness we feel. So we will listen to Manny and save our words.He will be greatly missed. Our love and sympathy to all of you.

  7. Al & Carol capasso Nov 24, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Condolences to Eileen and family. Very sorry for your loss.

  8. Jan Valentino franchi Nov 24, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    My condolences to you and your family from jan and lou franchi

  9. Tom Nov 25, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Manny was a good friend for 40 years a will be missed by myself and many others

  10. Mike Nov 29, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    We’re all sorry to hear about Manny. He was a fixture in my life growing up and was a great role model for all of us. Rest In Peace. Eileen, my deepest condolences.

  11. Buzz Miller Nov 30, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Manny was a great of mine for almost 50 years. Spent many cold nights in the early years drinking beer in underground tunnels when he was in the tunneling business. Will always cherish the nights on my way home from work stopping by Citywide for a few beers and conversation
    RIP my good friend!

    Buzz

  12. Kirk & Mary DiLorenzo Dec 6, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    We are so sorry for the loss of a great guy! We had the opportunity to meet Manny a couple of times, and he sure made an impression! We are thinking about all of you and the sorrow you have. He will be missed by many.

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