Emanuel (Manny) Joseph Valentino, Jr.
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.