OBITUARY

Kathy Rae Valentino

April 12, 1949April 14, 2019
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Mrs. Kathy Rae Valentino, daughter of the late Aurelio Spadoni and Catherine Louise Taylor Spadoni was born on April 12, 1949 in Lackawanna, New York. Her family moved to South Florida in 1957. She attended public schools of Broward County and college at FAU. At an early age, she professed her faith in Jesus Christ as her lord and savior. She was united in Holy Matrimony to John Valentino on August 5, 1984. She was an award winning artist and horticulturist and a published photographer. Her life was as beautiful as the flowers she loved to grow. Her particular favorites were orchids of any kind, and so much so, a unique orchid she grew, was officially named after her. Her life will forever be cherished by her husband, John Valentino, her son, Nathaniel Ray Valentino, her sister, Karen Lynn Merrow, her brother, Kenneth Ray Spadoni, sisters in law, Gale Spadoni and Susan (Dale) Bonner, mother in law, Edith Valentino, as well as her devoted relatives and friends, and in recent years by her loving caregivers, Bertie, Jackie, Dennise and Lisa.

In Lieu of flowers, anyone who would like to make a Memorial Donation in Ms. Kathy Valentino's name can send a check or donate on line in her memory

The Lord's Place 2808 North Australian Avenue West Palm Beach, FL 33407

You can mail a check or go on line to https://thelordsplace.org/make-a-difference/donate/

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Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League 3100/3200 N. Military Trail West Palm Beach, Fl 33409 You can mail a check or go on line to https://www.peggyadams.org/donate

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Trustbridge Hospice 5300 East Ave West Palm Beach, FL 33407 You can mail a check or go on line to https://trustbridgefoundation.org/ways-to-give/donate-now/

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, April 18, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 19, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, April 19, 2019

Memories

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Dee Gee

May 21, 2019

My loss reaction may to some seem disproportionate since we were childhood friends and dancers until the Spadoni's moved to Florida in 1957. As a family we visited the a few times, then years of separation. Somewhere in the late 70's or 80's we reconnected thru phone and mail, with my good fortune of not so long ago and before Kathy fell ill, having an in person visit! Thank God for that! When we were only 4 or 5 and dance schooled together, Kathy was my best friend. I adored her, she was so beautiful and fun; I adored her long curly locks, and her sister Karen's too. Both were so gorgeous. I was an overly skinny girl, somewhat ugly I thought and admired the beauty in them. Visits to their family FL home were always joyous. I felt such an open, honest and true kinship with Kathy my whole life. After reconnecting, I had been in a very serious and painful accident, wherein I had a near death experience and came back totally on fire for knowledge about God and His word and ways. Kathy took it upon herself to tape copies of several of her favorite preachers teaching tapes and send me two small tape suitcases full of the best teaching tapes and prophets ever created. It was so AWESOME a gift and so helpful getting me thru a lengthy painful time. When I had the chance to visit not too long ago, it was for me, like we were never separated. She was still so beautiful and so nice and I still felt that totally close kinship that I always felt with her. She started as my best friend and I still felt it. Somehow, as I have matured, I find it surprising yet true, that my longest, earliest relationships and friends still ring the truest in my heart and our love of each other prevails. My loss feels huge, yet that is selfish, for I know Kathy is in heaven, which is glorious with no suffering. I feel a great love for John and Karen and for all the good love and care they provided to Kathy through the years as great husband, friend, mate, sister, and helper.

Karen Merrow

April 25, 2019

My Sorrow is for me, but my Joy is for Kathy!

First, I honor John for his amazing love and grace in Kathy's life.

Now the last few days before my sister passed were for me some of the hardest, yet some of the best!

Kathy loved Jesus with her whole heart! And we have practiced speaking in the spirit as a part of our prayer times.

And during that last week, you need to understand, Kathy could speak very little. But spiritually, I knew there was a way around that. So I would look into her eyes and commune with her heart to heart, spirit to spirit, by passing the body's illnesses. I would speak scriptures of faith and hope for a future both silently inside myself to her and sometimes aloud.

Now her expressions and movements confirmed to me that she knew what we were communing about. It felt wonderful!

I'll share 2 blessed things that happened with her:

One was that after many days of seeing Kathy in heavenly realm with Jesus and having a blast, I slipped back over into my loss where for the first time in my life I saw myself without her and it scared me. Then came the flood of tears like a riverbank overflowing into her deep beautiful eyes, and I knew that she knew my sorrow. And I saw her compassion for me.

What she did next was so precious and I thank God for it. Even though she was only moving slightly, she managed to take her pink satin ribbon she would hold to comfort herself and she rubbed my arm to comfort me. Then she took it to under my eyes and she dabbed it where my tears were falling, then she took it to her eyes and dabbed it there.

One other thing that happened during this time of non-speech, I said out loud to her, 'We're going to be outside of time one day.' I tell you right now this was a miracle. She responded saying also out loud, 'It'll be much better!' Those were the very last words I heard her say. She passed into the Lord's arms 2 days later.

I believe communing in the spirit allowed these things to occur... for that is what we are.

Susan Stoll

April 17, 2019

Kathy I remember the early years when you were with John and I was with my Jon at Fantasma. Wow. What a ride...Concerts, events and late nights. ...and lots of girl friendship! You were special and my good friend. Although years have passed I will never forget our good ole days and your laughter and good times. God bless you Kathy and may you RIP with angels!!