Mrs. Thelma Freda Valerio

July 12, 1924June 21, 2019

Thelma F. Valerio, age 94, died on Friday, June 21, 2019 at Chandler Hall Hospice. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she had lived in Feasterville-Trevose for 41 years.

Mrs. Valerio retired from the Food Service Department of Neshaminy School District after lovingly serving the students and staff of Ferderbar Elementary School. She was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She enjoyed helping others, such as crocheting 300 blankets for Abington Hospital patients. Thelma touched the lives of everyone she met.

Thelma was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Anthony Valerio. She was the devoted mother of Virginia (Rev. Lawrence) Guenzel of Lansdale and Shirley Knauth of Feasterville; the loving grandmother of Rebecca (Michael) Pallante of Lindenwold, NJ, JoAnne (Matthew) Cariola of Feasterville, PA and John A. (Krystal) Knauth of Westminster, MD., and great-grandmother of Isabella and Julianna Cariola, Hope, Alia, and Luke Knauth.

Relatives and friends are invited to her memorial service Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Street & Churchville Road, Southampton, PA. The interment will be held privately at Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Thelma’s name may be made to St. Mary Medical Center Foundations, 1207 Langhorne-Newtown Road, Langhorne, PA 19047 or Lutherans for Life, 1101 5th Street, Nevada, IA 50201-1816.

Arrangements by the Wm. Rowen Grant Funeral Home, Southampton, PA.


  • St. Mary Medical Center Foundations
  • Lutherans for Life


  • Interment Friday, July 5, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 6, 2019


Mrs. Thelma Freda Valerio

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Shirley Knauth

July 12, 2019

Today, would have been Mom's 95th birthday. Although I miss her everyday, I know that she is in Heaven celebrating with our LORD. I am so thankful to God for her and all the times we shared. Living together was one of the best gifts I ever received. How blessed our family was to have her in our lives giving her kindness, gentle strength, support and unending love.
Through all the times she encountered health issues, she kept her faith strong without compliant knowing Jesus was with her and helping her to heal. When she knew she was not recovering this time, she accepted her passing with dignity and peace. Although she was sad to leave us, she was happy to go to Heaven to be with Jesus. The best gift she gave us was not only her love, but she also gave us Jesus.
Thank you, Mom, for all your love. You are in my heart - ALWAYS!

Krystal Knauth

July 3, 2019

As if marrying John A. Knauth was not enough of a blessing to my life, as a result I was fortunate to have had Granny as my grandmother for 14 years. I have never known a woman stronger than she. The challenges she faced in her life, especially in the time I have known her, were enough to make even the strongest give up, but she faced each with humility, grace, and unwavering faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ - a level of faith that I aspire to reach some day. She lived without fear, without complaint, with nothing but gratitude and joy.

I am so thankful that my children had the love of such an amazing great-grandmother, for however short a time. I hope my girls will remember how much she loved them. They loved her little games, like mouse in the house and twiddling thumbs. Though Luke is too young to remember her, I am thankful she was able to have this year with her great-grandson, and I am sure she touched his heart with her love. I take comfort in knowing she will be watching over all three of them as they grow.

There are too many fond memories to relate here in this little text box. One of the greatest things about Granny is how she would ask, in the way many people do, how I was doing. But, unlike many people who ask out of politeness or small-talk, Granny really, truly wanted to know. I will never forget her genuine interest as I'd rattle on about this student or that set of papers I was grading, or the newest updates to the house or, even till her last days, the new things our kids were doing. Living a bit of a distance from her and seeing her only once every few months, there was always plenty to catch up on. In our jam-packed lives of rushing around and half-finished conversations, it was such a gift to have Granny there, listening to every word. Although I know she sees everything from Heaven now, I will miss those catching-up conversations so very much.

Rest in the peace of Our Lord, Granny. We miss you!