Obituary of Rocco Valvano
Never one to turn down a challenge, Rocco Valvano, 73 of Olyphant, bravely answered his call Home Thursday while surrounded by his beloved family.
Rocco constantly strived for perfection and he found just that in his beautiful family. He is survived by his wife of 49 yrs Janet Baker Valvano and his three daughters, Lori Valvano, Hoboken, Michelle Valvano, Olyphant PA, and Victoria Gallagher and husband Patrick, Scranton. His sister Phyllis Rimes and husband Gary, Atlanta Georgia, a brother James and a son in law, Kyle Kennedy.
Rocco was an ever present father to his girls and will always be their hero. Mason Rocco John Kennedy and his Da were inseparable and true best friends.
Rocco was greeted in eternal rest by his Parents Vincenzo and Josephine DePietro Valvano and Grand Daughters Goldie and Gwyneth Gallagher.
Born in Mt Vernon NY, Rocco was self employed from a young age before graduating from Mt Vernon High in New York. Rocco was a Veteran of the Armed Forces, serving from 66-68 before starting his first catering business, La Casa DeVal, in Jessup.
Upon moving to PA in the early 1970’s Rocco continued a successful career in the catering business including Montage Manor and Millennium Catering.
Never accepting the standard Rocco did everything grand. He gave his all in every aspect of his life. He had a way of making anyone he met feel like the most important person in the room. He always had a compliment, followed by a word of advice. He opened his home and heart to anyone he met, mostly to show off Janet’s incredible Italian cooking skills
With all of the accomplishments of this larger than life man, his greatest achievement was his daughters. He instilled in them a love for life, a strong motivation to succeed and the comfort of knowing they always had a safe place to call home.
The funeral will be held Tuesday from the Louis M. Margotta Funeral Home, 511 Church St. Jessup, with mass at 10 AM at Immaculate Conception Church in Scranton. Interment, St. Mary of Mt. Carmel cemetery, Dunmore. Friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 PM. For online condolences go to , 'www.margottafuneralhomes.com."
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