Tuesday, July 1, 2008


BARBERTONWilliam John Valencheck, 87, passed away 29 June 2008.

Though born in Chaplin, West Virginia, he had been a resident of Barberton most of his life. He retired for the Ohio Brass Company (Harvey Hubble) Wadsworth. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church (now known as Prince of Peace), the Slovene National Benefit Society, and Domovina Lodge. He served in the United States Coast Guard on the USS PRIDE DE 323 during World War II. He was an active outdoor sportsman who was passionate particularly about flying glider and power planes, cross country and down hill skiing, biking along the tow path, wind surfing, ice sailing, golf, tennis, sailing, skating, among other activities most of which he did well into his 80s.

Proceeded in death by his wife Frances Jenny (nee Spetich), brother Stanley, and sisters Olga Valencheck and Antonia Brncik. He is survived by his children Lorraine (Don) Rumble of Bloomingdale, N.Y., Mary “Mickie” Valencheck of Barberton, and the Rev. John A. Valencheck of St. Sebastian in Akron; grandchildren Paul and Joseph Rumble; sisters Nell (Paul) Baltic, Mary Zodnik, and sister-in-law Polly Valencheck.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, 3 July 2008 at 10:00 AM at Prince of Peace Church. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman at 1:00. Calling hours will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road West in Barberton. Rosary at 5:00 PM. Prayers will be said at the funeral home at 9:30 on Thursday.

Memorials may be made to the Pleasant View Health Care Center Activities Fund that Mr. Valencheck so enjoyed, 401 Snyder Avenue, Barberton, OH 44203.


Anonymous said...

Father Johnnie
Sorry to see your dad pass but his job here with us was done. Good to see you and Mickie and Lorri and those big nephews of yours. Saint Sebastians has enough room inside for about four of our old Sacred Heart Parish, Bishop has a lot of faith in you as did your mom and dad and all of us.
Your distant cousin
Steve Beres

Marcus Aurelius said...

Dear Fr. V,

I am so sorry about the loss of your father. I believe I remember that the two of you did not always get along perfectly, but I trust all was well in the end. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. I am particularly sympathetic that you lost him to that horrible disease. Let's also pray for a cure.


Anonymous said...

Fr. V.,

I am sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I will keep him, and your whole family, in my prayers.

With prayers,

a fan of your blog from New Jersey

Christine said...

I am sorry for your loss. May your father rest in peace.

Karen and Rob said...

Dearest Father Valencheck,
We were deeply saddened to hear of your loss. We remember all that you did for our family when Rob's dad passed away...that meant so much to us, thank you. Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers. We now live in Fort Myers, Fl, but we will keep in touch. We love your blog and you.

Sincerely, Karen and Rob Blair (and kids :))

Anonymous said...

Father V. I just came upon the news that your father passed away in June of 2008. It makes your 'Pages From a Scrapbook' blog all that more poignant. I am sorry for your families loss and pray that your father finds rest and peace.

Best Regards,

Richard Thompson