CRETELLA, Valerie M., passed away on November 12, 2012 at home with her daughter and sons by her side in Severna Park, Md.
Valerie was born December 9, 1924 in Shadyside, Ohio, a daughter to the late Felix Paul Green and Barbara Green.
Valerie grew up in Shadyside, Ohio, and moved at a young age to Detroit, Mich. where she worked at Capitol Airlines. While living in Detroit, she met and married Coast Guard Officer, Henry A. Cretella. After Detroit, Valerie lived in many cities from Brownsville, Texas, to Cape May, New Jersey, before settling in Severna Park, Md. in the 1970s.
Her interests were many, including loving and caring for her family, gardening, gourmet cooking, reading, bird watching, yoga, dancing, jazz music, love of entertaining, and care of children.
In addition to her parents, Valerie was preceded in death by her brother, Felix Green, Jr., sister-in-law, Mary Green, niece, Debbie Green and nephew, Robert Green.
Valerie is survived by her daughter Anne Marie Cretella; two sons, Mark Cretella, and Stephen Cretella; one grandson, Michael Rosario Cretella; one niece, Carolyn Rhodes; and two nephews, Greg Green, and Ron Green.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling, W.Va. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at the Mount Calvary Cemetery Bishop's Chapel in Wheeling. A memorial Mass will be held in Severna Park, Maryland at St. John the Evangelist Parish on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 10 a.m.
Donations can be made to the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401.
Offer condolences online at www.altmeyer.com.