Carmelo Salvatore Valenti, age 90, of North Haledon peacefully passed away Friday, September 29, 2023 surrounded by his loving family. Carmelo was born November 23, 1932 in, Sicily, Italy. He is the son of the late Paolo and Sebastiana Valenti. He came to the United States in 1947 and settled in Paterson, NJ. He has lived in North Haledon most of his life. Sal proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Prior to his retirement he was the owner of Valenti’s Bakery in Paterson for 48 years. Sal was a parishioner of St. Anthony’s RC Church in Hawthorne. He enjoyed spending time with his paisans and family as a member of the Solarino club. His passion was learning about health and vitamins and sharing his knowledge with everyone he knew. One of his favorite pastimes was playing cards with family and friends every weekend. He also enjoyed tending to his vegetable garden every summer and watching western movies every night.
He was predeceased by his wife the late Anna Valenti. (2017). Loving father of his two daughters: Nella Nakonechny and her husband William of Oakland, NJ, Tina Benevenga and her husband Blaise of North Haledon, NJ and his two sons: Paul Valenti and his wife Mary Ann of North Haledon, NJ, and Antonio Valenti and his wife Lamia of North Haledon, NJ. Cherished grandfather of Anna Burgan, Jaclyn Velez, Nicole Nakonechny, Joey Nakonechny, Bianca Boggi, Tiana Benevenga, Blaise Benevenga, Tiffany Benevenga, Paul Valenti and Rose Valenti. Beloved great grandfather of Zaid Burgan, Ayman Burgan and Gianluca Boggi.
Brother of the late Angela Mangiafico, the late Carmela Tommasi, the late Joseph Valenti and surviving Paul Valenti
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Carmelo’s memory to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital.