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PO Box 487
Stillwater, OK 74076
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Kathleen Valeriano
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Condolence From: Kathy Muriana
Condolence: My mom Margie named me after her baby sister, Kathleen. This was one of the many special bonds they had with each other. I remember Aunt Kathy and Uncle John babysitting for my brother and me and all the fun we would have. They were like two grown kids always making sure we enjoyed the evening laughing and playing.

We would all visit her family for holidays at their home in Newington, Connecticut. Our Grandpa would make a huge pot of pasta and meatballs before the holiday turkey dinner. The pasta was always the highlight of the day.

When Kathleen and Joy moved to California, my mom, dad and Kathleen would take short trips and outings together. The stories of their adventures are very funny and entertaining. They thoroughly enjoyed spending time together.

We were very excited when Kathleen and Joy moved from California to Stillwater to be near her sister and our family. We enjoyed many holiday and birthday celebrations together. Kathleen loved the holiday decorations and spending time chatting with her sister, my father and Jenny, my mother-in-law. She had a quick wit and great sense of humor and was always a delight to have at the dinner table.

Kathleen and Margie would talk on the phone nearly every night and discuss current events and news and enjoy visiting. Kathleen would be well informed of all the top stories. Her sister Margie loved to shop and was always on the lookout for clothing or moisturizing cream or anything to take to Kathleen. She would comment "Kathleen would love this". Both sisters were so caring about other people in their lives.

Kathleen loved St. Francis Xavier church and met many friends through the church. One of the many special qualities about Kathleen was her concern about other people. She was always ready to listen to others and was concerned about their needs. She was a friend to all wherever she went.

My mom and I feel very Blessed that we were able to spend so much time with Kathleen and Joy over the last several months. She taught us through example about love, faith and Trust in Jesus and impacted our lives forever through her faith.

She loved her daughters Colleen and Joy and her granddaughters Meghan and Grace and their families. She enjoyed their visits, phone calls and enjoyed seeing and sharing the photos of their accomplishments and events in their lives. She also loved and was thankful for her caretakers and friends at Golden Oaks.

We know Kathleen will be watching over us and guarding us. I love you forever my beautiful sweet Aunt.

Love your niece, Kathy
Friday March 22, 2019
Condolence From: Williams Family
Condolence: We want to extend our deepest sympathy for your loss of Kathleen which is the most devastating experience your family will face. At times, the pain of your loss will feel unbearable. Please know that there are friends who care about you and your family during this difficult time. Most importantly the Bible tells us that "God is near to those that are broken at heart. We pray that Jehovah the God of all comfort is with your family during this difficult time of grief.
Wednesday March 20, 2019
Condolence From: JoyValeriano-Byrd

My mom grew up in Bridgeport Connecticut with 3 brothers and two sisters. She met and married my dad when she was 28 years old. She loved him very much.

My dad died from lung cancer when I was 6 and my sister was 10 years of age. We were all devastated after my father passed. But, this major event made my mom grow closer to us. Closer than families seemed to be with two parents. She would always say I have to be a mother and father to you. We had more rules on us than anyone and she even left her job to make sure she was home with us everyday before and after school. She sent love notes to me daily in my lunch boxes. “have a great day” with a heart and a big ILY. I would have to open my lunch carefully so no one would see.

My mom loved the Lord so she brought me up to Love the Lord just as she did.

WE attended church every Sunday, prayer groups, bible studies, catechism and CCD classes whether we wanted to go or not.

We had nightly prayer for at least 30 minutes every night before bed and would find ourselves happy and peaceful in the end. We would say the Our father, Hail marys. We did Litanys of prayers with Novenas as well as the Angel of God my Guardian Dear prayer.

My mom was filled with Love for all people and gave her advice to everyone. She would befriend people easily. She enjoyed holidays at the house and having friends over. We would have a prayer group weekly at our house in California followed by a large meal and delicious deserts. Nothing made her happier. My mom listened to a lot of music and had all of her favorites. Like Frank Sinatra. But at the end of her life she would only listen to John Michael Talbott. John Michael was playing constantly by her bedside as she went to heaven. The song I remember most after she passed that I heard playing was “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me”.

My mom would have surprises for me as a child when she thought I was feeling low. She was not a fan of animals like I was. She didn’t like anything that went to the bathroom and would say get a stuffed animal. But, because she care for
me so much she learned to love animals and especially dogs. We had 5 dogs and 3 cats during different times in my childhood. They became a part of our family.

The last eight years of her life she resided at Golden Oaks Village here in Stillwater Oklahoma. My mom loved it there and had best friends , Reba Gregg and Helen Miller. IT was the Catholic, The Protestant and the Jewish women. Helens son even took them to gambling casinos at times. They were hilarious and loved to laugh all day. They were known as the three musketeers.

The staff at GO was so wonderful to my mother and me throughout her time there that I feel that I must share this. My mothers nurses made her happy and smile. Especially her girl Haley. Haley at times with her own money would pick up make up and hairspray or whatever my mom needed. My mom loved her very much. As my mother was dying on hospice all of the nurses were so good to my mom.

Rebecca, Stefanie, Penny, Haley of course, Willie, Kristi, Grace, ICEY, JOY, Madison, Lindsey, Amy, Don and Alyssa. They lifted her and carried her at times. Bathed her and creamed her. Dressed her beautifully. My mom smelled like perfume when she passed. They fixed her hair and medicated her when she seemed to be suffering. But, my mom denied all pain and discomfort all the way through her death. She had not one complaint. Most importantly they told my mom that they loved her repeatedly. “If you need anything Kathleen we will come running for you”. They all worked together to make sure everything was perfect for my mom and it was. God was with us.

I would also like to give a big thank you to Deacon Paul for years who brought my mom communion, rosary and even ashes on Ash Wednesday. He would find my mom whether she was at SMC, Westhaven for rehab and then back to Golden Oaks. He even sent others to pray for her when he couldn’t be there. Especially the Eucharistic ministers like Faye Cypret. She even bought my mom a big doughnut one day that she loved.
I would also like to thank my beautiful husband who prayed for my mom every time he was about to leave her. My mom loved Dan very much for he reminded her of her favorite brother Tommy. She loved Dan the first time she met him. She would come to life and joke around everytime he came near. Dan never would give up hope on my mom. During severe ill periods he would call our friend Paul Jones Assistant Pastor at University Heights Baptist church who also came and prayed for my mom. Thank you Paul Jones for your love and counsel to Dan and I. I would also like to thank my friends Kym Payne and Sue Nasalroad who came and prayed for my mom as well. They have been there through it all with me. And Through it all our eyes were fixed on God.

I know my mom will be our Guardian Angel in heaven. My mom has given me the greatest gift in the world and I hope some of you. Her Faith in God.
Sunday March 17, 2019
Condolence From: Colleen Cummings
Condolence: I am Colleen, Kathleen’s oldest daughter. Greetings and thanks to all of you who have come out to celebrate my mom.
As you know, there are many adjectives to describe my mommy, including; kind,generous,happy,holy and ALWAYS a true friend. And last, but not least a wonderful mother and loving grandmother. Tonight, I’d like to use an adjective that isn’t used much anymore; “selfless”. A selfless person is more concerned with the needs and wishes of OTHERS more than with her own needs and wishes.. this word epitomizes Kathleen Valeriano.

Once, I had a daughter who won a tennis award. While presenting the award the coach said that Grace was the most selfless player she had ever coached in her 27 year career as tennis and field hockey coaches. That’s quite an honor.
As any proud parent I wanted to attribute Grace’s adjective to myself or to my husband George, but it was from her nana.
Kathleen is the most selfless person there is and I hope each one of you has someone like my nana in their lives, even if only for a little while.
Unfortunately, my dad died when I was 10and Joy 6.
Currently my husband and I are parents of two adult daughters. As a mother, I can’t even begin to imagine the turmoil and struggles she must have gone through,being as a single parent with two young girls. Somehow she provided us with everything we needed materialistically, financially and most inportantly she gave us double the love to make up for my dad. Not only was she a good mom in our everyday lives, she even let us spread our wings, leave her, explore new places and meet new people. She never held us back from anything.
Mommy was a beautiful person and probably could have dated and met a very nice man, but once again she didn’t think it would be fair for us to bring another father into our home of 3 girls.
My children LOVED TO VISIT THEIR NANA AND aunt Joy. I think one of our best visits was “Christmas in July.” We arrived in Rancho Mirage, CA on a bright sunny 110 degree day.....Joy opened the front door and there was a big decorated tree with lots of presents underneath. The girls not only received the PlayStation 2 they wanted, but also got to watch the July 4th fireworks while making s’mores in the backyard fire was like getting 2 holidays for the price of 1 !!!
Even though every moment she spent with the girls was so special for her, this is where her true selflessness came in. Due to large differences between our homes, kids vacation schedules and a myriad of other things, she didn’t get to see them nearly as much as she should have. Whenever holidays were discussed she would say things like,”don’t worry about me” or “keep everyone happy,” or”go where you have to go.” Unfortunately I am not nearly as nice and selfless as my mom was so her comments will bother me to the day I die, I should have been more persuasive in order to allow her more time with her granddaughters, especially during the holidays.
But, her strong faith ,religion and love for all kept her going even when she wasn't with them. And, I apologize to both Meghan and Grace for not providing enough time to be with this wonderful nana who could have showed them so much.
Today, when I think of my mom, i carry the thought that she is smiling and happy and enjoying life in her new home, heaven. Despite being widowed at a very young age and single parenting, she continued on and had an extremely super and exciting life with friends, and other family. Her life was filled with everything one could imagine. Noone should feel sad for her,not now, and not never.
As you know, President George H.W.Bush recently died and his son George W Bush said in the eulogy, “I told him I loved him.” And he replied, “I love you too.” ....his final words. Those are the exact final words my mom said to me. Thank you, Colleen Cummings
Saturday March 16, 2019
Condolence From: Deborah Curry
Condolence: Kathleen was a special lady. She had a kind heart and looked out for my Mother while she was living at Golden Oaks. I was blessed to visit with Kathleen and get to know her a bit over the past two years. I especially loved her sense of humor and great facial expressions when my Mom and I ate lunch with her. She will be missed!
Friday March 15, 2019
Condolence From: Presley
Condolence: Kathleen was a very special lady she was my grandmas friend and just loved seeing me and my daughter when we would come out to
Visit . She always gave my daughter a dollar bill . She was so sweet and always looked so
Nice and put together .
Wednesday March 13, 2019
Condolence From: Julie Bailey
Condolence: Joy and family,

Tom and I enjoyed getting to know Kathy when she came to Golden Oakes. I’m so glad she was taken to Mom’s table and that they became friends. Kathy was a beautiful, kind lady and will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Julie Bailey
Tuesday March 12, 2019

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