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Marin Journal
Thursday, April 4, 1916
Page 2

Father Valentini’s Life Labor Over

Death Calls Beloved Priest From Parish Post Of Quarter Century

Father John Valentini, the beloved priest of Sausalito, is dead, and the Catholic clergy loses a member whose place will be hard to fill.

Suffering for months in St. Mary’s Hospital, San Francisco, where he was taken when it became known that his illness was of a serious nature, Father Valentini passed away quietly last Sunday evening. He was 75 years and 9 months of age, and one of the first priests to be ordained in California.

The funeral was held yesterday and was attended by scores of the clergy and a large number of loving friends. Tuesday evening the solemn office of the dead was chanted at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

One of the most beloved of the clergymen of Marin county, Father Valentini was known for his earnest work on behalf of the church. During his long life of unremitting labor he was signally honored on numerous occasions.

A celebration of his golden anniversary of ordination to the priesthood was held in April, 1913, when Archbishop Riordan, Bishop E. J. Hanna and more than a hundred priests, comprising scores of the best known Catholic clergymen in California, gathered at Sausalito in honor of the occasion. A reception was held at that time at the San Francisco Yacht club at which Mayor E. V. Baraty was one of the speakers.

Prior to his becoming the head of the Star of the Sea Church parish, Father Valentini presided over the parish embracing the northwestern part of Marin county, for years preaching sermons in several different churches every Sunday.

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