Stephen F. Valletta

April 6th, 2015

Stephen F. Valletta, age 49, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at home on April 5, 2015.

Stephen was born on June 10, 1965, in Saugus, MA; he was the cherished son of Marie T. and the late Frank S. Valletta. Stephen was raised in Wilmington, he attended Wilmington Public Schools, and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1983. While in High School, Stephen played varsity basketball for the Wilmington Wildcats.

Stephen went on to further his education at Merrimack College in Andover where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1988.

For more than 20 years, Stephen was employed as a Financial Manager for the AutoServ Company in Tilton, New Hampshire.

Stephen was known to be an avid New England sports fan; he enjoyed taking in countless Bruins, Patriots, Red Sox, and Celtics games with his family and friends throughout the years. Stephen was also a huge WWF wrestling fan and loved to watch Monday Night Raw with his nephews.

Stephen not only followed sports but he spent many years volunteering with the youth of Wilmington; Stephen coached Wilmington Little League as well as Wilmington Rec. Basketball.

Stephen’s family was always first and foremost in his life; he showered them with unconditional love and devotion. Stephen was a wonderful son, father, brother, and most of all an “awesome” uncle. Stephen was a “big kid” at heart, he spent many hours babysitting his nieces and nephews, taking them on great adventures, and attending many of their sporting events. Stephen loved going to the beach and enjoyed spending time with the family poolside. Holidays and family traditions were of great importance to Stephen; Christmas was one of his favorites and he carried on the annual reading of the Christmas stories to his children and nieces and nephews following the death of his dad.

Stephen was proud to be a “townie” and was always willing to give back to the community he loved. Stephen will be fondly remembered for his big heart and for his willingness to do for others. Stephen was kind, caring, and most of all loving; he will be greatly missed by his family and friends whom he loved so much.

Stephen was the dear husband of Cheryl A. (Burt) Valletta, devoted father of Kelly Marie Valletta and Hank Schneckloth both of Wilmington, beloved son of Marie T. (Sullivan) and the late Frank S. Valletta of Wilmington, cherished brother of Susan Moorer of Peabody, Kristen Thornton of Tewksbury, and Carrie Gentili and her husband Keith of New Boston, NH, special uncle of Katie, Carolyn, Domenic, Chance, Austin, Julia, and Sarah. Stephen is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, April 9th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Rte. 38), Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 8th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Stephen’s name may be made to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ, 08540.


35 Entries in Guest Book for “Stephen F. Valletta”

  1. Patti Savosik says:

    Kelly, Marie, and the Valletta Family,

    My condolences on your loss. There are no words able to ease your pain. May the passage of time bring you peace.

    With love and prayers,

  2. Frank Valletta says:

    It is with great sadness and sympathy that we grieve over the loss of beloved Stephen. I am sure Dad was waiting with open arms full of the love he had for all of you. Rest in peace Stephen.

  3. Melissa Burt says:

    to Kelly, Cheryl, Hank, Marie, Susan, Kristen, Carrie & Keith and all the nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts (Linda) and uncles and everyone Stephen knew and loved, I’m sorry for your loss. Let’s all remember the good times and celebrate the time we had with him. Blessings and peace to all of you.

  4. Michelle Stokes says:

    We are so sorry for your loss, May he rest in peace .God bless all of you at this time.

    Love and prayers,
    Michael and Michelle Stokes
    and Family

  5. Jan Valletta Palmer says:

    My heart is aching for all of you. I have known Stephen since he was three. I remember when you painted the 3 on the back of your house when you were painting:) I will always love having been part of the Valletta family. My thoughts and prayers will be with you, I am so sorry I cannot be there with you.

  6. Karen Wolley-Palmer says:

    I attended school with Stephen, graduating with him in 1983. Although we lost touch as we all do, he always held a special place in my heart as he was my very first boy friend, and although I was 5′8″ and he was not, it didn’t matter. :) He was such a kind and funny kid who I know grew up to be a wonderful husband and father. I am greatly saddened by his passing and send my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

  7. Brittany Hudson says:

    I am so terribly sorry to hear this news. I worked with Steve at New Horizons. My condolences and prayers for you all. Brittany (Cairns) Hudson

  8. Sheila Caceres says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Steve’s passing. I used to work with him at New Horizons. When my son was only a couple months old Steve brought in a little guardian Angel that had Caleb (my son’s name) on it. I still have that angel and it’s right on my window sill.

    I will keep you all in my hearts, thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

  9. Raffi Topjian says:

    I am so saddened to hear of Stephen’s passing. I worked with Stephen in the past at New Horizons. What I remember most about him, is that he kept everyone laughing in the office. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.

  10. Bob and Brenda Bailey says:

    Marie, We have no words to tell you how sorry we are. Know that you and the girls as well as Stephen’s wife and children are in our prayers. Wish we could be there to hug you all, but we are now living in Wisconsin.

  11. Kelley White says:

    I’m so sad to hear this awful news. Stephen was a great guy…. very well liked by everyone that knew him. So so sorry…. thoughts and prayers

  12. Donnette Bailey-Carlson says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss. You’ll all be in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Russell Walsh says:

    We are so very sorry to hear of Stephens passing. Growing up and playing street hockey out in front of the Valletta house was always a lot of fun. Steve was one of the older ones but would always find a spot for us to play and include everybody. He was a nice guy to everyone in the neighborhood and that’s how I will always remember him. Marie, Susan, Kristen, and Carrie, our condolences and deepest sympathy to all of you. May Stephen rest in peace.
    Russell Walsh and family

  14. Beth and Jim Tonra says:

    We are so sorry for your loss Kelly. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  15. Monika E ( Stemmler) Wright says:

    Carrie and all of your family I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Steven, I was fortunate to go to school with him, our thoughts are with you at this time.
    Monika ( Stemmler) Wright

  16. Sue Makowiecki says:

    Carrie – I am so sorry to hear about your brother passing away. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this extremely difficult time.
    May peace and love be with you and the kids.
    Your friend, Sue

  17. Kathy Horak says:

    To the Valletta family, Marie, Kelly, Susan, Kristen, Carrie, and all the children, my sincere condolences on your loss. I feel blessed to have known Steve. I moved across the street from the Valetta family in 1970. Stephen, his sisters and parents were a part of my life since then. Though i haven’t been around too muchin recent years, as life takes us where it may and we all seemingly have our own demons to slay, my heart resides on Lexington St . Forever. And, im sure, Stephen’s does as well. I will never forget.
    Rip Stephen
    kathleen Horak

  18. Mary O'Brien says:

    We are saddened to hear that Stephen has passed away. We have a lot of great memories growing up in the neighborhood with all of the Valletta children and we just wanted to express our most sincere sympathy for your loss.

    Tim and Mary (Fisher) O’Brien

  19. Jim & Maureen Rodgers says:

    We are the father-in-law & mother-in-law of Susan. We did not have the opportunity to ever meet Stephen and know him only through Susan’s love and her words. We love her very much and our hearts go out to her and to all of the rest of the Valletta family who have been so devastated by this untimely and sudden loss. We hope that you all may find solace and strength in your love of each other, and find joy in the memories you share of your life with Stephen.

  20. jeff Pelonzi says:

    I worked with Steve for a time at Amesbury Chevy….great guy…he will be missed my condolences to his family and friends…may he rest in peace…and God bless

  21. The O'Dea Family says:

    Kelly and family: We are so sorry for your loss. Faith, Hope, Peace & Love during this time. We love you Kellybell.

  22. Carol Hogan says:

    Marie and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for all of you. My thoughts and prayers hope that time will ease your pain.

  23. barbara Calder says:

    To Kristen and your Family, so sorry to hear about your loss. Devastating loss for you all. My thoughts are with you, Take care , Barbara

  24. Lynn queen says:

    Carrie and family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Carrie, my thoughts are with you. Lynn

  25. Lisa Desberg says:

    Kelly, I know how much you loved your dad and how much he knew that. May his memory be a blessing. I’m here for you … You know where to find me. Love, Ms. Desberg

  26. Tracy Vachon says:

    Susan and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Tracy (Smith) Vachon

  27. Peter Chase says:

    I was lucky enough to have known Steve when the world was young in the 1970’s, playing hockey on Lexington St. taking turns bragging about scoring an ‘unbelievable’ goal or griping about who was going to fetch the ball that went way down the street. Great fun and childhood memories with Steve that I’ll always have.
    Gone way too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  28. David. says:

    Go up high on the mountain. For your work on earth is done. Go to Heaven a shouting Love, for the Father and the Son.

  29. Mark Weatherby says:

    I worked with Steve at Hampton Ford Hyundai North Hampton, NH. Steve was a great guy, warm smile and a true down to earth New Englander. Although I only worked with Steve for a short time, I knew he was a true sales professional, honest, with a big heart, and a great human being. My deep sympathy to all of the family.

  30. Eric Ouellette says:

    Susan, I’m so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I have nothing but good memories of him and enjoyed the time we spent together. My most heartfelt condolences to you and the rest of the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  31. Lynda jemson says:

    Funny, sparkling smile. Pain in the arse class clown that made me smile. Shine on you crazy diamond.

  32. Dolores Murphy says:

    Dear Marie,

    I am so sorry. (I just found out). May Stephen rest in peace. My sincerest condolences to you and yours.

  33. Steve Hunt says:

    Susan, sorry to hear about your loss

  34. michael stuart says:

    Susan and the rest of the Valletta Family, so very sorry for your loss..i always had good memories of Stephen..may he rest in peace and may he remain in your hearts!

  35. Jackie Sutton Thibedeau says:

    I was so sorry to hear about Stephen’s passing. Susan and the entire Valletta family, my condolences and heartfelt prayers go out to you. I always look back at the times spent with your family with a smile on my face. Stephen will be missed. May he rest in peace and always be in your hearts.

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