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Valentino "Val" F. Innocenti

December 16, 1921 ~ February 4, 2022 (age 100)
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Valentino F. Innocenti
Valentino F. “Val” Innocenti, 100, of Belvidere died Friday, February 4, 2022, at Symphony Northwoods Nursing Home in Belvidere. 
Val was born on December 16, 1921, in Springfield, IL to Ulisse and Cesira Gianotti Innocenti. He attended Rigley Grade School and graduated in 1940 as president of his class from Laphier High School, Springfield, IL. Val was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II in 1942 and before shipping out in the Asiatic Pacific Theater he married his longtime high school sweetheart, E. Lucille, in Tampa, FL on February 24, 1944. Val was deployed to India, China, and Burma and returned home after the war but remained in the reserves until retiring with honors in 1952.
Val Innocenti moved his family to Rockford, IL in 1960 to work for B & F Highline. He became the manager of Rockford Electric Power Contractors, a division of Rockford Blacktop Construction in 1971, and retired 1994. Val was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, He lovingly cared for his wife Lucille for 15 years until her death in 1994 of Alzheimer’s. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary four days before Lucille’s death. Val was a deeply religious man and a longtime member of Holy Family Catholic Church. He attended daily mass for many years until he was unable to drive. Val and Lucille had three daughters who were blessed to have him. Nothing was more important to Val than to educate and be a part of his children’s and grandchildren’s lives. 
Surviving Val are his three daughters, Deborah Spera (Dwight Lundberg) of Belvidere, Karen Romoser (Randall) of McCordsville, IN, and Leslie Schultz (James) of Belvidere; grandchildren, Michael and Leigh Jenna Spera, Kyle and Nathan Romoser, and Nicholas (Aly) and Benjamin (Abbi) Schultz; great grandchildren, Cameron Spera and Enid Romoser and a niece, Barbara Barnes (Ronald) of Springfield. Val is predeceased by his parents, brother, Guido A. Innocenti, and sister, Mary Innocenti Trimble. 
Services will be scheduled at a later date with burial at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL. 



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