Meriden - Valentin Oquendo, 72, husband of Marina (Serrano) Oquendo passed away on Monday, April 6, 2009 at MidState Medical Center. He was born June 5, 1936 in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico a son of the late Cruz and Felicita (Meyer) Oquendo. He was a machinist at Pratt & Whitney before retiring. He attended St. Rose and Holy Trinity Churches, was an avid craftsman and an expert florist. In addition to his wife Marina he is survived by two daughters, Maria Oquendo and her husband Juan Toro of New Britain and Martha Oquendo-Pabon and her husband Miguel of Meriden, a son, Jose Oquendo of Middletown, three sisters; Maria Mendez and her husband Raymond, Margo Ramos and Tomasa Cordero and her husband Manuel all of Meriden, and two brothers, Cruz Oquendo Jr. and his wife Myrna of Puerto Rico and Efrain Oquendo of Meriden. He also leaves, three grandchildren, Noah Oquendo and Carol and Jonathan Pabon, and many nephews and nieces, including Marcus Oquendo, Daniel Oquendo, Yara Mendez, Benjamin Palzzo Jr., Shiela Prats, Carol Prats, and William Concepcion. A Catholic service will be held on Thursday, April 9 at 1:00 pm at the Beecher and Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 8 from 5-8 pm.

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  1. Marina, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Val was a great man and frank and I are very sad to hear of his loss. He was a great neighbor and friend. If we can do anything for you – please let us know. The Colon Family – Carabetta #107

  2. My deepest sympathy to Jose (Joe) Oquendo and his entire family for the lost of his dad. May you all find peace in knowing Valentin lived a full life with his family by his side.

  3. joe my deepest sympathy to you and your family. ask god for the strength needed to help you thru this difficult time in your life.he serves us when we need it most so we may be able to cope. peace brother

  4. Marina, so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved husband Valentin. I will miss his kind words, always asking me how I was feeling. When I knew he was not feeling well himself. What a kind and gentle man he was. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Your neighbor,

  5. Martha, I am very sorry for the loss of your father. My prayers are with you and your family. I pray that God gives you and your family the strength and comfort that you need during this difficult time. Lily Arce

  6. mommy and family…i know that this was one of the hardest things we had to go through but.I loved papa very much and he will always be in my heart…i will never forget this man that has taught me to be strong and hopeful…he has taught me to never give up and to just love what god does for us…papa i love you so much and u will always and forever gonna b in my mind and soul…te quiero mucho.

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