Kathleen Joy Valencia Dela Pena, 17, of Bellefontaine, passed away at 3:25 a.m. Friday, August 31, 2012 at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. She was born in Guam, USA on December 7, 1994, a daughter of Reynaldo and Luz Dela Pena.
In addition to her parents, Joy is also survived by her brother, Ralph Dela Pena; maternal grandparents, Adriano A. and Erlinda E. Valencia; paternal grandparents, Lourdes A. & Ely I. Dela Pena; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal great grandparents, Dionisio and Bonifacia E. Ecal, and Fabian A. and Ninay Valencia; paternal great grandparents, Rodolfo and Felicidad I. Dela Pena, and Cariaco Azares and Ofelia Laila.
Joy was a senior at Bellefontaine High School and had an outgoing personality. She attended St. Patrick Catholic Church, was active in Youth Leadership, played soccer for Bellefontaine High School and loved to shop.
A funeral mass will be conducted by Father Patrick Sheridan on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church. The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 2nd from 2-8 p.m. at the Eichholtz Funeral Home in Bellefontaine. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Cemetery in West Liberty.
Memorial contribution may be made to the Bellefontaine High School Athletic Department.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Eichholtz Funeral Home in Bellefontaine.
Condolences may be expressed at www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com