Sacramento, Ca – Joy Lynn Valentini, or Joy Lynn (Cherp) Valentini, 70, of Sacramento, California passed away on January 20, 2020 at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Sacramento.
She was born on July 14, 1949 in Minneapolis, MN to Donald Isadore Cherp & Roma Marie (Heiman) Cherp.
Joy attended Lowell Elementary in Grand Junction, CO for 6 years. She spent 3 years at Grand Junction Junior High and then 3 years at Grand Junction Senior High, all in Grand Junction, Colorado.
She was married to Frank Valentini for a time, they divorced.
Joy is survived by her Brother Robin L. Cherp (Sandra), Sister Vicki M. (Cherp) Waddill (Thomas), Sister-in-law Hart Cherp, along with Several Nieces – Amy, Ada, Debi, Shari, Suzanne (Scott), Amber (Phil) and Nephews -Yogi (Joanie), Macon, Guy II.
She was predeceased by her Father Donald I. Cherp in 1967, her Mother Roma M. Cherp in 1988, and Brother Guy D. Cherp in 2012.
An Information Systems Business Systems Analyst and Consultant; Joy had a four-decade career spanning many industries: environmental engineering, software development, telecom, public utilities, finance and pharm across corporate businesses, government agencies and educational organizations. She served on numerous long projects both local and via travel to 20 metro areas across the United States.
Joy played the piano and loved jazz music. She was an advocate for social justice and supported many organizations, such as Witness to Innocence, Innocence Project, Equal Justice Initiative, San Francisco Laborfest, Loaves and Fishes, as well as the Inmate Family Council.
Their will be a Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Pinole Library in Pinole, CA Sunday March 1, 2020. 2:00 p.m PST.