Emily H. Petro

August 18, 1947 - February 12, 2022

08/18/1947 - 02/12/2022

Past Services

Friday February 25, 2022
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel
12893 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23608
(757) 874-4200 | Directions
Saturday February 26, 2022
11:00 am
St Jerome Catholic Church
116 Denbigh Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23608
(757) 877-5021 | Directions

Emily Kathryn Halpin Petro, 74 was born into eternal life on Feb 12, 2022. Emily was one of five children born to the late Marcia Wharey Baker and Robert P Halpin on August 18, 1947, in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Emily graduated from Richmond Memorial School of Nursing in 1968 and her accomplished career spanned many disciplines, including ICU, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and School Nursing.
Emily retired from a 23-year career as a school nurse with the Newport News Public School system. Emily was certified as a Red Cross CPR instructor and during her tenure, Emily utilized her nursing skills and saved a woman’s life with CPR. She was honored by the Newport News School Board in 1990. In addition to nursing duties, Emily championed the Best Friends Program- an organization that focuses on mentoring young women. Best Friends is a national organization that helps young girls develop self-respect through self-restraint. Emily touched and changed many lives in a positive direction. She will be remembered for the strong bonds that she made with the children and for making a difference in their lives.
In her spare time, Emily enjoyed family vacations at the Outer Banks, she also enjoyed reading, traveling, and working crossword puzzles. Emily and Joe were active members of St Jerome’s Catholic Church.
Emily is remembered as the epitome of a nurse and mother. She dearly loved her family and enjoyed every day with them. She was joyful and kind to everyone and no one was a stranger. She had a heart of gold and full of love and light. Emily adopted many of her children’s friends as well as many of the children at the schools where she worked. Her spirit will live on in the people’s lives that she touched and changed.
Emily is survived by her loving husband, Joseph Baran Petro, of 53 years. Her children, Emilie L Eaton of Virginia Beach, Paul Petro of Chester (Bethany), Sarah Petro of Newport News, and Allison Clouatre (TJ) of Richlands, NC. Surviving grandchildren are Connor Petro, Jackson Petro, Hailey Heyliger, Max Heyliger, Tyler Clouatre, and Madison Clouatre.
She is also survived by her siblings Robert Halpin Jr, Carol Stallings, Anne Lee, and Michael Halpin as well as her many nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel on Feb 25th from 6- 9 pm. A Memorial Mass will be held at St Jerome’s Catholic Church, 116 Denbigh Blvd, on Saturday, at 11 am with Father Prado officiating. A celebration of life reception will be held after the mass.

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Barbara Haynes
2 years ago

Emily you will be missed! Meeting and working with you at Carver has given us all some fun and memorable times. I send my Love to your family.
A Sunset on Earth is…
A Sunrise in HEAVEN

James and Linda Bissette
2 years ago

Emily was such a good neighbor. She would spend time talking in the yard and sharing life’s experinces with Linda and I. Her love for animals showed through in careing for them. She all ways laughed with us and helped us in times of emergency’s. As Jesus said: “You Will Be With Me In Paradise” Luke Chapter 23:Verse 43. Linda and I look forward to seeing her again.

Carolyn Richardson
2 years ago

I had the pleasure of meeting Nurse Petro at Carver. She was always smiling.
I enjoyed the couple of times she met with several of us for lunch. She always kept us laughing. May God bless your family.

Teresa Mercer
2 years ago

Sending our condolences and prayers to the family.

Mike Halpin
2 years ago

Kay Kay was a joy to be around. When she walked into a room it seems somebody turned their bright lights on. It kind of reminds me of that Jim Carrey movie where he lassoed the moon and pulled it to the balcony. It sure brightened things up..just like Emily did.
Emily did so much for so many she will be sorely missed.
I love you Kay Kay.
Mikey Chan

The Abell Family
2 years ago

May the Lord keep you in his loving arms. Your family is in our prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.

Denise M Thornton
2 years ago

“Petro” ( as the staff at Carver Elementary called her ) was the finest human being, nurse, friend, and support you could dream off! We often had to limit students and staff in her clinic because we always git that bright smile, hearty laugh, and comfort from Emily. My heart hurts but I rejoice for having the privilege of knowing her.

Jeannette Ruth Halpin
2 years ago

Emily was my favorite big sister cousin when we were girls – I always looked up to her and loved her energy and enthusiasm and kind and loving personality. And when we got together as old, seasoned adults we still always had a connection and great times. All of your loved ones in eternity have welcomed you with cries of joy I am sure, and we who remain here will remember you forever, and always with much love.

Patti Vannucchi
2 years ago

My job was itinerant years ago, when I met Emily at Carver Elementary. I never failed to stop in her office when I was in and out of the school. No matter what kind of day anyone was having, she always had a smile and a cheerful outlook and one couldn’t help but feel better after chatting with her. There is often a student stopping in for a quick hug and she was loving to all. Emily also helped me get my CPR training for many years and she always made it fun. I will remember her as the smiling nurse in the photo you chose for her obituary. My condolences go to her family.

Susan DeVane
2 years ago

I picture Emily sitting in her busy, cramped little clinic at Carver Elementary School, multi-tasking with a smile on her face – interacting with students, parents, and staff with the patience of a saint. She surely touched many, many lives with her loving nature. You are home now Emily, and peace, love, and wellbeing are your reward.