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Dorothy W. Valeski

Dorothy W. Valeski, 92, of Legion Road, Bloomsburg passed away on Thursday morning, March, 21 at Bloomsburg Care and Rehabilitation Center, where she had been a patient for a short period of time.

Dorothy was born on May 23, 1926 in Bloomsburg. She was the eighth of nine children of Stanley and Catherine (Juskowiak) Wawroski and was the last surviving sibling.

She graduated from Catawissa High School in 1944 and entered into the WWII Cadet Nursing program at The Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia where she graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1948. She worked all areas of the Bloomsburg Hospital as an RN from 1948-1959.

After taking a break to raise her family of three children, Dorothy resumed work as a RN at The Bloomsburg Health Care Center as a Nursing Supervisor from 1984-1990.

She spent her entire life in the Catawissa-Bloomsburg area and remarked at how many of us take the beauty of our area for granted.

She was preceded  in death by her husband, Frank M. Valeski, Jr. in 2004.

She is survived by her three sons: Michael Valeski, David Valeski, and Jared (Lisa) Valeski; two grandchildren: Calvin Valeski and Gabrielle (David) Jeremiah; and one great grandchild, Griffith Jeremiah.

Dorothy spent a lifetime helping others and truly enjoyed every aspect of nursing and care giving. In her retired years she enjoyed volunteering at many of the local health care facilities as a bed maker.

Dorothy was a long time member of St. Columba Catholic Church in Bloomsburg. Although she took her Church very seriously, she often remarked that Church is wherever you can find the Lord and in later years, she considered her daily long walks with her many beloved dogs as the next best thing. She loved her family, her dogs, and baseball in that order. She had a peaceful, fulfilling life, and she will be missed by all those who knew her.

A private service will be held by the immediate family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dorothy’s memory can be sent to The Animal Resource Center, PO Box 439, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

Arrangements have been entrusted into the care of the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg.

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We feel blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know Dorothy. She was strong and kind and quite humorous. Sincere condolences to the family - May she rest in peace.

Clare & Tom Gallagher Mar 23 2019 12:00 AM

To the children of Dottie... she was one of the most amazing women I have ever known. We had many good times together, talking about everything under the sun, laughing at things, and Dottie just being Dottie. She was my co-pilot in many an adventure traveling to different places. I loved her so much and she will be dearly missed. I know she was ready to go, but it still doesn't take away the pain of her departing our lives. May the good Lord keep her in the palms of His loving hands until you all meet once again!

Sharyn J fisher Mar 22 2019 12:00 AM

Dorothy and I made beds together for a few years. I am ever so thankful to have had the chance to meet her and be her friend. We had many great discussions on politics, the news of the day and the METS.I did see her these last few days and actually had one last laugh with her. My thoughts and sympathy to all the family.

Judy Dubil Mar 22 2019 12:00 AM

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Dorothy's family members who are also our very close friends. It was always a pleasure to be in the company of Dorothy. She was delightful in the respect that what you saw is what you got. She was a straight shooter and you never had to guess what her beliefs were. If you asked, she told you and there was no need to sugar coat anything. She was as sharp as a tack, kept up on current affairs and always had time to engage in conversation wherever or whenever our paths crossed with hers. She loved her family which was evident by how her face lit up whenever she talked about any of you. She was passionate about her beloved dogs and all animals. May you find comfort in your memories and peace in your heart knowing Dorothy's spirit lives eternally in your heart.

Steve & Joan Campbell Mar 22 2019 12:00 AM

Photo of Dorothy as one of the bedmakers at Emanuel Nursing Home in 2006.
Good times.

Maryann Rogers Mar 22 2019 12:00 AM

We wanted to send our condolences for the passing of your loved one. Animal Resource Center is honored to be the recipient of memorials in her name.We hope it brings you comfort knowing the good the donations bring.
Thank you for choosing ARC .

Jan Haeussler Mar 22 2019 12:00 AM

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