Valerie Jean VanNepes Snebold(1939 - 2012)

Valerie Jean Van Nepes Snebold

Valerie Van Nepes Snebold, 72 of Bagley, MN died on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at the Sanford Fargo Medical Center in Fargo, ND. She died a peaceful death with her husband by her side.

Valerie was born December 24, 1939, in San Francisco, CA to Robert E. Van Nepes and Evelyn Bernice Rauch Van Nepes. Her mother's second husband William Dolan and family moved to S. San Francisco and Bass Lake, CA then moved to Fresno where Val graduated Roosevelt High School in 1957. Her first college year was at Fresno State, the next year enrolling at UNR, graduating in 1961 with a B.A. in Education. Val married Bill Snebold on July 28, 1962 in Reno. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 28, 2012.

Val and Bill resided in Reno, Greenbrae, CA and Santa Rosa, CA until 1976, then moved with their three sons to a dairy farm near Bagley, MN. Valerie taught Head Start in Rice Lake and Mahnomen. In 1979 Val began teaching in Bagley until 2001 when she retired due to ill health. In 2005 she received a lung transplant at UCLA. Val traveled to the UK, Chicago, Montana, Rodeo, CA and to Reno to receive her 50th Year Circle Degree- from Delta Delta Delta (UNR). Val's "new" lung was with her for almost 7 years when she developed pneumonia the fall of 2012. In Bagley, Valerie was an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, a longtime member of the Tuesday Study Club, a past President of Bagley Teachers Union and a past Chair of the Clearwater County Democratic Party. She loved teaching and every student was special.

Survivors include her husband, Bill Snebold of Bagley, MN; three sons, Jason Snebold of OnalaSka, WI, Matt Snebold of Houston, TX, and John (Donna) Snebold of Union, TN; one sister, Kassey Dolan of Stockton, CA; one brother, William (Kim) Dolan of Litchfield, MN; six grandchildren and many cousins.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Apr. 3, 2013