Mystic - Valerie Peters Adrian, of Farmington and Mystic, passed away peacefully on June 23, 2005. she was the daughter of Peter and Stella Yonkos, of Cambridge, Mass.; and beloved wife of the late Lt. Col. George G. Adrian.
Valerie was born on April 13, 1919 in Peabody, Mass. Valerie grew up in Cambridge, graduated Valedictorian from Cambridge Latin and Salutatorian, with a master's degree in English and psychology from Boston University.
She enlisted and was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy, serving in New York (intelligence) and Washington, D.C. (Personnel Relation and Training Division), during World War II. While stationed in New York, Valerie carried the secret "zig-zag" codes needed for troop ships to avoid being detected by German subs while leaving New York harbor for combat in Europe. One of these ships, the Isle de France, carried her future husband.
She married her husband George in Fort Sill, Okla., on Sept. 15, 1949. As an Army wife Valerie lived in California, Colorado and Germany. In Germany she taught English to american troops as part of the Army Education Center Division, from 1957 to 1961.
A dedicated and brilliant educator, Valerie was a teacher and counselor at Sedgwick Junior High and Conard High School for many years. A committed community volunteer, Valerie was a member of (among many others) West Hartford Retired Teachers Board, Hill-Stead Museum, Friends of the Mark Twain House, UCONN Hospital Ladies Auxilliary Board, and the West Hartford Rotary.
Above all, Valerie was most proud of her family, especially her grandchildren who she loved and adored. She recently had relocated form Farmington to the Mystic area to be closer to them. She was the family historian and maintained her intellectual pursuits throughout her life. She was loved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed.
Valerie is survived by her loving children, Dr. Eric Adrian and his wife, Elise, of Williamsburg, Va., Cheryl Adrian Gaffney and her husband, Micheal, of Chicago, Ill., and Dr. George Adrian and his wife, Elizabeth, of Noank; and adoring grandchildren, Lynda, Patrick, Ryan, Jason, Alexander and Julia.
In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Col. George Adrian; her sister, Diane(Robert) DelVecho; and her brother, Robert Yonkos.
A memorial service with a reception immediately following will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 19 Walden St., West Hartford, at 2:00 o'clock on Saturday, July 9, 2005. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, beside her husband, at a later date.
Donations in her memory may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Meriden Executive Park, 538 Preston Ave., Meriden, CT 06450.
Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames St., is in charge of arrangements.