I am so saddened to hear of Val’s passing. I lived across the street from Val when we were in middle school and we connected immediately.
She was always just fun to be with and we shared a lot of laughs. I admired so much her positive attitude and her wonderful love and support of her family, especially brother David. My greatest memory is her trying to get me to sneak out at night since I had an exterior door in my bedroom. We made a plan several times - she will come knock at midnight and out we would go. Brave during the day making these plans found me quaking at midnight unable to face my folks if caught! She would come, knock and I wouldn’t answer. The next day she would ask, “where were you”, I meekly replied I was asleep. I wonder to this day what fun shenanigans we would have gotten up to?! I haven’t seen Val since those days but have thought of her many times. I actually tried to find her earlier this year on FB but to no avail. Figuring she had gotten married with a different last name, I gave up the search. I so wish I had known she kept her maiden name, as I would have searched further. My condolences to all of your family and friends. May you rest in peace Val and the next time you come knocking, I will answer!