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Valeria O. Wolf

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November 1, 1929 - November 14, 2016 Valeria Jane Overman Blacklidge Wolf passed away in Westwood, on November 14, 2016, after a long bout with Alzheimer's Disease. She was 87. Valeria ("Val" to her friends) was born in Dallas on November 1, 1929, the youngest of the four daughters of John Clebert Overman, a mining engineer, and Jesse June Taylor Overman. The family moved to the South Bay in 1931, and Val lived in Los Angeles County for the next 85 years. She attended Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, where she was a columnist and later an editor of the school newspaper, The Olympian. After graduating in the class of 1947, she went to work as a secretary at North American Aviation, in El Segundo. She married and soon had two children, Marcia and Bonnie, while continuing to work in aerospace. She left North American after seven years to work at Hughes Aircraft, where she became an executive assistant to increasingly senior managers at the firm. Divorced by this time, she raised her daughters as a single mom, juggling her responsibilities and attending classes at El Camino College. She left Hughes to become one of the first employees at MicroSemiconductor, Inc., where she stayed until 1964 as executive assistant to the CEO of the pioneering electronics firm. During this time she dated and married David Wolf and moved to Brentwood, then later Westwood and then Beverly Hills. They added three children, David, Jr., Jolie, and Jeremy. Once her youngest started school, she channeled her latent artistic instincts into antiques and became an antiques dealer in 1970, a vocation she continued for nearly three decades. During that time she was also active in the community, serving on the PTA at Warner Avenue Elementary School, as founding treasurer of The First Women's Bank of Los Angeles, an active member of the Sisterhood at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and an adult leader in Girl Scouts. She and her husband were partners in a small but flourishing investment property business that she sustained for the rest of her life. Her research in support of her antique business made her a self-taught art historian with a focus on English furniture, china, art glass, and stoneware, and she spent years working on an unpublished guide to the pre-war ceramics of Nippon Toki Kaisha ("Noritake,") on which she became an acknowledged authority. Using her deep knowledge of pre-war design, she conducted a multi-year effort to restore her family's Beverly Hills home, the magnificent Mediterranean revival villa designed by Paul Williams for actor Lon Chaney, an effort continued today by her youngest daughter, Jolie. Having camped regularly as a child, she took to boating when she met David and was an avid and capable boater in a succession of vessels from day sailers up to a large ocean-going trawler. She squired her family and many friends on countless trips to the Isthmus at Santa Catalina Island on weekends and summers. Travel was one of her great delights, and she introduced her children to travel initially via road trips around California and the West, and eventually to longer journeys to Washington, D.C., England, and Europe. When her children were grown and out of school, she moved back to her native South Bay and lived in Manhattan Beach for many years before returning to the Westside to be nearer to her grandchildren. During these years she continued to travel with family, with friends, and on her own, visiting Northern Europe, Alaska, Southeast Asia, India, and South America, the Tierra Del Fuego, Kenya, and the islands of the Indian Ocean. She was an avid family historian, working with libraries and resources to trace the her lineage as far back as early medieval England, and passed on that avocation to her children. She enjoyed her dachshunds, her garden, her collections of china, art, and books, as well as the affections of her grandchildren. Val is survived by her daughters Marcia Colwell Jaconi, Bonnie Gaye Blacklidge, and Jolie Wolf Jashni; her sons David Wolf, Jr. and Jeremy Wolf; her daughters-in-law Sunny Sun and Marlo Van Oorschot; her son-in-law Jon J. Jashni; and her grandchildren Jake Wolf Jashni, Juliet Wolf Jashni, Aaron Joshua Wolf, and Dana M. Jaconi. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Friends of the Family (fofca.org) or Alzheimer's Greater Los Angeles (alzgla.org).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 17 to Nov. 20, 2016
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