Valerie Irene Spehalski (1930 - 2016)

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  • "Our deepest sympathy to Walt, Bob , Tom and their families..."
    - Paula Silhanek
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Valerie Irene Spehalski of 1783 Old West Creek Road, Emporium, Pa., died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at Penn Highlands Hospital in DuBois.
Born Feb., 13, 1930, in DuBois, Pa., the daughter of the late Joseph Wojtaszek and Sophie Nawakowski. On April 25, 1953, in St. Michael's Archangelo Church in DuBois, she married Walter Stanley Spehalski.
Mrs. Spehalski graduated from Sandy Township High School with the class of 1948.
She was trained by a Catholic nun in the X-Ray department of the DuBois Hospital as an X-Ray technician for a doctor of radiology. She was employed by the doctor as a receptionist and X-Ray technician. She also worked at the A&P Tea Company in DuBois.
She is survived by three sons, Walter R. Spehalski (and Cecilia) of Mt. Laurel, N.J., Robert S. Spehalski (and Julia) of Emmaus, Pa., and Thomas J. Spehalski (and Bonnie) of Emporium, Pa.; and 10 grandchildren, with her first great-grandchild due in December.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Walter on Dec. 9, 2010; three brothers, Henry, Carl J., and Edward Wojtaszek; and six sisters: Mary Wozniak, Victoria Fotta, Ann Golanka, Estella Lakatos, Alouise Baumann and Stephanie Wojtaszek in infancy.
She enjoyed golfing, bowling, and especially watching her grandchildren's sporting events and all of their accomplishments.
She was a member of the St. Mark Catholic Church, the church choir and the Catholic Daughters of America.
Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, Pa., at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.
Burial will follow in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, Pa.
Memorial Contributions may be made to , Cameron Unit, P.O. Box 62, 135 W. Fourth St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to Cameron County SPCA, 678 South Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA 15834.
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BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
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Published in The Courier Express on Sept. 27, 2016
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