Loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend, Heidi Valadao, passed on January 31, 2021 in Crescent City, CA. Heidi was born in Germany on February 9, 1961 and was raised in Eureka, California. Heidi was a proud Tribal Member of the Elk Valley Rancheria (Tolowa), serving on Tribal Council since 2015. Through her passion to help people in need, Heidi helped pave the way for the Tribe's Emergency Management program and formed the Tribe's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Heidi was married to the love of her life Virgil for 38 years until his passing in July of 2020. She is survived by her son Mathew Valadao (Kelsey), mother Joan Warner, brother Rick Warner (Diane), sister Katherine Figueiredo, nephew Kristiano Figueiredo. Heidi leaves behind numerous friends including Lori (Randy), Christie (Jeff), Phil (Vicky) and many, many more.
Heidi loved to go camping with Virgil at Ruth lake for the majority of the summer with friends and family. Heidi was a compassionate and caring person, always willing to help others when in need. She was bold and passionate about what and whom she cared for yet fun and adventurous, making those around her laugh out loud with her hilarious one-liners. Her beautiful smile and warm heart will be greatly missed by all. An interment service will be held at the Elk Valley Rancheria Tribal Cemetery on February 27, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. located at 3000 Howland Hill Rd. Crescent City, CA.