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Valerie R. (Dobrasz) Stepien, 93 years old, passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Elderwood at Grand Island. She was born in Niagara Falls on March 30, 1923, the daughter of the late Alexander and Rose (Dukat) Dobrasz. Mrs. Stepien was a graduate of Niagara Falls High School and worked as a sales clerk at Beir's Brothers and Jenss at the Summit Park Mall for many years. She was very creative and enjoyed making her own greeting cards to send to family and friends as well as crocheting and needlepoint. She was predeceased by her husband, John Stepien who passed away in 1979.
Mrs. Stepien is survived by her children, John (Judith) Stepien of Youngstown, Susan (Thomas) Rusiecki of Port Richey, FL, Nancy (Michael) McNiff of West Seneca and Terese (late Lawrence) Maillet of Niagara Falls; 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; her brother, Alexander (Barbara) Dobrasz of Lewiston and her sister, Mary Jane (late William) Whaley of Astor, FL and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her Step-Mother, Jeanette Dobrasz and her brothers, Richard and Edward Dobrasz.
Friends may call on Sunday from 1 pm until 5 pm at the LABUDA FUNERAL HOME, INC., 356 Portage Road where funeral services will begin at 9:15 am on Monday followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at St. Raphael's Parish, corner of College and Macklem Avenues with Rev. Ivan Skenderovic officiating. Interment in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston. Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA of Niagara, 2100 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304.
Published on April 7, 2016
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