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Valerie Pierce, age 80, of Caledonia, went to be with our Lord on Friday, October 18, 2019. She was born on May 28, 1939, in Chicago, Illinois to the late Elmer and Helen (Kosinski) Henning. She had an extreme faith and was a long-time member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Caledonia.

Valerie had a passion for making handmade flowers, rescuing animals, traveling, and was a wonderful cook, that will be remembered for staying up all night to bake Christmas cookies. She was a smart woman and graduated salutatorian of her high school class. Valerie was proud to have worked and retired from the United States Postal Service and encouraged her family to work there as well.

Survivors include her husband, Gerald Pierce; three daughters, Deborah (Charlie) Ohanesian, Christina (Mike) Pannill, and Sophia (Tony Viers) Maslowski; seven grandchildren, TJ (Trisha) Burke, Naomi (Jacob Farran) Burke, Tyler (Rachel Hughey) Burke, Steven (Shannon) Kornoelje, Lisa (Tony) Brotherton, Dan (Marissa) Savas, and Alysia (Bruce Constant) Savas-Deyoung; eleven great-grandchildren and one on the way; and many cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Valerie was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Gus Savopoulos and John Cole; and great-granddaughter, Evelyn Burke.

Gathering of family and friends will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 8436 Kraft Ave. S.E., Caledonia, Michigan, 49316, from 10:00 until the time of service at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Dr. Timothy Brand officiating.

Valerie’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and church family at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Caledonia, The Laurels of Sandy Creek, and Kindred Hospice.

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  1. Natalie Zapart on October 18, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    I am sorry to hear that Aunt Valerie passed. What an adventurous life she lived. I had no idea that she was a wonderful cook, but I do know that she never missed the family picnic. Take care knowing that she is now at peace. Love from the Zapart family.

  2. Vonnie Lapekes on October 18, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    I am so sorry Sophia to hear of your mother’s passing. May god be with you all through this difficult time of sorrow. Prayers going out to you and your family. The Lapekes family.

  3. Nicholas Randitsas on October 19, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Only God knows the sorrow you and your family feels today and together with love nd compassion it will pass but memories and love will last forever. We are grieve we with you and for you may memory be eternal Amen

  4. Kimberly Glidden Reed on October 20, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    My sincere condolences. She was blessed.

  5. lucio moreno Jr on October 23, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Paz y amor siempre Stay strong and keep the faith, remember as we are now so once was she, as she is now so once we,ll be ,so let us prepare ourselves to follow the path she has made for us all…. Lucio Moreno Jr.

  6. Debbie Erridge on October 24, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Sophia, Debbie, and family: Prayers to you all during this difficult time may you find peace in knowing your mother has gone to a better place.

  7. Jeff Larabel on October 25, 2019 at 6:29 am

    Sophia & Debbie I’m so sorry to hear this. I wish you happy and thoughtful memories of your mother as time goes on.

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