Valerie Steinmetz Denio
February 14, 1935 - September 13, 2019
Valerie Steinmetz Denio, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on September 13, 2019 at the age of 84.
She was born in Oakland CA on February 14, 1935 to parents John (Rear Admiral United States Coast Guard) and Margaret (Peterson) Steinmetz. Due to her father’s postings, she moved frequently across the country and would later travel to all 50 states and Europe. She attended St. Agnes High School in Alexandria, VA and graduated from the University of Delaware in 1956 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology.
On June 20, 1959, Valerie married Allen Denio at the Coast Guard Chapel in Cape May NJ, where they loved to visit. In 1964, they moved to Eau Claire, WI, where they raised their family of 3 children and several cats. She worked at H.C. Prange department store for many years. In 1998, Valerie and Allen returned to Newark, DE for their retirement.
Compassionate and kind, Valerie served as a medical social worker at the Wilmington Hospital in DE in the 1950s. She was an active volunteer in the Lake Street United Methodist Church in Eau Claire, WI and worked with the AIDs care team, supporting those suffering from the disease at a time when some doctors refused to treat them. She helped resettle Vietnamese refugees and was a member of the American Association of University Women. She felt she did what was supported by her faith in God and what she thought was right.
Although sometimes reserved, Val had a keen sense of humor. Her memory was faultless and she was the keeper of family stories. She enjoyed watching tennis. She was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, sister, and friend.
Valerie is survived by her devoted husband, Dr. Allen Denio; her children, Thomas (Laura McKee), Susan, Richard (Beckie); her grandchildren, Alyssa, Eric, and Emily; and her brother, John Steinmetz (Barbara Riley).
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, followed by a memorial service at 11 am. Interment will be held privately at Mayflower Cemetery in Duxbury, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sunday Breakfast Mission, 110 Poplar St, Wilmington, DE 19801 or the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 3803 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203.