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Kessner, Valerie A.

September 6, 1952 –
 February 13, 2014


    Howard & Phyllis Schulman
    18 Feb 2014

    Gilda, Howard and I are so sorry to hear about Valerie’s death. I’m so sorry I won’t be at the funeral. Know that we’re thinking of you and the family. We pray for the peace that surpasses all understanding.

    Anne Shuttee
    19 Feb 2014

    I was so sorry to hear of Valerie’s death. My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.

    Gary Stuard
    19 Feb 2014

    I was saddened on hearing of Valerie’s passing. She was a deeply caring woman who did her best to make a difference in this world, to make it a more just and peaceful one. Thank you, Valerie! My condolences to your family and loved ones.

    Jan Howell
    19 Feb 2014

    Saddened to hear of Valerie’s passing. She did truly “fight the good fight” for so many people’s benefit.

    Liz Wally
    20 Feb 2014

    Valerie will be missed by so many of us! We thank her for all she has done to help make our world a better place! And for her family: your special Valerie was deeply appreciated by the activist community here in Dallas and we, too, will truly miss her.

    Emma Nelson
    22 Feb 2014

    My heart breaks knowing that I will not see Valerie again, and we didn’t say goodbye. I will forever have her smile with me. Her concern for humanity has been inspiring. I know that she treasured our friendship. I am haunted by the fact I was too busy with my little world during her last weeks on earth. Valerie, I will
    treasure you forever.

    Diane Elliott
    22 Feb 2014

    Valerie spent her last year at Skillman Bend. I was looking forward to getting to know her better. I miss her and her congenial personality…always stopping to say hi as she walked Mercy. The written tribute makes me so sad as I would’ve loved to talk with her about her many accomplishments. Deepest sympathy to family, friends and neighbors.

    Anna Wawrzyniak
    23 Feb 2014

    I was deeply saddened by the news Valerie passing. Remembering her gentle soul will remain in my heart. May she rest in peace.

    Lynda Mistich~Pehoski
    23 Feb 2014

    We started being friends at Bellaire High School and continued through the years. She was a dreamer, a seeker, of all that was true; graduated from Law and LBJ Government School, always striving to make a difference in people’s lives, in the world…believed in World Peace, loved to travel, her favorite musician was Shake Russell, and sche was always moved by beautiful things that were handcrafted and unique…she had a heart that yearned for love and magic and all that was possible through spirit and light…she will be truly missed, and wished Heavenly Peace
    Valerie, I love you,
    Your friend, Lynda Mistich~ Pehoski

    Glenda McDonald
    25 Feb 2014

    Valerie and have been friends since college. Our friendship waxed and waned over the years, but we never lost touch. She was an exceptional person – intelligent, caring, and spiritual. She felt deeply and was passionate in her beliefs. She always wanted to make a difference in this world, to contribute something – and I think she did. There is so much I wish I could say to her – my heart is so heavy. Dear Valerie I would give the sun and moon once more just to hear you speak.
    Love, Glenda

    Susie Hess
    26 Feb 2014

    Valerie, be free now from the cares and troubles that you gave your life to overcome. Rest now knowing that you did all you could do. I will miss seeing you at CoC and around the activist camps. To your family, I say please know that Valerie was greatly admired and loved.

    Caroline Cormier
    5 Sep 2016

    Valerie was my cousin by marriage, but we lost touch after my family moved to California. She was the sweetest, kindest person ever. I remember when I was 7 and I had the measles or mumps and was laying on the couch at Aunt Virginia and Uncle Roger’s house in Houston. Valerie came over and sat in the floor and watched TV with me. I will always remember her sweetness, and am sad that I am just now finding out about this. Love to Gilda and the rest of the family.

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