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Obituary for Valerie M. Holmes

Valerie M. Holmes, 81, beloved wife of Clyde E. Holmes, passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2019, with her husband by her side.

Valerie was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 26, 1938. She was the daughter of the late Lovie and Greenleaf Maker. She had grown up in Lubec, Maine, and was a longtime resident of Meriden. She was an avid UConn Women’s Basketball fan and travelled to the Final Four with her husband. Valerie loved reminiscing about skating in the Ice Capades when she was a child. Most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband Clyde E. Holmes, Valerie is survived by her three daughters, Terri Ahern, Kelli Wychowanski and husband Steven, and Joanie Ostasiewski and husband Ray; grandchildren, John Lay and wife Virag, Sarah Bartolini and husband Gary, Steven Ahern, Bryan Ahern, Niki Tobe and husband Justin, Craig Ostasiewski; great-grandchildren, John and Julianna Lay, Gianna Bartolini , Ellie and Cole Tobe; one sister and best friend, Mildred Moore, two brothers; Wayne Maker and Namie Maker. She is also survived by seven nieces and seven nephews. Valerie is predeceased by her sister, Gretchen Moore.

The funeral service to celebrate the lives of Clyde and Valerie Holmes will be held on Sunday, September 8th at 1 p.m. at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main Street, Meriden, CT, 06450. Family and friends may call prior to the service from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. Burial will be private. Should family and friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd S #4b, Southington, CT 06489. For online condolences please visit