Mildred L. Valis

Teacher and sales associate

May 18, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Mildred L. Valis, a former parochial school teacher who later was a sales associate, died Thursday of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The longtime Towson Estates resident was 73.

Mildred L. Braun was born in Baltimore and raised near Union Square. She attended Southern High School.

In 1955, she married Wenceslaus J. "Jim" Valis, and the couple settled on Denwood Avenue where they lived until moving to Towson Estates in 1960.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Mrs. Valis taught at Most Precious Blood and Immaculate Conception parochial schools.

She later was an area manager for World Book Encyclopedia and during the late 1980s and early 1990s, was a sales associate at Bombay Co. in Towson Town Center.

Mrs. Valis volunteered at Sheppard Pratt Hospital and at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra show houses.

For the last 32 years, she and her husband, who was head of the production schedule at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, were primary caregivers for a daughter, Terri Valis, who was disabled after complications during surgery.

Mrs. Valis was an avid Maryland Terrapins fans. She was a student of Colonial history and enjoyed visiting Williamsburg, Va., and Odessa, Del. She also liked spending summers at a second home in Ocean City.

Mrs. Valis was an active communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived by a son, Jim Valis of Odessa; another daughter, Susan Faber of Phoenix, Baltimore County; a brother, Melvin Schaffer of Glen Burnie; and four grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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