LAKEVILLE â€” Ann Vallen, 99, formerly of Richmond Hill, N.Y., passed away peacefully on July 29, 2010, at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation. She was the widow of John Vallen.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Ann was the daughter of Helen (McCarthy) and William Grieshaber.
While in Richmond Hill, Ann was the secretary of the Rosary Society of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church for 23 years. She was also a major fundraiser for the church.
Ann raised the funds for the gold mosaic of Our Lady above the altar, which remains in the church today. She also volunteered in the rectory and decorated the altar for holiday Masses for many years. Ann was an active member of the Queens Council for Catholic Women.
She is survived by her daughter, Ann-Marie Nonkin of Lake-ville; her godchildren, Edward Fleisch of Hobe Sound, Fla., and Helen Sheehan of Sarasota, Fla.; and her sister-in-law, Lisa Grieshaber of Honolulu, Hawaii. She is also survived by her beloved kitties, Sweet-Pea Moe and Hazel-Daisy.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Aug. 2 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help by the Rev. Thomas Kelly, PhD, assisted by the Rev. David Borino and the Rev. Vincent Daly, pastor. Burial followed at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island.
Donations in Annâ€™s memory may be made to Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation, 99 South Canaan Road, North Canaan, CT 06018.
The Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon has charge of arrangements.