Valerie Berens Dooley
Valerie Berens Dooley
  • November 16, 1921 - February 10, 2015
  • Hunt Valley, Maryland

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Valerie Berens Dooley, 93, died peacefully on February 10, 2015, at The Maples of Towson, her assisted living residence since 2010.

Val was born in Chicago on November 16, 1921. She grew up in Rogers Park there, briefly attended Mundelein College, and moved to Philadelphia just before the war. She and Wally married in 1944, and raised their family, first in Pennsylvania, then moving to Baltimore in 1955, where Val would become a member of St. William of York Parish, where her three sons attended grammar school, and later of St. Agnes Parish in Catonsville.

After the death of her husband Wallace in 2004, and her son Raymond in Ireland in 2006, she moved from Catonsville to Mercy Ridge Retirement Community in Timonium, where she lived for three years, until moving to The Maples.

In addition to Wally and Ray, she was preceded in death by her parents Alva and Lou Berens in 1978 and 1979, and by her brother Ray Berens, and sister Jean Skinkis. She is survived by five brothers and sisters -- Bruce, Phil and Bob Berens, Carol Dalton and Jerrie McGreal. Also by her sons Bill and Kevin, daughters-in-law Kathy, Debbie, and Anne Rowland, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Bill and Kathy's family includes daughter Karen Nootenboom, husband Bill, and their children Chris, Nick, and Kate. Also daughter Connie Dooley and husband Rod Miles, and their children Rebecca and Andrew.

Kevin and Debbie's family includes daughters Jenna, son Dave, and daughter Shannon.
Anne and Ray's family includes daughter Caitriona, and sons Conor and Brian.

The family will receive friends at the Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley Inc., 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road), Timonium, MD 21093 on Thursday, February 12 between at 6:00 and 9:00 PM. A prayer service will be held at 8:00 PM.

Interment to be held later at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, we ask family and friends to make a contribution in Val's name to the charity of your choice.