Valerie A Paul, age 58, of Wickliffe, passed away peacefully on October 15, 2018. She was born on Nov 15th, 1959 and lived most of her life in Wickliffe.
She is survived by her beloved father William (Jeanne) Paul of Euclid, siblings William (Karen) Paul of Hudson, Kerry Paul and Stacie (Joe) Waller of Wickliffe, Chaplain Capt. Drew (BethAnne) Paul of Fayetteville, NC and was beloved aunt to Rebecca (Matt) Wells, Samantha (Seth) Neugebauer, Kelsey Waller, Kyle (Fiancée Kim Reardon) Paul, Nathaniel, Jordan, Jacob and Daniel Paul, great nephew Coi Neugebauer and great nieces Emma Wells and Rae Neugebauer and dear friends Marilyn Gowman and Michelle Smolik Kline and many aunts, uncles and friends.
She was preceded in death by her dear mother Marie (nee Sikon) Paul, sister Dina M. Paul and great nephew Lincoln Neugebauer.
She was a 1978 graduate of Lake Catholic High School and received her Associates degree from Lakeland Community College and worked at Sherwin Williams, National City Bank and most recently at American Greetings as an IT project manager.
Valerie was a unique and determined personality even at a young age, “pressing” her way into the boys’ neighborhood “pick-up” baseball games and proving herself more than able to compete, often to their amazement. She became an exceptional softball player in the Wickliffe City and CYO leagues and throughout her childhood developed a passion for baseball and her beloved Cleveland Indians, a loyalty which perhaps made her one of Northeast Ohio’s most recognizable fans.
If you attended Indians games over the last 25 years, you undoubtedly heard Valerie’s famed “Chief Wahoo” yell, which she would unleash at untold decibels during Tribe rallies, often audible outside the confines of Jacob’s Field and perceptible on Indian’s radio and TV broadcasts. She often received “special requests” from children, whose parents would escort them to her section for a personal “Chief Wahoo” yell and a photo, which of course she always complied.
As a young adult, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ became an important foundation to Valerie’s life. Her faith in the Lord would serve as her guiding light to the end. Throughout the years Valerie taught Sunday school at several of the churches she attended, where she was affectionately known by her students as “Miss Val.” Later in life, as she became more homebound, she became known as a “Prayer Warrior” committed to bringing comfort to others.
The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until time of service on Saturday Nov 3 at Willoughby Bible Church, 37927 Euclid Ave, Willoughby, OH. A Memorial Service with Pastor Todd Bolton and Chaplain Drew Paul will begin at 11:00 a.m. Guests are encouraged to dress casually in their favorite Cleveland Indians or red, white & blue attire.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Valerie’s memory to Willoughby Bible Church. Arrangements by Orlando-Donsante Funeral Home of Wickliffe, (440) 943-2466.
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