Valeria F. Hipsher |

Valeria F. Hipsher

Valeria Fair Hipsher died peacefully on Aug. 17 in Glenwood Springs. Valeria was the first girl born in the original Shelby Memorial Hospital and longtime resident of Shelby, Ohio. In 1979 she moved to Colorado, where she made her home until her passing. Valeria was a very loving and generous person who was respected and loved by all who new her. In her high school years, she was a member of the Shelby Wheelmen, was a professional model for Shelby Bicycle, and worked as a photo technician for DeVito Studio.Valeria was a devoted wife and the mother of six children whom she enjoyed immensely. She was a member of the First United Church of Christ in Shelby for 58 years. Valeria was the owner and operator of “The Sweet Bin” in Shelby for seven years. Valeria was a member in good standing of the Lambda Chi Omega Sorority for 56 years, serving faithfully and traveling around the United States as national vice president and inspector and then becoming national president of Lambda Chi Omega for two years.In her later years, she moved to Glenwood Springs, where she lived her last years with her daughter and son-in-law Carla (Hipsher) Pronto and Gregrey A. Pronto. She was active in Sonlight Foursquare Church and a member of Sonlight’s Helping Hands Ministry. She also enjoyed reading books and visiting family.Valeria was preceded in death by brothers Arthur C. Fair and Paul L. Fair; husband W. Carl Hipsher; infant son John David; daughter Penny S. Hipsher of Glenwood Springs; step-grandson Todd Gaydos; and second husband Robert R. Sutter. She is survived by sons Gary (Joanna), Bill (Diane) and Jim (Joann) of Ohio; and daughter Carla (Greg) Pronto of Glenwood Springs; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.There will be a memorial service celebrating Valeria’s life in Glenwood Springs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, at Sonlight Foursquare Church at 355 Mitchell Creek Road in West Glenwood. Pastor Bernie Masimer of Glenwood Springs will officiate. Anyone who would like to break bread with us before the memorial can come between 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. for dinner.A funeral service will be held prior to that at Barkdull’s Funeral Home in Shelby, Ohio, on Thursday, Aug. 24, and interment will follow at Oakland Memorial Cemetery.In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations going to Colorado Talking Book Library. Contributions must include the name Friends of the CTBL so that the money is correctly distributed. Send contributions to 180 Sheridan Blvd., Denver, CO 80226. You can make credit card donations by phone at (303) 727-9277 or 1-800-685-2136.

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