(nee Apato) Called Home to the Lord Saturday, July 17, 2021, at age 79. Loving wife and best friend of Ara. Devoted and cherished mother of Alex Cherchian and Peter (Sarah) Cherchian. Proud grandma of Zach Cherchian, Brittany (Alex) Cherchian – Talasca, Dani Cherchian, Sam Cherchian, Victor Cherchian, and Ivan Cherchian. Dear sister of Ralph (Candace) Apato, Jody (Bill) Mickey, Rosalind (Randy) Schroeder, and the late Sharon (Terry) Moore. Valerie will be missed by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
Visitation at Krause Funeral Home, 12401 West National Avenue, New Berlin, Wisconsin on Friday, July 23, 2021, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral Service on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 10:00 AM at St. John the Baptist Armenian Orthodox Church, 7825 West Layton Avenue, Greenfield, Wisconsin. Interment to follow at Salem Cemetery in Wales, WI.
Valerie graduated UW Milwaukee Cum Laude in 1978 and worked in human resources for over 20 years. She was a dedicated volunteer for the Junior League as well as a devoted contributor to the Milwaukee Symphony and Saint Jude Children’s Hospital. Valerie owned and loved horses and horseback riding most of her life. She also enjoyed tennis and reading. Valerie was most happy when she was with her loving family.