Pauline Valone

Pauline Francis Naetzker Valone, a Dunkirk native, peacefully passed at the age of 96 at Newark Manor in Newark, New York on Friday morning January 25,

2013. She is predeceased by her husband of 60 years, James O. Valone; an infant grandson, Brandon Valone; a brother, Henry Naetzker, Jr.; and her parents, Hattie

(Fuller) and Henry O. Naetzker, Sr. Those left here to cherish her memory include her four children: Karen Wallace, Linda (Tracy) Valone-Panek, Nancy

Russell, and Gary (Sally) Valone. She is also survived by ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Pauline cherished her faith, family, friends and

heritage. As a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Dunkirk for 68 years, she served as a leader in the women’s ministries, missions and as a Sunday

school teacher and superintendent. Her home was shared with family and friends of all generations including Ivy Hill of England, Ayame Ito of Japan

and Lih Jen Lin (Cathy) of Taiwan. Pauline’s love of history and heritage led her to be one of the founding members of the Dunkirk Historical Society, serving

as president as well as exhibit and program coordinator for the women’s history section. Themed events, such as the toy and doll house exhibition, were a

favorite attraction for visitors from far and wide. A life-long learner and artist, Pauline traveled to Europe; expressed her creativity through her paintings, sewing, gardening, jewelry making and her beloved miniatures. She was an avid reader and, at the age of 95, she wrote her own book, centered on the

young couple that “built and occupied” her last doll house. Pauline celebrated life, forever optimistic regardless of the circumstances. We who love her know she

will embrace what lies before her with even more love and joy than before, and for that we will always be grateful. Memorial services will

be held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock in the Harvest Chapel Free Methodist Church, 39 Matteson St. Fredonia. Rev. Nathan Lesher will officiate. There

will be no calling hours. Arrangements are by the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home.