Born On: August 12, 1949

Passed On: January 02, 2018

Valerie R. Durante

Valerie Regina (Mezynski) Durante of Muskegon, MI died at Metro Hospital, surrounded by her family on January 2, 2018. She was 68 years old.

Valerie is survived by her children, Frank (Jillian) Durante of Grand Haven, MI and Valerie Sophia Durante of Whitehall, MI; Siblings Carol (Frank) Tetzlaff of Fruitport, MI, Paula Mezynski of Rio Vista, CA, David (Neila) Mezynski, of Campbell, CA; and many cousins, nieces and nephews and friends.

Valerie was born on August 12, 1949 in Muskegon, MI to Emil and Mary Mezynski. Valerie graduated from Muskegon High School in 1967. She continued her education, first earning a Laboratory Animal Technologist certification from Michigan State University in 1971, then her Licensed Practical Nurse degree in 1986 and her Registered Nurse Degree in 1992 from Muskegon Community College. Lastly, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ferris State University in 1996.

In addition to her occupation of compassion and service to her community, Valerie was a productive member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. After her retirement, Valerie volunteered with the American Red Cross Disaster Relief and countless hours of service at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Valerie was a passionate equestrian, dog enthusiast, and loved all kinds of animals on her farm in Whitehall. She enjoyed her gardens and cultivating flowers to share with her family. She loved road trips to New York and would attend the Kentucky Derby as often as she could. Valerie was very energetic and appreciated biking, walking her dogs, attending community activities such as art fairs, concerts, and the Farmer’s market.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1215 E Apple Ave, Muskegon, MI 49442 with a reception to follow at the Church’s Banquet Facility. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Valerie’s life. Memorial contributions can be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Memorial Service Information

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
1215 E. Apple Ave.
Muskegon, Michigan 49442

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM

3 thoughts on “Valerie R. Durante

  1. Sue & John Wisneski

    Carol and family : Your sister was truly an amazing person. She accomplished a lot, touched a lot of lives , what a blessing to have had her for a sister. Surely you have lots of fun memories of time spent with her that make you smile. Treasure those, they are forever in your heart. It was awesome for God to loan her to you and your family these many years , and now she has been called back, he has good taste . Heaven just got a new angel. . . . .Sorry for your loss. Lots of Love, Sue & John Wisneski (& Hayden too)

  2. Jillian Durante

    Never had I seen someone with so much passion for her children then Val. Her love was truly a beautiful thing, and so strong it was palpable when you saw it first hand. She has instilled in her children this same passion, Frank following her footsteps to being a BSN and Valerie in starting her own pet business. She has raised two remarkable individuals, anyone who knows Frank and Valerie can tell you that. My hope is, that from the tragedy in July, that peace and justice prevail.


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