Valery I. Farley (nee Panzer)



Valery I. Farley (nee Panzer) passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at the age of 80.


She was born in Arpin to parents Arthur and Caroline (nee Kohel) Panzer. After high school, she attended Wood County Normal School in Wisconsin Rapids. She then completed her bachelor's and master's in education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Valery taught at numerous schools, including Cushing, Swallow, Zion, St. Joan of Arc, St. Charles, New Berlin Eisenhower, Merton Hartland, Wales and Dousman. Her specialty was teaching reading.


In addition to being a faithful member of St. Charles Parish, Valery enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling and working on projects with her grandchildren. She enjoyed music her entire life, formerly playing clarinet in the marching band, as well as belonging to the choir and glee club. She thoroughly enjoyed the Green Bay Packers with her good friends the Helkers, Crooks and Beahlen families.


A special thank you to the staff at Seasons Hospice for the loving and devoted care given to Valery.


Valery is survived by her children, Joe (Janet) Farley, Kathy (Rick) Bethke, Jean (Greg) Burneske and Jim (Nancy) Farley; her grandchildren, Emily, Mark, Elizabeth, Candice, Kimberly, Anna, Maggie, Erin, Tom and Megan; and her six great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her siblings, June (the late Joe) Norwood, Lola (the late Harold) Neuman, Gordon (Rose) Panzer, Donna (Jerry) Nichols and Fern (Bill) Casper; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 


Valery was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas, and her siblings Jeanette (Bud) Michaels, Ward Panzer and Frank Panzer.


Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11:30 a.m. funeral Mass on Friday, Sept. 14, at St. Charles Catholic Church, 313 Circle Drive, Hartland. Her final rest will be in St. Charles Cemetery. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for the further education of Valery's grandchildren.


Evert-Luko Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 367-2156 or visit online at www.evertlukofuneralhome.com.