MCNABB — Valerie Ann Hrovat, 74, who sometimes loved to be called just “Val”, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her beloved husband, Ron, and boys, Eric and Aaron, on Friday, March 8, 2019, due to a long fight with cancer.
She was born Jan. 19, 1945, in Mark to Sisto and Frieda Patarozzi. She graduated high school in 1962 and began beauty school in 1963. After finishing school, she married the love of her life, Ron, on Oct. 5, 1968.
Valerie found her passion and purpose early in her life when she chose to be a hairdresser in Granville and opened her salon on the main street in town. She loved her job and more importantly all the people that came into her life on a daily basis at her salon. Her salon was not only a place to get your hair done, but it was a place where people came to spend time with her because she was such a loved and beautiful person. Valerie had a smile that could light up the room, and when she walked in, you felt her presence immediately. If it wasn’t her ability to talk with everyone, it was her fiery personality or maybe a loving tap on the back of the head to make sure you knew she was there. She loved the people and her job so much that she was doing hair up until just a few weeks before God took her home. When Valerie asked how you were doing, she really took the time to listen, and that was something that drew people even closer to her. She made so many friends and touched so many lives over the years, which social media would be envious today.
Valerie loved the sun and traveling to warmer weather places. She also found great pleasure in decorating the house for every holiday and making sure everyone felt loved on those days with food, wine and fun conversation. She loved watching her boys play sports over the years, and even had the chance to see the Chicago Cubs win the World Series, which made her happy because her entire family is such avid fans.
Her life was a living example of how to bring joy to others and the following verse is how she left our world for heaven, Isaiah 55:12 NIV- “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace, the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”
Valerie is survived by her mother, Frieda Patarozzi of Mark; her sister, Palma Lyons, and her husband, Kevin, of Byron; her husband, Ron Hrovat of McNabb; her oldest son, Eric Hrovat, and his wife, Amy, and stepgrandchildren, Taylor, Noah and Brooke of Bloomington; and her youngest son, Aaron Hrovat of Bloomington. Many nieces, nephews and their children also survive her.
A memorial Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 15, at Sacred Heart Church, 311 Hennepin St. in Granville with Father Patrick DeMeulemeester officiating.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel, 208 N. McCoy St. in Granville, where a rosary will also be recited at 8 p.m.
Valerie selflessly donated her body to Mayo Clinic for research to hopefully help put an end to cancer. Consider making a donation to your favorite cancer charity or to Richard L. Owens Hospice, where she stayed until God took her home to show her beautiful smile and light up heaven just a bit brighter for everyone. Contact the Richard L. Owens Hospice at: 8630 N. IL Route 91, Peoria, IL 61615; 309-566-5666; or www.osfhealthcarefoundation.org/about-us/hospice.
Online condolences may be made to her family at www.dcfunerals.com.