Valerie Anne (Swary) Risen, 43, of Salem, and formerly Holgate, died Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at CHP Defiance In-patient Hospice Center after a battle with cancer.

Her Legacy… She was born January 13, 1974, to Al and Lynn Swary in Napoleon. Valerie graduated from Holgate High School in 1992 and attended Northwest State and Eastern Michigan. On July 15, 2005 she married Jeremy Drew Risen.

She was employed by Discount Labels as a custom quotes specialist for eight years. Valerie enjoyed spending time with friends and family, was adventurous and not afraid to try new things, and she was an avid reader.

Her Family… Valerie is survived by her loving husband Jeremy of twelve years; children, Dashiell Nicholas and Genevieve Elise; parents, Al and Lynn Swary, Holgate; and siblings, Nicholas Jon Swary, Toledo, Nathan James (Claire) Swary, Holgate and Elizabeth (Anthony) Jackson, Holgate.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Tabbie and Paul Swary and Elsa and Roland Waggoner.
Her Farewell Services…

Friends will be received in the Zachrich Funeral Home, 114 William Street, Holgate on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Her funeral service will be Friday, October 13, 2017, at 11:00 am in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Holgate with Reverend Greg Olsen officiating.

Burial will follow in Pleasant Township Cemetery on Road 16C. Contributions made in Valerie’s name can be made to the Holgate Community Library.

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