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Valerie Marie Corcoran

March 25, 1942 November 27, 2018
Valerie Marie Corcoran
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Obituary for Valerie Marie Corcoran

PENNINGTON
On November 27, 2018, Valerie Marie Corcoran passed peacefully in her sleep at her home of 42 years in Pennington, New Jersey, after a long battle with cancer. She had just spent a wonderful Thanksgiving week surrounded by her three sons, Ethan, Matthew and Andrew, their spouses Kate, Susan and Valerie, and her eight grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Bruce Horan and his wife Cheryl, and will be remembered by Pennington community neighbors, fellow congregation members at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, “Breakfast Club” friends and former colleagues, and her rescue dog "Beau."

Valerie was born March 25, 1942 to Emmet and Norma Horan in Queens NY, grew up in San Carlos, California and graduated from University of the Pacific before moving to East Africa to teach for over half a decade during a very tumultuous time in the region. There she met her husband, Thomas, and returned to the United States to continue teaching high school and middle school English Language Arts, finishing her career with 25 years at West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District. She was fondly remembered by her students - many of whom stayed in touch with her for decades - for her skill, dedication and compassion. In retirement, she continued to tutor, travel, and write poetry as a pastime.

Valerie enjoyed volunteering for worthy causes and travelling to exotic locals across six continents to satisfy her adventurous spirit. In her quiet and humble way, Valerie always showed great inner strength when faced with adversity. From climbing Mount Kilimanjaro (among the first American women to do so), to raising her three energetic boys, to battling cancer for the last six years, Valerie always rose to a challenge and even in the most difficult of times put others first and shared her love generously. Valerie's spirit will be part of everyone she touched. A celebration of her life will be held at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Ewing, NJ at 11:00 am with visitation with the family starting at 10 am. A reception will follow at her Pennington home. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial donations be made to Best Friends Animal Society, a nationwide animal shelter. Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington. Condolences are welcome at www.wilsonapple.com.


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Visitation

Saturday

8

Dec

10:00 AM 12/8/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/8/2018 11:00:00 AM
Abiding Presence Lutheran Church

2220 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08618

Abiding Presence Lutheran Church
2220 Pennington Road Ewing 08618 NJ
United States

Service

Saturday

8

Dec

11:00 AM 12/8/2018 11:00:00 AM
Abiding Presence Lutheran Church

2220 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08618

Abiding Presence Lutheran Church
2220 Pennington Road Ewing 08618 NJ
United States
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