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Valerie Sellers

Valerie Sellers

Thursday, January 10th, 2019
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Valerie Ann Sellers, 84, a 55-year resident of Edgewater, MD, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2019. Born on April 7, 1934 in Ogdensburg, NY to the late John and Edith Clark, Valerie was the youngest of four daughters. After graduating from high school, Valerie enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served as a WAVE during the Korean War era. While serving in the Navy, Valerie met a handsome seaman named Joe, and they were married in April 1953. Together they raised five children. While Valerie’s priority and passion were being a devoted wife, mother and homemaker, she was also her husband’s business partner. They owned the former BOSN Locker in Mayo where Joe made and sold custom boat covers and sails, and Valerie sold Artisan collectibles, yarns and candles. In her later years, Valerie worked as a restaurant hostess at the former Old Country Buffet, where she loved to interact with guests. A devout Catholic, Valerie was a former member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Davidsonville, MD where she volunteered as a greeter at weddings and funerals and also served on the Lazarus Committee. For the past 20 years, Valerie was a parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Edgewater. Valerie enjoyed fireworks, movies and dining out. She was a gifted knitter and created more than 5,000 watch caps for homeless shelters.
In addition to her parents, Valerie was preceded in death by her loving husband of 39 years, Joseph Samuel Sellers who died in 1992; her grandson, Tyler Sellers who died in 2017 and her three sisters, Helen Doyle, Betty Taylor and Rita Bouchy. She is survived by her five children, April Ann Sellers of Columbia, MD, Michael Joseph Sellers of McDonald, PA, David John Sellers of Edgewater, MD, Beth Marie Sellers of Glen Burnie, MD and Peter Thomas Sellers of Annapolis, MD; five grandchildren, Jonathan Gerritz, Matthew and Luke Sellers, Stephanie Rey, Jessica Sellers and Kaitlin Carr; and two great-grandchildren.
Friends are invited to celebrate Valerie’s life with her family on Tuesday, January 15, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory, 2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, January 16 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 515 Loch Haven Road, Edgewater. Burial will follow at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th floor, New York, NY 10001 or at Alzfdn.org.
Online condolences and tributes may be offered by accessing the Memory Wall link at the top of this page.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory-Edgewater
    2973 Solomons Island Road
    EDGEWATER, MD 21037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 11:00am
    Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
    515 Loch Haven Road
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Fr. Tom Ryan


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Mary Ann Malitz

Posted at 01:08pm
Dear Beth and family,
I just heard today that Valerie did pass away. She was a good friend with a great sense of humor. So sorry for your loss.

Luke, Tricia, Noah, Matt, and Pammy

Posted at 12:37pm
We love you Granny. Rest in Peace.
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Posted at 09:43pm
To the family of Mrs Sellers please accept my condolences. To lose someone dear to us can be so hard to go through. It’s clear Mrs Sellers will be missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing her. Please be assured the God of comfort sees your pain and is here for you (Ps 34:18). May promises found in God’s word also bring you comfort. How we all long for the day when “death will be no more” and it will be “swallowed up forever” (Rev 21:4 & Isa 25:8). It’s my sincere hope scriptures such as these soothe your hearts during this difficult time.

Thomas Ryan

Posted at 11:39am
Valerie will remain one of my all-time favorite people. Introduced in the summer of 1986, she befriended me, as did Joe, her husband. I think what I most admired about Valerie was her simplicity, her appreciation of people and things humble and uncomplicated, and a non-judgmental candor that was honest and sincere. Hers was an unadorned, no-nonsense faith in Jesus, which she was delighted to share, whether the listener invited such, or not. We laughed a lot. Once, we danced in the vestibule of the new Holy Family Church, simply because we thought it was a good idea. Neither profoundly articulate nor a fashionista, she just didn't care how others might have measured her walk and her ways. She only professed a loving care and concern for Jesus, her beloved and her friends. My prayers for her are infused with gratitude because Valerie's own prayerful petition, was to be "a capture of the rapture." Well done, girl, well done! Love, Father Tom Ryan,


Posted at 09:17am
So many fun times spent with Mrs. Sellers (mom, granny). I will always remember them. Glad you are at peace now granny and up in heaven with your beloved Joe!
Mary Sellers

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