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Born: May 18, 1951

Date of Passing: Aug 30, 2021

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It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Kathleen Valerie Maier on August 30, 2021. Known to all as Valerie, she was the youngest of six children born on May 18, 1951 in Gimli Manitoba.
Valerie was predeceased by her parents, Sam and Laura Peterson; sister Mekkin Shaw, sister Lucille Lane and brother Gordon. She will lovingly be remembered by her husband Wayne (Porky) Maier of 35 years; sister Karen Smith; brother Robert; sister-in-law Joyce Peterson; many nieces and nephews and long time friends, Holly and Jim Cumming.
Valerie was a woman of many talents. Her athletic prowess was recognized during high school, attending Gimli Collegiate and while getting her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education at the University of Manitoba. She excelled in many sports, including playing on the University of Manitoba women's volleyball and field hockey games, as well the Manitoba Women's Handball team. She especially excelled in track and field and in javelin, where she held the title of Canadian Women's Javelin Championship. Family and friends are very proud of Valerie's achievements, winning many medals and trophies when competing in Manitoba and Canadian Junior/Senior Championships, Manitoba and Canada Summer Games and international competitions.
Upon leaving the athletic arena, Valerie became a Psychiatric Nurse. She had a rewarding career at the Selkirk Mental Health Centre before retiring in 2011.
Valerie also had a musical talent and was self taught on piano, accordion and mandolin to name a few. One of her most enjoyable times was teaming up with Andy Yablonski, long time local, celebrated and renown musician of Fraserwood. She and Andy played together at many musical gigs around the province, spreading joy and laughter.
Another exemplary musical gift was her voice and she began singing in several choirs including West Shore Singers, Winnipeg Icelandic Choir and of special note the O. Koshetz Ukrainian Choir of Winnipeg. She extended her musical interest by becoming director of the Gimli Bell Ringers, who performed at Gimli Lutheran Church and locally.
Valerie had many happy moments composing keyboard music, playing with her cat Loa, watching the birds feeding at her many feeders and having hot chocolate and toasted cinnamon buns with a friend at the Cafe Haus. She was also an avid fan of the Bombers and Jets, always reviewing the games with Joyce. Valerie was very proud of her Icelandic heritage and especially enjoyed a trip to Iceland, connecting with relatives and culture.
A special thank you to Gimli Hospital and CancerCare. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Gimli Humane Society; Industrial Park, 33 Harvard Avenue, Gimli, MB, R0C1B0,

It is with sadness and with love that we say:
"Kveoja oh vertu i frioi"
Farewell and be at peace.

A service announcement will be made at a later date.
Condolences may be left on Valerie's memorial page at

Arrangements entrusted to
Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 04, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I lived across the street from Valerie growing up. She was a year older than me, but a group of us - Valerie, Tanis, Marilyn, Paula & myself would run around the neighborhood together. I still have pictures that my Amma took of us all sitting on our back steps & all of us wearing "skills"- Icelandic for head scarf. In the summer, we all would just run into the lake behind her house & be in the water til we were blue! We would have our baseball games & Valerie always excelled. This was just the beginning of her excellence in sports when she started school. She certainly was a woman of many talents. Rest in Peace, Valerie. - Posted by: Shelley Garage Boyd (Childhood Friend) on: Sep 21, 2021

  • I grew up across the road as well from the Petersons. Valerie was such a nice person to all of the kids on the block. We grew up by the lake and Valerie's house was right on it. She used to watch all of us as we played day and night in that water. She also taught me how to swim when I was very young as well as countless other young ones from the area. I have always remembered her fondly as the years have gone by. My deepest sympathy to all of her family and loved ones. - Posted by: Melanie Dryden (nee Stevens) (childhood neighbour) on: Sep 21, 2021

  • Many happy memories of watching the clouds fly by as we sat at the side of the lake. - Posted by: Tanis Carlow nee Thorsteinson (Friend) on: Sep 17, 2021

  • I was saddened to hear about Valerie's passing. I grew up across the street from Valerie and we all played together as kids. Fond memories of Karen's classroom in the 'camp'. I reconnected with Val when we both worked on the Cemetery Committee as adults. She was a valued member of the Gimli community and will be missed by all. - Posted by: Kathe Olafson (Friend and neighbour) on: Sep 10, 2021

  • I am so sorry to hear about Val's passing. She was a great person who was a friend. I met her when she was with the Jammers. I will miss her phone call. Say hi to Bill. - Posted by: June Hanchakove (Friend) on: Sep 04, 2021

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