Valeria A. Pratt Grieves, 86, of Metamora, passed away peacefully with her six children and family surrounding her at 1:31 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at Snyder Village in Metamora.

Valeria, daughter of Charles Elmer and Cecelia Gilles Pratt, was born Oct. 10, 1930, in Kickapoo. She grew up in Kickapoo, attended St. Mary’s Elementary School in Kickapoo, and the Academy of Our Lady High School in Peoria. At the age of 18, she began work at CILCO in Peoria. She loved to go to dances and was an avid bowler.

In 1952 she met Donald R. Grieves, the love of her life. They met while she was scoring a bowling tournament at the request of her brother Norbert. On Oct. 23, 1954, Valeria and Donald were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo.

Val and Don were blessed with six children. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, neighbor and friend.

Val was a lifelong member of Holy Family Parish. The church was a major part of her life. She loved to: pray her rosary, play cards, bowl and golf. She was an avid walker, enjoyed chocolate, and was a bingo volunteer for Holy Family Church.

She co-owned the snack bar at Town and Country Bowl, worked at Casual Corner, and served school lunches at Holy Family School. She was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus.

Val was a cancer survivor and supported cancer fundraising.

Valeria was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; sisters, Evelyn, Lucille and Irene; and brothers, John, Norbert and Charles.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Timothy (Deborah) Grieves of Sioux City, Iowa, Christopher Grieves of Aptos, Calif., Danny (Kim) Grieves of Metamora, Cheryl Ann (Robert) Ducharme of Elburn, Kathleen (Earl) Harvill of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Joanie (Ben) Manibog of West Chicago; grandchildren, Erin, Audra, Nike, Amy, Tara, Emily, Meg, Colin, DR, Craig, Laura, Nolan, Christopher, Daniel, Nicholas, Benny, Jackson, Timothy, Heather and Zach; 11 great-grandchildren; her sister, Sister Lorraine of Chicago; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Holy Family Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. The Franciscan Friars will officiate.

Cremation will be accorded. Burial of cremated remains will follow at a later date at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kickapoo.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Holy Family Parish.

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