In Memory of




Obituary for Valerie Joy Dolan

Valerie Dolan, there are so many wonderful things that could be said about her. How kind and full of love she was. How open and compassionate her heart was to those in need. When Valerie was in the room, her smile and engaging personality showed everyone around her just how truly special she was. She never judged or shamed anyone in her life, and she lifted and guided people without hesitation and dedicated her life to bringing her loved ones together.

Valerie passed away on March 10th, 2024, surrounded by her family. She was born on August 24th, 1940, to Albert West and Dorise Stockwell West, predeceased by her parents and sister Yolande West. She leaves behind her beloved husband, Ed Dolan, and her three daughters and their families. Dawn Dolan-LaRoche and husband Roger from Jeffersonville, Dedra Dolan from Johnson, Gidget Dolan-Dodge and husband Peter from Johnson, as well as her grandchildren, Dustin Dolan-Curtis and partner Kylie from Indianapolis, Indiana, Dreanna Dolan-Godin and husband Jacob from Eden, Delaney Dolan-Godin and partner Alfredo from Johnson, and Susanne Bowley Byrne and husband Bobby from Johnson, and many niece nephews as well extended family, including Darleen Dolan and chosen family Kevin Root and Donnie Garrett.

As we reflect on her remarkable journey, we celebrate a life that touched the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know her. Valerie lived in the beautiful little town of Johnson her whole life. She was on the basketball team in high school and a member of the glee club. She graduated salutatorian of her class. On September 19th, 1959, she married her true love and lifelong companion, Ed. From raising a family to embracing the world hand in hand, their journey was nothing short of remarkable. In their younger years, you would find her and Ed at the Duesos Barn Dance, square dancing the night away. Their summers were spent camping at Frenches Beach in Eden, embracing the beauty of nature and creating memories with family and friends. In the winter months, they embarked on thrilling snowmobiling escapades to West Settlement as active members of the Sterling Snow Riders.

During the winters of their later years, they would travel to Florida at Tree Lakes Resort. Amidst lively games of Bingo, spirited rounds of Bocce Ball, and friendly competitions of Shuffleboard and Cribbage, Valerie forged new connections. Her friendships were bonds for life. To her, every person she befriended evolved into a valued member of her extended family. Whether through her work at Johnson's town clerk's office or her longstanding role at Albert S. Nadeau Sand and Gravel Inc., Valerie demonstrated an unwavering commitment to her community. She appreciated her community and was a long-time member of the United Church of Johnson. Her love for the people and the place she called home was evident in every action she took.

Above all, she treasured her three daughters and grandchildren with all her heart. They shared countless hours exploring treasures at local lawn sales, playing board games, eating out at their favorite restaurants, and going on shopping adventures. Some of the most cherished memories are of times spent at Dolan’s pond. Nearly every Sunday, the Dolan Clan gathered, over ate, shared laughter, and drank coffee which was one of her favorite things. The joyful holiday celebrations spent with her family brought to life her tradition of gifting the hot dog box. From carving pumpkins to easter egg hunts, she was the heart of the family.

We bid farewell to this extraordinary woman, fondly remembered as - Val, Mom, Ma, Grammy, Gram-ma-ma, and Old Girl - and let us celebrate the beautiful life of Valerie Dolan. She is in the beating of a hummingbird's wings, the dancing sunlight on the surface of Dolan's Pond, the whisper of wind that blows through the valley, the swirling steam from a full cup of coffee, the warmth of a freshly baked cider donut, the sound of old friends laughing, and so much more. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the Johnson Fire Department or the United Church of Johnson.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, March 15, 2024 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at A W Rich Funeral Home, Fairfax Chapel. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 11:00 am at United Church of Johnson.