Graveside services will be held at the Elk Point Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, for Valerie Hladky. She died of COVID-19 Oct. 18, 2020, in Cincinnati, OH. She was 76.

Valerie Hladky

Valerie Hladky

Valerie Hladky was born Nov. 1, 1943, in Chicago and moved with her parents, Val and Adeline Hladky, to Elk Point at the end of World War II. She spent the next 19 years in South Dakota, where she was educated in Elk Point Public Schools. She then received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech and Education from South Dakota State University.

Miss Hladky moved to southern California in 1965, where she taught Dramatic Arts, English and Spanish. In 1967, she became a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Communication Department at Colorado State University. Two years later, she received her Masters of Art Degree in Rhetoric, Public Address and Theatre Arts from Colorado State.

In the fall of 1969, Miss Hladky moved to Rockland County, NY, and taught for the next 30 years. She also did post-graduate work at Montclair State, the New School in New York City and the University of Pittsburgh.

After retiring from teaching in 1999, Miss Hladky pursued her passion of painting water colors. She took art classes and 12 of her works were selected for an art show at the Rockland Center for the Arts. She moved to Cincinnati, OH, in 2013 to be closer to family. Miss Hladky is survived by a brother, a sister-in-law and a niece.

She was preceded in death by her parents.