Valerie “Val” Lindley
Valerie “Val” Michelle (Scherz) Lindley peacefully passed away while surrounded by her husband, Mike, her daughter, Roxanne, her sister, Maureen, and her son in law, Chuck, on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 in Lacrosse, Wisconsin.
Val was born on September 6, 1946 to Harold and Marie Rieber in Winona, Minnesota. Being one of ten children, her childhood was full of humor and sibling shenanigans. Her fondest childhood memories not only included her siblings but also her aunts, uncles, and many cousins who lived nearby.
As a teenager, Val started her career in hotel housekeeping at the Holiday Inn in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. After spending the majority of her career as an executive housekeeper, she retired in 2011, concluding her career at the Days Inn in Lacrosse.
In 1963, Val’s daughter, Roxanne, was born. Many special moments were spent together walking to Osco’s Drugstore to browse, especially in the cosmetics section. Oftentimes these mother-daughter dates would culminate at the ice cream shop on the causeway.
Twenty years later Val met the man who would soon become her best friend, Mike Lindley. Together, they loved road tripping out west. She especially loved Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. On these adventures, one could find Val riding shotgun since she decided not to pursue a driver’s license for herself – something that didn’t change through her life’s entirety. While on these road trips, she enjoyed taking in the sights of the land – her favorite being waterfalls. When they weren’t away, Val and Mike enjoyed having family and friends over for get togethers in their garage – full of laughter and reminiscing. Val’s hospitality was unmatched, opening her home to both friends and strangers alike. Val and Mike were united in marriage in 2005.
Val is fondly remembered by her family and friends. She was a gal who had a great sense of humor, having a timely joke at the ready to bring laughter to those around her. She cared deeply about those she was near, taking the time to hear the stories of others and get to know them. She could always be counted on as the first person to send a birthday card to her family – loaded with love and stickers! Val was thoughtful of others, putting their needs first. This was part of what made her such a great leader in her career, being an example to her employees of selfless service toward others.
Val is survived by her husband, Mike; her daughter, Roxanne (Chuck) Kurtz; her three grandchildren: Thor (Hannah) Kurtz, Kayla (Derek) Whitaker, and Ty (Abbey) Kurtz; her eleven great-grandchildren: Conner, Kate, Maddie, Levi, Ava, Laine, Ella, Lydia, Lucy, Elijah, and Greta; sisters and brothers: Kay (Mike) Orlowske, Gordy (Judy) Rieber – deceased, Harold (Ruth) Rieber, Bruce (Deb) Rieber, Virginia (Skip – deceased) Tils, Marilynn (Frank) Richard, Maribeth (Lyle) Pettey, Maureen (Pete – deceased) Schumacher, and Stan (Cheryl) Rieber; and many cousins and extended family members. Truly, her family was her pride and joy.
Per Val’s request, there will be no funeral service.
Val and I worked together a number of years at the Days Inn. She’s the first thing I would for once I got to work. We had many laughs together. I will miss her but will always remember the good times.
I am so sorry for your loss, Mike. God bless you and your family, may the love of the Lord keep you in his hands.
Val was a hoot. Loved the BS in your garage. The laughter was endless. The stories were priceless. She will be missed.
Losing a loved one is never easy. Families gather, tears are shed and memories shared. We come together to celebrate our success and defeats in life. We extend our arms and hearts to mourn the death of our loved one. That make a family strong, loyal, and faithful. We have sorrow and our hearts are heavy for Val’s family. Hugs and prayers as we comfort your family during this difficult time.