In New Haven, Friday, February 8, 2008, Valerie Degley, 57, of West Haven. Mother of Lauren Feldman of Somerville, MA, Valerie is also survived by sister Sheryl Amatruda Kurt of East Haven, two grandchildren Orli and Zev Feldman of MA and two nephews Dustin Blake and Lawrence Degley. She was predeceased by brothers Lawrence and Joseph Degley. A daughter of the late Louis and Helen Hotchkiss Degley, Valerie was born in Jersey City, NY on Feb. 20, 1950. She had been a staff assistant at Yale University for 15 years. Arrangements are private and under the direction of BEECHER & BENNETT-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 CAMPBELL AVE., WEST HAVEN. Contributions in Valerie's memory can be made to The West Haven Animal Shelter, 7 Collis Street, West Haven, CT 06516.

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  1. Dear Lauren and family, I was very sorry to hear about the passing of Val. I worked with Val for many years. She was a very special lady. She always brought joy to the office. She is in my prayers. Linda Limauro

  2. Dear Lauren, I love that picture of your mom. I know it was from your wedding. She was so happy for you! I don’t think she realized how beautiful she was. I will miss your mom, her smile, her laugh, her wonderful personality. She was a good friend.

  3. Dear Lauren, I worked with your mom in the Registrar’s Office here at Yale. I loved your mom, she was such a good and caring person. She was so proud of you and your accomplishments. We both loved to garden and she taught me so much. Her picture in this obituary is so fitting with all the green trees in the backround. She also had a wonderful sense of humor, we would just laugh all the time. My memories of your mom are very fond and I will always remember Val for her kindness and compassion. I will pray for you and your family. God Bless, Karen C. Ramos

  4. Dear Sheryl and Lauren & families, Val was a wonderful person. Her love extended far. She taught me a lot about taking care of plants, and appreciating pets. She told us about her many adventures with her cats, birds, and fish with her sense of humor, always endearing us to her. I will always be glad that she taught me how to color my hair, too! I will always remember Val because she’s become a special part of me. Her wisdom and caring live on.

  5. Lauren, I am very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I’ve thought of you often over the years and wondered what ever happened to you. Please know that you are in my prayers and I hope that in the future you can find some time to shoot me a quick email. I remember you in math class with great fondness. Sincerely, Ken Mathews

  6. Lauren, I’m so very sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I just wanted to let you know that I’m thinking of you. Even though we just recently reconnected, remember that I’m only a few towns away if you need anything. Don’t hesitate to ask. Sincerely, Marisa Fanelli

  7. To the Degley Family My heart and prayers go out to you. I worked with Val in the same building and I am very sorry for your loss. May God be with you.

  8. To The Degley Family, I knew Valerie when she worked at Yale on Dana 3. She was a beautiful, lovely and sweet lady. She always had time to talk to me. I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  9. To The Degley Family, I worked with Val On Dana 3 at Yale. She was a very sweet and sincere lady. I’m sorry to read of her passing. I’m glad she got to see her grandchildren. Please accept my condolences Betsy Zito

  10. To the Degley Family: I am one of Val’s co-workers. I worked with Val on the 2nd Floor at Yale University. My thoughts & prayers go out to the family, may you find strength in your faith, comfort in God’s love and peace in knowing that Val is now with our heavenly Father, God Bless

  11. Words cannot express the loss of someone as sweet as Val. I worked with Val at Yale University and please know that she was very special to me and she was also one of my Mary Kay girls. She will be missed but she will always have a place in my heart… Be Encouraged and know that Earth has no Sorrow that Heaven cannot Heal.. You are in My Prayers,

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