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Valerie  Meister

Valerie Hotchkiss Meister

Sunday, March 31st, 1929 - Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
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It is with great sadness that the family of Valerie Hotchkiss Meister, 91, of Lunenburg and formerly of Stonehurst announces her passing on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at home.

Born in Nichols, Connecticut, USA, she was the daughter of the late Floyd and Marguerite (Meade-Smith) Hotchkiss.

Val received her education from the University of Connecticut in Agriculture with a degree in Animal Husbandry and Bacteriology. She and Earl, along with their family, came to Nova Scotia in 1979, where she was a Basket Maker in the Black Duck Gallery and involved later with the Lincoln Reef. Over the years, Val was a founding member of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society.

Val is survived by her husband, Earl, daughters, Laurie (Derek) Smith, Sunnybrook; Betsy (Peter Lazas), Trenton, Maine; son, Carl (Susan), Bethlehem, Connecticut; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a son, Harland and brother, Alan and three grandchildren.

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home, 11213, Hwy. # 3 Lunenburg. At Val’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be no memorial service.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the V0N Lunenburg County or to the Folk Harbour Society.
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Marion Sawatzki

Posted at 01:40pm
Dear Earl and family,

our heartfelt condolences for the loss of dear Val. I still remember how warmly she welcomed us in your home when you brought on the 2 German girls ( Birgit and me), about 23 years ago. Over the years Manuel and I spent a few very entertaining "Happy Hour" in your home. Val was kind and had a great sense of humour! She will not be forgotten! Thinking of you during this difficult time. Much love! Marion, Manuel & Birgit

Peggie Graham & Beth Munroe

Posted at 12:34pm
Dear Earl and family,
Our thoughts are with you as you grieve the loss of dear Val. She was such a friendly, hospitable woman who was loved by so many people. We came to know Val through her beloved Folk Harbour and saw first-hand the difference her contributions had made right from the beginning. She will be remembered every Folk Harbour at the Val Meister Young Fiddlers' Workshop and through Gordon Stobbe's wonderful tune, "Val's Dream." It was a privilege to be invited to Happy Hour where Val beamed, welcoming friends and family from near and far with open arms; those were precious hours to us and countless others. She was a kind, spunky and caring woman and she will be missed.

Deirdre Roberts

Posted at 04:53pm
Dear Laurie, Earl, Betsy and Carl and family,
We extend our condolences. Were it not for the pandemic, we would have been catching up with Laurie this summer. I feel sorry not to have known Valerie. I read about her interests and think I would have found several things in common. May she rest in peace, and may good memories of her sustain you in the time to come. Love,
Deirdre Roberts and David Edson, Middletown, Connecticut

David Adamson

Posted at 11:42am
Earl, Betsy, Carl and Laurie, I am so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. As I wrote to Laurie on Facebook when I heard the news, your folks and mine were such good friends and had so many great times over the years in Bethlehem as well as when my folks visited them up there. From our sheep in the 1950's which I believe we may have gotten from your folks, to Catch and Madrigal singers participation, to Couple's Club events, to family visits, New Year's Day parties that Val and Earl always attended, to your folks' wonderful hospitality toward me when I lived with you guys briefly after our house fire while it was being rebuilt, to NS visit my folks and Doug made to spend with your folks (leading to their eventual purchase of land up there on a lake as well) and to the many, many long discussions and great times they shared over the years, Val (and your dad), played an especially great part in my parents lives. Please pass along my (and my sister Lisa's) condolences to your dad, to Betsy and to Carl. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your family at this difficult time.

Karen McMullin

Posted at 07:16pm
Laurie and Family, We are so sorry for your loss, Thinking of you during this difficult time .
Alan & Karen McMullin

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