Valerie A. Vaccaro

Date of Passing:

January 19, 2020

Vaccaro, Valerie A., 57, of Circuit Drive, Riverside died peacefully on January 19, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Michael A. Vaccaro.

Born in Providence, a daughter of the late William and Virginia (Fratus) Sanford, she was a life-long resident of Riverside.

Mrs. Vaccaro was a Graphic and Interior Designer, specializing in ceramics for 16 years before retiring in 1994. She was a published and award winning artist.

Valerie was a graduate of Swain School of Design Class of 1985.

Valerie was a member of the Riverside Sisters Association, Bishop Hickey Knights of Columbus Columbiettes, Girl Scouts of America and was a Board Member for the Jules Hope Chest Board.

Besides her husband of twenty six years, she is survived by two sons, Michael A. Vaccaro Jr. of East Providence and Nicholas J. Vaccaro of Warren; a daughter, Dezerie M. Vaccaro of Woonsocket; a brother, Ted Sanford of Riverside and one grandson.

A Celebration of her Life will be held in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside on Saturday January 25, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

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  1. Valerie, I miss you oh soooo much. The redoing of Dan’s sign and my lunch room we never got to. But I have all your ideas on my phone… I’ll try my best my friend. God knows I will see you soon again. Don’t forget to drop me that change from Heaven that you said you would. OXOX

  2. Val, if I could have only known you longer, Mark told me the best stories aboit you too over the years…i wish we could have gone over all the ideas for the band…ill miss your laugh and no filter attitude…you’ll be forever be missed but never forgotten…hugs forever
    Love you, Marisa?

  3. Michael, Nicholas and Deziree,
    You are in my thoughts and my prayers. Your Mom loved your fiercely! Everyone who knew her knows that. Be there for each other, help each other through this loss. Your mom has seen the face of God, and she is at peace.
    All my love,
    Mrs. Primmer

  4. Valerie was a kind and loving person. She is The only one that welcomed my granddaughter, her cousin, Sara to the so called family get together. She is the only one that made those affairs worth going to. Valerie you will be sorely missed. Your spot will always remain empty. Big love forever. Uncle Jack and Aunt Lori

  5. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Love you all!

  6. Val, Rest peacefully my friend. I will forever remember you as sneaking to watch Barry & his friends practicing way back in the ’70’s….. Fun times. Pray for us Val. Til we meet again!?

  7. My uncle and my cousins I’m so sorry for yall loss. RIP val. And fly high with the Angel’s up there u will be miss greatly but never forgotten

  8. So sorry for your loss.

  9. I am blessed to have reconnected with you my dear friend. Be at peace and know what a force you were for so many. Love you sista

  10. Rest in peace Cousin, Love Maureen and Ted

  11. You will remain in my memory as the cleaver comic ‘cuz. You could point out any obvious thing with such humor. You were younger but I looked up to your advise. Your artwork was amazing too. The eyes you would paint would pop right out and smile right back at you, and you’d do it soooo quick. And I’d love to find a Harlequin Ceramic Wall-Mask which you created and held the legal rights for the pattern. Back in early ’80s. I used to see them in all the Halmark Stores decorated up… priceless. Yup, your art work, your understanding and teaching of Autistic needs, your honest-hummor, your laugh. I’m gonna miss you dear cousin. So will my boys who loved you so much calling you “Auntie Val”. I’m glad your free from the cancer struggle you endured for so many years. Rest peacefully ♡♡♡

  12. Miss you my friend! Your smile and personality will live on in all of us! Prayers to your family. RIP

  13. You had so many plans for Riverside Sisters. I wish that we had more time here on Earth. I’m sure that you will be guiding us in spirit! RIP my friend ?

  14. Fly with the angels my friend. We sure had some amazing time growing up??

  15. Deepest sympathy to my brother Michael and their 3 children. You will be missed by many. Rest in peace

  16. Val lived her life to the fullest….right until the end. May she rest in peace.

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