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Valerie  Travelli04/10/2016
Valerie Travelli, 65, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2016. A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Des Moines Embassy Club, 666 Grand Avenue atop the Ruan Building in Des Moines.

Born August 16, 1950, Valerie embraced life and was a vibrant, vivacious social butterfly. Her love was evident for her mother, her children, and her grandchildren.

Left to carry on the love Valerie shared, are her mother, Ruth Hook; her children, Tom Van Dorn and Daniel (Natalie) Grimes; her grandchildren, Noah and Hunter Grimes; many siblings, her dear friend Cathy Warner, and other loving family members and special friends.

Valerie was preceded in death by her father, Dino Lea Travelli; grandmother, Velda Robuck; and her step-father, Ken Hook.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Furry Friends Refuge, 1211 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50265.

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