Valeria K. Glaser

Valeria Kimball Glaser, age 96, died Monday evening, Dec. 20, at the Dock Woods Community in Lansdale, Pa., where she had lived since Sept., 2001. She was the widow of Leo Glaser, who died in 1999. Born on June 7, 1914, in West Baldwin, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Harry Asa and Thelma Black Kimball.

Valeria grew up in West Baldwin and Hiram and graduated from Fryeburg Academy in 1932. She was an alumna of Bates College, Class of 1936, and in 1959 she earned a master’s degree from the University of Southern California. Over the course of 20 years, Valeria taught Latin, English and reading, first at Easton High School, Easton, Maine; then at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine; and finally at So. Pasadena (Calif.) High School. She retired from teaching after her marriage in Dec., 1969.

In her youth, Valeria was involved in athletics, especially field hockey. She was a skilled knitter and created beautiful pieces in needlepoint and embroidery. After their marriage, she and Leo enjoyed extensive travel together.

Following Leo’s retirement, the couple returned to Maine, living first in Hiram, then in Cape Elizabeth. Valeria held a life membership in the Hiram Historical Society. Although she lived for a number of years in California and she and Leo spent winters in Fla., Valeria felt strongly connected to the state of her birth and did not hesitate to proudly tell people of her Maine heritage.

Valeria is survived by her nieces, Nicole Groff of Lansdale, Pa.; Candace Meltzer of Waterboro, Maine and Gulfport, Fla.; her sister-inlaw Roberta Kimball of St. Petersburg, Fla.; her uncle Wilbur Black of North Windham, Maine; several cousin, nieces and nephews of her late husband; a grandniece and three grandnephews; and her dear friend Elizabeth Palmer and her family of Cornish, Maine.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother Asa B. Kimball.

A graveside service will be held at Temple Beth El Memorial Park in Portland on Thursday, Dec. 30, at 10:00 a.m.

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