Again, our hearts are crushed as our beautiful angel, Valerie Miles, went with Jesus and her brother Bennett Slack, her daddy Miles Slack, and many friends and coworkers from the AIDS epidemic and the Sept. 11 attacks.
Valerie passed on Jan. 24 at her Bucks County home with loving family by her side. She was so courageous throughout her struggle with illness and cancer caused by 9/11.
Valerie was a graduate of Central Bucks East class of 1978 and attended Bucks County School of Beauty Culture, John Robert Powers School of Modeling and West Chester University. She obtained her Series 7 License and became a successful securities trader on Wall Street and was an experienced financial advisor. Her passion and fun was her financial business.
Valerie was a “Jill of all Trades” like her daddy Miles. She loved the outdoors. She was a farmer’s daughter, and was an accomplished equestrian in her younger years. She learned to roller blade along the beaches of Ft. Lauderdale, and then during her life in NYC, she loved blading along the Esplanade in Battery Park City.
Valerie was a talented participant in the Miss America Scholarship Program. She was crowned Miss Bucks County and Miss Philadelphia, and was second runner-up to Miss Pennsylvania. She developed her love of vocals and music and enjoyed singing cabaret with lifelong friend Bob Egan.
Valerie forged many lifelong friendships with her gift of bright positive ideas and encouraging words. She was a wonderful and fiercely protective friend and mentor to so many. She was always straightening her friends’ crowns.
Valerie is dearly loved by her husband, Philip Capolongo. Cherished by her parents Wanda and the late Miles Slack, by her siblings, late brother Bennett, sister Brenda Foster and brother Guy; by step-niece Jamie Foster (Sean Cockerill), niece Pavane Buck (Kyle) and their babes, Val’s grandnephew and grandniece, and nephew Ashton. Also by her stepson Michael Capolongo and step-granddaughter; and stepdaughters Michele and Jackie.
She will be greatly missed by her many friends whose constant love and support sustained and strengthened her throughout her life. She touched each one of us in such a way that she will never be forgotten. Always the smile, always the “thank you,” and always “I love you.”
At the request of the family, an interment will be held privately.
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