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Valerie A. Rider
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Valerie A. Rider (nee Evans) of Cherry Hill, NJ, died January 5, 2018. Age 75. Beloved wife for 55 years to Roger J. Rider. Loving mother of Dawn Rider, MD (Rob Ferguson) of Allison Park, PA; Carole Gallagher (Tim) of Cinnaminson, NJ; Marty Rider (Michele) of Cherry Hill, NJ, 7 grandchildren and many cousins.

Our Mom, Valerie Evans Rider, was born October 8, 1942, in Chicago, IL. She was the daughter of Esther Perri Evans and Joseph Evans. She was an only child, but she grew up with many beloved close cousins, in a tight-knit Italian family.

Mom was very proud of her Italian heritage. When she was a girl, her grandmother from Italy lived with Mom and her mother. Mom could speak Italian when she was young!! Many of her aunts, uncles, and cousins all lived nearby in the neighborhood. Although she was an only child, her many cousins were like siblings to her. We enjoyed many hours listening to stories from her childhood.

Mom and Dad met when they both worked at Campbell Soup Company in Chicago. They got married June 30, 1962 in Chicago. Dawn was born while they lived in Chicago. Mom always stayed loyal to her Chicago sports teams.

Dad stayed with Campbell’s for his whole career. They transferred to Paris, Texas, for his job. Carole and Marty were born there.

In 1969, our family moved to a wonderful neighborhood, on Plymouth Road, in Cherry Hill, NJ. We had loving, supportive neighbors, and so many great children to play with…we made life long friendships.

Mom and Dad took us every summer to visit relatives in Chicago on our way to Minnesota. We would spend time with our Chicago relatives and sometimes travel back to Chicago for family reunions. She so loved her Chicago family. Once in Minnesota, we would spend a week on the lake. Although Mom was a city girl, she took to fishing and was pretty good at it too! After she retired, she enjoyed short trips with Dad to Monticello, Niagara Falls, Ellis Island and other historic places.

Mom worked as an educational assistant and secretary at Erlton School, which we all attended. After Erlton School closed, she continued working with the Cherry Hill school district for over 25 years. Mom loved working with the children, and she had wonderful colleagues that became great friends, and whom she stayed in touch with after retiring. She also bowled for many years with the Cherry Hill teachers’ league, and served as their treasurer.

Mom always supported us. When Marty played basketball at Cherry Hill West, Mom always brought homemade cookies for the team. That’s how Marty got his nickname, Cookie Rider! When Dawn and Carole had to work, and Bruce Springsteen tickets went on sale, Mom stood in line and got the tickets for them. She let us cut school and attend the Phillies victory parade in 1980.

Mom loved her children and welcomed with open-arms, their spouses and partners. If you walked into one of our many family gatherings, you would feel the warmth of one big family. Her favorite moments were when we were all together. It was never a family party without Mom’s French onion dip!

Mom became a grandmother in 1995, she was so proud to be a Nonni to Devon, Sean, Callie, Mary, Max, Ben, and Mia!! Mom was an amazing grandmother, and showered our children with love. She always attended Grandparents’ Days at their schools, she spoiled them, she loved to cook for them, and babysit for them. Mom was always there when we all needed her.

Mom was an amazing cook. Only she could make the bacala for Christmas Eve. She made the best pizzelles, spaghetti sauce, stromboli, Italian Easter bread, and carrot cake! She would also make food for the crew at McDonalds, which all her children worked at, when they had to work during the holidays. Everyone loved when Carole would bring Mom’s famous potato salad or lasagna to parties. She so enjoyed cooking for the people that she loved.

Mom provided all of us with unconditional love. Her family always came first. We will all miss her so much. We will always remember her and her love for us, and will keep her memory with us forever.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation Tuesday evening 7 to 9pm and Wednesday morning 10 to 10:45am in the Schetter Funeral Home 304 W. Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. Funeral service Wednesday 11am. Interment private. For those who wish, contributions in her memory may be made to the Voorhees Animal Orphanage 419 Cooper Road, Voorhees, NJ 08043 (vaonj.org) or to The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Please visit schetterfh.com to share your condolences with the family.


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Visitation

Tuesday

9

Jan

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Schetter Funeral Home

304 West Marlton Pike
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Visitation

Wednesday

10

Jan

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Schetter Funeral Home

304 West Marlton Pike
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Service

Wednesday

10

Jan

11:00 AM
Schetter Funeral Home

304 West Marlton Pike
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002


Memorial Contribution

Voorhees Animal Orphanage

419 Cooper Road
Voorhees, NJ 08043.

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

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