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(September 30, 1959 – September 27, 2010)

Valerie Lynn Ratajczak, 50, of Midland, passed away surrounded by loving family on Sept. 27, 2010 at Toni and Trish House, Auburn. She was born Sept. 30, 1959 to the late Mary and Clinton Harper. Valerie graduated from Midland High School in 1979 and received an Associates Degree in accounting from Northwood University. She managed the faculty office at Northwood University for several years, then managed Eastlawn Arms Apartments, Midland, for 23 years before becoming ill. Valerie was very active in the Loyal Order of the Moose #1541 of Midland, where she held many offices. She also enjoyed listening to music, knitting and reading. Valerie is survived by her husband, David, of Midland; son, Nicholas, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, seven brothers and sisters, Jim (Chris) Harper of Midland, June (Gene) Shelley of Midland, Phyllis Harper of Locust Grove, Georgia, Ralph (Brenda) Harper of Sanford, Everett Harper of Stockbridge, Georgia, Cindy Brant of Peachtree City, Georgia, Mark Harper of Stockbridge, Georgia; 7 nieces and 6 nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and brother, Brian. The family will hold a Private Memorial Service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Toni and Trish House. Smith-Miner Funeral Home is assisting the family and online condolences can be given at smithminer.com.