Svea Valenzuela, 92, mother of Ridgefielder

Mrs. Svea Inger Mae Valenzuela, 92, of 235 Walker St., Lenox MA passed away Friday, May 9, 2014 at Hillcrest Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield, MA. Born in Sweden on December 21, 1921, the daughter of Charles and Selma (Josephson) Leaf, she emigrated to the U.S. through Ellis Island at age two. She attended schools in Westchester County, New York.

Mrs. Valenzuela formerly lived in Somers, NY and was a devoted wife and beloved mother to her three children and loving grandmother to many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mrs. Valenzuela loved to travel and was an avid golfer. As a very “caring soul”, people just loved to be with her.

She leaves her husband, Gabriel A. Valenzuela, Sr. whom she married on August 8, 1939 in Ossining, NY. She is also survived by her three children, Gail Ann Busch in Brewster NY, Gabriel Valenzuela Jr. in Los Angeles, CA., and Charles Valenzuela in Ridgefield, CT; her daughter-in-law, Michele Valenzuela (Ridgefield, CT); her sister, Ann Raycraft in Watertown, NY; 5 grandchildren, Laura Grimaldi and her husband Nick, Elizabeth Valenzuela, Julie Valenzuela, Sheila Gallo and her husband Steve, and Ted Busch. She also has 7 great grandchildren, Caitlyn, Bella and Cole Grimaldi, Ava Ferland, AJ and Carson Gallo and Kevin Busch as well as nephews Richard, Alan and Steven Raycraft.

Funeral Notice:

Funeral services for Mrs. Svea I. Valenzuela were held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at the Dwyer Funeral Home, 776 North St., Pittsfield MA 01201. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Stroke Association, care of the Dwyer Funeral Home in her memory. Donations in her memory can also be made directly on the website: To sign the online guestbook, please go to to leave condolences and remembrances.