George John Valiska, 88, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Glen Burnie, Md., passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017, at his home.
He was the beloved husband of Joan Valiska for 33 years. He enjoyed a long career as a high school teacher and coached golf, soccer, basketball, baseball and softball. He retired in 1991. Valiska was a devoted husband and loved spending time with family.
Over the years he had many hobbies, such as woodworking and raising roller pigeons (NBRC). He loved to travel, crab and fish, play pinochle, read books on his Kindle and watch movies. Valiska was an avid golfer, gardener, dancer and sports fan, especially for Ravens football, UConn Women’s Basketball and the Washington Mystics. He was a member of the American Legion, Indian River Yacht Club and Grace United Methodist Church in Millsboro. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Valiska was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Mary Valiska; three sisters, Mary Moreno and her husband, Charles, Sue Rowe and her husband, Lloyd, and Ann Bosiljevac and her husband, Matt; two brothers, Andrew Valiska and his wife, Stacy, and Michael Valiska; a daughter, Crystal Whorton; and a brother-in-law, John Zajac. He is survived by his wife, Joan, who was always by his side; a sister, Helen Zajac; five daughters, Lorraine Wilkinson and her husband, Roy, Debra Robinson and partner, Karl Esch, Kimberly McDowell, Wendy Deale and Robin Polishchuk; a son, Kurt Robinson and his wife, Nathalie; sons-in-law, Wayne Whorton and Dick Deale; a sister-in-law, June Valiska; nine grandchildren, Craig Mimms and his wife, Carrie, Zachariah Hanson and his wife, Anne, Valerie McDowell, George McDowell IV and his wife, Regina, Victoria Calvert and her husband, Ryan, A.J. Whorton, Rick Deale and his wife, Shelly, Erin Deale and Sarah Deale; eight great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Melson Funeral Services, 32013 Long Neck Road, Millsboro, Del. A visitation will also be held at the funeral home on Monday, June 26, 2017, at 10 a.m., with funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment with military honors will be held Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Compassionate Care Hospice; 20165 Office Circle; Georgetown, DE 19947. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.