INDIA GRAY VALE

Age 82, of Newark passed away on Saturday June 9, 2018. She was born in Jersey City, NJ to the late Basil G. and India (Boothroyd) Gray. She graduated from Penn State University on June 9th 1956 and later that day married Edwin D. Valastiak a fellow graduate. The wedding was officiated by Ed’s brother, the Rev. Joseph Valastiak.


India was a loving and devoted wife, sister, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed family summer vacations at the Jersey shore and the family farm. She traveled with her son Bruce throughout the U.S and made the trip of a lifetime to Paris with sons, Bruce and Doug. After her husband passed in 1995 she reconnected with the local Penn State alumni group and made many dear friends. She greatly enjoyed the weekly football tailgates, Dewey Beach reunions, Cancer Walk for Life fundraisers and the holiday parties. India raised and supported her granddaughter Jessica and in her last few years was greatly comforted and assisted in her home by her son, Doug and Jessica.


In addition to her husband and parents, India was preceded in death by her brother, Basil Gray and in-laws, Joseph, Milan and Tina Valastiak. She will be greatly missed by her children, India Ward (Rob), Bruce Vale, Doug Vale and her beloved grandchildren, Michael and Alex Ward, Jessica, Steven and Rebecca Vale; her in-laws, Susan Gray, Bob (Janet) Valastak, Muriel Valastiak and her cousin, Bob (Agnes) Myer.


A Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, June 19th at the McCrery and Harra Funeral Home, 3710 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, DE 19808 where Friends may call at 10:30am. Interment will be held at 1:00 PM at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Rd., Bear, DE 19701.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in India’s name to your favorite charity.