Valjean Rae Ward

Valjean Rae Ward, 54, of Emporium, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at UPMC Montefiore, Pittsburgh, after a short illness.She was born April 4, 1958 in Ridgway, daughter of the late John L and Ruth M. (Watson) Ward.She worked at Elcam in St. Marys and lived most of her life in Ridgway and the past few years in Emporium. She attended Emporium churches and Sheltered Workshop of Ridgway. She is survived by three brothers, Ron Ward and his wife Myrna of DuBois, Ray Ward and his wife Jane of Sebring, Fla. and Jon Ward of Emporium; and two sisters, Irene Iva Miller of St. Marys and Delores Williams of New York.Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, LeRoy Oertly and James Ward; and one sister, Barbara Oertly Russell.Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the Ubel Funeral Home in Johnsonburg.Funeral Services will follow Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Ubel Funeral Home in Johnsonburg with Pastor Rock Pifer of the Emporium Free Methodist Church officiating. An interment will be held at Wardvale Methodist Cemetery in Johnsonburg.Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Dickinson Center of Ridgway or a favorite charity.