Arlene Mae Valerio, 76, of Fergus Falls, died Friday, April 12, 2019, at Hospitality House of Dayton Hollow, surrounded by people who loved her.
She was born Jan. 6, 1943, in Wareham, Mass., to Ernest “Happy” and Mary (Ferreria) Valerio. She grew up in Falmouth, Mass., where she was baptized and confirmed at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and attended Lawrence High School, graduating in 1961.
She married Terrence Harrison Peyton in 1961, and the couple had two children, Debbie, in 1962, and Jeff, in 1963. A couple years later, the couple moved to Chicago, IL, and shortly after, they moved to Dougherty, IA.
She was primarily a stay-at-home mom but worked at grocery stores and the Green, IA, Locker Plant for a short time.
In 1975, the couple moved to Fergus Falls. She worked as a teller at Norwest Bank for several years.
In 1985, she returned to Falmouth and worked at several banks. She took a medical coding course while there.
In 1995, she returned to Fergus Falls. She worked at Herberger’s, and as a cashier and bingo caller at Walmart before retiring.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother; her infant sister, Barbara; a nephew, Derrick; surrogate parents, Gil and Stella Moniz; and various aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Survivors include her daughter, Debbie Irmen (Keith Fleischauer), of Minnesota; a son, Jeff Peyton (JoAnn Moniz), East Falmouth, Mass.; her brother, Ernest (Sharon) Valerio, East Falmouth, Mass.; a nephew, Dwayne Valerio, Concord, NH; siblings, Billy (Linda) Moniz, Falmouth, Mass., Mary (Rob) Salzer, Amesbury, Mass., and Rosemarie Emmons, Raleigh, NC; grandchildren, Victoria Link, Moorhead, MN, Ryan (Heather) Link, Barnesville, MN, Cody Peyton, Wareham, Mass., and Dee (Warren) Oberg, Fergus Falls, MN; three great-grandchildren, Morgan, Grayson and Layla Link; and many other family and friends.
A memorial gathering is planned from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth. No formal service is planned.