Gimmie Sue Valacer

Gimmie Sue Valacer age 64, of Middleton, MA passed away peacefully on Monday, April 3, 2017 at The Kaplan Family Hospice House.

Gimmie Sue grew up in the metropolitan Detroit Area. She graduated in 1970 from Lake Shore High School. She moved around the country, making people laugh, and creating lifelong friendships wherever she went. After marrying in 1984, she settled in Middleton MA where she would take on the roles of a stay at home mother, life long volunteer, fundraiser, and real estate agent.

Gimmie Sue was passionate about many things, the most important of these being her faith and family. She possessed an ability to make others feel understood and important; never missing an opportunity to help those in need. As a wife, mother, volunteer, and real estate agent she touched many lives.

Gimmie championed a wide variety of projects in the schools and community. For some time she was best known as the penny lady spearheading the annual penny challenge at both elementary schools, raising over $25,000 for Middleton PTO enrichment projects. She spent much of her time as head of the School Committee Board improving the Middleton school system and curriculum. Year after year she was the loudest witch at the pumpkin festival, helped at the winter festival and chief wills day, volunteered with the cub scouts, taught CCD, and donated her time at Haven for Hunger. Gimmie’s passion for improving children’s lives drew her to chairing the Friends of the Flint Neighbors-In-Need Program. The program helps Middleton families and children in need, so that over 100 children each year receive just what they want for Christmas. Gimmie truly cared for each of these children, the residents of Middleton, and so many others.

She leaves behind her husband, Don Valacer, son Alex Valacer, daughter Jessica and husband Daniel Bolt, her sister Margaret and husband John Pietrzak, her brother Frank and wife Carmen Murphy, as well as nieces, nephews, and numerous friends who were like family.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held April 12th at Union Church in North Reading, MA at 10 am. The In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Friends of The Flint Santa Fund, Flint Public Library PO Box 98, Middleton, Mass (AKA: Neighbors in Need).


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  1. Laura Salvo on April 5, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Gimme I only knew you briefly but you touched my heart deeply. You were an inspiration to me and to so many. You lifted me with your faith. I am forever grateful for meeting you and blessed to share the short time we had together. You are a light and inspiration for so many. I pray you are resting peacefully and heaven gained an angel. Much love laura

  2. Lory Cristoforo on April 6, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Gimmie Sue it seems surreal to be thinking of you this way. You were larger than life with your big personality and zest for life. You created so much fun when you were around. There are so many peoples whose lifes you touched. You did so much good. Our town will not be as good without you. Rest in peace my friend. You will surely be missed. Love, Lory

  3. Alice Tierney on April 6, 2017 at 1:22 am

    Don, Jessica and Don and Alex,
    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy at such a difficult time as this. Gimmie Sue was an awesome lady. She did so much for so many. I am going to miss my beautiful friend. Love ❤️ and prayers ? .

  4. Belit on April 6, 2017 at 1:39 am

    I am very sad to hear of Gimmies passing. She was a wonderful, friendly person who was so helpful and kind when I started real estate. She was always happy to answer any questions and give advice. I will always remember her and will look back on our times together fondly.

  5. Maureen Mootrey on April 6, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Gimmie was #1 an amazing person. #2 a true friend. #3 a rock star real estate agent. I was fortunate enough to have known her in all 3 of these roles. Rest In Peace Gimmie!! You fought a true battle.

  6. Pamela Scangas on April 6, 2017 at 1:48 am

    I’m so sad to hear of Gimme Sue’s passing . A lovely lady and a good friend . Will miss our chats . My deepest sympathy to the family. Pamela

  7. Sonja Bradstreet on April 6, 2017 at 2:00 am

    You lived a life of true purpose. Putting your tremendous heart and soul into everything you became involved in. The townspeople of Middleton were blessed to have such an angel live among us. Your light shines on and your legacy lives on in everyone and everything you touched. May your sweet soul rest in peace.

  8. Amy Astolfi on April 6, 2017 at 2:01 am

    My heart is broken for Gimmie Sue’s family. My love for Gimmie Sue is immeasurable. She made everyone she met feel special.. thank you for your wonderful friendship And support through my difficult days Gimmie Sue. Rest In Peace mt dear friend

  9. Larry Kalich on April 6, 2017 at 2:11 am

    I hadn’t seen Gimmie Sue for many years, but have fond memories of High School with her. The comments here echo the feelings all of her LakeShore family friends have of our time growing up with her. The world is a sadder place without her!!

    Larry Kalich, Class of 1970

  10. Kelli Scanlan on April 6, 2017 at 2:24 am

    A beautiful lady, a lovely soul… the tribute above captures her so well. She touched many people and did so many things for our wonderful town; she had a unique gift for bringing the best out in people, leaving no one behind. She aligned the stars and the moons in order to make it possible for me to purchase my home. For years, I looked forward to that October phone call “Sistah, Sistah… it’s that time of year!!” she’d cackle in her witchy voice as she called out for volunteer witches for the hayrides. No sooner was the Pumpkin Festival done when she was onto the holidays reminding us what the true meaning of the season was about. The heavens have called back an angel and we are all very blessed to have had her walk among us, even if far, far to brief of a time. My heart and prayers are with you Don, Jessica & Don and Alex…

  11. Nancy Jones on April 6, 2017 at 2:24 am

    Middleton has lost a champion. Thank you to Gimme’s family for sharing her with us. I am truly blessed to have known her. My sincere condolences to you Don, Alex, Jess and Dan, and the rest of Gimme’s family. May you always feel her presence.

  12. Karen wood on April 6, 2017 at 2:33 am

    Jess, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. Your mother was such a nice person and full of energy. My thoughts are with you are your family.
    Karen Babbitt-Wood

  13. Anita Kelly on April 6, 2017 at 2:36 am

    I went to school with Gimmie Sue, her being a year ahead of me but she welcomed me as a friend. She made us all laugh and one time I had a broken heart because of a first love and that crazy, funny, woman made me laugh till I almost peed my pants. She healed me! We got to laugh about that not long ago in our Facebook messenger. I haven’t seen her in 45+years but with all these beautiful words about shows that young beautiful teenager never changed except to become stronger and more charitable than before. There may not be many witches in heaven but knowing Gimmie Sue, she will find them and entertain many. Rest in peace lovely lady, you will be missed by many.

  14. Beverly Popielski on April 6, 2017 at 3:26 am

    My sincere sympathy in your loss. Gimmie was a special person who
    Gave her heart and soul in everything she did. She was thoughtful, supportive and a caring individual. She made sure each child’s dreams were fulfilled. Thank you to her family for sharing her with us all. She will be greatly missed by all. Prayers and strength are with her family at this difficult time. May you Rest In Peace my dear friend.

  15. Shelley Staub on April 6, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Gimmie Sue we are so saddened by this news. ? You have always been such a positive influence in all of our lives and will be truly missed. ? We send you and your families our deepest condolences with lots hugs and prayers. You are a very special person. We love you! ❌⭕️ Shelley, Chris, Alex & Zachary ⭕️❌

  16. Carol Brooks Ball on April 6, 2017 at 3:40 am

    Our paths hadn’t crossed in some time, so I am heartbroken to read that we’ve all lost Gimmie Sue. No one loved Middleton more. She was a formidable force, and a woman who would not take no for an answer. She gave selflessly to others, and her work on the Friends of the Flint Neighbors-In-Need Program was nothing short of incredible.Thank you, Gimmie Sue, for coming into my life when you did. You’ll always be remembered.

  17. Linda Diver on April 6, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Sending love,hugs and prayers to the family of this amazing,beautiful woman.

  18. Patty Rosati on April 6, 2017 at 11:34 am

    I am truly saddened to hear of Gimmie Sue’s passing. Her unending energy and big heart will be missed.
    May she Rest In Peace.
    Patty Rosati and family

  19. Marie G. Pelletier on April 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    GimmieSue, thank you for all you did for the children of Middleton, our loss is heaven’s gain. I’m sure you are already organizing ways of helping God’s most precious children and they will be better for it. ” Pennies from Heaven ” will always mean Gimmie Sue ! My sympathies to your family and to all who loved you.

  20. Debby Craven-Aho on April 6, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Dearest Gimmie Sue, I don’t even know what to say. You were such a close friend during my youth. So many memories. I am so grateful that Facebook reunited us. So glad that we could meet for lunch when you came back home. I am amazed at what a wonderful woman you became. Your community will miss you dearly. I am tearful and broken-hearted but I know you are happy and I am blessed to have had you in my life. Until we meet again, much love. ❤

  21. Nancy Hart on April 6, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Gimmie you touched so many families in Middleton including our own. You were a great friend to all who met you and you will be missed terribly. Our families thoughts and prayers go to your family. Your loss is a great loss to all.

  22. cammy bille on April 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I am so saddened to lose such a dear friend and wonderful woman. All of the above words can’t even come close to how wonderful a person she was. She touched my life so deeply and will be truly missed beyond words. I am so grateful that God sent her into my life. Nobody will miss her more than her family. My thoughts and prayers will stay with you always. I know her faith has brought her to God. I loved her dearly.

  23. Melissa Stankus on April 6, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Your passion and energy for helping others will truly be missed. You were a blessing to all that knew you. May your memory live on in the projects that you championed, and the annual events that you loved. My deepest sympathy to all of your loved ones, your family certainly extended beyond blood lines. Rest in peace, we will all miss you.

  24. Brenda Mavroules Brophy on April 6, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Many years ago we had a real estate deal together and Gimmie was so enjoyable to work with. She was a wonderful person and she lived with passion. To her friends and family I’m so sorry for your loss. Gimmie is flying high with the Angels.

  25. Lisa-Marie Cashman on April 6, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Gimme, I am so saddened to hear that you are no longer with us. You were always such an incredible woman with such a great sense of humor. You are at peace now. Love, Lisa-Marie

  26. Deborah Byrne on April 6, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Much admiration to such an incredible woman♥️ I know your in heaven ♥️

  27. julie Tsakirgis on April 6, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    So sad.. just an amazing person inside and out.. luved her.. Her personality.. caring way… smile.. its crushing to hear…luv you Julie Tsakirgis

  28. Dina difilippo on April 6, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    I was shocked and truly saddened to hear such news. I can only hope you know how many lives you touched including mine. As a new Real Estate agent you always had words of encouragement kind advice and a willingness to always offer a helping hand. You were a staple in our community and truly a friend to all. Heaven has gained a beautiful kind Angel. You will be missed Gimmie Sue!

  29. Linda Maribito on April 7, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Gimme Sue, You were and always will be one of the kindest and thoughtful person I ever knew. You were so fun to be around and I enjoyed our coffee talks at Dunkin Donuts years ago. You did love to talk. What a special person. You will be so missed in this town. The Pumpkin Festival will never be the same. Deepest sympathies to your family. ❤?

  30. Ellen chmara on April 7, 2017 at 8:58 am

    It is so difficult to accept that your big heart and big presence are no longer with us
    How special you were.

  31. Anne Casale-Skinner on April 7, 2017 at 10:43 am

    I was in shock and went numb when I heard the news of Gimmie’s passing. I can’t believe we never get to hear your voice, your laugh, your stories again. You always made me laugh with your happy, upbeat, crazy talk! I am going to miss that so much! Rest In Peace my friend. Heaven is the lucky one.

  32. Kathy Mackey on April 7, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Heaven has gained another angel gone too soon. Thank you Gimmie for being such a wonderful friend and for the support and love you offered me when my daughter passed away and for all the wonderful memories you have left me. You will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your beautiful family at this very difficult time.

  33. Denise Balfe on April 7, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Shocked and saddened. My deepest sympathies to her family. Our boys grew up together in Middleton, I will never forget her kindness and generosity. When I think of my years in Middleton, she lives in those memories.

  34. Christine (Kruger) Pustelny on April 7, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    So very sad to learn of Gimme Sue’s passing. Lost touch with her after high school but have fond memories of the smiles, laughter and encouragement she always gave. From the sounds of all the condolences, her generous loving spirit grew even more encompassing over the years making life a little better for many many people. She will be missed. God’s blessings to her family.

  35. Larry Chesley on April 7, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Gimmie I’ve only known you for a few short years , but it was a wonderful experience dealing with you in real estate. You are a true champion and a wonderful person. I was shocked and saddened when I heard the news. Heaven must have been missing an angel because they got the best one in you. I’m so sad for your family as they are devastated and I am proud to have known you. P.S. Keep the light on for me.

  36. Martha Janowicz Geverink on April 8, 2017 at 4:15 am

    I was so sad to hear of Gimmie Sue’s passing. We were friends from elementary school through high school. She reached out to me recently to share a memory from childhood. It was such a long time ago, but that memory is so sweet. She also shared that we are sisters in Christ. One day we will be reunited for eternity. What a wonderful day that will be! To Gimmie Sue’s family, you have my deepest sympathy. May God comfort you and give you peace.

  37. Malvena Baxter on April 8, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I was shocked and saddened to learn of the loss of Gimmie Sue. During the years I knew her at Fuller Meadow, she was an incredibly energetic and dedicated woman, always looking for another way to provide new fun and entertaining learning activities for the students in the Middleton Schools, always supporting efforts to improve learning for each and every child. When she visited the schools as the Penny Lady her joyous voice would reverberate down the hallways, and you could hear the happy voices of the children as their excitement echoed back. I also remember her love and commitment to her own children and family–her personal and public lives tightly intertwined. She was an exceptional woman. I’m sorry for her loss.

  38. Mary Anne Amero on April 8, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Alex, Jessica and the rest of Gimme Sue’s family, please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your wonderful wife/mother. She will forever be the “penny lady” in my mind. I still picture her arriving in our classrooms, full of energy and good spirits. She was such a gift to the teachers and students of Middleton. I know she will be missed.

  39. Mary Jean Bell on April 10, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    It was a privilege to have known Gimmie for 40+ years and being able to call her a friend.
    I am only one of many who have benefited from her friendship, guidance, support, and passionate love for others. She never waived from her faith, and strengthened mine by her words and example. Until we all meet again, I pray for strength for her family and friends who are suffering a sad loss. God does pick the prettiest flowers first.

  40. Pamela Mavroules on April 11, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Gimmie Sue.. We love you for all eternity R.I.P my friend xxxooo

  41. Francine Cecieta on April 12, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Gimmie Sue was a delightful, caring, and passionate woman . I only knew her for a couple of years as a colleague at JBarrett& Co. whenever she was in the office she brought sunshine & laughter. Even thru her health battle, she always was cheerful and smiling. Her devotion to make sure every child in need in Middleton have a memorable Christmas was heartwarming & inspiring. Her face would glow when she shared what she found or needed to find to make a memorable Christmas for a child. Gimmie Sue will truly be missed. She was an angel on earth who has risen.

  42. Francine Cecieta on April 12, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Gimmie Sue you are a delightful, caring and passionate woman, I only knew you for a few years working together at JBarrett & Co, certainly not long enough . You brightened the day with your laughter & smile here. You had a passionate dedication to the children in need in Middleton. Your excitement & energy making sure every child would have a presents at Christmas was contagious and inspiring . You cared for your clients too with the same passion. You are an outstanding realtor too. Gimmie Sue, you will me missed by so many! You are an angel on earth who has risen . Bless you on your new journey. Love, Light & prayers for you , Francine

  43. Faraneh Serino on April 12, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Matt 25:21 Well done, good and faithful servant!
    Now that our Lord has called you home and you are in his presence; we realized all the hearts you touched and the impact you made while you were among us. We will miss you and your beautiful laugh. Until we see each other again … Love Vinny, Faraneh. Leila and Lily

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