- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 9, 2006

S. June Valis, a homemaker and longtime president of the Rock Spring Civic Association, died Feb. 5 of complications from Parkinson’s disease and related ailments at the Leewood Nursing Home in Annandale. She was 85.

Born in Somerville, N.J., Mrs. Valis moved in 1939 to the District with her husband, World War II veteran Harold J. Valis.

During the war, Mrs. Valis was a classic “Rosie the Riveter,” working as a riveter and inspector in jobs that until then typically were performed by men.

After raising a family, she worked at the Melpar Corp. and at the Naval Electronic Systems Command.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Mrs. Valis was president of the Rock Spring Civic Association and worked against runaway development in the Bailey’s Crossroads area.

Through the civic association, she also fought for the preservation of trees and green space in Fairfax County.

Mrs. Valis was active with Culmore United Methodist Church, especially with its Meals on Wheels program for the elderly and shut-ins.

She was an ardent gardener and devoted much energy to making dried-flower arrangements for hundreds of friends and acquaintances.

Mrs. Valis’ survivors include daughter Diana Tarr of New Fairfield, Conn.; sons Wayne H. Valis of Falls Church and Neil J. Valis of Leesburg, Va.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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