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152 Worcester Street
PO Box 75
North Grafton, MA 01536
Phone: (508) 839-4491
Valerie Mackoul

Valerie Mackoul

Friday, August 3rd, 1945 Thursday, January 17th, 2019

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Obituary for Valerie B. Mackoul

GRAFTON: Valerie Blanchard MacKoul (maiden name Stitt, of Auburn), died peacefully January 17, 2019 in her home in Grafton, where she and her husband raised their family. She leaves a husband of 52 years, Richard MacKoul, a daughter, Corrina MacKoul, a son, Jesse Mackoul, Daughter-in-Law Brenda MacKoul, a grandson, Tyler MacKoul, and a brother, Vernon Stitt. She was a direct descendant of Luther Blanchard, who was a fifer and the first soldier shot in the Revolutionary War in Concord.

Valerie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as a Textile Design major in 1969 from UMASS Dartmouth. She was an accomplished artist and photographer, and her creative eye shone through in all that she did. She designed and built most of the interior elements in our family’s historic 1732 home in Grafton, including finish carpentry such as handplaning beaded and shiplap boards as authentic restorations.

She helped run the family business, MacKoul’s Cars, in North Grafton. Valerie and Richard ran PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) of Worcester for nine years, helping LGBT individuals and families. Her favorite activities were gardening, reading, birdwatching, nature photography, and trips to the beach. Her family loves her very much, and she will always be close in our hearts.

All are welcome to gather with Valerie’s family Wednesday January 23rd from 4pm to 7pm at Roney Funeral Home 152 Worcester St. N. Grafton, MA 01536. In lieu of flowers please honor Valerie with a donation to The Grafton Food Bank PO Box 324 Grafton, MA 01519. A Book of Memories to share a memory or message of sympathy with Valerie’s family is available online at:

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    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Roney Funeral Home
    152 Worcester St.
    N. Grafton, MA
    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
    4:00pm - 7:00pm

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Harold and Carilyn (Robinson) Philbook

Valerie Blanchard (Stitt) Mac Koul Valerie, my cousin, will always be special. We would like to share with you - a heart-changing memory after Valerie became ill. She had troubling speaking but her heart was always listening and trying to communicate any way, she could. At one of my visits, I told Valerie, "We are going to pray, now." She closed her eyes, while I held her hands and I kept my eyes open. After I prayed, "In Jesus' name. Amen." Valerie prayed "Amen" out loud and from her heart. I, then, asked Valerie to speak each word after me. I told Valerie, she was doing great repeating each word. I wanted Valerie to say four words, that will always be special to Valerie and Richie. She repeated them as a sentence for the first and only time, since I visited with her. She looked at Richie with a smile on her face and Valerie spoke her heartfelt thought "I love you, Richie." Submitted by cousins Harold and Carilyn (Robinson) Philbrook
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