Valerie “Val” (Yogis) Blewis

NurseValerie “Val” (Yogis) Blewis, age 92 of Rush Twp, Hometown passed away Tuesday evening at Hazleton General Hospital.  Her late husband, Joseph J. Blewis who died in 1984 was a prominent  jeweler, he owned and operated the former Blewis Jewelry Store in Shenandoah.

Born in Shenandoah on December 31, 1918, she was the daughter of the late William and Anna (Alex) Yogis.

Val was a graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah and Jersey City School of Nursing.

As a dedicated Registered Nurse, Val had worked for the former Locust Mountain State General Hospital, Shenandoah Heights.  Earlier she had worked in the New York City and Washington, DC areas.

She was a former member of St. George’s Church, Shenandoah.

Upon retirement, Val was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling in the United States and abroad.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.  Surviving are her caregivers, her daughter Joan V. Cox and her husband, Barry at home; a son, Robert J. Blewis and his wife Gale and their daughter, Val’s granddaughter, Dayna Alexandra Blewis all of Annandale, VA; nieces and nephews.

Funeral and Prayer Services will be held on Saturday at 10:30 am from Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah.  Rev. Msgr. Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor will officiate.  Interment will follow in Our Lady of Dawn Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.  There will be no calling hours on Friday evening.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.

Valerie “Val” (Yogis) Blewis Has 5 Condolences Posted:

  1. Chris and Terry Greber says:

    We will always have a warm spot in our hearts for Val. She was always so kind. Our condolences to the family!

  2. Frank O'Gara says:


    Please accept our sincere condolences on the death of your mother. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Dave Greber says:

    My condolences to the family. I am sorry for your loss.

  4. Dayna Blewis says:

    Grandma Val you were such a strong lady, we’ll be missing you.

    Love Forever, your Granddaughter Dayna

  5. Scott Minnich says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to your family in this difficult time. Val was a wonderful lady.

    Scott and Ronda Minnich