- May 17, 1949 - January 11, 2017
- Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
of Valerie's Passing
- Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to:
Center for Women
129 Cannon Street
Charleston, SC 29403
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Arrangements made by
J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel
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“I recently learned of Val's passing. I was a Wittenberg classmate of hers. Life took us in many different directions, but I always remembered her...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Nancy Stewart - Silver Spring, MD
“I will always remember Val with her big smile, her laugh and her kind personality. No matter what the Herman Miller workday would bring, she always...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Elizabeth Guillory - Philadelphia, PA
“Sorry for our great lost . We had many happy times together , We will miss Val , Dearly Ed & Pat Maritz
3 of 20 | Posted by: Ed & Pat Maritz - NJ - Friend
“Dear Art and Family,I am deeply sorry for the loss of your lovely wife Val. It seems like yesterday when we were all dancing at the holiday party...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Margie Roy - Tinton Falls, NJ
“Art, I am so sorry for your loss. We were looking forward to seeing you and Val in March. My heart breaks for you.
5 of 20 | Posted by: Carole Spurrier - Berlin, MD
“Art,My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your wife. It is not easy losing the people we love. Death is so final. Let warm...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Marie Milano - Springfield, NJ
“Art, My deepest sympathy go out to you ,and your family for your untimely loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Linda...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: A friend
“My sincere condolences to the Sparks family in the loss of your love one. May you find happiness and strength to endure during this most difficult...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: A friend
“Dear Art, Val was a beautiful, vibrant soul and we feel so fortunate that we got the chance to reconnect a couple years ago and see such a fun...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Judy and Greg Arnold - Carmel, IN
“We will miss your smile and outgoing personality. It was a pleasure to call you our friend. You always knew how to brighten a day!
10 of 20 | Posted by: Len & Vivian Dooren - Brick, NJ
“Art...I was so sorry to read about the passing of your wife...You are in my thoughts...
11 of 20 | Posted by: Elaine Della Badia - Tinton Falls, NJ
“I will always remember the times we spent with you and Art at the shore house. Loved being with you and my kids knowing you. Rest In Peace.
12 of 20 | Posted by: Tessa Vining - Montclair, NJ
“Aunt Val...You will be deeply missed! Loved your energetic personality, free going spirit, and love for others. I bet you are dancing in heaven....Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Emily Cochren - Dayton, OH
“Art, our deepest sympathy go out to you and your family. Val was a special lady.Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.
14 of 20 | Posted by: Peter and Ginger Eby - Cleveland, OH
“We have many fond memories of spending time with the extended Puhl family over the years, Val was always so much fun, the life of the party! We are...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Bud and Bev Wytiaz - Silver Lake, OH
“To all the Puhl, Sparks Family,My sincerest sympathy on the sudden loss of Val. She had a smile that lit up a room and a laugh that brought home...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Karen O'Brien - Bratenahl, OH
“Val's light will shine perpetual. She leaves a beautiful legacy in Courtney, Leigh, Virginia & Prior, and in Alie, Madison & Ryan. No one knew her...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Monty & Gene Stepura - Cary, NC
“Val and her smiling face will be missed!
18 of 20 | Posted by: Caroline Cauthen - Mt Pleasant, SC
“What a beautiful woman inside and out. The moment and one and only moment I was able to meet her, I just knew she was a ball of life and fun!! I...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Erin Cali - Brick, NJ
“FLY WITH ANGELS AUNT VAL! We know you are in better place! Sending love to all of you and praying that you find strength and peace during this...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Anne Puhl-Lubinski - Silver Lake, OH
Valerie Puhl Sparks, age 67, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at The Hospice Center in Mount Pleasant. She was born May 17, 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio, to the late Richard Joseph Puhl and Helen Jane Courtney Puhl. Val was a proud Brecksville Bee and graduate of Brecksville High School where she was involved in numerous activities including student government and cheerleading. She spent summers of her youth lifeguarding, teaching diving and sailing with her family. She is widely regarded as the best water skier in the Puhl family. She was married for 46 years to the love of her life, Arthur Sparks. They met at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio where Val was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. Val was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
After establishing her young family, Val went back to school and graduated from Kean College in 1978 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a concentration in interior design. She then went on to blaze a highly successful 26-year career in the business furniture industry, the last 22 years with Herman Miller as a global account executive.Val was an avid traveler and took special pride introducing her grandchildren to the joys of travel by treating them to a special overseas trip of their choice on their twelfth birthday. She was a gourmet cook and was well known for her entertaining and memorable feasts. She also loved music and dance and was often the first person to inhabit the dance floor at weddings and parties. Val was the life of the party and will dearly be missed by those she left behind.
In addition to her husband, Art, she is survived by her son, Courtney Sparks (and wife Leigh); daughter, Alexandra Sparks; four grandchildren, Virginia, Madison, Prior, and Ryan; brother, Corky Puhl; sister, Reyne Miller; as well as many loving nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Jane Wells.
A private Celebration of Life event will be held Monday, January 16, 2017 at The Tides Owner's Retreat, 155 Wingo Way, Mount Pleasant at 12:00 p.m. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC. MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to The Center for Women, 129 Cannon St, Charleston SC 29403 or at www.c4women.org/give-back/