Freda Valavanis, 82, of Charleston, West Virginia, passed away on January 8, 2023. Born in Huntington, West Virginia, on July 24, 1940, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Dispina (Arvanitis) Valavanis.
Freda graduated from Marshall High School in Huntington and Morris Harvey College in Charleston with a B.S. in Education. She later received certification in languages. Freda taught elementary school in many schools in many locations – from Charleston, West Virginia, to Chicago, Illinois, and later returning to Kanawha County, West Virginia. Her sense of adventure led her to discover these new places.
Freda enjoyed family gatherings and Greek cultural events. Throughout her life, she sustained a deep religious faith. In recent years, she attended Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, participating in the church’s many activities. Always social, her friends appreciated her quick wit and sense of humor, as well as her compassion and caring.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Kurt Theurer, and sister, Artemis Wilhour.
Freda is survived by her sister, Christine Valavanis; brother-in-law, Jim Wilhour; nephew, Christopher (Kim) Theure; great niece and nephew, Kristin Theurer and Justin (Nicole) Isaac, and niece, Sylvia Harding.
Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1600 Kanawha Blvd. E, Charleston, West Virginia, with Pastor Randolf Richardson officiating.
Visitation will begin one hour prior at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Charleston, West Virginia, or St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Huntington, West Virginia.
Condolences may be sent and shared with the family at www.barlowbonsall.com .
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, West Virginia, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
- Address: Charleston, WV
St. George Greek Orthodox Church
- Address: Huntington, WV