Obituary of Valeria Mcneill (1927 – 2021) – Tucson, AZ
passed away on December 8, 2021 after 94 fabulous years, being born on August 11, 1927 in Budapest, Hungary to loving parents, Maria and Josef Csakfalvy. Valeria lived through the German and Russian occupation of her beloved Hungary and was injured by shrapnel when she was caught in a firefight between rebel Hungarian and Russian forces. She fled to Italy where she worked as a nurse’s aide in a refugee camp. She then immigrated to Chile, the only country that would have given her immigrant status. She met an American engineer named William Cook. They quickly got married and moved to Peru. They later moved to Ohio and then to Tucson. After a few years, they divorced. Valeria then met a personality from the Tucson radio show named John “Square Deal” Mcneill. They married in 1962. “Square” died less than ten years later and Valeria was left a widow the rest of her life. Valeria briefly dabbled in real estate before finding her true love as a travel agent “advisor”. She spoke several languages: Hungarian, German, French, English, Italian, Russian and Spanish. She has traveled to over 100 countries, on numerous cruises and had a large clientele. She loved opera and was a long-time member of the Metropolitan Opera, Arizona Opera, and the Arizona Opera Dames. In her later years, she was blessed with the support of her family, many friends and doctors. Special and dedicated care was provided by his niece, Gwendy Gallegos, his family; Gwendy’s brother, Jerry Apodaca, his family; Goddaughter, Georgia Tekinder, and by a special friend, Wayne Randall. She was a truly unique person who left a great void in the lives of everyone who knew her. A Service and Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 602 N. Wilmot Rd., Tucson with the service of President David. Arrangements by ANGEL VALLEY FUNERAL HOME.
Posted by Arizona Daily Star on December 26, 2021.