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Vale A. Rebok


Vale A. Rebok, (nee Close), died in Toms River, N.J. on 6/6/19 at the age of 77.

Vale was preceded in death by her parents James A. Close and Kathryn Madden Close. She is survived by her daughter, Kathryn V. Kingsbury; her granddaughter, Amanda L. Kingsbury, her beloved great-grandson, Jayden; her brother James M. Close (sister-in-law Karen Close); her niece, Jama McCabe, nephew Jimmy Close and their children.

Vale was born on 11/9/1941 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Vale was a graduate of West Shore High School Class of 1959 and Juniata College Class of 1963. After beginning her teaching career in Huntingdon and Harrisburg, Vale settled in Middletown, where she taught for 31 years. In her free time, she was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed gardening. Vale loved children and while she only had one child, she mothered many children over the years, taking in foster children, working at a residential summer camp, running a daycare, a latchkey business and school programs at the Historical Society of Dauphin County. She had that same love for her many pets over the years, including quite a few strays.

Vale’s love of the ocean led her to retire to Toms River, N.J. Her love of history and children followed her to the beach where she worked with the Ocean County Historical Society and volunteered as a child advocate for CASA.

A memorial service is scheduled for July 11, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 230 E. Main St., Middletown. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Vale’s life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693 or bring a new children’s book to the memorial service (to be donated to a local reading program).