Monday, March 5, 2012

Goodbye Valerie

It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of our dear Valerie Kieser, a woman who was the heart and soul of the San Francisco Accordion Club.
Valerie passed away peacefully at her home on Feb 27th, 2012, at the age of 74.  Beloved wife of the late John F. Kieser,  they had lived at their Oakland residence since 1973.  Valerie was an exceptional cook, hostess to all who came within miles of her, and a bright and shining spirit who lived a truly exceptional life. 
She was an avid accordion and button box aficionado, having played with numerous orchestras and ensembles, including the Accordion Chamber Ensemble and directed the Club's "Fun Band." She had a deep love for all animals, though she had a special affinity for horses, dogs and cats.  Always a joy to those around here, she will be deeply missed by her friends and family all over the globe. 
Valerie's nephew, Jeff Trabucco has set up a lovely Memorial website where you can read more about Valerie, see photos and share your thoughts about her in the Memory Book on the website.  Val's Memorial Website

Family and friends are planning a musical tribute and celebration of Val's life at the regular 2 PM meeting of the San Francisco Accordion Club on April 15th.   All who knew Val are invited to attend and if you have a musical gift to contribute to this celebration, please contact Lynn Ewing, SFAC President, at:  

We, who were Val's "Accordion Family" will miss her beyond measure!  

Joe (Joseph H.) Smiell has passed away.

Beloved accordionist and button box master, composer, arranger, conductor, husband, father and grandfather Joe Smiell passed away on January 31 at the age of 86  from liver cancer.  Joe was active right up until the end readying the San Francisco Accordion Chamber Ensemble for their next concert.

The San Francisco Accordion Club extends their most heartfelt sympathy to the Smiell family.  Joe will be greatly missed by all!

The family is discussing a memorial, but no announcement has been made yet.