Valeriana Bellini Hoffman RN, MSN, MBA, 47, left this world on August 31, 2022. She passed at home after a long illness. She is survived by her devoted and caring husband, Kirk and her kind and loving son, Kirk Jr.. She is also survived by her parents Don and Lois Bellini, her sister Darla Mowday, as well as nieces and nephews Anthony, Hayden, Alysia and Emily.
Val, or Ya as her family called her, was the one everybody would go to when they needed help. It didn’t matter who, she was always available. Val was born in Media, PA and never left it in her heart. Some of her fondest memories were made there. She hoped to become a dental hygienist but because the program was full, she chose nursing. Despite being a second choice, Val threw herself into the profession eventually rising to the level of Chief Nursing Officer at Jennersville Hospital. She took her role as a leader very serious, mentoring dozens of nurses over the years.
Val’s true love, however, was cooking. She was an accomplished cook who never stopped trying new recipes. She would use any excuse to have a party, large or small, and those who attended are still talking about them. She often talked about running a food truck on the weekends just for fun. She would spend hours creating exciting menus.
It is ironic that Val herself was unable to enjoy many of her own creations. Over 7 years ago Val was diagnosed with a mutation to her CDH1 gene which leads to an 80% chance of undiagnosable stomach cancer. The only treatment at the time was a complete gastrectomy. For years Val struggled with many complications from this surgery, but, unfortunately, despite many attempts, she was unable to maintain her nutritional intake and lost her struggle.
We take some comfort in the fact that Val’s story has helped family members prevent illness and we use her strength and empathy to help others who may go through a similar journey. Val’s impact on those who knew her and those who loved her, will continue to grow as long as we tell her story and never forget.
Following her wishes, there will be no formal memorial service. Instead, gather with the ones who feel as you do and remember her and her story.