Valerie Harris, 90


Valerie Harris, 90, of Lawrenceville passed away peacefully on May 18th at St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center at Morris Hall in Lawrenceville, NJ.  Born in Trenton, NJ, she was a life-long area resident. She resided in Pennington and Silver Beach for many years.  Valerie was a registered nurse graduating from Jersey City Medical Center in 1950.  She retired in 1999 from the State of New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

Daughter of the late Joseph and Frances Green DeFreytas, wife of the late Lawrence L. Harris who died in 2013, she is survived by five daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Andrew Dow, Barbara and James Fruscione, Patricia Hall, Judith and Angelo Petrangeli, Elizabeth and Ronald Gregg, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who she loved dearly and who brought her much joy, as well as, several nieces and nephews.

The family of Valerie Harris wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of St. Joseph’s for the love and care they provided these past several years.  Due to public health regulations, funeral services will be private by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, Pennington.  Burial will be at Harbourton Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Valerie’s memory may be made to the Staff Appreciation Fund at Morris Hall, 1 Bishops Drive, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Condolences are welcome at