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Dr. James Valuska

May 7, 2012
The Herald-Star

VALUSKA, Dr. James W. Sr., 75, of Steubenville, died Saturday, May 5, 2012, peacefully at home with his loving family by his side.

Born Oct. 19, 1936, in Mingo Junction, Jim was the son of the late John and Anna Baly Valuska.

In addition to his parents; Jim was preceded in death by an infant brother, Thomas, brother John R. Valuska, and father-in-law, Attilio DiCarlo.

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Jim graduated as valedictorian from Mingo High School in 1954 and continued his secondary education at Princeton University. He graduated with a medical degree from Columbia University and completed his internship and orthopedic residency at the University of Minnesota. He also served in the Navy as a lieutenant commander during the Vietnam War.

Dr. Valuska returned to the Ohio Valley and started his medical practice in 1969, and proudly served his community as an orthopedic surgeon until he retired in 2002. He was very active in the medical community. He was a diplomat of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, member of the Ohio Orthopedic Society, Tri-State Orthopedic Society, American Medical Association, Jefferson County Medical Association, Ohio Medical Society and the American Orthopedic Society. He served as the president of the Jefferson County Medical Society and the Chief of Surgery at the former Ohio Valley Hospital and St. John Hospital.

He was also a member of the Starkdale Presbyterian Church and the Masonic Lodge.

Surviving are his high school sweetheart and beloved wife of 52 years, Evelyn DiCarlo Valuska; daughters Beth (Michael) Slade, of Hudson, Ohio, Amy (Michael) Albert of Scott Depot, W.Va., Wendy (Michael) Manfresca of Steubenville, Jane (William) Triska of Oswego, Ill.; and son, Dr. James (Gina) Valuska, Jr of Wexford, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; sister Joanne (James) Gorney; brothers, David (Charlotte) Valuska of Kutztown, Pa.; Kenneth (Paula) Valuska of Toledo, sister-in-law Shirley Valuska of Wintersville, and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are Tuesday, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Mosti Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, 4435 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, and at Starkdale Presbyterian Church on Wednesday 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. Entombment in Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Charity Hospice or The Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center.

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