Full Name: Valeria Golova
Date of Death: Sunday, October 3, 2021
Harrington Park, NJ – Valeria Golova, 85, of Harrington Park, NJ passed away on October 3, 2021. Valeria was born in 1936 in Moscow, Russia to Grigory and Alexandra Golov. She was the eldest daughter followed by 2 sons. When Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union in the summer of 1941, Valeria with her family were evacuated to Siberia where her father worked for the oil and gas industry. They eventually returned to Moscow and in 1948 Grigory was transferred to Leningrad (St. Peterburg) for work. The rest of Valeria’s life was closely tied to this city, which she came to adore.
After graduating from college and then graduate school, Valeria spent her career working as an economics professor for LIAP, one of Leningrad’s many colleges. She retired from LIAP in 2006 after 40 years. Over time, Valeria enjoyed many deeply meaningful relationships with her colleagues and students and was beloved as a teacher.
She settled with her daughter’s family in Harrington Park, NJ in 2014. In retirement, she was involved with the Broadway Adult Day Care Center in Fair Lawn, NJ, where she made many new friends and found a loving and supportive community. Outside of work and community involvement, Valeria was an avid reader, a lover of opera, a traveler and a gardener. She loved staying in touch with her family in Europe and tutoring her grandsons in Math.
Valeria is survived by her loving daughter Natasha (nee Schneider) and son-in-law Randall B. Chase of Harrington Park, NJ; grandsons Timothy Bogdanov of Euclid Heights, OH, and Alan Bogdanov of Harrington Park, NJ; younger brother Anatoly Golov of Moscow, Russia; sister-in-law Ekaterina Golova of St. Peterburg, Russia and many nephews and nieces in Russia, Germany and the Netherlands. She was preceded in death by her brother Sergey Golov and sister-in-law Julia Golova.
A funeral and a celebration of life will be held on October 7, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Louis Suburban Chapel at 13-01 Broadway in Fair Lawn, NJ. She will be buried at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, NJ.