Regretfully, I must report that Val Poska passed away on Jan. 18,
2007. Below, is the obituary:
Valentine J. Poska passed away Thursday, January 18, 2007. Born May
21, 1918, the eldest of three children, two of whom preceded him in
death, Vincent and Cecilia.
He was educated in the parochial schools of Chicago through
graduation from St. Mary's University of Minnesota in 1940. He was a
professed member of the Christian Brothers for twenty-six years,
where he was known as Brother Roger.
In 1967, he married Mollyan Howell Pierini, who preceded him in death.
Valentine was a teacher and librarian for sixty years, including
twenty-five at San Antonio College. He earned three master's degrees:
Minnesota University in Speech and Theatre, Memphis State University
in Education, and Our Lady of the Lake University in Information and
He was an authority on miniature books, spoke frequently on the
subject, and won the Bexar Library Association Award for 1991. The
Miniature Book Society awarded him the President's Cup in 1995. He
was a member of the Speech Arts Association where he served as editor
of the Script and one term as President, having been awarded a
Distinguished Service plaque in 1994.
He was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club of San Antonio, served as
its President, and was editor of its bulletin for many years. He was
a member of the Serra Club, the Texas Library Association, Bexar
Library Association, and the Friends of the Public Library and became
one of the founders of the Book Cellar of the Public Library.
As a member of St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church, he was a
lector for many years and a cataloger of books for the parish library.
He leaves his step-children William Pierini and wife, Gail, of
Denver, Colorado; step-daughter, Lisa Pierini (Steve Denton);
grandson, Derek Paez; and great-grandson, Wyatt Lee Paez of San
Antonio, TX; daughter; Katherine Mulgrew and husband, Paraic, of
Lubbock, TX; and step-brother, Alex Srupsa of Chicago, IL.
The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to the physicians and
staff for their kindness and caring of Valentine during his illness.