Obituary of Valerie M. Green
Valerie M. Green Valerie M. Green was born to Irvin and Marie (Pelletier) Murphy on August 23, 1922 in Sackets Harbor, New York. She passed peacefully on September 29, 2020. Valerie first settled in East Greenwich. She was known to take her daughter Florence, Joyce Maxwell, and the Sheffield, Morrison, and Waite girls on many adventures in her Willys Jeep; taking them fishing and swimming up by the railroad trestle along the Battenkill River. Valerie worked at the Salem Shirt Shop where she met co-workers, Mary Al, Muriel, and Marilyn, who would become lifelong friends. Valerie married her late husband, Jay, on January 4, 1969. They were married over 41 years when he passed in November 2010. Valerie loved the outdoors and nature. She and Jay hunted, fished, trapped, and snow-shoed. They took many walks in the woods and drives around the countryside, enjoying the beauty of nature. They also owned three Schnauzers – Rogue, Baron, and Wendy who gave them much happiness throughout their years together. Valerie loved reading, sewing, gardening, flowers, and birds. She enjoyed watching birds as they perched on her window feeder and in the trees. Valerie loved a nice fresh tomato, lemon meringue pie, and pizza. She adored her great grand-children, Lydia and Holden. She enjoyed sharing her mints with Holden, and discussing baking tips with Lydia, who is a master pie-maker. Valerie loved having company, doting on visitors as soon as they came through the door. She insisted on offering juice, coffee, tea, toast, sandwiches, or whatever snack she could come up with. Valerie was predeceased by her parents, Irvin and Marie; her first husband Charles Gaiser; her late husband, Jay Q. Green; her brother, Irvin (Bud) Murphy; sons-in-law, Gerald Clough and Carl Rudio; and great-grandson, Maclane Harrington. She is survived by her daughter, Florence Rudio; grandchildren, Michele Reid and her husband John, Jill Fronhofer and her husband Kyle, Steve Clough and his friend Mary Wadsworth; great-grandchildren, Lydia and Holden Fronhofer; sister-in-law, Connie Green; nephew, Jim Green and his wife Linda; niece, Debbie Smith and her husband Rob and their children Leah, Tonya, and Holly; her niece Mary Green; and grand-nieces Elizabeth Johnston and Andrea Gores. Services will be provided by Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, Greenwich NY, at the convenience of the family. Valerie’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Mark Cooney, who visited her on a daily basis, mowed her lawn, and helped maintain her property. He held a special place in her heart; he was a son to her. A special thank you is extended to her niece and neighbor, Mary Green, who looked in on Valerie and helped with meals, laundry, and running errands. Mary was close by and on call whenever necessary. Mark and Mary were dedicated to ensuring Valerie could remain living at her home for as long as possible. The family appreciates all that Mark and Mary did for Valerie; they were her champions. In addition, the family thanks Chris Carman, John Thomas, Kenny Sheffield, Don Albrecht, Gyula Varosy, Lisa Blair and many other friends and neighbors who were a part of Valerie’s life. Thank you to the staff at Hillview Wing, for their compassion and care during Valerie’s time at Washington Center, Argyle, New York. Memorials may be made in Valerie’s memory to the Greenwich-Easton Rescue Squad, the Cossayuna Fire Department, or an organization of one’s choice. Online remembrances may be made at www.flynnbrosinc.com.
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