2017-03-23 / Obituaries

Valerie Anne Napolitano

Valerie Anne Napolitano, 72, of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., passed away March 18, 2017.

She was born March 2, 1945, to the late Rudolph Phillip Volhard and Anne Barclay in Brooklyn, N.Y., and spent most of her life residing in Tuxedo Park, where she and her husband of 46 years, Clement Napolitano, raised three children.

Valerie attended Erasmus Hall School in Brooklyn and the University of Kentucky, where she majored in foreign language. After college, she used her language skills in her first job, which was flying internationally as a stewardess with Pan Am.

Valerie taught French, Spanish and art for more than 20 years at the Tuxedo Park School, where she was affectionately known as “Madame.”

Valerie was an accomplished painter and she continued her education in fine arts, honing her skills throughout her lifetime. Her love for art and children converged in her primary school lessons where she created picture-games and handmade puppets for teaching language.

Valerie was an animal lover and had two exotic tortoises, several English bulldogs, two gregarious parrots, and a horse named Gunnar. She loved riding, tennis, eating, drawing, laughing, reading, fashion, mushroom hunting and was ever excited by birthdays and Christmas. Valerie was an avid gardener and nurtured her citrus trees from seed.

She leaves behind her three adoring children, Petra, Crispin and Rudolph. Crispin’s wife, Shawna Napolitano, is mother to her three talented grandchildren, Brooklyn, Beaudin and Presley.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at St. Mary’s Church in Tuxedo Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CJD Foundation, which provided compassionate support and education to our family during Valerie’s last months.

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