Valerie Anne Napolitano, age 72 of Tuxedo Park, NY passed away on Saturday, March 18th 2017. She was born on March 2, 1945 to the late Rudolph Phillip Volhard and Anne Barclay in Brooklyn, NY and spent most of her life residing in Tuxedo Park NY where she and her husband of 46 years, Clement Napolitano, raised 3 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 on her first job; flying internationally as a Stewardess with PanAm.
Valerie taught French, Spanish and Art for over 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, and 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 2 exotic tortoises, several English bulldogs, 2 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.
Service will be held on Saturday, April 1st.at 11am at St. Mary’s Church in Tuxedo, Tuxedo Park NY 10987
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CJD Foundation. They provided compassionate support and education to our family during Valerie’s last months. www.cjdfoundation.org