It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing
of Valarie Maya (Smith) Colern on October 22, 2021 at
the age of 69.
She is predeceased by her parents: MacDonald and
Hilda (Albrecht) Smith; mother-in-law: Pat Colern.
Valarie graduated from Johnstown High School in
1970 and from SUNY Cobleskill in 1972 with a degree
in Secretarial Science. Upon graduation, Valarie
worked for a local law firm before taking a position at
Kodak in Rochester, NY in 1973. Val was most recently
employed at L3 Harris Corp. She was very dedicated
to her work throughout her life.
Val loved bowling and competed in several leagues.
She enjoyed reading, cross-stitch, and enthusiastically
completing jigsaw puzzles. She was an avid NASCAR
and football fan and never missed the opportunity to
sit around the table playing dice, the favorite family
Val loved her family and her pets. She will be missed
by everyone she touched, especially for her dry wit,
which endeared her to others. She and Jack enjoyed
visiting family from the Adirondacks to the Carolinas
and Florida. They enjoyed camping for many years
and renewed their 25th wedding vows with Elvis in
Las Vegas with many family members in attendance
for the special occasion.
Val is survived by her beloved husband Jack, whom
she married in 1977; siblings: Bonnie (Jim) DeGolyer,
Terry (MaryLou) Smith, Doree (David) Hayner;
father in law: John Colern, Jr.; sisters in law: Colleen
(Coy) Frazier, Patty Colern and Terry Morman, brothers
in law: Marty (Sally) and James (Marylou) Colern;
many nieces, nephews, extended family members and
Calling hours will be held on (Saturday) October 30,
2021 from 12pm – 2pm at Young Funeral Home: 4025
Ridge Road, Williamson, NY 14589. A celebration of
Valarie’s life will be held at a late date in Johnstown,
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
Mary Cariola Children’s Center. Also kiss and hug
your family members in loving memory of Val.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.