Fultonville – Valorie Ann Van Avery, 71, of Fultonville, passed away on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at home surrounded by her loving family, after a brief illness.
Born in Gloversville, NY on June 14, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Evelyn Cheney Brown.
She was a lifelong area resident and attended local schools where she made many lifelong friends.
Valorie worked for many years as a glove inserter and was employed by Breton Industries in Amsterdam until her retirement in 2015.
She loved to go to garage sales and would never miss an opportunity to go shopping. Valorie loved spending time with family, talking on the phone to keep in touch, playing cards, reading, and watching “her shows” with a sweet snack. She loved her plant collection, saying it reminded her of her mother. In recent years, Valorie enjoyed taking long rides with her husband, Nelson and their fur baby, Zoey, driving for hours to take in the sites and have lunch. She loved her children and grandchildren and always looked forward to holiday traditions of spending time together. Val could be counted on to tell entertaining stories and make silly faces to get a smile out of family and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of fifty years, Nelson C. “Butch” VanAvery who passed away on September 24, 2021; her brother, Floyd (Phyllis) Ropeter; sisters, Sally Bates and Sharon Fosmire; and brothers-in-law, Edward Manzer, Dick Fosmire, Carl Ward, and John LaVada.
Survivors include her children, Tina (Brian) Kearns of Fultonville, Nelson (Rachel) VanAvery of Ilion, NY, Eric (Amy) VanAvery of Fultonville, Annie (Scott) Himpsl of Broadalbin, Robert VanAvery of Gloversville, and Amanda Wemple of Fonda; her loving sisters, Malvina Ward, Orletta LaVada, Linda (Joe) Sweet, Rene Manzer, Velice (Lew) Decker; brother, Michael (Pam) Palmer; and her brother-in-law, Mike Bates. Valorie was simply known as grandma to fourteen grandchildren who will miss her dearly, Cheyenne, Christian, Meghan, Mariah, Cade, Emerald, Nathan, Kailee, Breanna, Kyle, Noah, Leigha, Matthew, and Austin. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and her beloved dog companion, Zoey.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, February 26, 2022 from 11 to 1 p.m. at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home, Inc. 111 County Highway 106 (Corner of Route 29 & Black Street) Johnstown. A celebration of Valorie’s life will follow at 1 p.m. with Shirley Akey, officiating. Interment will be held in Maple Avenue Cemetery, Fultonville in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brennan Humane Society in care of the funeral home.
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