Genevieve B. Valeri

Genevieve ValeriGenevieve B. Valeri , 97, died peacefully with her children at her side, January 16, 2018. A lifelong Danbury resident, Jennie was born September 10, 1920, the younger of 2 daughters of proud Polish immigrant parents, Anthony and Clementine Batory. A 1939 graduate of Danbury High School, Jennie’s artistic flair, keen eye for the esthetic and her impeccable sense of style became an invaluable asset to Begg’s Art Store and Wilson’s Jewelry Store throughout her late teen and early adult life. Her art, although only a hobby, could have easily been a most lucrative career, had she so chosen that path. A further expression of her artistry, was her uncanny ability to see the beauty in all things and to create something from what others saw nothing at all, whether it be restoring and transforming an otherwise worthless throwaway into a priceless antique, painting and papering the walls of a worn and drab pre war cold water flat to make an apartment a warm and welcome home, or breathing new life into her pre colonial “dream home” and creating an accompanying landscape worthy of House & Garden. Her stunning natural beauty attracted many suitors, but her heart was won by a most handsome WWII Army veteran, Anthony J. Valeri, to whom she was wed in 1947 and to whom she remained ever faithful til his passing in 2005. Jennie & Tony became the proud parents of 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls. It was then, Jennie’s love shone brightest. With what little means they had to provide, this child of the Great Depression, drew from a wellspring fed and fueled by her unconditional love of her children and those of others, as well. She was ever present in their lives; Cub Scout Den Mother , Girl Scout Troop Leader, PTA / PTO organizer, caring for and about her children and every child in their lives, as well. Her attention to the needs of all children manifested itself in so many ways. Her tireless and wholehearted involvement with the Committee of 1,000 in Danbury, during the 1960’s, contributed in no small measure to the most significant growth spurt of the public school system in Danbury’s history. She was also instrumental in Danbury’s Community Action program, from its birth and throughout its infancy. When her children left the nest, she did not rest when it came to her concern and care for others, opening the doors to her home, the oldest house in Danbury, establishing “Mrs. Valeri’s Child Daycare”, a “business” that was so much more, touching the lives of so many. And, as her children blessed her with grandchildren, Jennie’s love only grew and her expression of that love was ever present with every breath she took and with every beat of her heart. Genevieve B. Valeri , predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Anthony, and her older sister, Florence Jednack, is survived by and will forever live on in her sons Paul J. Valeri and his wife Denise and Thomas J. Valeri of Danbury, her daughter Margaret Molinaro and her husband Peter of Oakton, VA , her daughter, housemate, song & dance partner and caregiver Susan M. Valeri of Danbury, her grandchildren, Mark and Adam Valeri of Danbury, Katie Molinaro of Los Angeles, CA, Virginia LeMarr of Reston, VA and Abby Schwab of Denver, CO. and countless others whose lives she touched and will be forever blessed for having known her. For those so inclined, flowers are nice but not necessary. Or, if you choose, give what you can in her name to whatever charity or cause you feel strongest about. What the Valeri family asks of you, however, and what Jennie would ask of you as well, is to love your children and to love each other, because without love, nothing really matters at all.
A Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11 a.m. in St. Gregory the Great Church, Danbury. Interment will tale place in St. Peter Cemetery at the direction of the family. The family will receive friends in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 5 pm to 7 pm.

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