Jean Valentine

Jean Secor Valentine

Monday February 8, 1960 - Sunday January 19, 2020
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New Paltz – Jean Secor Valentine, 59, of New Paltz, NY and formerly of Millerton, NY died Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Health Alliance Hospital in Kingston, NY following a courageous battle with cancer. Born February 8, 1960 in Sharon, CT she was the daughter of Richard L. and Priscilla (Newman) Valentine. A graduate of Webutuck Central School, Jean also attended Goucher College in Maryland and Alfred University in New York. She was a graduate of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY where she earned an associate’s degree in Mortuary Science and became a New York State licensed funeral director and embalmer.

Jean’s concern for those in mourning while working at the former Valentine Funeral Home in Millerton and Amenia, NY will be remembered by many. She worked tirelessly with her father in the monument business especially in the completion of the Millerton, Amenia and Sharon, CT veteran’s memorials. Jean also owned and operated the “Village Toggery”, a clothing store in Millerton for several years. She also served the community with active involvement in the Millerton Fire Dept. Rescue Squad and served as Chairwoman of the Town of North East Planning Board. She will be remembered for her care and respect of the great outdoors and for her love of her Vizsla pet dogs.

Jean is survived by her mother, Priscilla Poucher and her husband Claude of Jessup, GA and her father Richard L. “Dick” Valentine and his wife Helen of Millerton. She leaves her sister Olivia (Libby) Markonic and her brother Bruce Valentine also of Millerton. Also surviving are her nieces; Claire, Jane and Caroline Markonic and several cousins. Jean was predeceased by her loving brother Richard Valentine. She leaves many caring friends who were especially kind during Jean’s illness.

A graveside memorial service will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 11am at Irondale Cemetery, Route 22, Millerton, NY. Pastor William Mayhew will officiate. A reception in Jean's honor will follow at 132 Gun Club Road, Millerton. Arrangements are under the care of the Scott D . Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton, NY 12546. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the ASPCA and will be greatly appreciated. To send an online condolence please visit
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 11:00am
    Irondale Cemetery
    Pastor William Mayhew
  • Interment

    Irondale Cemetery
    Route 22
    MILLERTON, NY 12546
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Cindy Flores Ehlenfeldt

Posted at 03:20pm
I met and became a friend of Jean at Alfred University. We shared many fond moments. I am saddened to hear of her passing. And I send my deepest sympathies to Jean’s family and loved ones. Jean was so kind and caring. Rest In Peace dear friend.

Lynn Curtis

Posted at 10:44pm
I met Jean when she was managing an antiques store in Salisbury at the Academy Square building. I worked next door at the frame shop, and Jean was the brightener of many of my days there. I'm sure she brought the same kind of goodness to many others. I will always be grateful to have met her and gotten to spend some time with her.

Susan Weinstein

Posted at 10:19am
My deepest condolences to Jean’s family. Growing up in Millerton, Jean was one of my closest childhood friends. I have such wonderful memories of all the times we shared, skiing at Catamount, biking to the Interlaken for breakfast on weekends, laughing, crying, just too many memories to recall. I wish we had not lost touch when life eventually brought us to different places, but those memories will always be close in heart. Rest In Peace my dear friend. Sue Weinstein

JoAnn LaRobardier

Posted at 08:49pm
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Jean was a very special person, and we were very close friends in high school. Life takes us on divergent paths sometimes and we have not seen each other for many years. I have never forgotten Jean, though, and thought of her often. I did not know of her illness and am sorry that I could not be there to offer support. Rest easy, sweet Jean. May the angels bring you safely home.

~ JoAnn Lopane LaRobardier


Posted at 08:31pm
I am so sad to hear this news. I remember Jean when she came to our house and played with Stephanie when we were growing up. She was part of the group of older kids we looked up to at Webutuck. I vividly recall her wonderful laugh. I send peace and comfort to her family.

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