MECHANICVILLE - Joanna E. (Overocker) Valente, 77, died Tuesday, January 7th, at the Heritage House in Troy after a brief illness. Born on October 20,1942 to the daughter of the late James and Joan (Purcell) Valente. She grew up in No. Albany and was a 1960 graduate of Cardinal McClosky High School. Growing up, she helped at the family owned Dipsy Doodle.
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A data entry typist for Fleet Bank and CSC in Menands for a number of years followed by Tagson's Papermill in Mechanicville, retiring in the 90's.
Joanna enjoyed dancing, whether it was the jitterbug, twist, cha cha, she could and would dance with the best of them. A woman noted for her cherry disposition, composure and energy, she could make friends with anyone.
Survivors include her children: Jamie (Mark Shaw) Clark-Cravens of Schenectady, James (Susan Moore) Overocker of Waterford and JoAnne "Punky" (Ray Zakrzenski) Overocker Cameron of Stillwater, nephew Michael Paluba, 5 grand and 3 great grandchildren and stepgrandchildren, her feline companion "Missy" and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her sister Judith A. Paluba, and former husband James H. Overocker.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Saturday, January 11 from 2-4PM at the DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, 39 So. Main St., Mechanicville. Interment in Our Lady of Angels of Colonie will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The Community Hospice Foundation, 310 S Manning Blvd, Albany, NY 12208.