HILLSDALE, N.J. -- Valerie J. Schmeichel, of Hillsdale, died Thursday, Dec. 17, at Albany Medical Center, Albany, N.Y. She was 73.
She was born March 18, 1942, in Copake, the daughter of the late Kenneth J. and Almeda (Van Alphen) Hall.
A lifelong local resident, she was a graduate of Roeliff Jansen High School.
Until her recent retirement, she had been employed in many capacities, including office manager with East Mountain Medical in Great Barrington, Mass. for more than 20 years.
Very involved in her community, she was a 56-year member and past president of the Hillsdale Fire Co. Auxiliary, an active member of the Hillsdale United Methodist Church, a volunteer for the Roe Jan Food Pantry, Hillsdale Community Day and American Red Cross Blood Drives and a member of the Copake Republican Club.
On Dec. 30, 1961, in Hillsdale, she married Herbert R. Schmeichel Sr. Her husband pre-deceased her in 2014 along with a son Herbert R. Schmeichel Jr. in 1987.
Survivors include her daughters, Linda Porreca (Allan) of Claverack, and Karen Bishop of Hillsdale. She also is survived by her grandchildren, Thomas and Caitlin Bishop and Alicia Porreca along with a brother, Norman Hall (Patty) of Hillsdale.
Private services will be conducted at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the North Hillsdale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be offered to the Hillsdale Fire Co., Hillsdale NY, 12529; the Community Rescue Squad, PO Box 327, Copake, NY, 12516 or the National Stroke Association, 9707 East Easter Lane, Suite B, Centennial, CO, 80112.
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