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Valerie J. Shipman

October 10, 1956 - October 12, 2020


The Villages, Florida

Date of Death:

October 12, 2020



Birth Date:

October 10, 1956

Birth Place:

Binghamton, New York

Service Information:

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM at St. James Church, 503 Clark Street, Waverly, New York


Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 3 to 6 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York


St. James Cemetery, Waverly, New York

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Valerie J. Shipman

Valerie J. Shipman, 64, of The Villages, Florida, and formerly from Johnson City and Waverly, NY passed away on October 12, 2020. 

She was predeceased by her parents, Frederick E. Keeley and Bess A. (Hassinger) Keeley; brother, Mark E. Keeley; and nephews, Jeffrey D. Keeley and Andrew P. Keeley. 

Val is survived by her loving husband and soulmate, Aloysius E. Shipman; daughter, Jacqueline L. Robinson (Josh); and son, Jeffrey A. (Amanda) Shipman; she was a loving “Mimi” to her grandchildren, Elizabeth K. Robinson, Logan S. Robinson, and Elena G. Shipman; she is also survived by loving family members, brother, Frederick E. (Donna) Keeley; father and mother-in-law, Stephen E. and Patricia A. Shipman; sister-in-law, Marcia L. (Joseph) Murray; brother-in-law, Daniel L. (Cindy) Shipman; brother-in-law, Curtis J. (Donna) Shipman; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many special friends.

Valerie was born on October 10, 1956, in Binghamton, NY, and grew up in her cherished Fairmont Park neighborhood in Johnson City, NY. She was married on October 18, 1980, to her best friend Aloysius E. Shipman and they honeymooned in Hawaii. They moved to Waverly, NY in 1983 where she had two wonderful children who she loved unconditionally and followed them through all of their life activities. She didn’t remain an empty nester long as she began a monthly dinner club with Becky, Steve, Karen, and Dale that lasted more than 10 years. A 1974 Johnson City High School graduate she received her Associate degree from Broome Community College and had a 34-year career with IBM/Lockheed Martin in Owego, NY retiring in 2013. After retirement, she enjoyed traveling to Alaska, Ireland, Scotland, Disney trips with family, and hiking in Maine and the Adirondacks with Becky and Steve. You would always find her with a camera in her hand collecting memories and documenting them in Shutterfly books. She carried the unofficial title of family photographer. She believed it was important to document family history and spent countless hours researching so that she could honor her ancestors and tell their stories to future generations. She traveled to Gettysburg and Andersonville National Cemetery to honor both of her Great Great Grandfathers that fought in the Civil War. In 2017 she became a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was always offering a helping hand to family and friends in their quest to find information on their ancestors. Valerie inherited her parent’s love and appreciation of all types of music but her favorite band was The Beatles and she was thrilled to see Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in concert. The Beatles lyric “In my life, I love you more” was truly her sentiment towards her family and friends. She enjoyed walking 6 miles a day with her husband, playing games with her precious grandchildren, and attending their activities. Trips to the pumpkin farm and Cider Mill were annual events with them. She always bought a painted pumpkin for her grandchildren. Yearly traditions included Easter egg coloring as well as Gertrude Hawk advent calendars. She enjoyed following her favorite sports teams (NY Yankees/Giants, Notre Dame, St. Bonaventure), along with spending time at her treasured Petonia Lake with family and friends. A special thank you to her family especially Marcia and Joe who opened up their home to help and her Florida family Dan and Cindy who made sure she had everything she needed. Also, thank you to all her friends for their thoughts and prayers and to the staff of the Guthrie Clinic and Robert Packer Hospital for their never-ending care. 

A time of calling will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 3 to 6 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM at St. James Church, 503 Clark Street with Rev. Daniel White officiating and burial to follow at St. James Cemetery in Waverly.  In lieu of flowers please consider a random act of kindness and hug your loved ones.  For those wishing to send a message of sympathy, you may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at

Sympathy Messages

From: AJ Robinson
Al and family....please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of Valerie.  I know that she was a keystone in your family first as a wife and life partner, then as a mother and more recently as a caring grandmother.  Try to remember the best of times to keep her light alive.
Andy and Sandy Robinson

From: Deb Parmeter
Al and family, 
  It was such a shock to get Val’s card telling me of her illness. We spent a lot of time together at BCC and in sports during and after college. She was a special person. You will be in our thoughts and prayers at this time of loss.

From: Debra Stauder
Al, Jackie, Jeff and families I worked with Val at Lockheed and am truly saddened to hear of her passing.  She was such a fantastic person and friend.  She loved you all so much and I am sure she is watching over all of you at this difficult time.  RIP dear friend fly with the angels.

From: Fred Barnhart
My sincere condolences to you and your entire family. May the good memories help you and your family through the difficult days ahead. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Linnea Goodwin Burwood
My heart goes out to my cousins and their children.  Valerie was always kind to everyone and her love for Al was always present.  She will be greatly missed by anyone whose life she entered.
Love you all,

From: Linda Shipman Tappan
Dear Aloysius,
     So sorry to read of Valerie's passing. I met her at one of the Shipman's annual reunions that my parents hosted. I can still imagine her pushing Jeffrey in his stroller. We had a nice chat getting to know each other. Good memories
     You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers.
God Bless,

Al, I am so sorry to hear of Valerie's passing.  My Thoughts and Prayers are with you All during this difficult time.

From: Jayne clark
Al and family, I'm so sorry for your loss.  Val was a wonderful person.  I knew her for many years through work.  She shared the same birthday as my son. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

From: Carol Cass
Please accept my heartfelt condolences.  Val was a wonderful person to work with.

From: Barb & Myron Bucholtz
Dear Al & family,
We were so sad to hear about Val's passing. She was such a dear  and lovely lady. We know she will be dearly missed. Our sincerest condolences. We are sure you have many wonderful memories to treasure always.

From: Liza Kennedy
Al, Jeff and Amanda, Jackie and Josh. Grandchildren. And to all her extended family. My sincerest condolences to the entire Shipman family. My heart aches for you at the hearing of Val’s passing. She had such a beautiful soul. I’ve always loved spending time with you all. I’ve always considered you family. May God bless each and every one of you and bring you the kind of peace that only he can offer. May he comfort you as Val has made her way to her eternal home. May her memories that she shared with each of you live on in your hearts and bring you love and joy. All my love.

From: Jay and Patti Obey
To Al and the extended Shipman family, 
We feel very blessed to have known Val, even though for a short time as neighbors in The Villages.  We could not have asked for better neighbors on our corner.  Please know Val is in our thoughts each day and we send out love to Al and family.  God bless.
The Obey’s 

From: Amanda Blauvelt
I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother. I didn't know her well, but I often saw she and Mr. Shipman walking by our house. My heart goes out to your family as I offer continuing thoughts and prayers.
With deepest sympathy!!!

From: Sue badian
I am very sorry to hear of Valerie’s passing I am one of her cousins  what a sweet person she was

From: Beverly and Myron Randall
Our hearts go out to my Shipman family. Such a terrible loss of such a kind hearted person. Valerie touched so many people and she will be truly missed by everyone who knew her. Stay strong and cherish every memory.

From: Ruth Cheresnowsky
Dear Al & Family,
So sorry to hear of Val’s passing. She was a special woman & will be missed. . I knew her as a patient at Dr. Bucholtz’s office, but through the years she became a friend as well. I always looked forward to seeing her. Please accept my sincere condolences.

From: Babette Searles
Our Thoughts & Prayers to the Family. We feel Privileged to have known Valerie. She was Always Cheerful & Kind. May she Rest In Peace...

From: Lynne VanVorce
I am truly sorry for your loss. I grew up in Fairmont Park Val was a cherished childhood friends. Praying for your family.

From: Nancy and Joe
Al and family, we are so sorry about Val. We had so many memories growing up in Fairmont Park. We had just begun to make more memories in Florida.  I will miss you dear friend.

From: Sue Guiles
Al - I'm so sorry to hear about your wife Valerie's passing.  Please accept my heartfelt condolences to you and your family.  Thinking of you

From: Doug scrivener
Al  I am so sorry for your loss ,you were great together , it was a surprise to all of us  our deepest condolences for you and your family

From: Michael Lashway
I am very sorry for your your family's loss.
I have fond memories of Val as children growing up in Fairmont park.

From:Sam Browning

Words can bring no comfort  when you have lost a soul so precious. Please know that my heart beats with yours as you feel the grief and loss. I pray for strength and kindness for you all as you go forward.

From: Mary and Yogi
Sorry for your loss ,just doesn't seem enough. I know this will leave a forever hole in your family unit.  She was an amazing lady. and I loved every minute I ever spent with her.  Remember her well. It is not how long you love but how well. She loved very well and. you loved her just as well.  My heart breaks for all of you. May she rest easy ,now.  May God hold you all close in his hands. Sincerely,with love Mary

From: Denise Croteau
I’m so sorry for your loss she was a special person. I often think of her and the wonderful childhood memories growing up in Fairmont Park.We also shared the love of the Beatles especially Paul! God bless you and your family.

From: Gale Lang
Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss f your mother and wife...May all your memories give you comfort at this sad time.

From: Ron Mack
Al so sorry for your loss. Val was an amazing person my prayers and condolences are for you and your family.

From: Carol Buffone and Debi Buffone Adams
So sorry for your loss,kind thoughts and prayers for you and your family

From: Deb Barner
Al so sorry for your loss. Val was always a great friend with a smile on her face. I will never forget our times at IBM/LM as well as at Waverly sporting events cheering on the kids! May peace be with you and your beautiful family. My prayers to all. Deb

From: Marilyn Nejman
Al, Jackie, Jeff....I am deeply, deeply sorry to hear of Val’s passing.  I was just  chatting with Val online for her birthday!  Also Wishing her luck On the experimental quest.  Telling her we need to get together once she gets back to “talk genealogy”!! 
I gave her the genealogy bug and off she went with it!  We would chat some nights at 2:00am about a new breakthrough we made, or a document found!!  Both realizing we had to get some sleep before work!  She was a friend besides a co worker for so many years!  We shared so many years of family stories, the status of our kids games, weddings grandkids,  Ireland stories,  and of course genealogy!  
I will miss you Val, but I will remember  the mommies we made, and the memories will bring back you.

From: Shannon Zopp Edmondson
I was so sorry to hear of Val’s passing.  My heart goes out to you and your family.  Almost all of my childhood memories have Val in them.  She was a wonderful person and will be deeply missed.  So often when I would run into her at a softball game or in Wegmans all the old memories would come flooding back.  I can still her her calling from across the lake with that wonderful whooping sound she made. I know how difficult this is right now but know she is always with you and that love never dies but lives on in each of us.  Shannon

From: BoB and Laurie DiPasquale
We are so sorry for your loss.
We truly enjoyed knowing Valerie.  She was a wonderful person and we were so fortunate to have her as part of our extended family!
Our thoughts are with you all.
Love, Bob and Laurie DiPasquale and Family

From: Pat & Kathleen Kane
Al, Kathleen and I think of you often, and wish the best for you and your family in this hard time. We value your friendship, and happily remember our travels with you and Val. Jackie, Molly sends her best, remembering the days of the swim team; she hopes to get in touch again soon. 
Peace and blessings,  
Pat & Kathleen

From: Robin Stanziola
Dear Shipman family,
I am so sorry for your loss.  I am a cousin to Valerie and saw her a lot when we were children.  I loved her dearly and have fond memories.  
Praying for all of you.
Robin and Chris Stanziola

Al and Family, 
I am so sorry for your loss.  I knew Val for at least 15+ years and worked with her at least that many years.  She was such a breath of fresh air every morning when she came in.  We exchanged niceties, caught up on work and family details. We sat across the aisle for many years (can almost see each other from our desks) and talked about many things including families.  She was somebody I could depend on for getting the work done, efficiently and timely.  She was such a joy to work with and an excellent team member.

Jackie/Jeff, your mom loved you so much and we talked about you almost daily including my kids as well.  It almost seemed that I knew you both even though I did not meet you personally (maybe during family day when you were little).  She was so proud of both of you and your accomplishments.

Al, our deepest condolences to you, kids and extended family. Our prayers are with you and the family.

Sam Shah

From: Kelly Cole
Dear Al, Jackie, Jeffrey, and family
Due to COVID concerns, my mother (Carol Lawrence) and I will be unable to give you our condolences in person, but please know you are all very much in our hearts today.  Valerie was such a kind hearted person and she will be sadly missed. I am so very sorry that this has happened. 
Take care 
Kelly & Carol

From: Peter and Kathy Girolamo
To Al, Jackie, Jeff and family,
We are saddened with the loss of Val.  She will forever be a fixture in our memories of the special times we shared as Jackie and Jeffrey grew up. She truly was and will forever be one of the kindess and most special people. We have been blessed to have her as part of our families lives. May she rest in peace. Our prayers to you all in this difficult time.

From: The Hartman and Matolka families
Heaven did gain a special angel. We were saddened by the news of loss of your loved one. Valerie will forever live in the hearts of those she touched. So many fond memories of our Petonia Lake days! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sincerely, The Hartman and Matolka families

From: Judy & Alan Nice
Al and family,     We are shocked and saddened  by Val’s passing.  We got to know you and Val on your  daily walks past our home.   Keep all of your memories close to your hearts.   You’re all in our thoughts and prayers.   Rest In Peace Val and fly high!

From: Donna Ellis Molligi
I am Sending my thought and prayers for Val's family. I have some good childhood memories of the Keeley family,growing up down in Fairmont Park. Val will be sadly missed.

From: George Dunfee
Al, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your wife Valerie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

From: David & Rose Mumbulo
Expressing our sincere Sympathies, Condolences and Prayers

From: Kristen and Larry McIsaac
Al and family, 
May your sweet memories bring you peace. We are so sorry to hear of Vals passing.  II will miss seeing her on the walking trails in the villages.  Al, please let us know if we can assist you in anyway here in Florida.  Sending hugs.  Kristen & Larry McIsaac (Dyer Court)

From: Tom & Nancy Sayre
Our deepest sympathies to the family.  It was a pleasure to work with Val for many years at Lockheed.  We pray for peace and comfort for your family.

From: Joe and Margo Lopreste
Al, Margo and I are so very sorry to hear of Val's passing. We didn't know of her illness, but knew something was wrong because it was always Al and Val, whether it was church or else 

From: Helen Allen
To the family of Valerie,  Sincere sympathy. I did not know Valerie but having lived on Besemer Rd for over 25 years, the Shipmans were friends and neighbors over the years. I am sorry for y 

From: Gary & Sue Brogdale
Dear Al & Family,
I'm deeply saddened by Val's passing. Our sincere condolences to the entire family. Val and I worked together for almost our entire careers. We had many a great time together. Always so dedicated to her family and professional life. She always wore a smile and had something good to say about her family and others every day. We shared many family stories, lot's about our kids sports as our children were around the same age. She was so very proud of them. My wife and I last saw Al and Val just before they moved to Florida.  
Rest in peace Val. Will always remember you!
God Bless.
Gary and Sue Brogdale

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