Valerie Formisano, 79, of Rutherford, passed away Sunday, March 10th. She was born in Jersey City to Elmer “Sunny” Preston and Irene (nee Orocchi).
As a young woman Valerie became a Registered Nurse. Early in her career she was a RN at Englewood Hospital. Later she was a teaching RN at Bergen Tech for 10 years. She then taught Nursing in the Medical Assistant Program at Catholic Community Service in Newark until she was 70yrs.old, before retiring; (They were hoping she would have continued to teach and not retire).
Valerie was an avid reader and a loyal Jeopardy game show fan. She had a group of lady friends she met annually for 15 years in Killington Vermont who affectionately referred to themselves as the “Cowbells”. She was a member of Rutherford Jr. Woman’s Club where she chaired a number of fundraisers and the 55Kip Center where she volunteered and taught about Alzheimers. Valerie also loved to dance and belonged to a dance group called the “Happy Hoffers”. She enjoyed playing tennis with her friends in the towns of Rutherford, Wallington and Clifton.
Valerie will be missed by her children, Michael Jr., Kim Marionthal, Gregg Formisano and wife Lori, 8 grandchildren, Kym, Michael, Nicholas, Elicia, Jesse, Richard, Bryan, Joseph, 1 great-grandchild, Colton and her brother John Preston, she is predeceased by her brother, Gerard Preston.
Family will receive friends for Memorial Visitation Wednesday 4-8pm in the Calhoun-Mania Funeral Home, 19 Lincoln Ave., Rutherford. Private cremation.