Marie Valachovic, 84, of Johnstown, N.Y., passed away on Sept. 30, 2013, at Nathan Littauer Hospital. She was born May 10, 1929, in New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of Leslie and Alice Parker Kitchen. On Aug. 14, 1948, she was united in marriage to Dr. Robert J. Valachovic and he died on Feb. 2, 2001. Mrs. Valachovic graduated from Johnstown High School and continued her education at SUNY Oswego, SUNY New Paltz for her BA in elementary education and received her Master’s Degree from SUNY Fredonia in reading and advanced study in school administration. Marie taught second grade in Fredonia, N.Y. and also taught in Pittsfield, Mass., Mexico, N.Y., Dalton, Mass. and retired in 1986 as the Director of Reading in the Richfield Springs Central School District. She then returned to Johnstown, with her husband, where they built their retirement home. In 2001, she began her career as the District Coordinator for Senator Hugh T. Farley.
Mrs. Valachovic was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Johnstown where she served as an Elder, Deacon, co-chair of the Fellowship Committee for 26 years and also served on the Finance Committee and Nominating Committee. She was a 55 year member and Past Matron of St. Monica Chapt. No. 486 Order of the Eastern Star where she worked on projects for The Wounded Warriors, the Veterans Hospital and The Home at Oriskany for Assisted Living. She was a member, Past Royal Matron and Grand Representative for the Order of the Amaranth. Marie was a member and former Queen of the Daughters of the Nile in Latham, N.Y., supporting the Shriners Childrens Hospital. She was a member of the board of directors of the Willing Helpers Home for Women for 20 years and served as president for 10 years.
Mrs. Valachovic is survived by her son, Glenn R. (Kathy) Valachovic of Johnstown; and daughter Alison M. (John) Apple of Charlotte, N.C.; granddaughters, Ashley and Barbara; and grandsons, Joseph and Paul. She is also survived by a great-granddaughter and great-grandson; three brothers, Charles, John and William Kitchen; her sister, Ruth Miller; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ehle Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, Johnstown, N.Y. Interment will be in Ferndale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Childrens Hospital, Springfield, Mass. or the charity of choice.