Obituary of Joseph E. VanValkenburgh
Joseph Edward VanValkenburgh Junior affectionately known as “Joey” died unexpectedly on December 10th, 2023 in the comfort of his own bed in Schenectady New York.
Joey was born on May 19th, 1985 to Nancy and Joseph VanValkenburgh Senior. Their first son and the families first grandson.
Joey was a graduate of Gilboa Conesville Central School, class of 2004. He went on to attend some college at Hudson Valley Community College where he studied construction. Just three short years after his high school graduation, Joey and his then girlfriend Stephanie welcomed their son Dutchie (Yianni) into the world. The people closest to him could see that Joey’s life was forever changed for the better. The pride and love Joey had for his son was unmeasurable.
Throughout his life, Joey had a love for the outdoors and was an avid hunter. Some of his best memories were made outside on his grandparents farm and in the woods behind his childhood home.
Joey survived a traumatic brain injury in 2012, resulting in several surgeries and lengthy hospitalizations. Despite the challenges Joey faced as a result of this injury, he persevered onward. Strength and courage were common themes throughout Joeys life and these attributes will not be soon forgotten.
Joey is survived by his son Yianni (Dutchie) VanValkenburgh; His parents Joe and Nancy; His sisters Mariah (Nick Togias) and Emily (Matthew Coco); His nieces and nephew Gianna, Callista, Blake, and Elouise; and his Grandmothers Doreen VanValkenburgh and Roberta Banks. Joey is predeceased by his Uncle Brian VanValkenburgh(2004), and his Grandfathers David Banks(2010) and Clarence VanValkenburgh Junior(2012).
He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2023 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Decker Funeral Home, 5312 Main Street, Windham, Ny 12496.
A funeral service will take place on Friday, December 15, 2023 at 10am at Discover Life Church, 14464 Main Street, Prattsville, NY
Interment at Fairlawn Cemetery, Prattsville, NY
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