Valerie Jean Pichette
1950 - 2015
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Valerie Jean (Carlson) Pichette, 65, of Windham, beloved wife of Norman Pichette, died November 15, 2015 in St. Francis Hospital. She was born May 8, 1950 in Providence, R.I. the daughter of Evril and Rita (Lennox) Carlson. Val graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School, Providence, R.I., received her Bachelor of Arts degree from ECSU and Master of Arts from Sacred Heart University. She had served as Assistant Director of the Willimantic branch of Quinebaug Valley Community College and later as Executive Assistant to the dean of UCONN's Neag School of Education. Valerie had a passion for being an educator and assisting students in pursuing their dreams. Besides her husband Norman she is survived by two sons: Brian Pichette of Windham and Daniel Pichette and his wife Megan of Norwich; grandchildren: Sean Pichette and Caitlin Pichette of Windham, Michael Mangual, Jack Pichette and Molly Pichette of Norwich. She also leaves a sister Donna Baldwin of Chesapeake, VA and brother-in-law Irvin Trombley of Providence, RI and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by a sister Judith Trombley and brother-in-law Dave Baldwin. Her family will receive relatives and friends Wednesday, 11/18/15, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bacon Funeral Home, 71 Prospect St. Willimantic, CT. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, 11/19/15, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, Jackson St. Willimantic. Please assemble at the church. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Club Rd. Windham. In lieu of flowers, donations, in her memory, may be made to the St. Francis Hospital Foundation, 95 Woodland St. Hartford, CT 06105. Please visit to register your condolences online.

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Published in Hartford Courant on Nov. 17, 2015.
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November 24, 2015

To all of you who had a special and intimate relationship with Valerie: We met a zillion years ago at the lunch counter at Woolworths in Willimantic when she introduced herself to me as another new mom, (your Brian and my Becky). We spent time together as new moms and Valerie moved on to raise her children and further her education and career; something I wasn't able to do. Once my children were raised, I moved on and secured a position at UConn where I once connected with Valerie and had conversations over the years. The last time we spoke was sometime last year and she had me in stitches. I left UConn as of 9/1 and had no idea of her passing until today. She is an inspiration to me and will always bring a smile and chuckle when I think of her. I hope you all know how many lives she had impacted. Thank you so much for sharing her. Regards. Carol Isakson (Aubrey)
November 21, 2015
Dear Norm, Brian, Daniel, and family,

Please accept my deepest sympathy on Valerie's passing. I will always remember her bright eyes and voice, and the way she instantly connected on a pesonal level. She was an inspiration for her contributions to the community and to education, and a great friend to my mother and many others. We will miss her greatly, and keep her and you close in our hearts and thoughts.

With my warmest wishes for peace and comfort during this hard time, Ana Berlin
Ana Berlin
November 21, 2015
Norman, Brian, Daniel and family,

I had the pleasure of knowing Val both personally and also professionally as part of the UCONN family.

I am so very sorry for your loss and send my deepest sympathy to all of you.

Leslie LeBel
Windham Center, CT
November 19, 2015
Dear Norm and family you all are in my prayers, Valerie was so positive and suportive during her journey and it was a pleaseant to care for her. May God continue to bless you and keep you all
Gloria Cran
November 19, 2015
Dear Norman, Brian, Daniel & family,

We are so very sorry for your loss. Val was such a gift to this world, and we send our heartfelt condolences to all of you. We'll remember you all in our prayers.

Gil & Kathy
Kathy Loiselle
November 19, 2015
Val was one of the most positive and supportive people with whom I have ever worked. Over the 12 years I served on the Dean's Council in Neag, I always sure of one thing. When Val had something to say, you knew she was a voice of reason, always placing the interests of the School and the students above all else. She was the perfect colleague. My deepest condolences go out to the family she loved so very much. Carl Maresh
November 18, 2015
To Valerie's family, I knew Valerie while my husband worked at UCONN in the Department of Kinesiology. In my encounters with her, both professionally and personally, she was truly kind, enthusiastic and friendly. Though we did not cross path frequently, she had a place in my heart due to her kindness and sincere spirit. Please accept my most sincere condolences and deepest sympathy for a lovely life that left us too soon. All of you are in my prayers for your peace.
Becky Maresh
November 18, 2015
I will surely miss Val, with her no-nonsense approach, her extraordinary dedication, and her core of kindness and humor. I am better for her fierce and loving advocacy.
Sue Saunders
November 18, 2015
I will never forget our friendly chats and your wonderful sense of humor. Whenever we spoke I always felt a little bit better for it because you were so uplifting, smart, caring and wise. Rest in peace.
Orv Karan
November 18, 2015
Hi Val, its only me. I miss you already. I will also miss our phone calls, our laughs, and you putting me on hold while ordering your coffee at the drive-thru window. We will miss our deep secrets we had. It will tough not to have those laughs, and especially when you, Patsy and I are together wetting our pants. I think we are the only ones that keep the underwear company in business(ha ha) Take Care, say hi to everyone, and I am sure on St. Patrick's Day you will all be enjoying corn beef and cabbage and Nana Lennox will have her cold glass of beer singing her tunes, "Go, Go Antonio" Remember? Love you, Shirley
Shirley Lee
November 18, 2015
You welcomed me to Connecticut and we reminisced about Rhode Island many times. I will always treasure your wit and strength and remember you fondly. Prayers and peace to your loved ones.

November 18, 2015
It's hard to put into words how we feel about losing someone who has been so much of a part of our family. In Val's case two families- The Schwab family and the Neag School of Education family. You will always be in our hearts Val- Our love goes out to Norm and all the all the Pichettes. Rest in peace my friend. Rich, Kristin, Garrett and Emily
Schwab Family
November 17, 2015
I will miss you Val! You have always been such a lovely presence, not only in your many important roles at UConn, but in our community. Most of all, I will feel sadness in the loss of a such a good friend. Our family offers our condolences to your family.
Pat and Chuck Leavens
November 17, 2015
I worked with Val during my senior year at UCONN several years ago. She was a fiery, strong, powerhouse of a woman and she was everybody's mother. She was both the hurricane and the calm at the center. She was my friend and I've missed her. Today, I miss her a little more.
Matthew Leonard
November 17, 2015
For eight great years, we worked side by side. For eight great years, you were always there for me. For eight great years, your no nonsense straight talks led me through many obstacles and challenges.

I will never forget our lunch room laughs, behind closed door chats, and your mentorship. Me and "my NCATE" will always remember you!

Neag School has lost a strong pillar, and UCONN has lost a forever loyal member of its family.

Thank you for all you have done for us.

Yuhang Rong
November 17, 2015
Valerie welcomed me and my family to UConn with open arms. We will miss you Valerie.
November 17, 2015
A candle lit for Val so her light will shine forever in our hearts.
Jo Ann Easton
November 17, 2015
I am so sad for the loss of Valerie Pichette. In the Spring of 1991 I took courses toward a certificate at Quinebaug Valley Community College, and she was one of my instructors. The following semester, Fall 1991 I became her co-worker, as the Clerk Typist. We had some much fun working together, especially when I was pregnant with my third child, I was in pain and she was afraid I was going to have the baby right there.

My deepest sympathy to her family. May she rest in peace.
Norma Marquez
November 17, 2015
Peace be with you, Val.
Casey Cobb
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