Perry – Valerie Ann Altvater, 71, passed away Saturday, January 1, 2022 at Braintree Manor in Braintree, MA following a courageous battle with Huntington’s Disease. Valerie was born in Eastport on February 3, 1950, daughter of Christopher and Rita (Nicholas) Altvater.
After graduating from Poland Job Corps, Valerie furthered her education by becoming a Paralegal. She worked for Pine Tree Legal in Calais for many years and later became the Census Director with the Pleasant Point Tribal Government, retiring in 2004. She also served two terms on the Council for Pleasant Point. Valerie loved children and enjoyed spending time outdoors going on hikes and camping.
In addition to her parents, Valerie was predeceased by three children, Rhonda Emery, Victoria Altvater, and Charles Emery; two brothers, Bruce Francis and Kirk Altvater; and a special uncle, Lane Nicholas. Surviving are her daughter Kelly Altvater of Indian Township; 10 grandchildren, Oceanna, Seanna, Skye, Felicia, Daryle-Eve, Charles, Margaret, Anastasia, Roxanne and Valerie (her namesake); many great-grandchildren; four sisters, Gerarda Longfellow and husband Dale of Perry, Judy Cleaves and husband Clayton of Pleasant Point, Lisa Altvater Bassett and husband Edward of Pleasant Point, and Virginia Mitchell of Perry; a brother Christopher Altvater of Perry; many nieces and nephews; and numerous dear friends.
Visitation will begin 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at the home of Clayton and Judy Cleaves, 102 Indian Road, Perry until 10 a.m. Thursday, January 6. Masks will be required. A graveside service at Tahu Cemetery will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Valerie’s memory may be made to Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 Eight Ave. Suite 902, New York, NY 10018. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.