BEACON – Valerie K. Towsley, of Beacon, died on Monday, January 9, 2017 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh. She was 74.
Daughter of the late John and Anne (Seelig) Palmer, she was born in Glendale, NY on March 26, 1942. Having grown up in Long Island, Valerie later relocated to Dutchess County with her family in 1966.
In 2009, she retired from IBM, where she worked as an administrative assistant for ten years. Prior to that, she worked as an assistant bookkeeper for the YWCA.
Valerie was a parishioner of St. Mary, Mother of the Church in Fishkill. For 20 years, she and her husband organized and hosted Pre-Cana meetings. Their guidance assisted 140 couples prepare for marriage in the Catholic Church. For many years, she volunteered for Meals-on-Wheels of Dutchess County. In addition to her work, church, and volunteer activity, Valerie also enjoyed sewing and tailoring as well as reading.
On July 3, 1965, she married Edward T. Towsley at St. Bernard’s Church in Levittown, NY. Mr. Towsley survives at home in Beacon.
She is also survived by five children: Jennifer Ambrosini & her partner Andrew Houle of Beacon, Dana Masullo & her husband Jim of Brookfield, CT, Valerie Anne Capalbo & her husband Roland of Beacon, Joachim Towsley & his wife Amanda of Whidbey Island, WA, and Lee Towsley & his wife Christina of Highland; 15 grandchildren: Michael, Matthew, Rebecca, Melissa, Marguerite, Gabrielle, Allie, Anthony, Emilia, Andy, Kobie, Casey, Brady, Elainah, and Dylan; her brother, Ronald Palmer & his wife Diane of Milton, VT; and many other loving relatives & friends.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, January 12 at the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street, Fishkill. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 13 at St. Mary, Mother of the Church, 106 Jackson Street, Fishkill. Interment will follow at St. Denis Cemetery in Hopewell Junction.
For directions and online tributes, you can visit Valerie’s Book of Memories at

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