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My beloved geometry teacher from SBHS so many years ago. Mr. Valenti made math accessible and fun, even to a math-phobe like me. He wowed us with his ability to draw a perfect circle--freehand--on the board, and gave me extra credit on a quiz for knowing the name of the theme song to the TV show "Albert Hitchcock Presents." You only remember the best teachers this fondly and to this degree of detail. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Eileen Levitan - Bethesda, MD   Mar 29, 2012

It was a pleasure to work with Joe on The Monroe Township Library Board. He was a wonderful person and a pleasure to know. God Bless his family during this difficult time.

Posted by: Prena Shah - Monroe Township, NJ   Mar 28, 2012

I am extremely saddened and shocked by Joe's passing. He was a great inspiration to me at our days together at both Perth Amboy High School & Montclair State--in fact, being one year ahead of me, I looked up to him as the brother I never had. Speaking of brother, he was very excited in arranging a Gamma Delta Chi fraternity reunion (long overdue, he said) for this summer. I'm sure it will be a fitting memorial to him. Though

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Posted by: MYRON FOURATT - Naples, FL & Monmouth Juncti   Mar 27, 2012

Mr. [Joe] Valenti was a wonderful educator and a kind, gentle soul. Hands down the best math teacher ever and truly a special mentor of young people. His lasting friendships with former students is a testament to him. I was so sad to hear of his passing; my thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and his children. I hope wonderful memories will comfort you in these sad times.

Posted by: Nancy Lupica Wolman - Kendall Park, NJ   Mar 27, 2012

We were teachers once - and young. And we were pretty much united in our friendships as players on a H.S. softball team, staunch supporters of Reggie's (on one side of the counter ... or the other), and as prisoners of some killer faculty meetings. But those were the 70's - and Joe was an important piece of that jigsaw puzzle - a piece that was essential to make the picture complete. He was a good friend to many, and one who will be remembered by all.

Posted by: Allan Shuke - Monmouth Junction, NJ   Mar 27, 2012

I had the pleasure of having Joe Valenti as a teacher for both Geometry and Algebra 2 at South Brunswick High School. He was an outstanding teacher and an even more outstanding person. He most certainly influenced me to pursue a career in teaching and was a driving force in securing my current teaching position in South Brunswick. I can never forget the impact Joe (Mr. Valenti) had on my life.

Posted by: Paul Martorano - East Windsor, NJ   Mar 27, 2012

Joe was a good man and will be missed. Our hearts go out to Nancy and his family.

Posted by: Janean Vivadelli - Kendall Park, NJ   Mar 27, 2012

To the Valenti family, My sincerest condolences. I worked with Joe for many years both at the old and new SBHS. A dedicated professional, he was an even kinder person and caring family man. We are better for having known him.

Posted by: Edward Homann Jr - Trevose, PA   Mar 27, 2012

Dear Nancy Jen and Joey, A few words come to my mind when I reflect about my memory of Joe Valenti. Kindness, Respect,Dedication, Loyalty and Love of Family. It is with a heavy heart that I wish to express my sympathy to you all. He was a great person and a sincere pleasure to work with.

Posted by: Frances Bartunek - Kendall Park, NJ   Mar 26, 2012

I've really enjoyed "remembering" with Joe all the great times we've had in college over the last month. He really wanted to pull our frat reunion together. It will happen! So sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed by all who have the pleasure to have known him.

Posted by: Don Naylor - Livingston, NJ   Mar 26, 2012