Mitch Valerien

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“Thinking of you my friend in heaven! I miss you Mitch! I think of you often in so many ways, a football games, you went to the 40th super bowl game...Read More »
1 of 37 | Posted by: Christine Carpenter - Coventry, RI

“I just found out about Mitch (Michelle) passing away. I am sooo sorry! Diane, I so greatly miss you, will never forget you and your beautiful family...Read More »
2 of 37 | Posted by: Audrey McIntyre - Hartford, CT

“Wow a year has gone by since Mitch passed and I can still remember our first day at MetLife in April of 1991. As many of us sat there that day of...Read More »
3 of 37 | Posted by: Beverly Ortoleva - Coventry, RI

“P. Diane, Family and Friends - I am so shocked and saddened as I just saw that Mich has gone Home. I only met her twice but felt her beautiful heart...Read More »
4 of 37 | Posted by: Sue S - RI

“To Mitch's Family & Friends -I met Mitch through the Animal Support at Benson's in Pittsfield, MA.. Mitch always had the greatest smile and full of...Read More »
5 of 37 | Posted by: Sally Dean - Pittsfield, MA

“Diane,Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your daughter. Natalie has been keeping me up to date with you and she told me of the passing of...Read More »
6 of 37 | Posted by: Bernard Jackvony - East Greenwich, RI

“I miss you Mitch. I am glad that we were able to see our favorite movie "The Greatest Showman" and share fries one last time. I know you're over the...Read More »
7 of 37 | Posted by: Deb Lilley - Pittstown, NY

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I worked with Mitch at MetLife. She was a bright light and full of positive energy. Her kind soul...Read More »
8 of 37 | Posted by: Nick Elliott - Coworker

“Mitch & I were friends while in high school through CYO. Rest in peace, and may the angels lead you into paradise. ”
9 of 37 | Posted by: Mark Brown - Boston, MA

“This brought me more comfort than any words I could enter here, dear Mitch~Every blade in the field,Every leaf in the forest,Lays down its life in...Read More »
10 of 37 | Posted by: Sue Pollock - Troy, NY - friend

“My thought's and Prayer's are with your family at this time. I knew Mitch from our CYO day's. She was a Great Friend to All. May her memories be a...Read More »
11 of 37 | Posted by: Brenda Lancellotta-MacKenzie - RI

“Mitch you will be missed by so many people you have touched over the years. You are a beautiful sole. You were always positive and had a heart of...Read More »
12 of 37 | Posted by: Kristen De Souza - RI

“I knew Mitch for many years working together at MetLIfe and so sad to hear of her passing. Mitch always had a smile and always seemed to be in a...Read More »
13 of 37 | Posted by: Alan Frio - West Warwick, RI

“I met Mitch after Hurricane Katrina, when many of us "alumni" were working for more animal-friendly laws and policies, and setting up...Read More »
14 of 37 | Posted by: Susann Thiel - Seattle, WA

“I began at MetLife with Mitch and oh gosh we had so much fun in the training that we had for like an overall one for systems. We also ended up in the...Read More »
15 of 37 | Posted by: Bev Ortoleva - West Warwck, RI

“I am heartbroken to hear of Mitch's passing. I got to know her through all her wonderful friends at The Animal Support Project. From the short...Read More »
16 of 37 | Posted by: Clara Quinlan Duncan - Troy, NY

“Laurie and family, I am so deeply saddened at the monumental loss of your sister, Mitch. May God Bless Her Soul for all eternity and somehow comfort...Read More »
17 of 37 | Posted by: Therese Picard - Warwick, RI

“You became Saint Mitch to me at MetLife sometime in the mid 90s after bailing me out of dozens of IT problems in the training room. Later, you...Read More »
18 of 37 | Posted by: Brian Gately - Center Barnstead, NH

“I am so sorry for your loss. Mitch had a heart of gold and was a great friend to many. She will be missed. ”
19 of 37 | Posted by: Mickey LeVasseur - Richmond, RI

“You are now in Heaven with God and the Animals you loved. Love you. ”
20 of 37 | Posted by: Denise Langlais - North Scituate, RI

“We are so sorry to hear of Mitch passing away! She was a great friend and a kind person! ”
21 of 37 | Posted by: Debbie & Nitin Trivedi - RI

“To the Valerie's family. Mich was a great person. She always gave all she had to help others.I enjoyed our time together at CYO. She will be missed....Read More »
22 of 37 | Posted by: Patricia Enos - Coventry, RI

“Susan and I were deeply saddened today to learn of Mitch's passing, though it has been many years since we last saw each other. Our sincerest...Read More »
23 of 37 | Posted by: Scott Furtado - West Warwick, RI

“Mitch was in the first class I taught dividends to at MetLife back in 88 or 89. We had such a great time and my memories of her are that she was a...Read More »
24 of 37 | Posted by: Carol Nelson - Warwick, RI

“My beloved Namaste and I met Mitch ay photo fantasy and other fund raisers for the Animal Support Project. We always looked forward to seeing her....Read More »
25 of 37 | Posted by: Cynthia Mott - Schenectady, NY

“Our hearts are with you. We will miss Mitch so much. Her friendship meant so much to us and we were so blessed to have known her and worked Along...Read More »
26 of 37 | Posted by: Laurie and John Malm - NY

“I ve never met Mitch, but, I am forever greatfull to her & Animal Support Progect for saving & giving us the privilege of taking care of the most...Read More »
27 of 37 | Posted by: Renata Dusseault

“My condolences to Mitch's family, may she rest in peace. ”
28 of 37 | Posted by: Patty OBrien - Friend

“I was a foster mom with the Animal Support Project. I met Mitchie through them. She was a beautiful and carrying person. She will be so missed by us...Read More »
29 of 37 | Posted by: Sharon Messersmith - NY

“I am sooo sad to hear about Mitch's passing! My Son, Jason and I first met her when we called to see about help for a surgery my Son's dog; Logan...Read More »
30 of 37 | Posted by: Diane Chartrand - Wynantskill, NY

“Mitch's mom has been like a mother to me so I have known Mitch many years. She was a kind and generous soul who would help anyone. There were a few...Read More »
31 of 37 | Posted by: Sherry Hernandez - Lakeland, FL

“Such a sad day for her many many friends. One if the best people I'm priviledged to have known. She has the biggest heart. My condolences to her...Read More »
32 of 37 | Posted by: Angela Timmann - West Warwick, RI

“Sending my condolences to Mitch's family and friends. Mitch was much beloved by all who knew her and will be missed by all. ”
33 of 37 | Posted by: Lynn Conway - Exeter, RI

“Oh my Nancy... SoOOOO sad and sorry to hear about your cousin...NO WORDS ONLY HEARTFELT HUGS ♥ and my condolences during this time...My...Read More »
34 of 37 | Posted by: Cheryl Sylvia-Kirwin - Coventry, RI

“I remember Mitch always had a smile. Even as a child she loved animals and at one time wanted to be a veterinarian. Worked for one when she was in...Read More »
35 of 37 | Posted by: Pauline Cottle Cottle - Salisbury, NC

“Dear Diane sending heartfelt prayers to you and all her loved ones. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow. ”
36 of 37 | Posted by: Michele LaMountain - Aurora, CO

“My deepest sympathy to The family. I worked with Mitch..for many years at Met Life. v ”
37 of 37 | Posted by: Francine Colardo - West Warwick, RI


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It is with great sadness that the family of Mitch Valerien, 52, announces her passing following a brief illness, on Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Troy, New York.

A native of Rhode Island, and longtime employee of MetLife Insurance, she is predeceased by her father, Paul R. Valerien and survived by her mother and stepfather, Diane and Russell Harris of Lakeland, Florida; and her sister and brother-in-law, Laurie and Steven Whitman, of Coventry, RI, as well as two nieces and a nephew.

Throughout her life, she had a passion for animals, volunteering to care for those left homeless after Hurricane Katrina and co-founding The Animal Support Project, which continues to help countless families and their pets in New York. Over the years, she fostered and adopted countless numbers of dogs, including the eight she leaves behind.

Her other great love was football--especially the Patriots! One of the greatest moments in her life was the opportunity to stand on the field at Gillette Stadium and try on some authentic Super Bowl rings. Even after moving to New York, Mitch continued to display her die-hard loyalty for the Patriots with her highly visible PatsFan2 license plate.

A memorial service in Mitch's honor is currently being planned.