Date of Birth February 5, 1927
Date Deceased February 11, 2024
Hometown Hornell
Home State N.Y.
Service Date February 16, 2024
Service Time 10 a.m.
Service Location St. Ann's Church, Hornell
Interment Location Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport

Ruth M. Valentine

HORNELL-Ruth M. Valentine, 97, of Reynolds Avenue, passed away early Sunday morning (Feb. 11, 2024) at St. James Hospital in Hornell.

Born in Dunkirk, NY on Feb. 5, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Susan (Barnes) Sheedy. On Aug. 28, 1946, she was married at St. Ann’s Church in Hornell to William R. Valentine, who predeceased her on June 21, 2009, after 63 years of marriage. Besides her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by two sons, Robert Valentine and William Valentine; one granddaughter, Mercedes Valentine; and her brother, Thomas Sheedy.

A lifelong resident of Hornell, Ruth was a graduate of Hornell High School.

She dedicated her life to being a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister; and dearly loved her cats and her dog, Mia. Ruth will also be remembered as a die-hard NY Yankees fan.

Throughout the years she was a communicant of the former St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Hornell and presently at St. Ann’s Church of Our Lady of the Valley Parish.

She is lovingly survived by nine children. Tom (Mary Theresa) Valentine, Mike Valentine, Larry (Christine) Valentine all of Hornell, Tim (Bonnie) Valentine of Canisteo, Jim (Judieann) Valentine, Mark (Sarah) Valentine, Richard Valentine all of Hornell, Gary (Candi) Valentine of Elmira and Laurie (Michael) Adams of Hornell;  a daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Valentine of Canisteo, NY; 39 grandchildren and many great grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Joanne Sheedy of Virginia; as well as several nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to meet her family at St. Ann’s Church, 31 Erie Ave., Hornell where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday (Feb. 16, 2024). Committal prayers and interment will follow at Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to the Hornell Area Humane Society, 7946 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, NY 14843. Envelopes will be available at the church.

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell is honored to assist Ruth’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Ruth are welcome below in the comment section or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home or at


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7 Responses

  1. Probably one of the, if not the nicest ladies I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Rest in peace Mrs. V.

  2. I lived next door to Ruth and her family on S division st. She was a wonderful woman and had the patience of a saint. Daughter in law Chrissie is a good friend.Condolences to her entire family.

  3. So sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing, she lived a good long life and you all were so lucky to have her in your lives this long. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

  4. A wonderful woman, I knew Mrs. Valentine my whole life, beginning on Albion St. , so many years ago. A kind, caring, compassionate person, always had a friendly hello and a kind word. A legend in the old bloody fifth ward. Rest in Peace gentlewoman.

  5. Our heartfelt condolences to the entire Valentine family. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Cheresnowsky Families

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