Joseph A. LaValle 73, died Sunday, September 20, in Albany. NY of non-Covid related, natural causes. Born September 13, 1947 in the Bronx, NY, he was the son of the late Anthony C. LaValle and Jeanne Pagana LaValle. He had resided at the very supportive Ingersoll Place Assisted Living in Niskayuna for the past 12 years and prior to that was a resident of the Woodstock-Saugerties area.
Joe grew up in the Bronx, NY, one of three children. He loved baseball – as a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees, and as an athlete himself, Joe went on to play on a Bronx championship team in the Babe Ruth baseball league.
Joe proudly enlisted in the US Navy in 1964 and served on the USS Boston as a gunner’s mate during the Vietnam War. During his Naval service he received the following medals: The National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation and the Combat Action Ribbon. Upon returning, he continued to fight valiantly against the physical and mental consequences of serving in war. Most importantly, Joe’s friends and family knew him as a kind, gentle and generous man.
Surviving are his brother John LaValle and his wife Annette of Woodstock and his sister Valerie LaValle of Ramsey, NJ, and his nieces and nephews: Andrea LaBate Glanz, Andrew LaValle, Nicholas LaBate, Peter LaValle and Amanda LaValle Genson as well as 11 grand nieces and nephews. Uncle Joe loved all these nieces and nephews dearly.
Burial will be in the Woodstock Cemetery in October and a family gathering in his memory will be held at later date. In the spirit of peace and healing, contributions to veterans’ organizations in Joe’s memory would be appreciated in an effort to help U.S. servicemen and women and veterans who struggle with mental and physical issues related to their service.