John and Rosella Todd Valentine, former residents of the North Country who now reside in Pennbrooke Fairways (Leesburg, Florida), will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 25, 2020.
Rosella, daughter of the late Edward and Doris Sibley Todd of DePeyster, holds an Associate’s degree from SUNY-Canton and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University at Albany. She also completed graduate work at St. Lawrence University and Cornell University.The majority of Mrs. Valentine’s 31-year teaching career was spent at Northwest Tech in Ogdensburg in the Office Technology Department.
She was selected by the NYS Education Department to serve as the first New York State Teacher Ambassador for Career and Technical Education.
Mrs. Valentine was very involved in community activities in the North Country, including service on the boards of the United Helpers and the Frederic Remington Art Museum, and has been a member of the SUNY-Canton College Foundation Board of Directors for the past 43 years.
She has continued her activism and community involvement in Central Florida.
John, son of the late Michael and Joan Rossi Valentine of Troy, holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hartwick College and completed graduate work at SUNY-Oneonta. His career in the North Country included several years at Mitel, Inc., as the company’s Human Resources Manager.
He was also Human Resources Director at Potsdam Paper before ending his career as Executive Director of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council of Jefferson County. John was very active in both the Ogdensburg and the Watertown communities and was responsible for initiating “First Night” in Watertown.
In their retirement, the Valenties have had the opportunity to travel extensively through Europe and they look forward to continuing their travel experiences after the pandemic.
The couple had planned to celebrate their golden anniversary with a party for family and friends in the North Country in July. However, the Coronavirus pandemic has changed everyone’s plans and they now plan to celebrate their 50th on their 51st anniversary in 2021.