Funeral services have been held for Valarie Tucker-Ribakove, 64, of Bayonne. She passed away peacefully on Aug. 12. Born in New York City, Valarie lived in the Newport area of Jersey City before moving to Bayonne where she settled for the last several years of her life. Valarie loved telecommunications and retired from her professional career after working with the Environmental Defense Fund as an information technology manager in New York City for nearly a decade. Her favorite pastimes included traveling, cooking, and reading. When possible, she attended church and mentored youth. Valarie was known for her deep love for cats and without hesitation opened her heart and home to strays throughout the years. Valarie was predeceased by her parents, John and Arline Tucker and her sister, Sharon Smith. Left to cherish her memory are her brother Craig Tucker and many nieces and nephews. Services arranged by Dworzanski and Son Funeral Home, Bayonne.