Amber "Joan" Valk Shepherd
1952 - 2018

Amber "Joan" (Valk) Shepherd, 66, of Middletown, beloved wife of the late Art Shepherd passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Wadsworth Glen.

Born in Middletown, CT, she was the daughter of John and the late Katherine (Durgin) Valk. Amber was an accomplished Realtor for over 30 years, loved her book club, member of a dart club, a member of the B.M.W. Motor Club and she had an undeniable free spirit view towards life.

Amber is survived by her sons; Wesley Rand, his wife Mikki, their children Cody and Stephanie of Cromwell, and Seth Rand, his sons Kyle and Tyler, of Middletown. Amber also leaves her two sisters and a brother; Linda Gamache of Portland, CT, Katherine Hennessey, her husband James of Massachusetts, and her brother John Valk and his wife Rachel of New Hampshire, many nephews and nieces.

She was pre-deceased by her sister Mary Ann Pettiross.

There will be no wake or funeral, per Amber's request. A Memorial Gathering will be given by the family at a future date for family and friends to come and share their fondest moments spent with Amber. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Wadsworth Glen and Athena Hospice Care for their gentle caring for Amber and the family during this difficult time.

the Middletown Press - October 3, 2018