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Beloved River Edge Teacher, Single Mom Battling Cancer Dies

Val Purciello and her four children, of River Edge.
Val Purciello and her four children, of River Edge. Photo Credit: Val Purciello

PARAMUS, N.J˘ —Val Purciello, who was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in December, died on Saturday. She was 57.

More than $21,000 had been raised on a GoFundMe as of Saturday morning for the single mom of four.

She worked as a childcare provider at Retro Fitness Hackensack and as a teacher in Paterson.

Support poured in from community members, some hailing Purciello as a "selfless and amazing" person.

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