Joleen Patete (nee Duffy), age 83 of Mentor, passed away January 19th at home surrounded by her children, Mickie, Michael, Tim, Bob and Margo.
Joleen was born May 10th, 1937 in Euclid, Ohio to the late James Joseph and Mary Eileen Duffy (nee Chamberlain). Joleen’s children were her world! After her children were grown, she pursued work in the medical field. She retired from University Mednet Neurology, where she worked as a medical assistant and trans cranial doppler technician.
Joleen and her husband Mike loved to travel, yearly trips to see the kids in Las Vegas, Prescott and Tucson Arizona. They enjoyed numerous cruises over the years. Joleen and Mike were “snow birds” in Fort Myers, Florida. For over 45 years their summer months were spent on Lake Chautauqua. The Cottage was their children’s and grandchildren’s “second home”. Joleen and her family spent many days at the Chautauqua Institute. Enjoying the out door masses, plays, concerts and seminar’s, followed by ice cream at the café’! They created a place for the family to gather, where lifetime memories were made. Family gatherings continued at Tim and Karen’s summer home that overlooks Lake Chautauqua. On the days in between, you would find Joleen and Mike swinging on the swing at Tim and Karen’s Mentor home. Joleen loved to watch the birds and variety of wildlife, which became her favorite thing to do in the last few years.
She was the loving wife of 66 years to the late Michael Patete; dearest mother of Michele Patete, Michael (Stephanie Bennett) Patete III, Timothy (Karen) Patete, Robert Patete, and Margo(Daryl) Williams; loving sister of Dodie (Chick-deceased) Ottman, Jim (Sally) Duffy, and the late Pat (Patty) Duffy; loving grandmother of Jennifer, Melissa (Jim), Maggie (Matt), Melinda (Karl), Laurie, Ryan (Ashley), Chad (Sam), Alisha (Jeff), Chris (Jessie), Vince (Jamie), Abby (Dan) and Claire (Sal); great grandmother of many, and one soon to be great great granddaughter (Giavanna); niece of Laura (Bill) Epaves; Joleen was the Aunt of many nieces, nephews, great great niece; great great nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made, in care of Joleen A. Patete, to David Simpson Hospice House, 300 East 185th st. Cleveland, Ohio 44119. Donations will go toward a bench that overlooks the lake for Joleen and Mike.
Joleen’s friends and family knew her as a strong woman, always a caregiver, her faith solid, kind and gentle soul, with a beautiful smile! She extended love to everyone.
Mom and Dad’s song was Earth Angel. They are now our Heavenly Angels.
A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, August 28th. Mom “Marmie”, you were the backbone of our family. We love you and miss you so very much.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Jeff Monreal Funeral and Cremation Services.