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.
7 Replies to “Joleen Patete (nee Duffy)”
This is just beautiful, as was she. It’s hard to believe that they’re both gone, but comforting that she’s with Uncle Mike, and so many others. She’s back to her old self and able to enjoy all of the indescribable joys of heaven. Love you all and sending prayers.
Jolene was like my second mom. I will miss her but I am sure she and my mom, one of her closest friends are having a great reunion in heaven. Prayers and sympathy to all – Mickie, Mike, Tim, Bob, and Margo!
Jim- Joleen and I were one year apart. I consider her the Mother Therese of our family.at twelve years old she started helping handicapped children at The Rosemary Home. She spent her life looking after others. She was my beautiful Sister, inside and out.
Micki, Mike and family…….I am so sorry to see this. Your Mom was truly a gem and I am very privileged to have had her in my life. God bless you all.
Joleen and I worked together for so many years. To this day, it was the best time ever. Joleen ALWAYS had a smile on her face and OMG the patients just loved her. As we all did. All my love and sympathy to you Margo.
During the years when we were unable to have conversations,
We were still able to connect spiriitually. I thank our God for that and the love of my precious sister. I too am so grateful to Mickie and all your family for the the constant care & unselfish lover they gave you.
Jolene and Ellie are working on figuring out how to make our world a better place. Over pots of coffee
Jolene took the time to call a few times a month after my mom, and my daughter Rose got their Angel Wings.
LOVE HUGS AND PEACE TO YOU MY FRIENDS