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“What a great lady, with so much spunk, and life! I will truly miss seeing her. The world could use more people like Dolores in it! Deepest sympathy...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Rick Cervi - Portland, OR

“Steve,I am so very sorry for your loss. May your mother rest in peace. ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Hong Dinh - Sterling Heights, MI

“So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.With our deepest condolences,Deb and Rich Barney ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Deb and Rich Barney - Macomb, MI

“My condolences to the Valenza Family. My thoughts and Prayers are with you during this difficult time. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Jim Crowe - Roseville, MI

“Mrs. Valenza has been if my life since day one!! I Loved her so very much!! Her laughter, love, and kindness, will always be wirhvus forever!! &...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Suzy Billotti - Roseville, MI


Dolores Elizabeth Valenza, age 91 of Roseville, died Saturday, May 13, 2017 at St. John Hospital & Medical Center in Detroit. Born in Detroit on August 17, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Charles and the late Elizabeth (nee: Schimulphfennig) English.

Along with the care and nurturing Dolores poured into her family and household, she was also proud of the many years she spent with a local tool & die company working as a skilled laborer. Employed by Production Tool Supply for over 20 years, she extended the utmost in dedicated and loyal service until accepting her well-deserved retirement.

When not working, Dolores held many passions in life and enjoyed a host of different pastimes and escapes to balance it all out. In her younger years, she found great entertainment in the game of bowling. There was always great fun to be had each time she gathered with her bowling mates around the alleys and rolled a few in search of that elusive 300 game. Another of her sporting tastes came with the game of baseball, especially when she was taking in the local pleasures of her favorite Boys of Summer, the iconic Detroit Tigers. Just like apple pie and Chevrolet, it didn't get any more Americana for Dolores than when she was hearing the crack-of-the-bat and the roar of the crown on game day.

As for a bit of entertainment around the table at home, family and friends alike could often be found joining with Dolores in the game of dice called "Left, Right, Center"…definitely a crowd pleaser and one of her favorites as well. If the dice were stashed away and the playing cards came out, then Dolores' game of choice became the ever-popular, Pinochle. Sitting with a table full of loved ones with the cards flying and the competition piqued, it never ceased to be a source of welcomed entertainment.

Yet the competition that piqued Dolores' interests beyond expression were the games of chance that called her name at the casinos. Giving Ol' Lady Luck a run for her money was often a challenge for which Dolores was more than happy to "step up to the plate." She loved visiting the casinos and soaking in the excitement and aura of the sights and sounds that made the environment electric. But the REAL fun came with that special trip to one of America's most popular gambling meccas, the boardwalk at Atlantic City, New Jersey. Like a casino on steroids, Dolores just couldn't get enough of all that glitz and glamour,…east coast style.

There's no doubt,…Dolores knew how to have a good time and appreciate the pleasures of a balanced life, and that balance often came through her abiding and devout faith in God. She valued her faith beyond measure or words which was felt and witnessed by way of the Rosary she prayed each & every day,…on time, all the time. Everyone knew her Rosary time and knew never to call at that hour. Dolores' faith touched a multitude of hearts and souls throughout her life's journey and was a testimony to a life well lived. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Dolores leaves behind a storehouse of warm and wonderful memories for all to cherish and embrace who were blessed and fortunate to know this special lady. She will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Dolores was the beloved wife of the late Rosario. Loving mother of Carol (Richard) Canary, Anthony (Sheryl) Valenza, Gary Valenza, Alan (Susan) Valenza, Steven Valenza, and the late Joseph (Judith) Valenza. Sister of Patricia DeGregory and Ronald (Joyce) English. Loving grandmother of 7 and great-grandmother of several.

Visitation for Dolores will be held Thursday, May 18th from 3-9 pm, with a 7 pm Vigil Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd.) in Warren. She will lie in state on Friday from 9:30 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 10:00 am at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, 21120 Benjamin St., St. Clair Shores, MI 48081. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Roseville, Michigan.

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