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Gary Charles Valenza, age 61 of Roseville, died Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at home. He was born June 11, 1956 in Mt. Clemens, son of the late Rosario A. and the the late Dolores E. (nee: English) Valenza.

Born in Mt. Clemens and raised in Roseville, Gary ventured beyond the confines of the city to obtain his education and ultimately became a proud graduate of Hamtramck's, St. Ladislaus High School. Back in the day, St. Lad's (as it was more affectionately known) purveyed a unique and prestigious quality that seemed to add that little something extra to the teaching and mentoring children received.

For his picture of employment, Gary's working years were spent primarily in the retail grocery realm. Rotating between stock and cashier duties, he became quite familiar with the inner workings of the store and serving the needs of the customers. Gary's was a soothing countenance that permeated the lives of countless thousands of consumers over the years and made their shopping experience a more pleasant one. He took much pride in his task of helping to bring good food to the tables of his neighbors and friends in the community.

Along with marketing all that good food, Gary was also known for being quite the cook as well. Give him a kitchen, an oven and a stove, and Gary could whip up some magical meals in no time. He loved to cook and enjoyed seeing others appreciate the skills he possessed in the culinary realm. If you left his table hungry, you simply weren't tryin'!

As for his favorite pastimes, right there toward the top was his love of watching scary movies. The more eerie and bone-chilling they were, the better it was for Gary. Fright-Night kind of entertainment had his name written all over it. Then there was his passion for Atlantic City, New Jersey,…not so much for the casino or gambling aspect, but more for the boardwalk and beachcombing attraction,…and visiting his family members that called New Jersey home. There was never a shortage of good times and creating great memories with family and friends alike throughout his many trips to the coastal mecca of entertainment. And as the symbolic cherry on the sundae, Gary return from "Joysey" often found him getting a kick out of imitating his east coast loved ones with their unique dialect.

Gary was fondly and deeply loved by all who were blessed to know him. He had a heart of gold and cared for others more than he ever did himself,…especially when it came to his dear mother. She raised a good son who cherished the woman and Mom she was to him, and she was never in want when Gary was around. A loving son, brother and friend to many, Gary leaves behind a storehouse of precious memories for all to embrace with each reflection shared of him. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Dear brother of Carol (Richard) Canary, Anthony (Sheryl) Valenza, Alan (Susan) Valenza, Steven Valenza and the late Joseph Valenza Also survived by his sister-in-law Judith Valenza and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Gary will be held Sunday, October 29th from 5-9 pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 1/2 Mile Rd) in Warren.

He will lie in state on Monday from 9:30 am until the time of his Funeral Mass at 10:00 am at St. Isaac Joques Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Roseville, Michigan.

Please share memories at Gary's guest book above.