Dr. Colleen Valente

Dr. Colleen Valente

Thursday, May 24th, 1956 Monday, January 6th, 2020

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Obituary for Dr. Colleen Ruth Valente (Engelkes)

DR. COLLEEN RUTH VALENTE, age 63, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Monday, January 6, 2020 (T.B.R.H.S.C). Colleen was born in Adrian, Minnesota on May 24th, 1956, the daughter of Harry and Darlene (Jacobs) Engelkes.
Colleen began early in life learning the value of hard work on the family farm in Southwestern Minnesota until the age of 18. Here, she honed this skill through early morning tasks that included feeding the various animals, milking cattle and harvesting the crops. True to herself, Colleen quickly learned these skills and in her thirst for knowledge, decided to attend nursing school. Although this choice, being away from family was difficult, Colleen could not keep herself from taking on new challenges, a trend that followed her throughout her life. Thankfully, this path lead her to work in Rochester, Minnesota at the Mayo Clinic with specialization in cancer treatment. This is where she met her future loving husband of 42 years Joe.
Joe and Colleen were married in July 1977 which brought her to Thunder Bay. In the early years, Colleen focused on her family, giving birth to three wonderful boys. In the years that followed Colleen provided unending care and compassion to raising these boys and gave them unconditional love and support. Colleen was also so proud of her grandchildren and really enjoyed sharing her love with them. There wasn’t much in life that Colleen couldn’t master. She was an avid gardener, loved sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting and cooking. Once these boys had chosen their path in life, Colleen then went back to satisfy her desire for knowledge and to share her care and compassion for others. This is when she decided to further her education; first with a master’s degree in nursing (Dean Braun medal for highest ranking student), then a nurse practitioner diploma, then a master’s degree in acute care. Finally, she decided to reach the precipice of her career in attaining her doctorate in medicine.
Colleen leaves behind to grieve, her loving husband Joe, sons Dr. Joe (Laura), Michael, Julia; David; Jonathan (Megan), Annabelle, Jack, Valente; brother Alan (Deanna), Aaron, Chris, Kari, Engelkes (Minnesota); brother-in-law Bruno (Donna, deceased), Louie (Alana); Dr. Tony (Dr. Christy), Oliver; Angie, Valente; brother-in-law Frank, Nicholas, Anthony, Catareana; sister-in-law Rose (Tony), Samuel, Dr. Lucas (Dr. Amanda), Angelica, Migliazza.
Colleen was predeceased by her parents Harry & Darlene Engelkes; father and mother-in-law Luigi & Angelina Valente; sister-in-law Donna Valente; and many uncles and aunts.
Funeral services for the late Dr. Colleen Valente will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020 when family and friends will gather at St. Anthony’s R.C. Church for funeral mass beginning at 11:00 am, private interment will follow at St. Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2020, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 N. Court Street. Should friends so desire, in lieu of flower memorials, donations can be made to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation – Northern Cancer Fund. Arrangements in care of the Sargent and Son Funeral Directors, 21 N. Court St. Online condolences may be made at

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel
    21 North Court Street
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    Thursday, January 9th, 2020
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Vigil prayers beginning at 7:00 p.m.
  • Service

    Friday, January 10th, 2020 | 11:00am
    St. Anthony's R.C. Church
    123 Hilldale Road
    ThunderBay, ON
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    Friday, January 10th, 2020
    Rev. Luigi Filippini
  • Interment

    Friday, January 10th, 2020 |
    St. Andrew's Catholic Cemetery
    690 Oliver Road
    Thunder Bay, Ontario
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    Friday, January 10th, 2020

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Alison & Bruce Latimer, Karim Ben Sari, and other have sent flowers to the family of Dr. Colleen Ruth Valente (Engelkes).
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Alison & Bruce Latimer, Karim Ben Sari, and other have sent flowers to the family of Dr. Colleen Ruth Valente (Engelkes).
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Annabelle Bell

I feel so saddened to see that Dr. Valente has passed. I was a patient of hers and have been wondering where she was, and I tripped over her obituary. I do however understand that the family would probably want their privacy. I only saw her a few times, but in those times, she was very compassionate and professional. I will miss seeing her. I apologize that I have been still using her name in my visits to the hospital and asking her secretary when she will be back. Again my condolences and prayers for her family and associates at this time.
Comment | Posted at 03:38pm via Condolence

Aaron Engelkes Family

We are sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathy.
Comment | Posted at 12:03am via Condolence

Lina Colistro

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this difficult time.
With Deepest Sympathy Lina Colistro and family
Comment | Posted at 12:07pm via Condolence

Joyce D’Angelo

To Joe and family, I’m so sorry to hear of Colleen’s passing. It’s been many years since we have seen each other but I have very fond memories of the family times we spent together so many years ago. I am sending you my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Joyce D’Angelo
Comment | Posted at 11:14am via Condolence

Judy Castellan

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom at this time. May you be comforted by memories of good times you had with her. So many good things have been said about her. Such a loss not only for your family but for all of Thunder Bay.
Judy Castellan

Comment | Posted at 10:08pm via Condolence

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