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Marlene Wanita Valente (nee Sguigna)

30 August, 194623 March, 2021
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Passed away after a lengthy fight on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at the age of 74. She is survived by her loving husband Giuseppe "a.k.a. Joe" for over 46 years. Beloved daughter of the late Orlando Sguigna and Edelphia Sguigna. Cherished mom to Steven, Christopher and Mathew. Dear sister to Gilda (Hector).Marlene will be joining in heaven her late brothers, Ron, Robert and Ricky. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her extended family and friends. Marlene was a very social and optimistic person who was always available to help out anyway possible. She always put her family first and would have done anything for them. She loved her scratch tickets, playing bingo and slot machines. She missed her hobbies and was looking forward to enjoying them again. In memoriam donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation, Heart & Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice in memory of Marlene. There will be a private family funeral and visitation. The family thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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Giuseppe Valente

6 April 2021

This was done on impulse. so long ago I had forgotten....I love this photo She loved the colour green....

Don & Carole Cascone

2 April 2021

Please accept our deepest sorry for your loss
Don & Carole Cascone

Tina Gaspich

27 March 2021

My deepest sympathies Uncle Joe, Steven, Christopher and Mathew. Auntie Marlene was my favourite "fun" aunt. I have so many fond memories of her from when I was a little girl right up to my 30's and beyond. I remember living at Grandma and Grandpa's house with my parents and sister Andrea. Auntie Marlene used to always take me places - Fantasy Island in NY, A & W drive in where the waitresses would come out to the car with your food order and place it on the window, our favourite restaurant at Keele and Lawrence on Saturday's so we could order french fries and gravy (still one of my most favourite foods to this day). When she worked at Capital Records, she would bring home all of the latest albums and 45's for me - The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Supremes, Chubby Checker and so many more. She would teach me how to dance to all of the songs too! We were spoiled by our grandparents and I'm sure it's because Auntie Marlene would go out with Auntie Gilda and buy the 6 of us grandchildren all of the latest toys and gadgets. She bought me my first record player so I could play all of the albums she brought me from work. I always remember staying over at my grandparents and I would sleep in Auntie Marlene's room. We stayed up reading romance comics and Harlequin Romance Novels. Every year on Kids Day she would take the 6 grandchildren along with Grandma and Auntie Gilda and we would spend the entire day at the CNE. We had so much fun going on the rides, eating in the food building and playing the games. We always ended the day with an ice cream waffle sandwich. She used to take me and my 2 sisters out in her Ford Pinto. I still remember when she brought it home and Grandpa hated it (he was always a Buick man). I'm going to miss talking to you Auntie Marlene, we had a lot of good times and great memories. I know you're up there with our family and I'm sure you're already running Bingo games for the group! Love you lots, RIP, Tina

Helga Leith

25 March 2021

Next month (April) Marlene and I would have shared 50 years of friendship. When I started a new job at Sterisystems, there she was. Quite often we would go rollerskating at the arena. When we spent weekends together at her parent's home, we never went to sleep without her looking under the bed for ghosts. As time went by she met Joe and we planned a wedding, which I was proud to be a part of. When they lived in their apartment on Jane St we had a dinner together (playing grownup I guess), and we thought we'd make homemade gnocchi. I can tell you, there was flour everywhere, especially while trying to do the flip with the fork. But they were delish. You had your 3 kids, we had out three, life gets busy and carries on, and suddenly we're seniors, always great meeting up for coffee and visiting, although not allowed in the past year. But now you can play endless bingo with the angels, rest in piece my friend. Always in my heart xo

Ushane Thuvette

25 March 2021

I would like to share some founding memories of my dearest friend Marlene on occasionally a small group of friends from the bingo hall where Marlene worked as a manager for many years we would all go to the casino after Marlene finished her work just for an hour on occasionally just to unwind and relax before going home to our family's and let me share some things about Marlene she was a family person and a hard worker and she didn't have time so on occasionally a group a friends from the bingo hall would get together and go to the casino after she finished worked because family and work came first but when she got some spare time she loved her casino but she was a very smart player she would just play with $20 and if that machine did not pay Marlene would not stay at that machine she would go on to another machine but at the end of the night she was the only winner and we were the losers and on one occasion we all went to Niagara falls casino I was driving a Volkswagen bug and there was seven of us but we all squeezed into the bug and drove to Niagara with no room to spare so every time we see each other we always bring up about the time we drove to Niagara in the Volkswagen bug it was a standard sorry every time I go to shift gears we all could hear the gears grinding so I said we might not make it there and back it may destroy the transmission and I heard Marlene saying if it do not we'll take a bus and then they all start laughing these are some memories of my dearest friend Marlene but she was a wonderful friend and wife to her husband Joe and there three sons Steven and the twins Christopher and Matthew let me share that she love you all and I know I will sadly sadly never forget Marlene she was a good friend and good friends are hard to come across so to the family my condolence goes out to you all UShane

Marlene rest in peace and please say hello to our friend Jenny so until we see you again I will miss you
UShane

roxanne mountain

25 March 2021

Condolences to you and the Family Joe.
She will be missed , my last memory of her was when you bought her that beautiful sweater last September..wish I had hugged her harder..always smiling ..Hugs
Roxanne and Al

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