Bernard Joseph Casalegno
August 13, 1920 – January 1, 2021
In the comfort of his home, Bernard “Ben” Casalegno passed away on January 1, 2021 at the age of 100 from Congestive Heart Failure.
Ben was born in Fairbanks Alaska to George & Vera Casalegno and was the third of six children. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Soquel California where he was raised on the Casalegno Family Farm and Country Store.
Ben graduated from Santa Cruz High School and later went to work at McClellan Air Force Base as a civilian employee. While working at McClellan he was introduced to his sweetheart, Dorothy, by Dorothy’s sister, Caroline, who worked with Ben at McClellan. In March 1943 Ben joined the United States Army Air Force. Ben and Dorothy were married ten months later in January 1944 and celebrated their 76th wedding anniversary together in 2020.
About a year after their marriage, Ben was deployed overseas during WWII to US occupied Japanese Islands where he worked on P-47 Thunderbolt Airplanes. After his honorable discharge, he went back to work at McClellan until he retired. Ben and Dorothy remained in the Sacramento and surrounding area where they raised 3 sons and 1 daughter.
Ben was dearly loved by all of his family and friends. Ben was predeceased by his parents George and Vera, brothers Matthew, Frank, Bill and sister Loretta Szychowski. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Casalegno; sister Lucille Mogaard; 4 children – Dennis Casalegno (Sandy), Jim Casalegno, Bill Casalegno (Arleta) and Cheryl (Jeff); 8 Grandchildren – Lisa Myrick (Dale), Kim Daugherty, Chris Quandt (Emily), April Garringer (Josh), Allison Gennai (Bridger), Paige Casalegno, Michelle Voth (Aaron) and Amber Waltman (Ken); 9 Great Grandchildren and 6 Great-Great Grandchildren.
He will be laid to rest in the Court of Honor at Mt. Vernon Memorial Park and Mortuary in Fair Oaks, California on January 19, 2021.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Bernard Joseph Casalegno
January 16, 2021
We are very sorry to hear of Uncle Ben's passing. As much as he will be missed by his family, there is comfort knowing he is in heaven in the arms of Jesus. Our thoughts & prayers are with Aunt Dorothy, Dennis, Jim, Bill, Cheryl & their families. May God comfort you all. God blessed Ben with an amazing life & a wonderful family. May your many memories help you all with the loss. Rest in peace, Uncle Ben. We love you.
Kirk, Cathy, Andrew Shelby & Megan
Sharon & Wes Reed
January 14, 2021
We send our love and sincere condolences to Aunt Dorothy and cousins Dennis, Jim, Bill & Cheryl, their spouses and extended families.
Uncle Ben will truly be missed by so many who feel honored to have known and loved this honorable and good man. We are so blessed he was here for 100 years sharing his innumerable teachings on how to better our planet. That legacy will live on in many forever.
Until we meet again Uncle Ben, rest in peace.