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Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home

4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA

OBITUARY

Mario Leander Caluda

October 11, 1938June 27, 2020

Mario Leander Caluda was born October 11, 1938 and passed away peacefully at his home in the presence of his family on June 27, 2020. He was 81 years old, road hard and worn. He is survived by his children, Stephanie Marie Caluda, Lon Roncalli Caluda (Michelle), and Jennifer Marie Caluda, granddaughters, Haley, Molly, and Chloe Caluda, his loving girlfriend, Anita Dugas, his brother Glenn J. Caluda (Beth), and his niece, Monica Caluda. He is also survived by his loving canine companion, Remy Caluda who protected and comforted him at all costs. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane Caluda, his sister Rose Chrissoverges, and parents Fannie and Frank Caluda. Mario was a founding member of Chapter LAK, Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA.) He enjoyed riding his trike in Mardi Gras parades with panties on his head and playing tour guide on various club rides. Earlier in life he was a longtime member of Green Acres Country Club (GACC) where he loved to play tennis, write the club newsletter, control the men’s challenge board and watch his kids swim, dive & play tennis. Mario earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at LSU and was a diehard, avid fan of his tigers. He IMMENSELY enjoyed this last season where the LSU football team won the National Championship but better yet, defeated Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life at Peppermill Restaurant, 3524 Severn Ave. Metairie, LA 70002 from 2PM until 5PM, adults only, please. To share a memory with the family please visit www.LeitzEaganFuneralHome.com

Services

25 July

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Peppermill Restaurant

3524 Severn Ave
Metairie, LA

Adults only.

Memories

Mario Leander Caluda

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Marla Garrity

July 7, 2020

My most vivid memory is how much he HATED going camping (something we did almost every weekend) One weekend it rained the entire time. We were all hunkered down in our respective trailers etc. (which we always put in a large circle with the campfire and tables in the middle) During the very stormy rain, Uncle Mario went out in the middle of the circle and began to sing in an opera style voice, "I LOVE to go camping"!
There was also his love of Driftwood, which he collected. Thus began a very funny "war of the driftwood" between my dad, Uncle Rod and Uncle Mario. They would leave pieces of driftwood in random places at each others homes, in or on a car etc. Just like a bunch of silly teenagers playing pranks.

Jay Carlos

July 1, 2020

Christie Plauche

June 30, 2020

When I met Mr. Mario I wasn’t sure how to take him! My dad would never wear panties on his head! Lol!! I thought he was fantastic! He was wise, kind, smart, funny and crazy all wrapped up in one so I quickly figured out where Jenni got it from. It does help to know your parents are together again.

Love,
Christie

El Centro Coffey

June 29, 2020

In God’s name we praise . My wife will always remember the panties on your head the fun you had giving out stuff animals during parades. You were you. May God’s Peace be yours for Eternity .
EC &Faye

Jennifer Caluda

June 29, 2020

Favorite memory? I have a lifetime of them so I can’t choose just one. I can say though that every memory has a common thread, love. Expressing love verbally didn’t come easy to you. You did it through actions, it was your way & I understood that. You taught me to drive a stick, to change my own tire, to enjoy opera, to be independent etc. the list is lengthy. You tried to teach me multiplication tables too but that didn’t work. Still don’t know them. As my Daddy you gave me 48 years of memories that I will hold dear in my heart until we meet again. Don’t forget what I kept saying to you, when you go to heaven you get to take all of the earthly love with you. Keep it close to you, my Daddy, I want it back one day.
Your Jeni

Jay Carlos

June 29, 2020

Mario was one of a kind. He was crusty on the outside when he wanted to be but a soft side on the inside. I’ll always remember him during Mardi Gras. Truly a gem of a guy. Proud to say he was a friend of mine.

Stephanie Caluda

June 29, 2020

Daddy,
I made Jennifer use your High School picture because you were always so proud of that head of hair. Thank you for sending me my sign today. I know now that you are safe and happy. Please be nice to Nannie Rose. She was so proud of your and Uncle Glenn’s advanced degrees. She would tell me all the time, “ I never got to go to college but I make sure that my brothers did. I made sure they had the opportunity that I didn’t get”. So please be nice to her and I’ll try to be nice to brother, like you asked me to do. Don’t worry about us. We can stand on our own feet because of our parents. You and Mamma are finally at the place when u can travel the world. Well, more like the universe. So have a damn good time and I won’t tell you and Mom to behave.... because I know you won’t. Until we all meet again. Sending 💕 to both of you and sending a picture of your Remy, cause she misses you too.
Neeche Bae


Renee Mouras

June 29, 2020

It says to add a memory but there are way too many. You were a member of my family for as long as I can remember. You were my brother-in-law since 1962. How do I ever note all the memories?

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY