Jean Calderaro-Elaman

November 27, 1924May 9, 2019

Jean Calderaro, formerly of New York and Kentucky, passed away at age 94 on Thursday May 9, 2019 of natural causes. Jean, one of six children, was born on November 27, 1924 in Cheltenham, England to Harry Davis and Dorothy Evans. After completing school Jean worked in WW II military production factories on the Norden bombsight.

Jean was a war bride, marrying Michael Calderaro Sr. in 1944. After the war they settled in Queens, New York and had two children, Michael and Gail. Jean spent many summers in England with the kids visiting family. Jean proudly became a US citizen in 1962. In 1990 Jean and Mike moved to Berea Kentucky to be near family. After her daughter passed away, Jean moved to Summerfield, Florida to be near her son, Michael.

Jean is survived by her son Michael Calderaro (Lynn), 5 grandchildren (Colleen, Michael, Kerry, Heather Anne and Erin) and many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents (Harry and Dorothy), husband (Michael Sr.), second husband, (Wesley Elaman), daughter (Gail), granddaughter (Cathleen) and her five siblings (Reg, Doug, Ron, Audrey and Chris).

The family would like to thank Summerfield Suites Assisted Living for taking excellent care of Jean. Most recently Marion County Hospice, working with Summerfield Suites, showed incredible compassion keeping Jean comfortable as her health declined and we can’t thank them enough. A private service will be held for family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Jean Calderaro to Hospice of Marion County, 3231 SW 34th Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34474.


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Mary Owens

May 15, 2019

Aunt Jean was an integral part of my life as a child. Afternoon tea with Aunt Jean was our built-in daily visit. Oh, how I loved afternoon tea. During the academic year, in my St. Benedict Joseph uniform, I would sprint home from school, hoping she'd still be there. During the summers, I could relax and just wait for Aunt Jean to knock on our screen door. We each shared the highlights of our days with her, she shared her stories with us and, together, we created memories that have lasted a lifetime. Aunt Jean brought my family so much joy. Having her precious laughter and presence in our lives was very special. To this day, I still miss our holidays together and I think of her every day when I have my afternoon tea. "It takes a village to raise a child," and Aunt Jean was an essential part of our village. I am so grateful to have had her in my life and I will forever treasure my memories of my time with her.

Nancy Zizzo

May 14, 2019

I’m very fortunate to have lived only 2 houses away from Aunt Jean growing up...We shared many laughs, cups of tea, our craft projects, and yummy cookies from the special tin in her pantry...I enjoyed listening to the English nursery rhyme finger-plays she sang to me, in her genuine English accent, when I was a toddler...and sat there in awe, convinced that she was part magician...She showed a genuine interest in my life, and was so kind and encouraging. The effort she put into making holidays special for the family was a highlight of my games, The Chipmunks music (played from her record player cabinet), dancing, singing, New Year’s noisemakers, and the magic she brought to family gatherings when she she played “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and the Sound of Music songs, on the piano and organ...I am so thankful to have such rich and wonderful memories of my beautiful Aunt Jean. ❤️

Victor Calderaro

May 13, 2019

I have many pleasant childhood memories with my Aunt Jean, Uncle Mike & cousins. We lived close by and very close in heart. The thoughts keep living.