January 1, 1922 – December 28, 2019
Michael Califano, 97, passed away peacefully on December 28, 2019 with his family by his side. Michael is survived by his loving wife, Josephine; his two children, Richard Califano (Ellen) of Yonkers, NY and Joanne Natoli of Suffern, NY; four grandchildren, Eric Califano (Lindsay), Michael, Tommy, and Gina Natoli; and two great-grandchildren, Grace and James Califano.
Michael was born on January 1, 1922 in Brooklyn, NY to Anna and Abramo Califano. He resided in Nutley, NJ for 56 years where he was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. He married his beautiful childhood sweetheart, Josephine, on March 18, 1944. They were married for 75 years. As a veteran of World War II, Michael proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 4th Division, 18th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion in the Pacific, as part of the defense forces on Tinian and Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands (September 1942 – March 1946).
Michael was a hard worker; a painter by trade in the garment district in Manhattan, NY but his expertise did not stop there. He was known for his handy work on the job and around the house, and always found a creative way to fix or do anything he put his mind to. While painting was his profession, his hobby was oil painting.
Michael was an honorable man of character who loved and was deeply loved by his family, friends and neighbors from all walks of life. He is already terribly missed, but will live on through memories and traditions.
Services will be held at Wanamaker & Carlough Funeral Home (Suffern, NY) on Thursday, January 2, 2020 (2 pm – 4 pm and 6 pm – 8 pm). A mass of Christian burial will take place at 11am on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Sacred Heart Church (Suffern, NY) with interment to follow at Ascension Cemetery (Airmont, NY).
The family would like to sincerely thank Brighton Gardens of Saddle River and Villa Marie Claire Residential Hospice for their kindhearted and gentle care.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to Villa Marie Claire Residential Hospice or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
- Visitation Thursday, January 2, 2020
- Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 3, 2020
- Entombment Friday, January 3, 2020
George & Susan Abraham
January 2, 2020
Mike is not just someone who came across our lives as a neighbor or a friend. He was a great human being, an inspiration, a mentor and a guide. We are thankful for our friendship for the past 22 years in Nutley.It was our proud privilage to have known his loving wife Josephine, Rich, Ellen, Joanne and all the grand kids and great grand kids.
Mike knew in his herat that he was a agreat husband and a good father and grandfather, and a great neighbor to everyone in the block, above all a man of great humanity. we wonder many people can honestly say that to himself.
We have lost him physically but his memory lives on in our hearts. We move on with our regrets: not giving that final hug or that good-bye, or that word of appreciation to express how much he ment to all of us.
Our comfort is that he romps in place, with all his energy and smiles of yesteryears, without shortness of breath, or failing heart or aching bones, patiently waiting for us at the gates of heaven.
Good-Bye Mike for now. We love you!!
January 1, 2020
Wishing you a Happy Birthday Mike.
January 1, 2020
Mike was our neighbor for 22 years. He was always there when you needed him. He watched over us and our houses whether we were home or not. He was an amazing person and he will be greatly missed. He will be in our hearts forever!
The O’Halloran Family
December 30, 2019
Although I never met this gentleman, I am honored to know his son Richard. I can see the similarities in their smiles. God has blessed this family. RIP.
December 30, 2019
I was Mikes friend and neighbor for 28 years and he will be missed dearly. Mike was a special person he would bake a cake for me when I would give him a hand with anything. We all called him the Mayor of Walnut Street because he watched and knew everything going on in the area. Without him the neighborhood is empty, not the same. Mike was a very special person to me I will miss him dearly.