American Veteran 01

Frank F. Calcaterra

September 29, 1926 ~ December 9, 2020 (age 94)


Calcaterra Sr., Frank F., age 94, December 9, 2020. Beloved husband of the late Charlotte for 47 years. Dear father of Michael (Kathryn) Calcaterra, the late Frank Calcaterra Jr., the late Paul Calcaterra, Charlotte Knutson, Carol Calcaterra, Cathleen (Paul) Schoenherr. Proud grandfather of Christopher (Allison), Lindsay (Brian), Nicholas (Erika), Frank (Cornelia), Kirsten (Kyle), John, Katrina (Bennett), Benjamin, Cassandra and Marcus. Great grandfather of Paisley, George, Nicholas, Molly, Hannah, Wren, Hanns and Lyle. Dear brother of Paul (Suzan) Calcaterra, Larry (Judy) Calcaterra and the late Louis Calcaterra Jr. Preceeded in death by his parents Louis Sr. and Ruth Calcaterra (nee Jensen), uncle Frank J. Calcaterra, aunt Louise Garbarino and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews on the Jensen side of the family. Frank will be deeply missed by many loving nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Frank was born while living in the family home on East Grand Boulevard. He attended St. Joseph Grade School. In 1939 the home was turned into a funeral home and the family moved to Willshire in Detroit. Frank attended De LaSalle High School and in his senior year he was drafted into the Army. After his discharge he attended mortuary school at Wayne State and he became a funeral director. Frank then began working at the Frank J. Calcaterra Funeral Home with his family. Frank will be remembered by the many client families as a sincere and caring man that helped them through the most difficult time of their lives.

Frank decided to learn how to dance, he attended the Arthur Murray Dance Studio. While there he met and fell in love with his dance instructor Charlotte. They married and started a beautiful life together. They raised their family while enjoying many trips to Italy, boating on Lake St. Clair.

Frank stayed in touch with many of his high school friends and formed a card club that met each month at their homes. Frank and Charlotte enjoyed entertaining people in their large home. We all enjoyed many dinner parties there. As time went on Charlotte became ill with ALS and she became completely dependent on Frank as her caregiver. Frank cared for her until she passed away. He continued working at the funeral home until he retired.

Private services will be held for the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home of Sterling Heights.

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