John Anthony Califano, 80, passed away April 24, 2008. Known affectionately as 'Uncle Johnny.' He is preceded in death by his parents, Carmen and Barbara Califano; in-laws, Lloyd and Lillian Gardanier; sister, Marie Rivas; brother, Alfonso Califano; brothers-in-law, John Gurovich and Lorenzo Rivas; and nephew, Douglas John Califano. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia Jeanne; sister, Vera Gurovich; brothers, Carl (Twylia) Califano and Paul (Joy) Califano. Also survived by the Califano, Rivas and Gallegos families of Colorado, Oregon, Oklahoma, Utah, Florida, Texas and Washington; and D'Alessandro families in Montevideo, Uraguay; and numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren. Johnny was a graduate of Central High School, served in the U.S. Navy, worked for Pueblo Gas & Fuel for more than 30 years, was a member of Assumption Church, a City Councilman for eight years, Colorado President of the Heart Association, B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge #90 member, Colorado College Alumnus, managed fast and slow pitch softball teams, and enjoyed walking and golfing. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2008, at St. Mary Church, 307 E. Mesa Ave., with the Reverend Father Ben Bacino as celebrant. Military honors by Pueblo Veterans' Ritual Team and interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. The family respectfully requests to omission of food. Online condolences,

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  1. Siempre te recordaremos John con tus bromas y eterna sonrisa, gracias por el cari�o que nos brindaste.
    Dear Pat,
    you’re in our prayers. love.

  2. Dearest John, your family in Uruguay will always honour your memory holding close to our hearts your wonderful smile, your few funny spanish words, your sweet eyes and all the dear memories of times shared and moments enjoyed.
    We love you and hope you’ll be waiting for us so that we can meet at resurrection.

  3. Dear Uncle Johnnie, I wish you the peace of God, and the strength for those of us who remain behind. I will never forget you, and all that you did for me. Thank You

    Love Always

  4. We are deeply sadden that one of our church family members has passed. We thought John was a great guy all around. Pat our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will truly miss him… God Bless

  5. Dear Pat,
    My memory of John is that he was one of the friendliest people I have ever known. He always had an interesting story to tell you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  6. To the Califano Family,
    May strength and encouragement come your way during this time of bereavement. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Vita Maurello and family.

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