Loretta R. (Callegari) Calapristi
March 22, 1932 ~ June 13, 2014
Loretta R. (Callegari) Calapristi, was born into Heaven on Friday, June 13, 2014, at her home, with her family by her side. Loretta was born in New York City on March 22, 1933. Her parents were Augustin and Bridgett Callegari. When Loretta was eight years old, the family moved to Philadelphia, PA, then eventually to Upper Darby, PA. Loretta attended Upper Darby High School in 1949, where she met her future husband, Frank. Their friendship blossomed into something more, starting with a chance meeting at a dance hosted by Pennsylvania Military College, where Frank was a cadet. Frank and Loretta started dating and they were married in September, 1954. Upon Frank’s graduation and officer commission into the U.S. Army in 1955, they moved to Fort Benning, GA. Frank and Loretta moved back to Philadelphia upon completion of Frank’s military service, and Loretta found employment with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Nations Business” magazine. Frank started a career with General Electric in Philadelphia, which turned out to be a wonderful opportunity for Frank and Loretta to move to a number of interesting locations throughout the country. Subsequently, the Calapristi’s lived in Picayune, MS, Valley Forge, PA, and Seminole, FL. Loretta was a wonderful wife and mother to their four children. In Florida, Loretta was a teacher’s aide for Oakhurst Elementary school, which her two daughters also attended. Her two sons, Frank and Gus, graduated from Florida State University, while Colette and Barbara attended Seminole High School, and Seminole Junior High School, respectively. Barbara later graduated from Washington State University, and Colette later graduated from Eastern Washington University.
In 1978, the family moved to Richland, WA, where Frank and Loretta worked for Rockwell International at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Loretta was a secretary for the Engineering department. Frank and Loretta explored the Pacific Northwest and took many trips along the west coast. One of their favorite places to visit was Leavenworth, WA. They spent many weekends there enjoying the Bavarian theme, participating in “Art in the Park,” and living in their cabin on the Wenatchee River. In 1996, Frank joined Loretta in retirement and permanently moved to Leavenworth, where they built their retirement home. Loretta participated in many festival activities and accompanied Frank when he was a strolling accordionist or entertaining the customers at King Ludwig’s restaurant or other locations. Loretta could always be counted on getting the crowd engaged and making sure that everyone had a great time and were entertained. Prior to her illness, Loretta was a member of the Autumn Leaf Festival Association, the Royal Bavarians, and Projekt Bayern. She was the life of the party, had a smile for everyone, and genuinely was interested in everyone she met. Loretta will always be remembered for her pleasant smile, exuberant personality, and her ability to get along with everyone. Her husband, Frank, called her “My Miss Congeniality”. Every step along the way in their 60 year marriage, they made lifelong friends and left lasting impressions among those who came to know her.
Loretta was a member of the Our Lady of Snows Catholic Church, and is survived by her husband, Frank; sons, Frank (Becky) Calapristi, and Gus (Vicki) Calapristi; and daughters, Colette (Jeff) Casey, and Barbara Calapristi (Ted) Jordan. Grandchildren include Jenny (Mike) Tolsma of Savannah, GA, Tony Calapristi of Seattle, WA, Beth Calapristi of Richland, WA, Jackie Calapristi of Bellingham, WA, Chauncie Casey, Katherine Casey and Olivia Casey, all of Grand Rapids, MI, and Wyatt Jordan and Sophia Jordan, both of Seattle, WA.
Words cannot express how much all of us will miss her, but we know she is happy and at peace. We Love You!
Visitation will be held at Ward’s Funeral Chapel on Monday, June 23, 2014, from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m., with recitation of the Holy Rosary starting at 6:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church. Concluding Service and Interment will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at the Richland Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Ward’s Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth, is in charge of the arrangements.