BARRE TOWN - The Mass of Christian burial for Michael Joseph Calevro, of Camp Street, was celebrated Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 11 a.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church. He died April 20, 2013, at his home.
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The Rev. Leopold Bilodeau, pastor of the church, was the celebrant and homilist. Crucifer Lawrence Reilly led the Prayer of the Faithful.
Organist/singer Rosemary Badeau and singer Ronald Routhier led the congregation in the hymns, "On Eagle's Wings," "Be Not Afraid," "May God Bless You," "Song of Farewell" and "Let There be Peace on Earth." Special prerecorded selections, "Keep Me in Your Heart" and "Rise," were played as the opening and meditation music.
Words of remembrance were offered by Michael's dear friend and high school and college basketball coach, Tony Guarino; longtime friend and business colleague Mark Gherardi; and his daughters, Kami and Mia Calevro.
The Old Testament reading was delivered by grandniece Taylor Ruggles, and sister-in-law Angela Buttura read from the New Testament.
The communion gifts were brought to the altar by nieces Regan and Melissa Starr and grandnieces Ashley Francis and Kelsey and Sidney Watkin. Assisting with the sacraments were Jane Geider and Joseph Miana.
The honorary bearers were Leo "Fella" Buttura Jr., Thomas McGoff, James Mulligan, Raymond Stroutsos, John Walker and Michael Ziter.
The active bearers were nephews Todd Calevro and Sean and Bernard Starr Jr., grandnephew Bryce Currier, and friends Douglas Rossi and Louis Cassani.
Burial was made in the Hope Cemetery, where Father Bilodeau read the committal prayers.
Delegations were in attendance from the Buttura and Gherardi Granite Artisans, where Michael was an associate for many years, the George and Koch dental office, and the Barre Basketball Tournament Committee.
Fellowship and luncheon followed at the Hilltop Restaurant.
Father Bilodeau led the family in the prayer vigil service Tuesday evening at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre.
As further testament to Mike's athletic prowess from longtime Spaulding High School football coach Joe Maiola, he played on the Spaulding 1962 state championship football team, was selected as an All-State halfback and voted to the Vermont Shrine football team in 1963, playing the entire game against the New Hampshire all-stars.
Published in Times Argus on Apr. 27, 2013