Former Interior resident Lawrence J. Calderone, of Wasilla, passed away at Primrose Retirement Community on June 21, 2012. He was 82.|
Lawrence was born in Boston, on March 15, 1930, to Martin and Rose Calderone.
Lawrence grew up in Oswego, N.Y. Lawrence joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1947, and became a tank commander. He was married to the love of his life, Emma Zurawski in Oceanside, Calif., on Feb. 10, 1951. They were married for 58 years.
After 13 years in the Marine Corps, Lawrence transferred to the U.S. Army. He did a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967. After serving in Vietnam, Lawrence was transferred to Fort Wainwright, and moved his family there in December 1967. After 23 years of service, Lawrence retired from the military as a master sergeant in 1972.
Lawrence loved to hunt and fish, and he and Emma made Alaska their home. He began working for the State of Alaska Department of Corrections in Fairbanks. He obtained the rank of captain and retired from the state in 1985.
Emma and Lawrence relocated to Eagle River, to be near their grandchildren in 2000. Lawrence loved to read and spend time with his grandchildren. Lawrence will be greatly missed by his family. He was an upright, honest and kind man who loved his family very much.
Lawrence was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Emma, and his brother, Louis Calderone.
Lawrence is survived by his sons, Marty, Lawrence and Mark Calderone; daughter, Rosanne Waters; son-in-law, Patrick Waters; daughter-in-law, Julie Anne Calderone; daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Calderone; grandchildren, Vincent Calderone and granddaughter-in-law, Lisa Calderone, Auna Calderone, Sean Calderone and Vanessa Waters; brothers, William, Thomas, David and August Calderone; sisters, Anne Calderone and Jean Truckey.
Condolences may be sent to the Calderone family at P.O. Box 451, Palmer, AK 99645.
Published in Daily News-Miner on July 15, 2012