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1929 - 2011 Obituary Condolences

Antonino P.R. Calarco "Nino", 81, passed away peacefully on Feb. 26, 2011, in Chico, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Oakland, CA on May 9, 1929, to parents, Domenica and Francesco Calarco, who emigrated from Italy. He served in the Army, stationed at the San Francisco Presidio, during the Korean War. Nino held a Masters from UC Berkeley and SF State in Public Health and Education, respectively. He moved to Chico in 1955, taking a position at the Butte County Public Health Department.

As a luminary in the health education field, his dedication to public health was acknowledged with several awards throughout his 37-year career. Often quoted in newspapers, as "Calarco says", he was known for his expertise and passion for the health field and community education.

He was active in the community with St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Sons of Italy, Knights of Columbus and other groups. Nino enjoyed officiating soccer and baseball, and earlier he played softball with a unique pitching style.

He had an appetite for learning new things and appreciated diverse cultures. To that regard, one of his favorite pastimes was cooking meals from around the world. From train cars delivering taco fixings on the table to blue colored pancakes, cioppino and raviolis; it was a festive atmosphere.

Survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Alice and their six children, Catherine, Terry and her husband Scott Garey, Steve and his wife Karen, Andrea, Pete and his wife Muna, and Veronica. Plus, he had six grandchildren, Brian and Rachele Flower, Nikolaus and Noah Calarco, and Dante and Roman Calarco. Also, Nino appreciated an extended family of dozens of aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws. Together the family will celebrate Nino's life this weekend.

A celebration of his life and mass will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, in Chico, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2011, with a reception to follow.

Arrangements are made under the care of Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to The Jesus Center or Notre Dame School, both in Chico.

Nino touched so many lives in so many wonderful ways; he will remain in our hearts forever.

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference."

Share your memories and condolences online at www.nbcfh.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Mar. 3, 2011
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