Clara J. Cala
August 14, 1926 – January 29, 2021
Resident of San Jose
On Friday, January 29, 2021 our loving mother and grandmother, Clara Cala, passed away at the age of 94. She was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Vincent J. Cala, and is survived by her son Michael Cala (James), daughter Rosemary Torrisi (Mark), and her granddaughters, Shannon and Jessica Claude, and her sister-in-law Ann Fitzgerald, nieces Darlene, Lorraine, Georgene and Karen, and her nephews Jim, Mark and Eric.
Clara was born on August 14, 1926 in Rochester, New York to Italian immigrants, Charles J. and Mary Pulvino. Clara was the third of four children, brothers James and Charles, and sister Millie. She grew up in Rochester attending Jefferson High School. After graduating she began her career at Bausch and Lomb.
In October of 1946 Clara traveled to San Jose to attend the wedding of Sebastian Territo and Carmela Nola, her mother Mary's brother. At the wedding Clara met Vincent Cala. And that is where their love story began. Inevitably Clara went back to Rochester and Vince said goodbye, but they began writing back and forth in December of '46 and continued until Vince asked Clara to be his bride in August of 1947. A beautiful courtship filled with letters of love from each other's hearts. They were married on November 15, 1947 in Rochester, New York.
They made their home in San Jose. Clara was a devoted wife and loving mother. She and Vince were involved in the Italian Catholic Federation where they spent much of their free time dedicated to helping those less fortunate. Clara would crochet beautiful baby blankets that were donated to layettes for women having babies who needed help. She and Vince were devout Catholics and members of Holy Cross Church for over 60 years.
She was loved by her children and granddaughters and will be greatly missed.
A private funeral was held on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. If you would like to make a donation in Clara's memory, her favorite charity was St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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