Mario Caira

Mario C. Caira

Wednesday, December 12th, 1923 - Friday, June 26th, 2020
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After 96 years Mario Caira peacefully shed the bonds of this world on Friday, June 26, 2020 for his life in eternity.

A son of the late Gaspere and Raffaela Caira, Mario was born December 8, 1923 in Rende (Calabria) Italy. He was educated in local schools there. Following the war, in January 1947 he married his childhood sweetheart Amelia Chiappetta in Rende. They shared some 71 wonderful years together before her death in 2018. Together they raised three children.

In 1955 Mario and Amelia made their new home in the United States settling in Kenosha. Mario took an entry level position at the American Brass where he advanced to a pipefitter by his retirement 30 years later. Always a hard worker and provider, Mario took side jobs delivering groceries, landscaping, and painting. After leaving the Brass, Mario started the Kenosha Antenna Services for Kenosha and Racine. He put up 100s of TV antenna and towers before taking his full retirement.

Family came first for Mario. He had a keen mind, good sense of humor, and winning personality. He spent many hours in the garden and enjoyed sharing the harvest. Mario also would get away to his “secret” fishing spot. He served in the Italian Army before coming to this country. Mario was immensely proud to take U.S. citizenship in 1962.

Mario was a member of St. Anthony’s Church.

Treasuring his memory are daughter Lena (Fred) Schlater, and son Reno Caira both of Kenosha as well as son Tony (Terry Hartnell) Caira of Boca Raton, FL. Mario leaves behind his brothers-in-law Franchino (Olimpia) Chiappetta of Rende, and Leo (Marikay) Chiappetta of Kenosha.

The blessings of a growing family were a joy to Mario. His grandchildren include Peggy (Rodger) Kormylo and Reno Caira of Kenosha, Amy (Tommy) Cunningham of Atlanta, and Gina DiLeo of Orlando. Great-grandchildren surviving Mario are Cameron (Maddy) Kormylo & Katherine Kormylo, Gianna & Janessa DiLeo, and Joseph & Edison Cunningham.

Surviving nieces and nephews include Beniamino (Tina) Caira, Marisa (Enrico Bosco) Caira, and Gaspere Caira. Residing in Italy are Leopoldo (Lucia Simone) Chiappetta and Carmela (Franco) Petrasso. Grand nieces and nephews include Olympia, Francesco and Valerio Chiappetta as well as Francesco (Federica) Petrasso and Paola Giovanna (Francesco Imbrogno) Petrasso. Great-grand nephew Peter Imbrogno.
Mario was predeceased by his wife Amelia, his parents, a brother Ceaser Caira of Rende, and a brother Aldo Caira of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The family expresses deep appreciation to Claridge House for their diligent care of Amelia in recent years.
Visitation in celebration of the life of Mario Caira will be held Sunday, July 5th from 1 PM to 4 PM at Proko Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, July 6th at 10:00 AM at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church 2223 – 51st St. Kenosha. Interment will follow at All Saint’s Cemetery Mausoleum.
Memorials for Masses will be appreciated by the family, in lieu of flowers.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111 – 60th Street
Kenosha, WI
(262) 654-3533
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 5th, 2020 |
    Sunday, July 5th, 2020
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    5111 60th Street
    Kenosha, WI 53144
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  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, July 6th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, July 6th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Anthony Catholic Church
    2223-51st Street
    KENOSHA, WI 53140
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    Fr. Robert McDermott
  • Interment

    Monday, July 6th, 2020 |
    Monday, July 6th, 2020
    All Saints Cemetery & Mausoleum
    3300 Springbrook Road
    Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158
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    Private Interment


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