(Saturday - December 05, 2020) - Joseph Frank Callovi, age 77, of Norway, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 28, at Freeman Nursing and Rehabilitation Community in Kingsford, due to complications of Covid-19.

Joe was born on March 24, 1943 in Stambaugh, the son of the late Ernest and Bertha (Lahti) Callovi.

Joe grew up near Amasa . He had a love of animals and the "farm life" that started as a young child and continued on through his adult life. He joined 4-H as soon as he was old enough and continued through his high school career. He was in various clubs through high school but enjoyed being part of the Iron County Service Club.

Joe attended Crystal Falls High School and graduated in 1961.

After high school Joe worked at Ahlberg Implement in Crystal Falls. He served in the Michigan National Guard 182nd Artillery Division for seven years. He worked most of his career as a Parts Manager at Schultz Equipment in Iron Mountain. He had an amazing ability to remember numbers, dates, and names.

Joe was a 4-H leader and served on the Norway Fair Board for many years. He raised cattle and horses and showed horses well into his adult life and loved spending time in the barn doing all the things that were associated with caring for the animals.

Joe loved football; especially the Green Bay Packers. He also enjoyed supporting all the local football and basketball teams.

He is survived by two sisters Geri (Cindy) Callovi of Saginaw and Paula (Rick) Jackson of Dunedin, FL; one brother Dave (Carol) Callovi of Iron River; three nephews Rick Jack Jackson, and John and Dennis Callovi.
Joe is also survived by his best friend and partner Margaret Sundstrom of Norway; his "adopted" children Todd (Donna) Sundstrom and Lynn (Tim) Mattord; along with grandchildren Jim (Heather) Sundstrom and Andrew (Anna) Mattord; as well as great-grandchildren Cecelia and Evelyn Sundstrom and Weston and Olivia Mattord.

Joe was preceded in death by one brother, Pete Callovi.

Joe leaves a big whole in many hearts. He had a big personality and loved talking about animals and really had the gift of gab.

At this time funeral arrangements will be postponed until spring and will be announced at a later date.


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