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