Carmen John Cavallaro
Carmen John Cavallaro
  • October 8, 1930 - April 22, 2017
  • Southlake, Texas

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Carmen J. Cavallaro (Jr.) age 86 died on April 22, 2017 from aspiration pneumonia due to advanced Alzheimer's disease.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Adeline (Duda); children Christine, Bonnie (Christopher) Loy, Joseph, Cathy (Lubomir) Mikota, granddaughters Alexandria Loy and Julia Mikota; and nieces and nephews.

Carmen was preceded in death by his parents Carmen J. (Sr.) and Elizabeth (Gledhill) and his siblings and their spouses: James (Elle), John, Joan (Ferdinand Sr.), Augello and Joseph.

Carmen served five years in the US Navy. Using his GI Bill benefits, he earned his BS in Men's Physical Education in 1957 from UW-Madison. While in school, he played Badger football as halfback and fullback. He worked construction for the E.D. Wesley Company summers during college, fulltime the first five years after college and summers while teaching; surviving two tunnel cave-ins. Carmen began teaching for MPS in January 1962 at Edison, later Fulton and lastly at Fritsche Junior High Schools, while earning his Master's Degree in Education from UWM in January, 1966.

Carmen worked as MTEA Field Staff 1971-1974 and became Assistant Executive Director in July 1974 until his retirement on August 1, 1986.

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Carmen relocated to Milwaukee, WI after his marriage to Adeline, whom he met while on leave from the Great Lakes Naval Station. During his college years, the family moved between Madison and Milwaukee. A growing family necessitated a move from their first home in Milwaukee to Saint Francis, WI, living there 24 years until their retirement.

Carmen and Adeline retired to Lake Placid, FL and enjoyed almost 30 years of warm weather, fishing, Contract Bridge, and participating in their retirement community.

Recent ill health forced a move into assisted living with memory care closer to family in Colleyville, TX until his death.

Per his wishes, Carmen was cremated. As a veteran, his remains will be interred at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery on May 18, 2017. The family has chosen to grieve privately.