Eulogy for Gina P. Calvaruso
April 08, 2016
The eulogy for Gina Calvaruso was given by her friends and family. Many came to the front or stood where they were and shared their memories of Gina. In this space I can only share a few that were written and given to me.
From Gina’s brother, Joseph Calvaruso
Even at a young age, Gina was adventurous. Being 3 years younger than her brother Joey, she was obviously not allowed to go everywhere he could. For example, as a 4 year old she was not allowed to leave the block where Joey being 7 could go much further. Inevitably – even after being told to stay close to home – she would be seen following and would show up wherever Joey and his older friends were. Of course a parent would eventually come and retrieve her.
She was an expert at finding where her Christmas gifts were hidden – unwrapping and playing with them – and wrapping them again and acting surprised on Christmas morning. She finally figured out she could also play with Joey’s gifts also, thereby doubling her pre-Christmas enjoyment.
She was very active in the high school band and was selected to be one of the bandleaders. Her friends from band were always at our home. She took piano and guitar lessons at a young age and played a few different instruments.
From her friend Sharon Capporelli
Just recently, Gina received a small settlement for an injury to her leg. She had a thoughtful debate about her need to give 10 percent to the church, or could she give it anywhere of her choice? In the end, she chose to give it to the poor. She thought that the poor don’t have help to feed their animals (pets). And so she spent her 10 percent on cat and dog food and made it available to those in need.
Gina always wanted to talk about you. It was difficult to turn the tables and get her to talk about herself.
When she would give you a gift, it was like she listened to every word that you said. She knew exactly what to give that would be the most meaningful. It was an uncanny ability.
She was a very non-judgmental person. She had strong opinions but you could have yours if they differed. Until you talked about her Hillary Clinton.
Gina was engaged in her friendships. She always went the extra mile to keep you on your feet. She would leave an empty Coke container in your mailbox or in your bushes. I would find knick-knacks turned upside down or pictures facing backwards, or her straw paper floating in my drink.
She would go to many movies then she would rate them. Tell her friends which ones to see. She referred to herself as the “activities coordinator.”
Gina was a unique character. She was ever present. Willing to participate, seeking to be a part of the world as she understood it.
She experienced a lot of hardships and I watcher her change to the tune of each one.
She so wanted to be loved. Like us all.
Gina P. Calvaruso
March 12, 1957 – March 22, 2016
Gina P. Calvaruso, 59, passed away March 22, 2016. She was born Akron, Ohio to the late Irene T. and Joseph A. Calvaruso. She was a graduate of Garfield High School (1975) and the University of Akron.
Gina is survived by her brother, Joe (Gail) Calvaruso; nieces, Niki (Joey), Laura, Aly and dear friend, Sharon Caporali.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2016 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3757 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.