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Michelina "Lina" (Dotro) Calello

October 26, 1927 ~ January 16, 2024 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Michelina "Lina" Calello Obituary


Michelina “Lina” Calello

Beloved Mother, Sister, Grandmother, Aunt


Mrs. Michelina “Lina” (nee Dotro) Calello, 96, of the Ironbound Section of Newark, NJ, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 surrounded by her loving family. Visitation will be at the Biondi Funeral Home of Nutley, 540 Franklin Avenue, on Monday, January 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 259 Oliver Street, Newark on Tuesday, January 23 at 10:30 a.m. The entombment will be at Glendale Chapel Mausoleum Cemetery, 28 Hoover Avenue, Bloomfield.


Lina was born in Spilinga, Vibo Valenta, Italy and emigrated to the Ironbound Section of Newark in 1951. Lina was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt with a heart of gold. Lina enjoyed cooking for her family.  Lina was a cook for the Sisters of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Newark. Lina’s family was her life! Lina enjoyed singing in the church choir, gardening, sewing the sashes for Madonna della Fontana, and playing board games with her family.  Lina was not only a founding member of the Madonna della Fontana, but held offices of First - President, Secretary and Treasurer.  Lina was a faithful servant of God and cornerstone of the church.  Lina was a woman of unshakeable faith. Lina was a Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and delivered communion to the homebound. Lina was instrumental in assisting relatives and friends emigrating to America.  Lina was known for her extraordinary love for all. Lina was loved by all. Lina had an infectious smile and laugh.


Lina is survived by her beloved children, Sr. Elizabeth Calello, MPF, Frances Calello, and Lt. Ralph Calello (Newark Police Dept) and his wife Cheryl, her cherished grandson Jason Calello, her loving siblings, Giosofatto Dotro and his wife Vincenza Dotro, Raffaele Dotro and his wife Domenica Dotro, Antonio Dotro, Michele Dotro and his wife Antoinette Dotro; and all nieces and nephews.


Lina is predeceased by her husband Raffaele Calello (1986), her son Joseph P. Calello (2008), and her sister-in-law Caterina Dotro (2021).


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 259 Oliver Street, Newark, NJ 07105.


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January 22, 2024

3:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Biondi Funeral Home
540 Franklin Avenue
Nutley, NJ 07110

Funeral Mass
January 23, 2024

10:30 AM
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church - Newark
259 Oliver Street
Newark, NJ 07105

January 23, 2024

12:00 PM
Glendale Cemetery
28 Hoover Avenue
Bloomfield, NJ 07003


Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
259 Oliver Street, Newark NJ 07105


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