Aug. 30, 191 – Feb. 21, 2013
Grace T. Pagano of Waukesha passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at LindenGrove in Waukesha at the age of 95. She was born Aug. 30, 1917, in Waukesha, the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Natalizio) Vitale.
Grace married the love of her life, Calogero “Kelly” Pagano, on Oct. 19, 1940. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Waukesha, since 1953. Kelly was longtime owner of Kelly’s Tavern in Waukesha, and Grace was his partner, performing all the bookkeeping and cooking duties, along with occasionally bartending. The two of them worked side by side to operate the business. Most of all, her priority was caring for her family and loving to prepare delicious meals.
Grace will be deeply missed by her children, Mary (Ted) Kuemmel of Waukesha and Richard Pagano of Elk Grove Village, Ill.; grandchildren, Angela and Kathryn Kuemmel, Rebecca (Dennis) Perry, and Michael, Matthew and Kaitlyn Pagano; and brothers, Simon (Vernell) Vitale and Joseph (Louise) Vitale of Waukesha. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Grace was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kelly; sisters, Mary (Francis) Vaughan and Josephine (Bruno) Cappozzo; sister-in-law, Johanna Vitale; daughter-in-law, Mary Kay Long-Pagano; and a grandson, Richard A. Pagano.
The visitation for Grace will be held from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, Feb. 28, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. The Rev. Howard Haase will be officiating. The burial will immediately follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials and Masses are appreciated to St. Mary Catholic Church (address above); the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Wisconsin, 620 S. 76th St., #160, Milwaukee, WI 53214; or a charity of your choice.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all of Grace’s caregivers at Linden-Grove and to her longtime physician, Dr. Gerald Berman.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 542-6609.