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Catherine "Cathy" (Calderone) Basso

Catherine "Cathy" (Calderone) Basso
  • September 16, 1943 - July 10, 2021
  • Vicksburg, Michigan

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“I was incredibly fortunate to know the Basso family growing up in Battle Creek and worked at Palermo's during college. During that time I felt such a...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Lauren Comai Hornberger - Saline, MI

“Sending condolences to her family during this time. She was a beautiful woman whom I had the privilege of knowing for the time I had. Palermo's was...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Miranda Calderone - Kalamazoo, MI

“Dear Basso Family, Our deep sympathy on the passing of your mother. Cathy and I met at St. Joseph School as my son David and Angie shared the same...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Margaret Barda - Battle Creek, MI

“My parents (Wayne and Becky) and I had many happy memories at Palermo´s with their Navy friends. Cathy always made me feel so special when she...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Allison Churchill (Kruger)

“My late husband and I enjoyed many happy meals at the "Palermo" restaurant. We were weekly patrons, because the food was so good. My condolences to...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Jane McCracken - Other

“My heart goes out to the Basso family, she will definitely be missed. When i use to deliver to there restaurant, they would always make sure i would...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Larry conklin - Friend

“Tom, Tommy, Teresa, Angie and Gina, There are not enough words to tell you how sorry I am. Cathy was one of a kind, a true loving soul. I consider...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Teri Saxman - Friend

“i am sorry to hear about KATHYS passing, she and you TOM i always considered good friends and just not customers you have my sincere sympathys ”
8 of 22 | Posted by: EDGAR JONES - battle ctreek, MI

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Praying for you all. I really think of you often and am sadden to here of Cathy's passing. ”
9 of 22 | Posted by: Alicia Elizondo Stark - Other

“Cathy was a classmate at Nazareth College of Kalamazoo. Over several years as alums, some of us gathered at the Palermo for the good food,...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Linda Baranowski-Smith - Oregon, OH

“Sorry to hear about Cathy, she was a beautiful person, inside and out, she would always have a smile, which was sometimes difficult, dealing with Tom...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Terry Rudd - Friend

“Gina, I offer my prayers to you and your family at this time of sorrow. May God keep your family in his loving arms. Marilyn Thornburg ”
12 of 22 | Posted by: Marilyn Thornburg - Other

“Tom and Family-- Our hearts are so saddened at the passing of Cathy. We knew her for many years and always loved our times at Palermo when we could...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Ron & Joan Tuttle - Battle Creek, MI

“Amazing woman and amazing family. She will be missed by all that knew her. ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: RJ Riedel - Friend

“I knew the Basso family throughout my life . Catherine was a giving and warm spirit . My condolences to her family . ”
15 of 22 | Posted by: Patricia Sperti - Friend

“The world has lost a special lady. Thank you, Cathy, for all the special memories we have shared. My thoughts and prayers are with your family ...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Judy Markovich - Battle Creek, MI

“You dont know how much I will miss my friend Cathy, I could always depend on her when ever I was down, she just seem to know and she would call. I...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Linda Stevens - Friend

“The Basso family were ones of the first people we met when we moved to Battle Creek in 1974. They were so generous and our children had new friends...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Tom and Janice Blaising - MI

“I worked at Riverside Swim club and Cathy would take her children there and we visited often. She taught me how to make ribs! She was so kind and...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Jolene Shaw - Work

“Cathy's husband Tom was an upperclassman who was like a hero to me. Why am I not surprised he met this wonderful woman and made a remarkable life....Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Fred Rice

“I worked for the basso family at Palermo while I was attending college. It wasn´t so much like working because of the warm and caring family that...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Hilary Madery (Wirt) - Work

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Basso family in this time of loss. ”
22 of 22 | Posted by: Tim & Julie Calderone


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Catherine Basso, 77, of Vicksburg, MI, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family on July 10, 2021.

Catherine was a Battle Creek native who was especially proud of her Italian heritage. She is preceded in death by her parents, Santo and Apollonia (Beulah) Calderone and her siblings Anthony Calderone and Marianne Sztengel. The spirit of her late family was kept alive through the stories she told and the recipes she cooked. Catherine met the love of her life, Thomas Basso, at St. Philip High School of Battle Creek. They celebrated 55 years of marriage on June 4, 2021. Catherine and Thomas created a family that loved without bounds. They have four children together, Thomas Basso (Indre Rackauskas), Teresa Basso Gold (Robert Gold), Angie Hovda (Curtis Proctor), and Gina Basso who spent the final month of Catherine's life caring for her with love in the same way she had for them. The center of her life became her seven grandchildren Jacob, Nick, Ellie, Grace, Isabella, Lucy, and CeCe, and her great-granddaughter Willow. Catherine and Tom created a family that emulated the value of loving everyone for being their true self. Her life was dedicated to family and sharing her love of Italian culture at her family restaurant Palermo Ristorante. The restaurant embodied Catherine's remarkable recipes and sincere persona – further extending her dinner table for 17 unforgettable years. The value of family drove Catherine and created her magical spirit, but Catherine's family extended beyond her relatives, as her home and heart were always filled with neighbors, friends, animal children, and the occasional store clerk who took time to connect with her. Catherine welcomed all to her table no matter the time of day or what she was carrying. Although she is no longer with us physically, her love will be felt by many forever. She loved her flip-flops, a good pair of socks, Christmas decorations all year round, Lisa Scottoline quotes, and Sunday spaghetti dinners. Catherine persevered against many health battles for several years, beyond the prognosis, because of her deep love of life and her family that she wasn't ready to leave. The last of Catherine's days were spent at home with her family listening to music, telling stories, sharing family photos, and most importantly, filling the home with love.

Friends will be received 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care Richland Chapel, 9170 East D Avenue, Richland, MI 49083, where the Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Paul Redmond 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 16, 2021, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 421 Monroe St., Kalamazoo, MI 49006 on the campus of Western Michigan University.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or Bronson Cancer Center Kalamazoo, 805 John St., Kalamazoo, MI 49001. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.