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Carolyn L. Callari, restaurateur, church volunteer

Aug. 30, 1942 – April 11, 2016

Carolyn L. Callari, of the City of Tonawanda, a former restaurant manager and active church volunteer, died Monday in hospice care in Fort Myers, Fla., after a five-year battle with cancer. She was 73.

Born in Buffalo, the former Carolyn Latona was a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School. She worked with her sister and brother-in-law in their business, Sammy’s Drive-In, on Niagara Falls Boulevard, and then was manager of the Little Caesar’s Restaurant in Kmart on Niagara Falls Boulevard. She also was a school crossing guard in the City of Tonawanda.

A member of St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church in the Town of Tonawanda since 1980, she taught in vacation Bible school for many years.

As part of the church’s Missions Committee for Community Outreach, she took part in the Cornerstone Manor Cook-out for homeless women, Billy Graham’s 90th Birthday Party, the M&M fundraiser for missionaries. She also led the Youth Group in making Christmas cookies for Cornerstone Manor women.

She accompanied her daughter, Dr. Denise Callari, wife of Buffalo Medical Group chief executive officer Dan Scully, on two church-sponsored medical mission trips to Haitian villages in the Dominican Republic, in 2010 and 2015, where she worked in the pharmacy.

She also volunteered with the SPCA Serving Erie County and the Humane Society, fostering cats and kittens until homes could be found for them. At one time, she fostered 11 kittens and two mother cats in addition to her own pets. She had five cats and a dog.

She also raised funds for the American Lung Association, via the Fight for Air Climb. Last month, Team Callari raised more than $5,000 in her honor.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Louis; two daughters, Denise and Kristine Wydro; a son, Steve; a sister, Constance Prohaska; her twin brother, Salvatore Latona; and seven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, 2368 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.