DOMENICO "DOM" CALDERONE January 29, 1943 - February 26, 2021 Domenico was born in Altavilla Milicia, Sicily, outside of Palermo during the midst of WWII. He grew up in poverty and shared a dirt floor home with a donkey at times but loved his childhood there. He emigrated to the U.S. on the Andrea Doria ship in 1955 at Ellis Island. He settled in an Italian neighborhood in Chicago with his family, learned English and graduated high school. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry for two years. After the service he began working at a bakery, Raymondi's in Hillside and began to learn the trade. After his first marriage, he perfected his skills. He joined the Italian American VFW Pasquale Mazzulla Post #10 in Elmwood Park, serving as Post Commander and Quartermaster and enjoyed lifetime friendships. At a Dance club, he met the love of his life, second wife Jackie (Love) Fillipp and soon married. They bought a bakery, Swiss Pastries, at Lunt and Western in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood. With great success he moved to larger quarters nearby at Howard and Western, refurbishing a longtime restaurant, The Welcome Inn. Famous for his Sweet Table miniature desserts, his reputation spread to 1st Lady Hillary Clinton and his treats made their way to The White House and received an annual Christmas card from the Clinton's. In 1999 Dom and Jackie retired and moved to Sun City, Summerlin in Las Vegas. An affable and compassionate man, Dom made many friends and became President of the Italian Club in Sun City. He loved playing softball to the very end (with a pinch runner). A talented singer with a Tenor voice he also joined the Silver Tones musical group for many years. He often serenaded his wife Jackie. They were married for 36 years. He is preceded in death by his wife Jackie, and siblings: Joe, Nino, Carl and Laura. He is survived by his Stepson, Glen Fillipp, his close friend Carol Dick and many loving Nephews and Nieces. No services scheduled.
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Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Mar. 28, 2021.