Gino Pasquale Santavicca

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Obituaries in Detroit, MI | The Detroit News

Gino Pasquale Santavicca entered this world on January 6, 1924 in Barisciano, Italy. He left it peacefully on Monday, March 27, 2023 at the age of 99. He joined his beloved wife, the late Amelia (Bernardi) with whom he spent 70 years of marriage. Loving father of Patricia (Michael) French, Andrea (Bartley III ) Jenniches, and Debi (Kerry) Ruggeri. Cherished grandfather (Papa) of Michael (Monica) French, Bryan (Courtney) French, Marissa Jenniches, Bartley IV (Kelly) Jenniches, Lindsey (Ryan) McCall, Ashlee (Brock) McKinley and Dino Ruggeri. Great-grandfather of Victoria, Juliana, Colin, Carter, Bartley V, Ella, Lyla, Sid, JJ and MJ. Dear brother of Nancy (Santavicca) Parpart, the late Carlo Santavicca and the late Dante Santavicca. Gino arrived in the United States at the age of twelve. He was fiercely proud of his Italian heritage. He was one of the founding members of the Bariscianotti Club, eventually serving as President. Gino was equally proud of his service in the United States Army Air Forces during WWII. He worked as an airplane mechanic, specifically assigned to the B-25 (Mitchell) airplane. Gino’s career spanned 50 years with the United States Government. He was an Industrial Specialist within the Small Business Administration. Gino also enjoyed a second career at Skyline Electrical Contracting. Moving scissor lifts between jobsites gave him great joy. Gino was a pure reflection of loyalty and love. Married for 70 years to the one love of his life, Amelia. Their marriage served as a beautiful model of how to be a loving husband, father, grandfather and of a friend. Gino worked tirelessly to support his family. Working two jobs provided his wife and daughters with the opportunity to attend college. All four graduated with degrees in education. He beamed with pride whenever speaking of their accomplishments. While his family and friends may be heartbroken that there are no new memories to be made, we now celebrate a profound life that touched so many. Gino left an indelible impression on those who knew him and loved him. Gino lived his life with great vibrancy and was truly part of The Greatest Generation. Visitation Wednesday, April 5, 2023 from 3-8pm and Funeral Service Thursday 10am at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, 36900 Schoenherr Rd. at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Entombment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials accepted to Leader Dogs for the Blind or Midwest Small Breed Rescue Grosse Pointe Park (11 Sycamore Lane, Grosse Pointe, MI 48312) Please share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guest Book" @

Posted online on March 30, 2023

Published in The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press