• Born: January 4, 1933
  • Died: June 21, 2017
  • Location: Marquette, Michigan

Canale-Tonella Funeral Home Inc

526 N. Third Street
Marquette, MI 49855
Tel. (906) 226-2711

Tribute & Message From The Family

Cal “Sweede” Zorza, 84, of Marquette, died Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit with his loving family at his side. Cal was born on January 4, 1933 in Marquette, one of 13 children born to Angelo and Matilda (Pantti) Zorza and was a lifelong Marquette resident. For several years, Cal managed the Miracle Market on Third Street before opening Cals’ Party store in South Marquette in 1970. Cal’s greatest joy was taking care of people and the store allowed him to take care of so many. His family helped support the business in one way or another especially Joel who took over the business in 2002 and Sharon whose cooking and personality continue the tradition of taking care of the customers using “Cal Care.” Outside of his work, Cal greatly enjoyed being outdoors working with lumber and wood as well as spending time at his camp. His greatest joy however was taking care of his family especially “his girl.” He is survived by his wife of 67 years, the former Joan Gregorich; seven children, Lynn L’Huillier of Marquette, Sharon VanWormer (Mike Havel) of Marquette, Gregory (Kathy) Zorza of Gwinn, Joel (Gail) Zorza of Marquette, Bonnie (Bill) McCabe of Marquette, David (Mindy) Zorza of Marquette, and Chris (Elizabeth) Zorza of Gladstone; three brothers, Paul (Lillyann) Zorza, Tom (Mary) Zorza and Angelo (Sue) Zorza, Jr., all of Marquette; also surviving are 17 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold, Ken, Marvin, Gerald, Daniel, Robert, and Arnold Zorza; two sisters, Geraldine Thibodeau and Carol Sherman; also a son-in-law, Vern L’Huillier and great grandson, Peyton McCabe. A private family graveside service will take place at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Marquette. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to UPAWS, PO Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855 or to the Bay Cliff Health Camp, PO Box 310, Big Bay, MI 49808 in Cal’s memory. The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Would like to extend hugs and prayers to Joan and the family. Cal is our Sister In Law Lynn's father and was always a kind and cheerful man. May you all find peace in your memories Love Anne and Tony Erspamer

Posted by Anne Erspamer    July 10, 2017

My sincere condolences to the entire Zorza family. Cal was a wonderful man and i have nothing but wonderful memories of him. Whether it was slapping a handful a quarters in my hand at Cal's to play video games while my father and him visited or being at his hunting camp watching the deer. He was loved by many and will truly be miss.

Posted by James, Jody, and Jamieson Liana    July 02, 2017

To Aunt Joan and the entire family of Uncle Cal. Betty and I send our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to all of you. I have nothing but fond memories of Uncle Cal. His most treasured legacy is you, his precious family. I know he will be greatly missed by all of you, but may you all find peace knowing he is in a better place.

Posted by David (Tibby) and Betty    June 30, 2017

To the Zorza family I am so sorry to hear of Cal's passing. He was a great man and will be missed by many. RIP Cal

Posted by bruce    June 29, 2017

Dear Zorza Family Extending to your family this heartfelt assurance of deep sympathy. With our condolences, The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education and Employees

Posted by MAPS    June 28, 2017

Joan, Sharon, Lynn, Bonnie, Joel & their families my sincere condolences to all of you. I have many fond memories of Cal!! RIP ????????

Posted by Kathy Dupras    June 28, 2017

Although I didn't personally know Cal as an adult, my fondest memories of him are how funny and nice he was whenever I would go into the party store as a child. He never failed to make me laugh. I was there just about everyday to browse through the candy section, knowing what was there but never being able to decide which piece of candy to buy. My thoughts are with his family, with special hugs to Chris and Heidi. Heaven gained another special angel to watch over all of you. Much love and peace. ????

Posted by Bev Rosin Jandron    June 27, 2017

Sorry for our family loss, He was the best friend you could have, we shared many good time together hunting, fishing , camp , sauna, good food and drink and family of course, He never talk ill of any one kind to all and always looked on the positive side of every thing and always asked when we talked ( is every thing O K ) even when he was not , we will all miss him I will try to remember one thing he always ask when I talk to a loved one ( IS EVERY THING OK ) LOVE and miss you Dad.

Posted by Greg,Kathy,Eric,Calvin,Mark,David    June 27, 2017

Chris, Boo, Nick and Katie, We are SO sorry for your loss. Only met your dad once, but have heard what a true "gentle man" he was. How fortunate you were to have such a great dad and grandpa and that you were able to spend so much time with him. We know he had to have been a good dad since he raised such a great son. We also know how much your heart aches and wish we could take some of your pain. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers - always! Love you guys.

Posted by John and Max Swanberg    June 27, 2017

Jim and I would like to send our deepest sympathies to all the Zorza family. Cal will always be remembered with a smile. He was always so friendly and seemed so happy. We go all the way back to the 3rd street store. RIP Cal.

Posted by Jim and Sharon Petrella    June 26, 2017

My sincere condolences to the the entire family,Cal was a great man and will always be remembered R.I.P. Cal.

Posted by Dale Daugherty    June 26, 2017

Dear Joan, Our heartfelt condolences to you and all of Cal's family. Renting one of your apartments holds fond memories for us...getting to know you and Cal and it being our daughter's first home. It was a fun visit just going upstairs to pay the rent! We bought a house and moved out of the apartment, but many times over the years we've said "maybe we should've stayed at Cal & Joan's!" You two were the greatest landlords EVER! Our thoughts are with you at this sad time, and always. Jeff, Lorene & Jill Selesky

Posted by Lorene Selesky    June 26, 2017

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Cal. Sincere condolences to his family. What a great guy he was.

Posted by Bonnie Rokuski    June 26, 2017

My sincere condolences to the Zorza family. As far back as I can remember, there was always Cal. I remember going to Cal's with my dad as a child, and Cal stuffing quarters in pockets for the arcade. Cal's was always a stop when I would come home on military leave, had to get a pasty. Cal and I would talk for awhile, and when I would try to pay, he would always say " I'll just put it on your dad's tab, and be safe." Cal was a good man, always kind and generous. Cal, you will be missed. You, and your family will be in my prayers.

Posted by Matthew, Amanda, Madelyn, & Mark Liana    June 26, 2017

Were so sorry to hear about Cals passing. He sure was a great guy with a great family. Love and prayers for the family.

Posted by Lucy and Mike Chaput    June 26, 2017

My heart breaks for all of Cal's family...he was such a kind man. I missed seeing him at the store because he always had a big smile and kind words for everyone. I know Joel will continue his legacy at Cal's. Love you all and my prayers are sent to all of the family.

Posted by Janet Myers Forslund    June 26, 2017

So sorry to hear of Cal's passing. I loved working at the store and getting to know all of you. I miss "South Marquette" and I miss all of you, and Cal will be missed by both.

Posted by Dorothy Karjala    June 25, 2017

Sorry to read about Cal , I remember coming to your home playing with Lynn and Sharon when are parents were visiting (Mary and Jack Pantti ) Cal was a great man Prayers and thought with the family

Posted by Susan (Pantti ) Koski    June 25, 2017

Sincere condolences to the Zorza family. Cal's caring manner touched the lives of countless people in our community. We hold a special place in our hearts for him.The legacy that he and his wonderful wife created lives on through this wonderful family! Love and hugs to everyone. So sorry for your loss. Phyllis & Jay Loonsfoot & Family

Posted by Phyllis Loonsfoot    June 25, 2017

I am so sorry for the loss to the family! Cal was such a nice man.

Posted by Barbara Alexander    June 25, 2017

Condolences to the Zorza family. Great memories of Cal. Always willing to help people in need. " One of the Best" He will be missed by so many.

Posted by Mark Burridge    June 25, 2017

Prayers to the family Cal was a sweet man.. He will always be remembered. God bless all of you !

Posted by Lisa Snyder    June 25, 2017

To the Zorza family, It's a sad loss! Cal was like a father to me in my younger years. This I am forever great full. He made me feel like one of the family! He was kind and loving man! So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Eugene Menapace    June 24, 2017

To the Zorza family ..what a wonderful man he was , so kind and gentle , he loved us kids in the neighborhood that would come to the store .He would remember us as we grew up and would visit the store , so sorry for your loss .Kathy (Poole ) Cox

Posted by Kathy cox    June 24, 2017

I'm so sorry to hear that your dad passed. He was a good man and I loved seeing him at Cals. He was always so happy and he was certainly in love with his red head! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Gail Urbiha    June 24, 2017

Another Zorza Icon gone. I remember living on College Ave when Uncle Cal worked at the Miracle Market. I was maybe four, and remember him wearing a long white apron and him patting my head and watching me cross the street with whatever small something my mom forgot and needed for cooking. He always had a huge smile on his face. I always boast about Uncle Cal's store. He really is legendary and I'm sure will be remembered for his kindness, generosity and big smile. I send my love and prayers to the whole Zorza family in this sad time.

Posted by Mary Thibodeau    June 24, 2017

Cal: We will never forget the kindness and support that you offered to Mark, Matthew, James and I. You were so kind to us. I remember a snow storm when Matthew was a baby and I got called into work. I had to leave my baby with my neighbors in that old apartment on Genesee St. Since the milk supply got called into work, Cal kept the store open so the neighbors could pick up formula and diapers. I remember visiting you at deer camp, when Mark and I were really dirty and you gave us beers and put us in the sauna. So many memories. So many parties. So many trips to the store. We always felt like we were part of your extended family and we were so appreciative. You were well loved and will be sorely missed. Peace and blessings to you and your whole family.

Posted by Patti Rose-Liana and the whole Liana family    June 24, 2017

Grandpa, I am going to miss seeing you an talking to you about anything from life to deer hunting. You where the best grandfather I could ask for I named my son Calvin because you where such important figure in my life. You where like John Wayne to me, Big, Strong an rugged. I will miss you very much, love you. Greg, Kathy, Eric an Calvin Jr.

Posted by Eric Z    June 23, 2017

Our sincere condolences. Gil, Ann and Bailey

Posted by Gil, Ann & Bailey Fries - New Braunfels, TX - Family   June 23, 2017