Gregory A. Schalmo

April 28, 1948 ‒ December 08, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

Gregory A. Schalmo 70, of Delaware passed away Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Grant Medical Center, after an extended illness.

He was born April 28, 1948 in Cleveland, Ohio the son of the late Richard & Claire (Gall) Schalmo. He graduated from Lakewood High school in Cleveland. He worked in telecommunications with North American Communications for 15 years before his retirement in 2017. He also worked with Ohio Bell/ AT&T for 35 years. He attended and was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church for over 33 years.

He met and later married the love of his life Margaret “Peggy” Slife, and they enjoyed 45 years of marriage together, she survives along with sons Gregory (Sara), Robert (Michelle) and James (Jennifer) Schalmo; daughter Anne (Colin) Johnson; grandchildren Hannah, Luke, Gabe, Lily Schalmo, and Isabella & Dominic Simmons, Colin Johnson; brother David Schalmo; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Timothy Schalmo; sisters Beverly Hammond, and Patricia Gress.

Gregory enjoyed playing cards, including solitaire and hearts. He also enjoyed playing backgammon. He was also a very talented handy man that included several remodeling projects. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, kids, and grandkids. He will be remembered as the dedicated, generous, and sometimes sarcastic man that he was.

A memorial mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 11:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 E William Street, Delaware, OH with Rev. Fr. Michael Watson officiating. Burial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed towards The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, 460 W 10th Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43210.

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  • Anne,
    Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. May the Holy Spirit bless you and guide you. Hold onto the memories and know that he is always a memory and a smile away. All our love to you and your family.
    The Lee Family
    Roentgen, Susan, Xander and Meredith

  • Anne,
    Where do I begin? Words can not express this with justice but I’m going to try. You have accepted my family as your own and we could not be more proud to have joined houses with such spectacular people. Know that we are here for you during this time of such loss and grief! We love with you and hurt with you, always! We love you!

    Peggy and family,
    During such a dark time it is hard to see the light but know that he is at peace and rest. We pray over your family during this time and pray for your peace here on earth. Lean on family and friends during this time. Wish we could join you to celebrate His life and what a celebration it will be.
    With love,
    The Farmer Family
    Rob, Chris, Shelby and Meadow

  • I haven’t seen Greg in years, but he would stop in and see my parents Howard and Evelyn Schalmo when he was traveling through Illinois. He was a funny, kind cousin. My rhoughts and prayers are with your whole family. Cheryl Schalmo Hille

  • Peg, Greg, Anne, Bob and Jim. The world (and you all) lost a great man this week. A great father, a great husband and for Deb and me, a great neighbor and a wonderful dear friend. We recall so many stories, countless actually, such as summertime Pizza Nights, 4th of July Parade Preparations, sneaking to the basement, sledding at Sutherland’s Hill, drywalling our basement together and helping lay tiles in our kitchen, mowing not one, but three neighbor’s yards, building a swing set extraordinaire that all the Gibson and Schalmo grandkids will use for years to come, watching him struggle to finish it while his heart was failing. Letting us borrow his car when one of ours was broken down and how can any of us in Wesleyan Woods forget all that he did to keep the pool running and filled with the summertime laughter of children and 60’s music. July 4ths sweltering over the BBQ grill and cooling off in the beer trailer.

    Sending Alex home at 6am when as a 3-year old he snuck out of our house and went to yours to play with “Jeem” before daybreak. Computer fix it calls, late night babysitting shifts when Anne had to go home and we weren’t home yet. Oh I could go on and on. So many memories, so many stories, so many times when he unselfishly helped. We miss him so much already.

    Gregg was a generous and selfless soul, always willing to help those in need and share his wit and laughter. Even in recent years as he battled courageously, he would share a thumbs up, a smile to communicate that which he could not say aloud. For you guys he was dad, he was husband … for the rest of us he was Gregg … a friend, a comrade, a helper. Your loss leaves a hole in our hearts but our spirits are alive with the stories that he added to ALL of our lives. We will all be so lucky to leave such a legacy.

    Our thoughts, our prayers and our hearts are with all of you. Words cannot express our sorrow for your loss, but for now, they are all we have–well, that and the memories that he gifted us.

    Russ, Deb, Melanie, Kate and Alex Gibson (Mason, Ryan and Matthew)

  • Peg and family our thoughts and prayers are with you with your loss of Greg. We know all of you will miss him, Keep his memory in your hearts and minds. Know he will always be watching over all of you and smiling and being proud of his family. Sending you our hugs and our love,

  • I’ve known Greg both from work and the neighborhood and I’ve found him to be a wonderful person always willing to help out.

  • Peg and family,

    We learned of Greg’s passing through daughter Bonnie’s FB connections. Patty and I often talk about our 12+ years of living and enjoying life in Wesleyan Woods. Those are years we joyfully remember…mostly because of the warm and welcoming friendships that you, Greg, and your family (as well as other families) fostered with us. We still miss all of you.

    I still remember the day that Greg and Marty conned me into joining them on the Association board and then convinced me to immediately become the President. It was the start of a lot of enjoyable hours working with Greg on the pool and other neighborhood activities. I thoroughly enjoyed his wit, wisdom, and work ethic.

    There is a special place in heaven for guys like Greg. I expect that he will continue to share his time and talent with those in need from his new post in heaven.

    Our condolences and best wishes to you and your family.

  • Peggy,

    I was very sorry to hear about Greg. Know that you and your family will be in our prayers and thoughts.

    Mary Mesereau Weishar

  • Peggy and family, I offer my sincere condolences to you for your loss. I am sorry to hear of Gregory’s passing. No matter how long our loved ones live, it is never long enough for those that are left behind. I hope the many memories Gregory shared with you bring light during this dark time. God can, will and wants to support you through this time. (1 Peter 5:7) My deep sympathies go out to each one of you.

  • Peg and Greg, just found out about Greg’s passing. I am very sorry I missed the service, would have definitely attended. We had many good time and looked up to him. God bless.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss my heart goes out to your whole family. He was a nice man for the little time i spent with with wish i could of done more from my position as caregiver with granny nannies. Wish you lots of love this holiday season and again my condolences.