Anthony J. "Tony" Caruso
Anthony J. “Tony” Caruso, 88, of Springfield, died Sunday, January 8, 2012 at St. John’s Hospital. He was born on November 10, 1923 in Riverton, IL to Antonio and Philamena Bartolomucci Caruso. He married Edith Durako on October 12, 1946 at St. Aloysius Church by Monsignor A.J. Bertman.
Mr. Caruso was a graduate of St. James Trades School and later became an instructor there in the bakery department. He was also a graduate of Cathedral Boys High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Tony was a member of the Sangamon County Board, Oak Ridge Cemetery Board, Springfield Liquor Commission and Sangamon County Jury Commission.
He retired in 1974 from the Springfield Fire Department after 22 years of service as chief of the Fire Prevention Bureau. He also worked for the Secretary of State for eight years as a supervisor.
Mr. Caruso was preceded in death by a brother, S.D. Caruso and four sisters; Laveda Zara, Jennie Caruso, Julia Sakash and Helen Blackburn.
Surviving are his wife; Edith, sister-in-law; Betty Durako of Belleville and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation: 4 – 7 p.m. Thursday, January 12, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Friday, January 13, 2012 at St. Aloysius Church with Reverend Tom Donovan officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to St. Aloysius Church or Charity of Donor’s Choice.