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.
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Uncle Tony, I love you! You were a great person and always will be. I miss you VERY much. I will always remember you. I hope you are having a great time in heaven. I love you and wish I could've been there to say goodbye. Your niece, Sarah Steil I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU AND YOUR WONDERFUL PERSONALITY.
Uncle Tony was always entertaining. He had a great personality and we always enjoyed talking with him. Our family appreciated the time that Aunt Edith and Uncle Tony came to our house for our son Anthony's graduation party. God bless Uncle Tony. Our thoughts prayers are with Aunt Edith during this difficult time. Greg and Christina Steil
In 1963 I became a member of the Springfield Fire Dept. I was stationed at #2 fire house on engine 2. Tony was the driver-engineer. Being green & naive, I had the good fortune of Tony taking me under his wing. The things he taught me about the fire department, life and living have served me well for the past 48 years. THANK YOU MY GOOD FRIEND.
Edith I am so sorry for your loss, I hope your many memories will comfort you. We Harpin children have so many fond memories of both you and Tony but one of my fondest was when Tony presented me a bouquet of fresh garlic bow and all for my high school graduation. I will always treasure those memories.
Dear Uncle Tony, I'll never forget how you always shined with great values, how you loved the Lord and how much you loved my Aunt Edith. I'm really sad I didn't get a chance to say goodbye. I'll never forget how much you loved to garden and how much you cared about my dad....i love you sooo much...I'll miss you!!! Love Teresa
Mary Jane (Caruso) Jizmagian posted on 2/10/12
This is only one of the many memories of my Uncle Tony. I took this picture when Uncle Tony & Aunt Edith came to help us celebrate my brother, Jim, & Kay's 35th Wedding Anniversary. These happy times will always be wonderful memories!