portrait picture for Santa JoAnn Caruso

Services: Family and friends may call on November 23 from 10 am to noon at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk.  A prayer service will be held at 11:30am.  Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery in Norwalk. Donations: In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in JoAnn’s memory to http://www.starct.org/#!ways-to-give/c1rm0 *STAR is an organization in Connecticut that serves children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to assist them in attaining equitable access to opportunities in their community.

Santa JoAnn Caruso


July 15, 1949 - November 17, 2015

Santa JoAnn Caruso, 66 a lifelong resident of Norwalk, passed away on November 17 at Westport Rehabilitation Center, after a lengthy illness.  JoAnn was kind-hearted, caring and generous to all who knew her.

Born on July 15, 1949 to the late Grace (Miller) and Anthony Caruso Sr, she was named after her paternal grandmother.  JoAnn, beloved sister, aunt, great aunt and niece is also predeceased by her sister Barbara (Caruso) Carter.

She is survived by her loving brother Peter Caruso of Norwalk and her devoted brother and sister-in-law Anthony and Margaret Caruso of Bethel, who spent the last 2 years overseeing her needs.  Her godmother and aunt, Ann Martineau of Wilton was very dear to JoAnn.  Her aunt and uncle, Carole and Richard Huse of Norwalk were always there for her
throughout her life.  JoAnn had a significant role in the lives of her nieces and nephews: Victoria Jackson of Shelton, Tina (Caruso) and Dennis Hamilton of Goffstown, NH, Tara (Caruso) and Andrew Shortt of Deering, NH, Anthony and Nicole Jackson of Milford and Anthony and Shanda Caruso III of Sanford, NC.

JoAnn always had a gift or treat for her 5 nieces and nephews when they came to visit as children.  She was present for every life event and never forgot a birthday or holiday and now that they are grown with families of their own, JoAnn enjoyed sending little packages of goodies in the mail to all 9 of her great nieces and great nephews Amanda, Isabella, Ashley, Dean, Dylan, Ryan, AJ, Lillyn and Aidan.

JoAnn graduated from Brien McMahon High School in 1967.  She was dedicated to her job in food service at Tracey School, where she worked for over 25 years, and loved to tell stories about the children she served.

For many years JoAnn helped to maintain the Laurel Athletic Club facility.  JoAnn had a love of cats, knick knacks, dolls, Disney movies, all things purple and liked to eat ketchup on everything.  JoAnn could navigate the Wheels bus transit system like a GPS and thought a walk from Main Street to Kmart was no big deal.  She loved to visit the Amazing Store, Family Diner, Duchess Restaurant the Variety Store and New York Bakery.  JoAnn’s favorite past-times were word search puzzles, fishing and learning to drive.  Not to mention, she was a master at winning stuffed animals from the impossible “claw” machine.   JoAnn will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

Special recognition to Westport Rehabilitation Complex and Whittingham Cancer Center for their dedicated care of her.

Family and friends may call on November 23 from 10 am to noon at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk.  A prayer service will be held at 11:30am.  Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery in Norwalk.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in JoAnn’s memory to STAR http://www.starct.org/#!ways-to-give/c1rm0

*STAR is an organization in Connecticut that serves children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to assist them in attaining equitable access to opportunities in their community.

  1. We are so saddened by the loss of Aunt JoAnn. She was an amazing person and her presence in our lives will be greatly missed. It has been a blessing and privilege to be her niece. We love you dearly Aunt JoAnn.

    November 20, 2015
    Tina, Dennis, Ashley and Dean Hamilton -
  • Joanne , may the angels open the gates of heaven for you.Anthony, Maraget And family , Peter, So sorry for your loss. Sorry I will not make the service , but my thoughts and prayers will be with you.

    November 20, 2015
    Terry Mercede -
  • Rest in peace Joanne . Your Mom and Dad will be there for you in your final destination and your brothers will treasure your memory.

    Good bye Joanne.

    November 20, 2015
    John T. Miller -
  • Jo-Ann always had a beautiful smile on her face when I saw her at famiky events. I know that her warm heart and kind spirit will be missed by us all. Rest easy now, JoAnn, as God will take good care of you in heaven.

    November 20, 2015
    Ginger Kimerlibg -
  • My sincere condolences to your family for the loss of a wonderful person…I remember her as kids when we were growing up on High St
    May she RIP

    November 21, 2015
    Tony Bossone -
  • So sorry for your loss. JoAnn was always a kind and loving person to all, and to my children when they frequently visited our long time friends and neighbors Margaret , Tony, and kids. . .May all the kindness and love of a her wonderful soul live forever in this world and it be a better place because she was here. God Bless
    Love Always, Marvin and Laura

    November 21, 2015
    Marvin and Laura Beninson -
  • Truly blessed to have had such a loving, kind hearted person in my and my children’s life. Aunt Jo Ann was always there for us with the most beautiful smile, great big bear hug, and unconditional love. Our love for her is greater than any words could express, she will always hold a special place in our hearts. May you rest peacefully Aunt Jo Ann, we love you.

    November 21, 2015
    Tara, Andrew, Amanda, Dylan, Ryan Shortt -
  • Margaret, Anthony and family – we were very saddened to hear of JoAnn’s passing. We are thinking of you at this time and wishing you prayers and peace. JoAnn was a wonderfully sweet person and she will be missed. Love, Michelle & Family

    November 23, 2015
    Michelle Lopa -
  • Very sorry to hear of my cousin’s passing. We are praying for your family.
    Love, Sandra

    November 24, 2015
    Sandra Caruso Nailen -
  • Jo Ann was a kindhearted and friendly person . So sorry for you loss . Carol Ochs November 23, 2015

    November 24, 2015
    carol ochs -
  • I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. JoAnne is now resting peacefully and your memories of her have now become treasures.

    November 24, 2015
    Jeanne Hastings -
  • So sad to hear of Jo Ann’s passing. She was a kind, warm, wonderful friend to the three of us kids and my mother. We lived right down the road from Tracey School and she often stopped by after school. Her beautiful, twinkling blue eyes will not be forgotten.

    November 24, 2015
    Kristin Ruggieri -
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