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
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.