Vilma A. Caruso

August 1, 1935-November 11, 2013


Vilma A. Caruso, 78, wife of Louis F. Caruso of Norwalk, CT passed away November 11, 2013 at Norwalk Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born August 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas & Rocchina DeFinis. Vilma moved to Norwalk with her family at a young age and attended Norwalk Public Schools. After graduating from Merril Business School, Vilma worked for Ramar Sales Agency where she worked her way up to office administrator. Afterwards she pursued her hobby of dried floral arranging and owned and operated the Flower House for several years until her illness. She was active in several woman’s organizations such as the Columbiettes Council 46 were she held several board positions over the years.

 In Addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter Lisa Miglietta and her husband Bruno, and a son John Caruso and his wife Paula.  She is also survived by three grandchildren, Isabella Miglietta, and Lindsay and Michael Caruso. Vilma was predeceased by a brother Fred N. DeFinis.

 The family wishes to thank the staff of Norwalk Hospital ICU as well as the home care nurses who cared for Vilma during her illness.

 Friends may call Thursday, November 14th, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue Norwalk, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 AM at St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk CT. Internment will follow at St. John Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jerome Church.

 The St. Ann Ladies Auxiliary will pay their respects at 7:00 PM.

  1. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. love anthony and irene

    November 12, 2013
    anthony cardillo -
  • To my aunt Vilma, best friend, and second mom…

    You never said “I’m leaving”
    You never said goodbye
    You were gone before I knew it,
    And only God knew why.
    A million times I needed you,
    A million times I cried,
    If love alone could have saved you,
    You never would have died.
    In Life I loved you dearly,
    In death I love you still,
    In my heart you hold a place
    That no one could ever fill.

    All My Love, Jane.

    November 13, 2013
    Jane DeFinis -
  • To Vilma & Family,

    May the road rise to meet you,
    May the wind
    be always at your back.
    May the sun
    shine warm upon your face,
    The rains fall
    soft upon your fields
    And until we meet
    again may GOD hold you
    in the palm of HIS hand.


    November 13, 2013
    Tom Ho -
  • Our deepest sympathy, Joe and Carol Zaremski

    November 16, 2013
    Joseph Zaremski -
  • When I was small, I used to ask Vilma every year how old she was and she always answered “Seventeen”. It took a while before I realized she was fooling me. She was more like a big sister than an aunt and nothing I could do could make her love me less, including painting a picture on her new black skirt, putting an errant arrow through the top of her convertible or nearly knocking out one of her dates with the aid of a heavy ash tray. Her indulgences were nearly limitless, from taking me on her dates with Lou (he must have loved that!) or baking me a multi-layered strawberry short cake in the shape of a wedding cake on my birthday.

    She enjoyed everything in life to the fullest from travel to entertainment to extending her legendary hospitality to everyone. She inherited her mother’s philosophy which is that if you are going to make something, make too much. She loved to go new places and do new things and generally experienced the world through rose-colored glasses.

    Her zest for life and generous spirit are unmatched. We will miss her and she will be forever “Seventeen” in our hearts.

    November 16, 2013
    Fred DeFinis -
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