Samuel A. Caruso

Samuel CarusoSamuel A. Caruso, 85, of 161 Queens Road, St. Marys, passed away Monday, August 8, 2016, at the Elk Haven Nursing Home, after a brief illness.

He was born December 23, 1930, in DuBois, son of the late Pasquale and Angeline Rizzo Caruso. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Penfield High School.  He was a retired employee of the Stackpole Carbon Company, retiring in 1992 with 40 years of service.

On March 15, 1952, in the St. Mary’s Church in Baltimore, MD, Sam married Alice M. “Chip” Breindel, who survives. He is also survived by two sons, Dr. David M. Caruso and his wife Mary Beth of St. Marys and Glenn A. Caruso and his wife Cathy of Pittsburgh; six grandchildren, Joseph Caruso, Christopher Caruso, Marisa Purdy, Kathleen Caruso, Corey Caruso, and Krista Caruso; five great grandchildren, Daniel Caruso, Caroline Caruso, Theo Caruso, Mark Purdy, and Olivia Helsel; three sisters, Jenny Samick of St. Marys, Helena “Lena” Wallace of DuBois, and Virgie Murphy of New Jersey; one brother, James Caruso and his wife Gertie of St. Marys; and a daughter-in-law, Teresa Richards of St. Marys.

In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by three sisters, Mayme Veltri, Mary Snelick, and Edith Caruso; and by four brothers, Robert, Anthony, Joseph, and Richard “Gooch” Caruso.

Sam was a member of the Queen of the World Church and was a veteran of the US Marine Corps, having served in the Korean War. He enjoyed gardening and hunting and was active at the Farmers Market.  Everyone enjoyed Sam’s sweet corn.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Richard Allen, Pastor, officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk Haven Nursing Home, 785 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA  15857.

Brenda and Carl Keech August 9, 2016 at 10:35 pm

Sam was one of my favorite customers. I always enjoyed talking to him. You have my deepest sympathy. He will greatly missed at my place of employment.

Judy Veltre Mattey August 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm

We are so sad to hear of Uncle Sam’s passing. He was a kind, soft-spoken man, who was loved by the Baltimore-area “Veltre” side of the family. We have many wonderful memories in which he played a big part. Unfortunately, we will not be able to comfort the family in person during this sad time. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with everyone.

Angela Wallace August 11, 2016 at 10:13 am

Wishing I was there with the rest of the “family” – I am in spirit. I love you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you. “Uncle Sammy” was always a special man to me….gentle and so soft-spoken. He will be missed.

Darrell & Judy Dubler August 11, 2016 at 4:24 pm

Chip & Family: You have our deepest sympathy. I always enjoyed stopping at the house and going to the farmers market to see you and Sam. I am sure he is happy gardening in heaven and telling stories.
The community will deeply miss him. Such a wonderful man.
Love, Darrell and Judy (Mertz) Dubler

Larry and Kate Nekuza August 11, 2016 at 8:42 pm

Dear Family, So very sorry to hear about Sam. What a wonderful person, always willing to help someone achieve and improve their garden and their life. He will be missed. Hugs to his family and grandchildren. Sincere condolences from Larry and Kate Nekuza, Bradenton, Florida.

Bill & Dottie Kazubowski August 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Our condolences to Sam’s family.
Bill (Kaz) took the news of “Brother” Marine Sam’s passing quite hard. He sat in silence, tears and was remembering of the days they had together, I didn’t interrupt.
I myself never had the pleasure of meeting Sam or Alice, but Bill talked about how he was such a nice guy. I just knew them by Christmas cards.
Sam’s time in Korea was something he didn’t want to talk about, just wanted to sweep it under the carpet, so to say.
We want to thank you for taking the time to write the letter, his write up and prayer card.
I don’t know if Bill will write as it brings out the heartache of not seeing him since their time together in the service.
As ever, Bill (Kaz) & Dottie Kazubowski

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