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Josephine (Jo) Caruso, 94 Send a condolence note

Laconia-----Josephine (Jo) Caruso died peacefully early morning on Sunday, December 23, 2007 at Lakes Region General Hospital after a brief illness. 

Jo was born in 1913 in Wellsely, Mass, the daughter of Henry and Ceserina Minelli Simoni, both of whom immigrated from Italy in the early 1900s.  After graduating from Newton High School, she worked as a secretary for John Hancock Insurance Company in Boston until her marriage to Luigi Caruso in 1939.  They spent all of their married life in New Jersey, most recently in East Brunswick where Jo was a communicant at St. Bartholomew’s RC Church.  She volunteered at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ for many years, and she served as an election official for the town of East Brunswick.  Four years ago, she moved to Laconia where she lived at the Taylor Home.

Jo was a devoted wife and mother as well as a true friend and confidant to the people in her life.  She was a willing listener whose wisdom and common sense advice on life and family was appreciated by her family many friends.  She was a woman who knew her mind and was not hesitant to express it.  She will be sorely missed by those who experienced her caring humor and straightforward approach to life.

Jo is predeceased by her devoted husband of 64 years Luigi Caruso who died in 2004.

She is survived by her one son, Louis and his wife Dorreen Caruso of Wells, Maine, and her twin daughters: Norine and husband Gene Calvano, and Elena and her husband Dave Worrall, all of whom live in New Hampshire.  She also leaves eleven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 9:00 on Saturday, December 29, 2007 at St. Bartholomew RC Church in East Brunswick, NJ.  Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home in Laconia is handling the New Hampshire end of the arrangements for more information go to

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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