Lucia Caruso, known to friends as “Lou”, passed away on September 25, 2017 at the age of 101. Born in 1916 in Boston, MA, to Filippo and Concetta Mazzola, she was the first of her family born in the United States. Lucia married the love of her life and childhood friend, Antonio Caruso, in East Boston in 1940. They enjoyed 46 years of marriage, lovingly raised a family, ran several successful businesses, and moved to Florida in the 1970s.
Lucia was the heart of her family. She loved to cook, host large gatherings, and brought energy and organization to all of her pursuits. She loved a party, was the first and last on the dance floor, and never turned down an adventure whether it was travel or a role in a talent show. She loved food in general and ice cream in particular, and always made room for it as dessert. She shared her love of cooking with her children and grandchildren and her many traditions will live on in their homes and hearts, particularly her pizzelle recipe. She was an avid game and card player and made sure everyone played by the rules.
Lucia dedicated herself to service in the Church and spent many years working at the Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church Thrift Store. She loved running a business and a bargain and the success of the thrift store was important to her. She lived in the Mainlands of Tamarac for more than 20 years and volunteered as community treasurer, pancake breakfast hostess, and at any event that needed assistance.
Lucia is predeceased by her husband, Antonio Caruso and son, Richard Caruso. She is survived by her children Anthony Caruso Jr (Margaret), Maria Caruso, and daughter-in-law, Lorri Byrne. She is also survived by five grandchildren Cristina Caruso Schmidt (Christopher), Mandy Caruso-Yahne (Angela), Anthony Caruso (Michele), Anthony Caruso III (Meagan), Teresa Asevedo, and one great-granddaughter, Lucia Caruso. They will all miss her dearly.
Memorial donations may be made to Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief or Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church.