Crosby & Phoebe

Dia de Los Muertos – Familial note.

The traditional Mexican holiday that honors the dead is also referred to by the Roman Catholic Church in the United States as All Souls Day. It just happens on this day we celebrate the Birthday of P.A.

Patsy A. Caruso was born in Monessen on Nov. 1, 1905, a son of the late Charles and Francesca Passafume Caruso. Mr. Caruso attended California Public School and was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Class of 1929, with a degree in business administration. He also attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law for two years. Following college, Mr. Caruso worked for the Department of Public Assistance. He then opened his own insurance and income tax service in Charleroi. With the assistance of his wife Louise, he operated this business for over 50 years. Mr. Caruso was a member of the parish family of Mary, Mother of Church in Charleroi. He also belonged to the former Mother of Sorrows Church, where he was a member of the choir for many years. Mr. Caruso was very active in the Charleroi community during his lifetime. He served as a member of the Authority of the Borough of Charleroi for over 35 years, serving as its chairman for 30 years. He was a member of Barzali Lodge, Order Sons of Italy for more than 50 years. He was a member of the Charleroi Elks for more than 60 years. Mr. Caruso also was a member of the Charleroi Lions Club for 49 years and a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow, the highest award in Lionism. Patsy was a common man who never forgot his humble beginnings or any of the people who helped him along the way.

Patsy passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002.

  • He was followed in death by
    • two daughters Fran and Margie
    • one sister, Grace Roefaro
    • two brothers, Eugene and Anthony
  • Preceded in death by
    • his parents,
    • wife of 63 years, Louise Arrigo Caruso, in 1998
    • five brothers, Charles, Joseph, Francis, John and Raymond
    • one sister, Rose Caruso

3 comments

    • Yes but that does not really matter in telling this story. In opening up the dialogue on holidays and family history it’s good to have a contextual place. Grandma Caruso would have required that intro even though she didn’t spend time or live in Mexico.

      I’ll be looking for volunteers to weave the stories from the Arrigo family shortly. . .

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