22 February 2013

Obituary: Risolia Spagnuolo Caruso

I simply had to share this obituary.  It was one I had pulled to use, and forgotten about it.  But her husband's confectionery store is the building where our history is currently located. 
From the 6 June 1935 Fremont TimesIndicator:

Mrs. Charles Caruso, wife of the local confectioner and ice cream manufacturer, passed away at Gerber Gerber Memorial hospital yesterday morning after an illness of two weeks duration.  She underwent an operation Saturday morning.  Her age was 54 years. 
Mrs. Caruso, whose maiden name was Risolia Spagnuolo, was born in Italy, March 15,1881, and married Mr. Caruso there in 1900.  Mr. Caruso came to this country in 1911 and a few years later came to Fremont and opened a confectionery store.  Mrs. Caruso came to America in 1920 and had lived here since.
Besides her husband she is survived by four children, Sam, Pete, and Louis Caruso and Mrs Mary Spadafore; five brothers, Louis of Fremont, Vincent and Frank of Owosso, George of Lansing, and Sam of Italy and one sister, Mrs. Julia Caruso, also of Italy.  
The funeral services will be held in All Saints Catholic church Friday morning at 9:30 o'clock and will be in charge of the Rev. Fr. Whalen, pastor of the parish, assisted by two other priests.  Interment will be in Maple Grove cemetery.  Funeral arrangements are in charge of Crandell & Ensing.

 One thing interesting about this family is that it is one of the few who came at that time who were not from the Netherlands.  But this family was well known in the are area, thanks to the candy and ice cream store.  The daughter's family, the Spadafores even continued the confectionery into the 40's or so.  And now, all that is left here is the wonderful mausoleum and this great building our history center are situated in.

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