Robert Caruso

Obituary of Robert M. Caruso

Age 87, of Channahon, IL and formerly of Glenwood and Chicago Heights, IL passed away suddenly, Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

Bob was born September 18, 1934 to the late Joanne (Ripani) and Mario Caruso in Chicago Heights where he was raised and educated, a graduate of Bloom High School with the class of 1952.  After being honorably discharged from the United States Army, he attended DePaul University receiving a bachelor's degree in physics.

Beloved husband of Penny (Lale) Caruso; loving father of Bob Caruso (Chris Arce), Dan (Cindy) Caruso, the late Perry Andrew in infancy, Carrie (Tom) Capecci and Cathy (Bob) Pettigrew; proud grandfather of Nick (Paige), Courtney, Kailey, and Danny Caruso; Kylie (Casey) McBride, Rebecca and Brynn Chavez; Nicole, Anthony and Gino Capecci; Abby, Elyse and Emma Pettigrew; dearest great-grandfather of Blake and Sloan McBride; fond brother of Rick (Pat) Caruso, Mario (Rose) Caruso, Vivian (the late Bill) Hapaniewski, and Lucyl Caruso.  Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Bob began his career as an engineer with AT&T (formerly Bell Labs), grew to a project management leader and successfully retired early at the age of 55.  From there, Bob leveraged his skills in home improvement into his own business as a home renovator.  He later developed and pursued his interest in computers serving as network development and manager of the network systems at Hirsch Funeral Homes in Chicago Heights before winding down his career as a ranger at Heritage Bluffs Golf Club.  A talented troubleshooter and tinkerer, there was nothing he could not fix, rebuild, and in most cases, improve upon the original design.  He was a proud member of the Marchegiana Club and was an active member at St. Ann Church in Channahon, especially the Men’s Club, where he led the planning of the annual golf outing and was always willing to assist in the many church functions over the years. He enjoyed golf, fishing, bean bags and other games, dancing, playing the drums, morning coffee, going out to breakfast with his beloved wife of 60 years and spending as much time with his family as possible.

Visitation for Bob will be Sunday, February 6, 2022 from 1-6 p.m. at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home 3200 Black Rd. (at Essington Rd.) Joliet.  Funeral services will be Monday, February 7, 2022, 9:00 a.m. from the funeral home to St. Ann Catholic Church, 24500 S. Navajo Drive Channahon, IL where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bob’s name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

For more information please call (815) 741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at where you can share a favorite memory or leave a condolence.



1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday, February 6, 2022
Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes - Joliet
3200 Black at Essington Roads
Joliet, Illinois, United States
(815) 741-5500

A Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am
Monday, February 7, 2022
St. Ann Catholic Church - Channahon
24500 S. Navajo Drive
Channahon, Illinois, United States

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bob’s name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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