John Caruso

IRON MOUNTAIN – John Guido Caruso, 85, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2013, at HCR ManorCare in Kingsford.

He was born April 20, 1928, in Hartford, Conn., son of the late John and Rose (Jaffola) Caruso. John moved with his family to Iron Mountain in 1930 at the age of 2, and resided here until 1950.

John enlisted in the United States Army during World War II, and was honorably discharged. He then moved to Milwaukee to start his career with the Louis Allis Company, and it was there that he met the love of his life. He married Barbara Stelloh on June 21, 1952, and they just recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary.

John worked as a machinist for the Louis Allis Company for more than 35 years, retiring on May 1, 1983. While working there he had a hand in machining many parts used in the Apollo Space Program. Upon retiring, he and his family moved back to Iron Mountain where they built their new home in 1983.

John did not rest in his retirement, instead he spent his time working with his Uncle Guido Jaffola, as the manager and handyman of his many properties in town. He also took classes in taxidermy, and became a very skilled taxidermist. John was an avid outdoorsman and hunter and up until last year was still hunting in a tree during deer season.

He was a diehard Packers fan, and a faithful reader of the Packer Report, which he had read to him by his daughter in his last few days. John loved his family and really enjoyed when all of his grandchildren would come and stay with them for two weeks during the summer.

John is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Caruso of Iron Mountain; his children, Rosanne Caruso of Iron Mountain, Karen (Gary) Thompson of Iron Mountain, and Connie (Glenn) Marifke of Wind Lake, Wis.; grandchildren, Joshua Weaver, Sgt. Ryan A. (Robyn) Livingston, Brian (Samantha) Marifke, Lori (Samuel) Osieczonek, Amanda Weaver, and Jonathon Thompson; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, August (Cinde) Caruso of Iron Mountain.

He was preceded in death by a son, Billy Joe Caruso in 1955, and a granddaughter, Melissa Marifke in December 2012.

The visitation will be held on Friday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.

The funeral service will at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Fr. Daniel Zaloga will officiate.

Burial will take place in the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove Wisconsin.

In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established in his memory.

Condolences may be expressed to the family of John Guido Caruso online at

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.