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Michael Caruso

In Loving Memory

Caruso, Michael J. Lt. Col.

June 30, 1954 - October 26, 2023

Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Thursday, October 26th, 2023.

Beloved husband of Eva Caruso (nee Remming); dearest father of Anthony (Dianna) Caruso and Lauren (Matthew) Shaver; dear grandfather of Rebecca Caruso and Penelope, Evangeline, and Vivienne Shaver; dear brother of Thomas (Nancy) and Lawrence (Mary) Caruso; dear uncle of Beth (Kevin) Griffin, Amy (Tony) Helbling, and Andrew (Marissa) Caruso; our dear great uncle, cousin, and friend to many.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society are greatly appreciated.

SERVICES: Funeral Mass on Friday, November 3rd at The Cathedral Basilica (4431 Lindell Blvd 63108) at 10AM. Interment at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. Visitation on Thursday at Kutis Affton Chapel (10151 Gravois Rd 63123) from 2:00 – 9:00 PM.


38 thoughts on “Caruso, Michael J. Lt. Col.”

  1. Mike always lit up a room. I knew him him my whole life being a Strohmeyer, and he really was a part of our family. Going to Enterprise was and will never be the same without his smiling face and hugs. His dedication and generosity has touched so many in the St.Louis community. His support of the Blues, the St. Louis Policemen’s Soccer tournament, and his years on the force protecting our city is and was an astronomical sacrifice that we can all never repay. He did all things with grace, dedication, and a will that can’t be matched. I’ll miss you Mike. Prayers to all of the Caruso family and his dear friends.

  2. Mike was a great human being, a great SLMPD policeman’s policeman, a true Italian. He and I were in the academy together. I will really miss him.


    I moved St. Louis in January of 1988 and lived there for 20 years. I worked at the Arena and the helped to build the Kiel Center before leaving in 2008 to move to Arizona. In that time I met and worked with a lot of great people. Mike Caruso was one of the best. He was a Lieutenant back then and with hard work and dedication rose in the ranks. It’s because of Mike I loved St. Louis and Amy and I still talk about our Home Away from Home.
    We lost a good man and I will miss him. He was St. Louis!!!

  4. Mike was a great guy who I not only knew from 4 years at Bishop DuBourg High School, but my husband also knew him through the SMPD, and thought he was a special person and a professional police officer. You will he missed by many. Deepest Sympathy to your wife, son and daughter. Mike & Barb Messmer

  5. Lt. Caruso was a true professional and always a bright light as he rolled into the warrant office at the Circuit Attorney’s. A true public servant. May his memory comfort you in your loss.
    Judge Virginia Lay

  6. Mike Caruso was a true professional and special friend to many people. It was a real sense of well being and safety when he was on the job. He always made us feel that he had time for our friendship. His detail officers throughout the community could count on his support and loyalty.

  7. Michael….oh my goodness…you and Kenny together again! So many memories. You feeding too many hot dogs to Frank at the river; the shenanigans you and Kenny pulled while learning to be the best cop possible. Your wedding to your beautiful bride. May God continue to watch over your family as you enter your heavenly home. St. Louis will not be the same without you! Hugs my friend.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a dedicated police officer for the city of St Louis and a servant of GOD. I knew Mike in grade school at Holy Innocents and he was a wonderful man. Tom and I were I. The same class. He deserved to live longer and enjoy his retirement. My prayers and thoughts are with you. He is now in heaven being guardian angel to all of his family here. GOD Bless you Mike.

  9. Mike,
    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face;
    the rain fall soft upon your fields
    and until we meet again,
    may God hold you in the palm of His Hand.

  10. Mike was a consummate gentleman and professional, who always made you feel you were a true friend. My many days at the Arena and Kiel/Scottrade/Enterprise were always brightened by even a momentary interaction. One of the finest of the SLMPD, who will be missed by all. May his memory live on in those of us who were blessed to have known him. Gone far too soon.

  11. I was a member of the St. Louis Police Board and in that capacity I got to know Mike. To say he was a great guy and a great police officer doesn’t really do him justice because he was so much more than that. In every interaction he was a gentleman and a true professional.
    I wish you nothing but peace Mike.

  12. Mike was a wonderful guy. We had some good times together playing softball and having a few drinks afterwards. Could always count on Mike to lend a hand. Prayers and Blessings!

  13. Deepest Condolences to the Caruso Family,
    I met Mike “Guido” many years ago playing the the North American Police Soccer Tournament. St. Louis Police Force and our Peel Regional Police (PRP) Forces were always strong rivals on the pitch, but the best of friends off.
    Guido was the kinda man that just had a natural charisma and charm about him. He was always up for a good conversation, chasing back beers and showed the utmost respect and consideration for everyone. He had the biggest hugs and always a smile on his face.
    I left PRP and immigrated to Australia but have kept in touch with players and friends over the years. I was so deeply saddened to receive the LinkedIn msg from one of Guido’s former teammates and Police comrades. Guido truely had a heart filled of love for others. He was a part of our thin blue line and well respected in his profession and for his service to others.
    It is with a heavy heart that I pass on my condolences to his family, friends and Police colleagues. He will truely be missed by many. I wish you all strength and support as you navigate these challenging times of loss and sorrow.
    Deepest sympathy.
    Katharine Thayer
    (Former PRP Sr. Constable #2508)

  14. Lt. Col. Mike (Mikey) Caruso was one of best guys and police officer to serve the SLMPD. His fun loving and optimistic attitude always shown through.

  15. Lt. Col. Mike Caruso was a friend you could always count on. He was always there when you needed him. Rest in Peace my friend. You will be missed but never forgotten.

  16. Take time to love and be loved, it is a God-given privilege.
    Take time to be friendly, it is the road to happiness.
    Take time to laugh, it is the music to the soul.
    Take time to work, it’s the price of success.
    Take time to do charity, it is the key to heaven.
    These things were the epitome of our friend Mike.
    We love and will miss you greatly.

    Love, Della, Ray, & the Scheumbauer family.

  17. I only knew Mike From the Enterprise Center. We worked across the hall from the police room in the First Aid Room. He was always friendly and we knew we could count on him if we had a patient that was threatening to us. He was a true professional. I’m sure his family and friends will always remember him as a great man .
    Bill Hayes RN
    AccuCare Event Medical

  18. I met Mike when we were both patrolmen assigned to the old 3rd. While we were on different platoons a mutual friend, Jim Walsh, introduced us. Mike was always upbeat and a pleasure to be around. A bunch of us took a train trip to Chicago to watch the Blues & Hawks. To this day we would still talk about how much fun we had.
    Most of all, I admired how Mike fought hard for what he believed to be just. He was a true friend, dedicated cop and a great man.
    Go with God my friend,

  19. Mike and I were friends from first grade at Holy Innocents and at DuBourg High. Played soccer at Sublette Park and fuzz ball and other games at Kennard I really remember him showing up when I was injured in a accident were I worked. I was being rolled out on a stretcher to an ambulance and I saw him before i was taken away. He knew I worked there and went out of his way to get there He was a real blessing to have as a friend Blessings and comfort to his family friends and police officers who will miss him

  20. Many fond memories of Mike! My condolences to all the Caruso family. May he be an inspiration to all those in public service and with thanks and Godspeed may our Lord take him home. Eternal rest grant upon him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. God bless you! Fr. Tom Wissler

  21. I am so sorry for Eva and the family’s loss.
    Mike saw the humor in everything and the good in people but you didn’t put anything past him.
    He always brought a smile and laughter to everyone he met.
    You just felt at ease with Mike.
    He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.

  22. Our condolences to the entire Caruso family! Mr. Caruso was a wonderful man! He was always so kind to us and always willing to help us when needed! He took care of our daughter (Ashley Barczewski) as if she was his own! This is an incredible loss! Our hearts go out to the Caruso family! May he rest in peace!
    Love and prayers, Mary and David Barczewski

  23. Rest In Peace Mike .Our deepest condolences to the Caruso family. Mike will be missed. We treasure all the great memories of times together during soccer games when Mike coached at SSP. Our prayers are with the family during this time of sorrow.

  24. So heartwarming to see in pictures the remembrance of all Mike’s accomplishments. So much of which to be proud, and what a great loving family.
    Eva, you and Mike were so blessed to have each other. Exactly how I feel about my years with John.God has blessed us all. With Deepest Sympathy, Susan Caruso

  25. Eva and Caruso family- Sorry to hear about Mike- we know he went through a lot and now he is in Gods hands. Mike will be missed and never forgotten. Your family is in our prayers.

  26. Mike did so much for me while I was a police officer that it’s difficult to remember everything he did.

    He helped me through many difficult situations, and did more for me than he probably should have.

    As the old saying goes, ” when the shit hits the fan, you will quickly realize who your true friends are.” Mike was definitely that true friend. I’m so grateful that I recently had an opportunity to thank him, and to tell him how much respect I had for him from the first day I met him. He was the genuine article.

  27. Ev, Tony, Lauren
    When we think of Mike, we can’t help but smile. His big bear hugs and head rub
    “Nuggies”😊Heaven got a great guy❤️
    Kristin and Jenna Fleischmann
    Cathy and George

  28. Sincerest Condolences to the entire Caruso family. I am saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. He will be missed greatly by so many. Please know that prayers will be sent up for all.

  29. Those we love don’t go away
    They walk besides us everyday,
    Unseen, unheard, but always near,
    Still loved, still missed and very dear.

    I moved away from St. Louis in 1985, but I have followed the Blues and discussed the games with my sister, Yvonne. She is an originall season ticket holder and still attends the games. I had noticed a video on the website honoring a Lt. Col. Michael Caruso. I watched the video and thought this may be someone I went to high school with. I checked the obituary and saw a couple people mentioned Bishop DuBourg. I checked my high school year book and found out that we did go to high school together. I remember Mike as being friendly and very socialable. We did occasionally discuss the Blues. I did contact my sister to see if she knew him from the Blues games. She said that Mike was remembered fondly from the people at the games. She reviewed the obituary and recognized people that left comments.
    I wish Mike’s family take comfort in knowing that he touched many peoples lives.

  30. I’m sorry for your loss. My name is Diane Stuckenschneider and in 1982 I was a runaway from St Louis County. Officer Caruso and his partner would follow me around the neighborhood where I was living in the city to make sure I was ok. Everywhere I walked there was a police car behind me. I greatly appreciate their concern at that time. I was a young teenager who thought I knew everything. I am lucky to have had the protection. I just was looking him up to tell him how thankful I am. I’d like you to know that in my eyes he was a very caring person and made a difference in my life. Thank you Officer Michael Caruso.

  31. I only learned of Mikes passing this day. I am deeply sorrowed to learn of the loss of such a great human being and excellent Police Officer, and friend . I had the pleasure of his friendship and assistance professionally for over 30 plus years. R.I.P., my good and loyal friend and God Bless Mike .
    Gary J. Prindiville Sr., former Senior Global Director of Security Anheuser Busch Companies Inc .


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