April 15, 1927 - September 17, 2013
Owner of Steve's Pharmacy, Campbell
Steve Carusa, age 86, passed away at home on September 17, 2013.
Steve was born in Pittsburg, CA. He attended St. Mary's College in Moraga, and after his service in the Navy during WWII, he graduated with a pharmacy degree from USC. While working at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, he met Florence, his lifelong partner. They married on January 26, 1951. The young family soon moved to the San Jose area and have been residents of Campbell for over 40 years. Steve was the successful owner of Steve's Prescription Pharmacy, located on Campbell Ave. Started in 1959 he had a dedicated clientele who relied on him for his professional service as well as home delivery. After retiring, he and Florence traveled extensively in their RV as well as on family cruises. Steve's passion to serve the community evolved into a 19 year volunteer position as a health insurance counselor for the Council on Aging (HICAP). Steve was one of the 2013 winners of the crystal bowl for his long term community service. He will also be fondly remembered by his family and friends for sweeping the football pool the last week of his life.
Steve is preceded in death by his son, Gregory. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Florence, his children, Linda, Marty (Roxanne Carusa), Barbara (Patrick Mullen), his 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Lucy's Church, Campbell, on September 25, 2013 at 11:00am. Lunch reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Steve's memory to Hospice of the Valley.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Sept. 22, 2013