On Wednesday March 2, 2022, Samuel Carasso passed peacefully in the care of the New Jersey Firemen’s Home in Boonton. Sam was a lifelong resident of Milltown, New Jersey, where he proudly raised his family, with his loving wife Lois, watched his grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow and served his country and community.
Sam and his brother, Leon, ran the family business, which was opened by their mother and father, Ida and Joseph, in the early 1920’s. Carasso’s Luncheonette thrived well into the 90’s until Sam’s retirement. They were visited regularly by generations of families and workers in the area and famous for their chili dogs and other comfort foods.
Sam proudly served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany during the Korean War, from 1953 to 1955. He continued to honor his country through participation and dedication to Joyce Kilmer American Legion Post 25 for over 47 years.
The Milltown Volunteer Fire Department was fortunate to have Sam’s service and talents for more than 60 years, where Sam not only bravely fought fires, but made sure the firemen were well-fed at their events. He was very proud of the years he was able to serve his community as a volunteer firemen, especially alongside his son, Joel.
Sam was highly regarded by many in the community for his dedication to family, friends, and the organizations for which he volunteered. In 2017, Sam was selected and honored by the Milltown Fourth of July committee as Grand Marshall of their annual Fourth of July Parade.
In addition to his parents and siblings, Sam was predeceased by his beloved wife, Lois Carasso, and dear son, Keith Carasso.
He is survived and will be lovingly remembered by his son Joel Carasso and wife, Kathleen; son Samuel C. Carasso and wife, Laura; Five grandchildren, Samantha DelGaldo and husband, Bobby; Joey Carasso; Lauren Langone, and husband, Franc; Samuel R. Carasso and wife, Christine; and Christine Carasso; and 4 great-grandchildren, Gabriela, Blake, Samuel and Enzo.
The family would like to thank the NJ Firemen’s Association, the Milltown Fire Department and the New Jersey Firemen’s Home, for their dedication in helping with Sam’s final residence. He was so well cared for in his final two years, by the nurses and staff of the NJ Firemen’s Home.
Family and friends will be received Sunday 2pm-6pm at the Bronson and Guthlein Funeral Home of Milltown, NJ. The funeral service will be celebrated Monday 10am followed by burial at Washington Monumental Cemetery, South River, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Milltown Fire Department or American Legion Post #25, Milltown.
American Legion Joyce Kilmer Post 25
4 J F Kennedy Dr,, Milltown NJ 08850
Milltown Fire Department
50 Washington Avenue, Milltown, NJ NJ 08850
** Please make checks out to "MFD Inc." **