Mitchell Junior High School Principal Jennifer Caruso Loses Cancer Battle

(MITCHELL) – Mitchell Junior High School principal Jennifer Caruso lost her 13-month battle to cancer Friday morning at IU Health Paoli Hospital.

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Carusom, 49, was diagnosed with stage 4 non-small cell metastatic lung cancer over spring break in 2018.
Mitchell Community Schools will be closed today for Caruso’s visitation and funeral, which will be held in the Mitchell High School gym at 11 a.m. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Orleans.
She married Kelly Caruso on March 28, 2009, and he survives.
She graduated from Orleans High School Class of 1987. She received her BS degree in Education from IU, her Master’s degree in Administration and Principal License from Indiana Wesleyan College. She was presently taking classes with Indiana Wesleyan for more Administration.
She had been in the Mitchell School System for more than 20 years, where she was MJHS principal at the time of her illness. She was serving on the Mitchell Library Board.
She was a member of the Mt. Horeb Baptist Church where she served as pianist and assistant organist. She has also taught a Sunday school class and served on the Christian Board of Education.
She is survived by her husband, Kelly of Mitchell; parents, Denzil and Mary Alice Chisham of Orleans; two daughters, Lauren (Kramer) Buffington of Bedford, Christina (Justin) Wright of Munster; two sons, Kirk Denny of Mitchell and Nick (Lindsey) Caruso of Munster; one sister, Judy Newlin of Orleans, one brother, Joe (Jill) Chisham of Orleans; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews survive.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
Memorial contribution may be made to the Jennifer Caruso Memorial Scholarship fund.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at