Thomas Michael Carleo

thomas carleo

October 2, 1958 ~ April 4, 2008

Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Thomas M. Carleo, 49, passed away April 4, 2008. Survived by his loving and devoted wife of 28 years, Paula Carleo; children, Nicholas Alexander Carleo and Brandon Thomas Carleo; parents, Louis O. and Dorothy M. Carleo; siblings, Gerald (Sharon) Carleo, Daniel (Marla) Carleo and Janis K. (Walter, Jr.) Pickard, all of Pueblo; brother-in-law, James (Leslie) Kniss of Gering, Nebr.; sister-in-law, Deborah (Craig) Webb of Colorado Springs; close friend and associate, Cory (Dena) Vetta; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Reuben and Freda Kniss. Tom was born October 2, 1958, in Pueblo. He owned and operated Carleo's Creations since 1985. Tom was a generous contributor to many organizations. He was a member of Friends of the Cathedral, Sons of Italy and Optimist Club. Rosary, 7 p.m. Monday and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2008, with the Reverend Father Liam Courtney as celebrant. Both services at Shrine of St. Therese, 300 Goodnight Ave. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to The Reverend Father Roger Patrick Dorcy Cancer Center or Friends of the Cathedral, through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences,

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  1. Janis and all Of Tom’s family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine losing a sibling (husband, father, son….) at such a young age. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve for such a fine man.

  2. To the Carleo Family,

    I just learned today of the sad news of Tom’s passing. Tom was one of my best friends in High School. It’s nice to remember all the great times we had. I still laugh with my family when sharing the funny stories of Tom and I hanging out. We enjoyed good times dragging Main St. in Tom’s “Starsky and Hutch” bright green Nova. The last time we spent time together was at our 10 year class reunion with the rest of the gang. Tom will always be in my thoughts. My best wishes to Paula, Nick, Brandon and family.

  3. To the Carleo Family,

    Please accept our deepest sympathy. I will always remember Tommy and the Carlo family from our growing up years. You will continue to be in our hearts.

    Neil & Debbie Nelson (Ryan)

  4. Dearest Paula,
    Your loss is very heart breaking. We were so touched by you and Tom’s great compassion and vitality as we stayed with you when Father Roger died. You and your family meant so much to Fr. Roger Patrick and we had long heard great stories about “Tommie” and you and the boys before we ever got to meet you. Paula there are no words to comfort you in this huge loss of your best friend and husband. Know we send prayers and love to you and the boys as you grieve Tom’s death. Our Jennie and Alex always say that he was so inspiring at a very hard time in our life: he let Jennie sit his Big Black SUV and get a picture taken and he took Alex out in the Corvette. We hold such warm memories of you and your whole family. Bless you in this time of grief and loss. Love, Kathleen, Michael, Alex and Jennie Dorcy, Fr. Roger’s family in Seattle

  5. Dear Tom,
    As a high school classmate I always remember your warm attitude and friendly nature. I am very sorry you have gone and even though we haven’t seen each other in probably 10 years, I am going to miss you.

  6. To the Carleo family: We first met Tom when he worked at Zales. We stayed in touch through our friendship over many years. We finally got a corvette about the time Tom took in other interest, but that didn’t stop Tom from showing he was still interested in what we were doing.Tom was always a listener,a communicator,but most of all a GREAT FRIEND!! He will be greatfully missed.May God bless you in this time of sorrow and may he give you strength to live your life to the fullest,untill we meet Tom again in heaven.Rick and Vicki Carara SAVE THE WAVE

  7. To the Carleo Family,

    Paula, you may not remember me, but I spoke with you at Parkview Medical Center. I am a Dietitian and your husband’s medical case reminded me of my brother-in-law’s. I am so sorry for your loss, may God bless you and your family.


    The day was long, the burden I had borne,
    Seemed heavier than I could longer bear,

    And then it lifted – but I did not know –

    Someone had knelt in prayer!

    Had taken me to God that very hour,
    And asked the easing of the load; and He,
    In infinite compassion, had stooped down and taken it from me.

    We cannot tell how often as we pray
    For some bewildered one,
    hurt and distressed,

    The answer comes –
    but many times those hearts
    Find sudden peace and rest.

    Some one had prayed, and Faith,
    a reaching hand,
    Took hold of God, and brought Him down that day!

    So many, many hearts have need of prayer –

    Dear Paula and family:
    Words cannot express our sorrow in your loss — and ours, too — as Tom was truly a special man. Please know that you are all in our prayers.

  9. Paula, Nick, Brandon Carleo,
    We would like to extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of a father and husbad. We are truly sorry for this tragic loss of your loved one. God Bless
    Andy, Mary, Crystal,& Amber Trout

  10. I recently heard of Tom’s passing and I am so sorry for your loss of his physical presence in your life. I knew Tom from our high school years and later caught up with him when he emceed my concert performance at Sacred Heart Cathedral three years ago. I have his emcee talents on video if you would like a copy. I know that many people are shocked that he passed so young. This is why we need to live our lives with a giving spirit and nurture our talents like Tom did. I will play a special song for him during my performances this weekend.

  11. Paula and Carleo Family,
    My heart aches for your loss of Tom. Having worked with Tom in the Jewelry Industry I know he is genuinely a diamond in the rough.He will be missed.

  12. To Tom’s Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. You will be in our prayers daily. Tom was such a nice person and so very talented and proud of his work. We will miss him deeply. God Bless you and Tom. Jeana and Dan Sharp.

  13. To Tom’s Family, Louis & Dorothy,
    Our very sincere condolencdes for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. God Bless You

  14. Paula and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. What a loss. We pray God will help you through this and give you hope and peace.
    Tony & Laurie Sanchez

  15. Jerry and Sharon I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family in this time of loss.

  16. Louie @ Dorothy Carleo @ Family:



  17. I am so sorry Tom has lost his fight, being a fellow brain tumor victim I understand what he has gone through. He will be missed by us all as he touched so many lives. God Bless your family and always keep in mind that he is now in a better place and as much as we will miss him he will always be with us all in our hearts

  18. condolences from our family. as much sadness in our heart as astonishment for the unexpected departure. we will always remember his generosity and SIMPATIA.

  19. To Tom’s Family:

    My heart and prayers go out to you. So many people will feel the loss of our very special Tom. We became friends as freshmen at Central High and remained so over these years. Whenever I came into the other stores – and eventually Tom’s own – it was as if life had not missed a beat and we caught up on each other’s lives and talked about mutual friends and classmates. Although Tom didn’t attend our class reunions, he was always there in our memories and hearts, as we all would talk about memories of him and how much we wish he was there with us! But never doubt that Tom was PROUD to have gone to Central and graduated with the MIGHTY CLASS OF 1977. He always said to me, “Hey, Lo, if there’s anything I can do, let me know.” I remember how happy he was for me when he saw me after my gastric bypass surgery. He made me feel very special, but, you know, Tom was the special one and through the love he leaves behind in each of you, his family, he will be among us for a very long time. Have faith in the BLESSED HOPE and know that one day you will see him again…and that time will be eternal, forever, nothing separating you ever again! Thank you, Tom, for being such a joy and blessing in the lives of so many, many people, from all walks of life. Be at peace and filled with Heavenly joy! A fellow Wildcat classmate, occasional customer, and always a friend, Lois Conatore

  20. Paula, Nick, Brandon:

    What a wonderful person, friend, father and husband. Tom was such an inspiration and had the smile that could immediately light up a room!

    Not too often do you go through life and meet a person like Tom who can make you his friend quicker than the handshake is over.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    All our love,

    Jim, Mary, Brian and Patrick Caniglia

  21. Dear Paula: I don’t know if you remember me, but I worked with Tom during the Zales/Harding Bulloch years.

    Tom was one of the most likeable people I have ever known. He always had a smile on his face. It was a pleasure to know and work with him.

    He adored you and the boys. He always mentioned you in everyday conversation. He was one “Proud Papa”!

    When he opened the store he designed my wedding ring. It is one of a kind and I always get tons of compliments! He was a very talented “goldsmith”. I will think of him everytime I look at my ring.

    I am truly sadened by his loss.

    You and your sons have my deepest sympathy. He was a wonderful person. I will miss him!

    Linda Nauerth

  22. Dearest Paula and Family,

    We were so saddened to hear of Tommie’s passing. He was such a good friend to the Dorcy family. He will be sorely missed.

  23. Dear Paula and family,
    I can not even begin to express my deepest sympathy.I remember when he first opened up in the Thatcher Bldg, I was probably one of his first customers and yet he continued to put up with me all through the years. Tom was a gracious, caring, fun loving giving man whom I adored dearly, he will be sadly missed.

    To live, love and leave a legacy…. he did

  24. To the family of Tom Carleo,
    May you all take comfort in knowing that God blessed you all by putting Tom in your lives. I just learned of his passing and was so shocked and saddened. Tom was a great guy; always had a smile on his face and could brighten anyones day with his kindness. The beautiful pieces of jewelry he made for me will be even more special. God must have needed him up in heaven… but hold on to all your wonderful memories… those will always warm your heart… he will always be with you. Each time you look up into the sky and see all those sparkling stars… think of them as diamonds that Tom has scattered all over the heavens to remind all of you of him. My love and prayers are with you all (and Cory & Dena). He will be missed by all of those who knew him.

  25. Dear Tom,
    Your spirit and generosity, friendship and caring heart will be fondly remembered by all of us at Pueblo Diversifed Industries. Your gift to Miss America, Heather Whitestone McCallum, given as a token of appreciation when she spoke in Pueblo on behalf of people with disabilities is not forgotten. We know that this was one of many gifts to the community that you freely gave.
    Thank you Tom. We will miss you.
    The Staff and Consumers at PDI

  26. To the whole entire Carleo Family:

    My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

    Tom was a great person, he will be missed very much.

  27. Dear Carleo Family,

    Jim and I want to offer our deepest and most sincere condolences for your loss. Tom was a fine son, husband, father and brother; and he will be missed by many. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Glenda and Jim Barker

  28. The wonderful people of Pueblo make me proud of my hometown and Tom Carleo is one of those people who come to mind each time I think of Pueblo’s finest.
    Paula and sons, Dan, Marla, and the entire Carleo family, as well as my brother in law Cory and sister Dena, you are all in my thoughts!
    May you benefit from the energy from all the thoughts and prayers being sent your way.

  29. I would just like to say how sorry I am for your loss. I have not met any of you and only Tom a couple of times but feel like I know you all from everything Cory has told me. Your family is in my prayers.

  30. Dear Paula and Family,
    Words cannot express the utter loss experienced with Tom’s passing. Tom was one of the rarest of people: an honest, talented, gifted, giving and open soul. He was a great friend. He did so much for us and the community, yet was always quick to “shrug off” his contribution witha smile. Special people like Tom Carleo only come around on a rare basis and we feel so lucky to have known him. Please accept our deepest and heart-felt sympathy at your loss.

  31. Louis, Dorothy and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember when Tom made you the squash blossom neckclase and how pretty it was. He was very good to us whenever we needed help with jewelry. We will keep your family in our hearts and prayers.

    With Sympathy
    Darryl and Patty Dunnington

  32. Paula and Family.
    Our hearts and preyer’s are with all of you at this time.Tom was a great business neighbor,friend and asset to Main St. He will be greatly missed by all.
    Georgette and John Beggs and Family

  33. Dear Carleo Family,

    Please accept my sincere consolences. I know that Tom was special and I always enjoyed having the opportunity to see him on my visits there. It is hard to give up those we love, but comforting to know that they go to the place we all desire to be….with our Lord and Savior. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  34. Dorothy, Louie, Paula & All your families: Tommy was a person who always remembered you – rather he saw you often or only once in a while. Your memories will hold him near!

  35. Dear Paula and family,
    Our hearts go out to you all at this difficult time. Tom will be greatly missed by everyone and we will always remember his friendly, compassionate manner. He was so special to my parents, June and Nick, and I know they are together, laughing and sharing happy stories. Thinking of you and wishing you peace.

  36. I will forever appreciate Tom’s energy, joy, creativity, kindness and charm. He is truly a special soul who will always bring sunlight along with him. I miss my friend.

  37. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Will miss Tom very much. Will miss his great smile and sense of humor.Wonderful jeweler.Great & wonderful friend,always. Deepest sympathy and condolences.
    Kathy,Phil,Phillip & Kendall Albano

  38. Dear Paula, Nicholas, Brandon, Aunt Dot, Uncle Lou, Gerry, Dan, Janis and Family:

    Tommy’s sense of humor and kindness will be missed. We have wonderful memories of our cousin and nephew and are sending our hugs and condolences to surround you.

    Please know that you are very loved.

  39. Dear Paula, Nick and Brandon,
    When we heard of Tom’s passing, we were devasted and heartbroken. The entire Leonard family absolutely loved him and will miss him so much. He was a wonderful man and a very dear friend. Our hearts and prayers go out to you. We all feel so honored to have called him a friend for over 20 years.
    Our Deepest Sympathy,
    Jeff, Ronda, Nick, Ty, and Terra (Tom’s little dance partner) Leonard

  40. I am very sorry for you loss. We missed Tom at our 30th HS Class Reunion and hope Dan relayed my message. Tommy sure got around! Over the years I encounterd him in Anchorage shopping mall, San Diego Airport, and AZ Hwy Rest-Stop.
    His partying words always the same: “Pray we don’t need passing grades in Trig to enter heaven!” God Bless You Tom.

  41. Please accept our sincere sympathy on Tom’s death. It was always such a pleasure to see him. We will miss him! To quote the first line of a favorite poem…THE MEMORY OF SOMEONE DEAR IS LIKE A THING OF GOLD, IT NEVER DULLS OR TARNISHES OR GROWS THE LEAST BIT OLD…

  42. Louis, Dorothy, Gerry, Danny and Janis:
    Our hearts are grieved by the passing of Tommy. The memories of our playtime as youngsters, Gerry, Danny, Tommy and I (Janis wasn’t allowed because she was a girl…) will continue to live in my life’s pictures as my journey continues. While I am sure it is difficult to read these condolensces through the tears of times like these, rest in the hope of Tommy being in a better place, living free from the pains that plagued him in this life. Also know that God will remember to take each tear you shed and collect them all, so that you can share them with Tommy, when you all meet again. But then, they will be tears of joy for that wonderful reunion day. May God give you comfort that heals like no medicine, and give you hope as we continue our journey….always loving each other as family should.
    Love and prayers to you all.

  43. The death of Tommy Carleo has and will touch so many of his friends of our Pueblo community. He was true Pueblo.
    Good-bye, my friend.
    Oh, we never know where life will take us
    We know it’s just a ride on the wheel.
    And we never know when death will shake us
    And we wonder how it will feel, so
    Good-bye my friend
    I know I’ll never see you again
    But the time together through all the years
    Will take away the tears
    It’s ok now.
    Good-bye, my friend
    We’ve seen a lot of things that made us crazy
    And I guess we held on to you
    We could have run away and left, we’ll maybe
    But it wasn’t time and all knew, so
    Good-bye my friend
    We know we’ll never see you again
    But the love you gave us through all the years
    Will take away the tears
    It’s ok now.
    Good-bye, my friend
    Life’s so fragile and love’s so pure
    We can’t hold on but we try
    We watch how quickly it disappears
    And we’ll never know why
    But we’re ok now
    Good-bye our friend
    You can go now
    Good-bye our friend.

    Adapted from Karla Bonoff, Good-Bye My Friend.

  44. Dear Paula, Nicholas, Brandon, Aunt Dot, Uncle Lou, Gerry, Dan, Janis, and Families,

    We are with each of you in thought and prayers. Tom was a remarkable and much loved person. Our parents were so pleased when he stayed in Virginia with them while studying to later become a master goldsmith at Carleo’s Creations.

    The Carleo’s are a wonderful and close family. Tom and his sparkling personality and humor will be sorely missed, but he lives on in his and Paula’s sons.

    Love and Deep Sympathy, Rosemary DeCarlo Snow and Randy Snow

  45. We are very sorry that Tommy has passed away. His friendly smile and warm personality will be missed. May God hold him in the palm of his hand. Our condolences go out to Paula, Nick, Brandon, Louie, Dorothy, Jerry, Danny, Janice, and all the other family members.

  46. Please accept our thoughts and prayers for the loss of Tommy. He was such a great person, and he always was laughing and joking around. He will be sorely missed, we love you and are thinking about you! Rusty, Lee, Megan and Noah Pagano

  47. Hi, Louis, Dorothy, and Dan,
    I have never forgotten Tom’s gifts of handmade squash blossom necklaces to his mom and aunts. He was so proud, and so young.
    Our deepest sympathy,
    Joy and Carl Vining

  48. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Tom will be missed greatly by anyone who ever spent any time with him. My deepest sympathy.

  49. Paula and boys and family, I found out this morning (Sunday). We will miss Tommy very much. I had known him since he was in the 7th grade. My sincere sympathy is with all of you at this time. It is hard, God will carry you through this. I can talk through experience. I tried to call this morning , but couldn’t get any response. If you need anything, please give me a call. I am here for you. I wish I could be there to attend the services, but I am stil in Az.I will call and leave my number on your phone. Please call if you need anything or someone to just listen, I can give you support.
    This such a senseless loss, he was needed in heaven more than here. He was such a wonderful person.
    Love you all of you, Jodean, Jeremy and Candie Guay

  50. Dear Paula, Nicholas, and Brandon
    My heart aches for you at this time of your loss. Paula, I remember our time together with much love in my heart as we studied to become members of the church. Keeping you Paula and Nick and Brandon in my thoughts and prayers. Love to you, Dana

  51. Dear Paula, Nichlas, Brandon, Aunt Dot, Uncle Louie, Jerry, Danny, and Janis,
    Please accept our deepest condolences, you’re in our thoughts and prayers. I will always have fond memories of Tommy, he was a very funny fellow! God Bless you. Carolyn (Berta) and Paul Venaglia

  52. Dear Paula, Nicholas, Brandon, Aunt Dot, Uncle Lou, Gerry, Dan, Janis and Family:

    Please accept our deepest condolences, and know that our prayers are with you all. Tom was very much loved by all here, and he greatly helped and brought many smiles to his Aunt Joe and Uncle Jo. With love, Phyl, Bill, Anthony and Justin

  53. Dear Louie, Dorothy, Jerry, Danny, Janis, Paula and families,

    It has been many years since I have seen your family but my mother, Virginia, has shared with me Tommy’s struggle and passing. I send my love and deepest sympathy to all of you and pray God will bring you comfort and peace.

    Cheryl (Dionisio) Denton

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