2004 UW Honorary Citation Report – Mancuso

Born and raised in Joliet, IL, by her Italian immigrant parents, Rose E. Mancuso graduated from the UW School of Pharmacy in 1948, just one of four women in her class of 37 graduates.

She began her pharmacy career in Racine before returning to her hometown. There, she began working in a local drugstore before purchasing it and eventually creating a 10-store independent chain known as the Joliet Prescription Shops.

Mancuso and her North Ottawa Street store in downtown Joliet were community fixtures until 1970 when the store was relocated to the west side of Joliet. In this strategic move, Mancuso helped young pharmacist George Block launch a new venture: REMCO (Rose E. Mancuso Company). Today, Remco Medical is a leading full-service medical equipment and supplies store serving in-home patients, independent living centers, nursing homes and hospice centers in the area.

Mancuso’s civic contributions included being a founding member of the Greater Joliet Ostomy Association, a leader of the Will County Branch of Multiple Sclerosis, and a member of the advisory board for the Chicago-Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Many other agencies and charities have benefited from her participation, including Joliet Area Community Hospice, the Joliet Junior College Foundation and the State of Illinois Pharmacy Board. She and her sister, Josephine Mancuso, have been quietly generous with their financial resources too, supporting educational scholarships at the University of Wisconsin, the University of St. Francis, and Lyons Township High School, and offering assistance to the disadvantaged in the community.