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Louis Vincent "Lou" Fabro

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Fabro Louis Vincent "Lou" Fabro, 83, died peacefully at home on September 3, 2014. Retired (1997) Director of News and Information for Nationwide Insurance after 37 years with the company. Loving husband and father, Lou was well noted for his talent in handling media relations and was one of the most respected media professionals in Columbus. A graduate of St. Peter School (1945), St. Charles Preparatory School (1949) and The Ohio State University School of Journalism (1953). He worked for The Columbus Dispatch before being drafted into the U.S. Army's Third Artillery Division (1953-1955) at Fort Knox and served six years in the Army Reserves, earning the rank of sergeant. He went on to work at The Circleville Herald and the former Ohio State Journal before joining Nationwide. Lou was also the sports editor and columnist of the Catholic Times from 1957-1987, earning awards including The Catholic Press Association's "Best Original Column" award in 1973. He maintained a life-long love of learning, auditing classes at The Ohio State University from 1996-2008. A 48 year member of St. Timothy Church where he was a lector-coordinator, Eucharistic minister, festival volunteer and a member of the church's St. Vincent DePaul Society. He loved reading, bowling, the St. Louis Cardinals and summer vacations spent with the family at the beach. He volunteered with the Friends of the Upper Arlington Public Library, as the retiree co-chair for Nationwide's United Way campaign and as an usher with CAPA. He was a member of numerous professional advisory boards including the Press Club of Ohio, the Society of Professional Journalists of Central Ohio (30-years) and the Ohio State's School of Journalism. He also served on various Columbus Diocesan groups for three decades up until 2009, including the Diocesan Secondary School Board and the Catholic Schools Advisory Commission. In 2001 he was presented with the inaugural Principal's Award for Service to St. Charles by his alma mater. He authored St. Charles Borromeo Preparatory School: The First 75 Years, a 250-page history of the school, published in 2000. In 1974, he began a 35-year membership on the St. Charles Advisory Board (Chairman from 1976-1984). He served on the leadership committee for numerous fundraising campaigns for the school, including its $12 million Campaign for St. Charles (2002). He also served as the senior editor of the Cardinal alumni magazine (2002-2011). Born June 3, 1931, Lou is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Mary (nee Eyerman); sons, Louis J. (Susan), Vince (Michelle), Kathleen Dunn and Anthony (Orli); grandchildren, Fred, Elizabeth, Ethan, Eileen, Megan, Alex and Patrick; sister, Cecilia (Mike) Bruzzese; and brother, Victor; sisters-in-law, Kate Doone, Susan (Joe) Martine, Nancy, Ann, Peg (George) Bush and Trish Eyerman; brothers-in-law, Fritz (Carol), Nick (Donna), Steve (Kay), Tom and Joe Eyerman. He was preceded in death by his parents Victor and Lydia Fabro, parents-in-law Fred and Eileen Eyerman, his grandson Vincent Michael, his nephew and godson Mike Bruzzese, Jr., brothers-in law Jim Doone and Mike Eyerman, and sister-in-law Madeline Eyerman. The family would like to extend its deepest appreciation to the staff of Ohio Health Hospice and Visiting Angels for the wonderful care they provided for Lou. Friends may visit Sunday, September 7, from 2-5 p.m. at EGAN-RYAN FUNERAL HOME NORTHWEST CHAPEL at 4661 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220. Prayer Service 2 p.m. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 8, at St. Timothy Church, 1088 Thomas Lane, Columbus, OH 43220. Private graveside service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Charles Preparatory School, 2010 East Broad St., Columbus, OH, 43209, to benefit student aid, Ohio Health Hospice, 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43214, or a . Visit www.egan-ryan.com to offer condolences.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Sept. 5 to Sept. 7, 2014
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