Carmen Ripellino, born September 12, 1925 passed away at home on June 17, 2014 surrounded by family.
He was a graduate of North High School and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the South Pacific during World War II.
After the War he pursued professional photography and then opened his own business, Carmen Studio, in 1958. He became one of the leading photographers in the area and was located on Mill Street in downtown Akron for over 60 years. In 2008, he retired and passed the studio to Diane Betz and Greg Lynett who currently manage the business as Carmen Studio Photography Inc. He was known by many as "Mr. Carmen" and Carmen was often there to visit the clients of the business that he loved so much.
Preceded in death by his wife, Ayn of 40 years; son, Patrick; brother, Angelo Ripellino; parents, Giacomo and Angelina; and stepfather, Charles Lantza.
He is survived by sons, Dr. Dane (Eddie) Ripellino, Bill (Lesley) Ripellino; daughters, Diana (Smitty) Smith, Rome (Joe) Fiedler; grandchildren, Christopher (Lisa) Holzapfel, Nicholas, Nathan, Mia and Matthew Fiedler; great-grandchildren, Logan and Maddii; devoted friend, employee and caregiver, Diane Betz, and many nieces and nephews who affectionately called him "Uncle Carmen".
The family would like to thank Dr. Roger Chaffee and his staff, Michelle Carson CNP from the VA and the many caring Summa Hospice employees, especially, Sandy, Lacy, Ed and Jen who he loved, laughed with and appreciated throughout this last year.
Calling hours are 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Ciriello and Carr Funeral Home, 39 S. Miller Rd., FAIRLAWN 44333, where Firestone VFW Post 3383 will conduct military service at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 83 Mosser Pl., Akron 44310. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Memorial donations can be made to Summa Hospice or Veterans Administration.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from June 19 to June 20, 2014