Ernest V. "Ernie" LaManna, 91, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 1, 2014, with his family by his side.
Ernie was a resident of Eastlake for the past 12 years, moving there from Cleveland, where he had lived for 70 years.
He was born Feb. 1, 1923, in Chicago, the son of Vincent and Grace (Varone) LaManna.
On July 4, 1942, he married Carol Palmer, his loving and devoted wife of 69 years. After his marriage, he enlisted in the U.S. Army
during World War II
. He was a sergeant in the Northern France Campaign, serving in the 511th Parachute Infantry which was part of the 11th Airborne Division.
Ernie retired from the Cleveland Catholic Dioceses as a carpet installer for the Dioceses churches, schools and offices. He also owned and operated his own carpet store for many years.
Ernie loved life. To Ernie his wife and family were his life. His wife, Carol whom he has now joined in heaven, passed away July 27, 2011, but Ernie leaves behind a large and loving family.
He loved golfing, Sundays with his family, Wednesdays with his brothers, crossword puzzles, making birdhouses, making old furniture new, the Indians and Browns, and Westerns and silent movies.
Ernie is survived by his children, Thomas (Kathy), Carol Sue (Tom) Golenberke, Ernest Patrick (Sandy), Richard P. (Joyce), Mary Grace LaManna, John (Patti), Jeannette (Tom) Woznicki and Donna (Rick) Sneary; 21 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren (with two on the way); and many nieces, nephews and very close friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife; sons, Dennis and Edward; daughter-in-law, Sandra Petroff; grandson, Vincent Wesley Gilbert; parents; and siblings, Frank (Madelyn) Nina (Geno) Steve (Sarah), Vito (Josephine) and Jack (Josephine).
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at St. Justin Martyr Church, 35741 Stevens Blvd., Eastlake. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today, March 3, at the Monreal Funeral Home, 35400 Curtis Blvd., Eastlake.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ernie's name to Hospice of the Western Reserve. Envelopes will be available at the church.