Carl F. Dimengo
Carl F. Dimengo, age 87, died peacefully on September 20, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family after a long, courageous battle from the effects of a stroke.
He lived his entire life in the Akron community, aside from serving a few years in the Navy, proudly stationed on a destroyer in the Pacific Ocean during World War II
. Carl commenced his career as a teacher and counselor, retiring from the Akron Public Schools with 31 years of service as Director of Research and Evaluation. He was also employed for 30 years with Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., ultimately retiring from the United Rubber Workers International providing critical research and negotiating support. Carl was an active member in many civic and humanitarian organizations, including the Italian American Professional Business Men's Club (IAPBC), the YMCA Foundation and numerous boards and organizations. He received his Bachelor and Master's degrees in education from Kent State University and received a Bachelor degree in labor from Antioch University and George Meany Center. In 2010, Carl was inducted into the Ohio Senior Olympics and in 2011 the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame for his numerous coaching accomplishments.
Carl truly lived and enjoyed life to the fullest. He read multiple newspapers and magazines daily (while watching informative news). He was a silent leader, including helping to run the Akron Public Schools and pass school levies, as well as helping many politicians get elected. He was welcome in any group or political camp, as they all cherished his street and smart and practical contributions. Carl was generous with his time, money, food and love, leading by example (and when it came to donations, it would be hard to find a more charitable person and comparison to his income, predominantly on an anonymous basis, as he shunned recognition). He believed in many causes, expressing his views to persuade those around him. He connected to all he touched, from the ignored factory workers to public community leaders. Most importantly, although Carl worked very hard on so many fronts, he loved and cherished his family, proving the model for great parenthood, including ensuring all of his children were educated with advanced degrees and self sufficient.
Carl was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Jesser.
He is survived by his wife, Judith A.; daughters, Suzanne (Albert) Leyerle and Sharon (John) Withrow, both of Akron; sons, David (Sandi) Dimengo of Green and Steven Dimengo of Cuyahoga Falls; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nephews, Joe, Jeff, and EJ Jesser.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 4, 2013 at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 433 Mission Dr., Akron, with Father Ralph Thomas officiating. A memorial luncheon will follow the mass.
In lieu of other remembrances, donations may be made to the Carl Dimengo Memorial Fund at Archbishop Hoban High School, 1 Holy Cross Blvd., Akron, OH 44306 or IAPBC, P.O. Box 13928, Akron, OH 44334 or to the Silver League Senior Softball, 3393 Woods Trail, Kent, OH 44240. 330-633-3350