Carmen Germano’s long life can be summed up in three key words: Family. Duty. Country.
Carmen was born on July 5, 1924 in Cleveland, where he spent most of his life. The son of immigrant parents, Carmen was a dutiful son who would often drive his father to and from work and, after his father died, was devoted to the care of his mother. In his mother’s final years, Carmen would spend nights sleeping on the couch in her home, selflessly giving what precious time he had when not at work or raising his family, to keep his elderly mother in her home for as long as possible.
Carmen loved golf and in his youth worked as a caddie at a local golf course. He won the Evans Scholarship - a college scholarship for caddies - in 1942, and went to Northwestern University for his undergraduate work. While in his first term at Northwestern University, he enlisted in the Army and served with 51st Fighter Control Squadron in the China-Burma-India campaign during World War II. Based in Myitkyina, Burma, Carmen served as a radio operator. His squadron's main function was in bringing home lost U.S. military aircraft. Years later his tales of encounters with angry snakes and bouts of dysentery would elicit the groans and grimaces he enjoyed conjuring up as he recounted his time in Burma. Despite his good humor, Carmen never forgot the tough lessons of war and was proud to have been in service to his country. He would later be an active member of several local veterans groups and would speak to school children about the war, so that they would appreciate the sacrifices his generation made to protect America and its allies.
Honorably discharged in February 1946, Carmen returned to Northwestern University to obtain his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, and then pursued a Master’s in Physics at John Carroll University. He spent his career with several companies in the Cleveland area and did groundbreaking work and held several patents in the field of piezo-electricity. Despite job offers that would have meant more money and a move to new locales, Carmen remained in Cleveland to support his widowed mother and raise his family.
In 1959, he married Joan Lawrence, and they had seven children, Julie, Peter (Jackie), Sara, Jean (Don) Wright, Joan (Mike) Cuva, Maria and Ann (Paul) Bailey. The house was filled with love, laughter and many family memories. The family in particular recalls with affection the yearly summer road trips - nine people in an unconditioned station wagon with Carmen at the wheel and only the sound of classical music coming from the car radio.
After a life lived well, at the age of 93 Carmen passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at his home on October 7, 2017. Carmen is survived by his wife Joan, seven children, and 13 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Carmella, brother Tony, and granddaughter Lauren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Hospice of the Western Reserve - Lakeshore East, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110-2602, or to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Processing Center, P.O. Box 8958, Topeka, KS 66608-8958 or https://heroes.vfw.org. Funeral Mass Monday, October 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Gregory the Great Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, 1545 Green Road, South Euclid. Private burial to be held at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Seville. The family will receive friends at the SCHULTE & MAHON-MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, 5252 MAYFIELD RD., LYNDHURST (BETWEEN RICHMOND AND BRAINARD) SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 FROM 5 TO 7 P.M.
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