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POLAND A prayer service will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Monday at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel and a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in New Middletown, for Mr. Herman Carl Carano, 87, who died Wednesday evening at Hampton Woods.
He was born on Nov. 4, 1925, to Carl and Madeline Carano (Richuitti).
He graduated from Campbell Memorial High School
There wasnt a hobby he wouldnt take on except cooking, and even less, he wouldnt succeed at. Aside from being an avid golfer, swimmer, and biker, Poppy was an amazing woodworker, a determined tailor, an adventurous pilot, and also honed the skills of stained glass, and tennis, to name a few. These hobbies were combined with an amazing number of academic accolades as well.
During World War II, he enlisted in the Navy. He used the GI Bill to attend Youngstown State University and Kent State before transferring to Ohio State University for three years of Pharmacy School, graduating cum laude in 1952, as a proud member of Rho Chi and as a Phi Delta Chi Scholarship Award recipient. He worked as a pharmacist from Gray Drugs for several years until he and his uncle pulled together family money and founded the Village Pharmacy in New Middletown. There he tended to the health needs of the community for the next 55 years.
He was a charter member of the Lions Club and later attended Mahoning County Vocational School, where he participated in various computer courses. His insatiable hunger for knowledge caused him to take VHS chemistry courses this year!
The life he shared with his wife, Betty Jane Carano, was full of enough love and learning (and of course, laughter) for many lifetimes. Beginning at the age of 15, the two took on adventures hand in hand. He taught her golf, she surpassed him. She taught him tennis, and then he beat her. Their desire to learn with one another kept the high school sweethearts happily married for 64 years, resulting in a family so full of love and happiness, they knew they had won.
The many memories cherished by his children and cookerbaums are reflected on fondly and his unbelievable kindness and generosity will remain unforgotten by those lives he so consistently touched.
He is admired, missed, and remembered by his wife, Betty Jane; two children, Lorraine (Brad) James and Richard (Stephanie) Carano; his seven cookerbaums, Elissa, Corey and Tyler James, K.C. and Michael Kerrigan, Carly, and Cara Carano. He also leaves his sisters, Evelyn Nelson and Marilyn (Bill) McKnight; brother, Ed (Joanne) Carano; as well as many, many nieces, nephews and friends.
His silent jiggle laugh echoes in our hearts, and his passion for life, learning, and love for his family and friends will never pale in our memories.
Friends may call Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Rich Center for Autism, 1 University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555, or the Special Olympics Ohio, 3303 Winchester Pike Columbus, OH 43232.
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