Carmelo ‘Carl’ Terrano
Carmelo “Carl” Terrano, Jr., 97, passed away on January 30, 2013, at Southern Inyo Hospital’s skilled nursing facility in Lone Pine.
He is survived by his daughter, Dianne of Minden Nev., one niece and six nephews throughout the United States. Carmelo was predeceased by his loving wife of 53 years, Vera, who passed away in 2001.
Carl was born in Cleveland Ohio on Dec. 2, 1915. His parents emigrated from Italy during the early 1900’s, making their way through Ellis Island. When Carl was in the eighth grade, he quit school in order to help support the family, including three brothers and a sister. The family eventually moved, during the depths of the Great Depression in 1932, to Inglewood where Carl learned the fine, old-country shoe craft from his father. Carl proudly served his country during World War II, participating in the North Africa and French campaigns under General George Patton. Sadly, his brother Angelo was shot down over Austria in 1944, and died in a POW camp.
After the war, Carl lived the American dream, getting married, buying a home in La Crescenta, where he resided for 46 years, having a child, and owning his own shoe repair shop until he retired at age 69.
After Vera’s passing, Carl moved with daughter Dianne to Chalfant Valley in 2001 where he enjoyed retired life, tending to goats, taking long walks to the mailbox and chatting with all the neighbors along the way and playing with their dogs.
Respecting Carl’s wishes, there will be no funeral service or memorial. He will be interred at Forest Lawn in Glendale.