CAMPBELL — Emmanuel Athanasios Kerpelis, 81, formerly of Campbell, passed away peacefully in Youngstown on Thursday, March 18, 2021, following a yearslong battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Emmanuel was born on the island of Astypalea, Greece, April 17, 1939, to Athanasios Emmanuel Kerpelis and Kali Vailas.
As a young man, Emmanuel served in the Greek military for two years. In Athens, Emmanuel worked as a skilled cement and stucco mason, and in 1975, he and his family emigrated from Greece to the United States.
After moving to Campbell, Emmanuel worked as an industrial painter and sheet metal worker.
He loved to work in his own garden, growing tomatoes and grapes that reminded him and his family of Greece. He was seemingly always working on a project and contributed tirelessly to beautify his family’s homes.
Emmanuel was also involved with and supported the ministry of the Greek Apostolic Church of Athens. Above all, as a lover of Jesus Christ, he passionately shared the gospel with everyone he encountered. Emmanuel led his family through his example of sacrifice and love.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Eleni Kerpelis; his daughter Petroula (Daniel) of Campbell; his son, Athanasios (Stacie) of Youngstown; his adoring grandchildren, Eleni, Sophia, Daniel, Gabriella, Kali and Emmanuel; and his siblings residing in Athens, Greece, Eleni, Nikos, Kostas, Yiannis and Kiriakos.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Yiorgios and Lefteris.
A private Christian service was held Monday, March 22, 2021, followed by private burial in Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either of the following organizations: The Michael J. Fox Foundation at michaeljfox.org/do nate, or the Greek Apostolic Church, Sofokleous 52 & Menandrou 1st Floor, Athens, Attica, Greece 105.
The Kerpelis family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home. Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary and send Emmanuel’s family condolences.