Carmen's Story

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Carmen L. Folio was born April 17, 1928, in Elizabeth, N.J., a son of Louis and Lottie (Scioscia) Folio. On Feb. 11, 1950, he married his Junior High sweetheart, Kathleen "Kay" Link in Sacred Heart Church in Elizabeth, N.J. They were married for 67 years. Carmen passed away at Evangelical Community Hospital in the early morning hours of Dec. 23, 2017. He was 89 years old.

Carmen was preceded in death by his parents. Carmen is survived by his wife; son, Glenn Folio and his wife Brenda; daughter, Donna Nachtway and her husband Michael; grandchildren, Courtney Nachtway Jamieson and her husband Kevin, Ashley Folio Morgan Esquire and her husband Jeremy, Lindsey Folio Martel and her husband Rick, Kelsey Nachtway Galfo and her husband Chief Petty Officer Anthony Galfo of the Coast Guard, and Dustin Folio Esquire; and great-grandchildren, Jett, Tymber and Pyper Jamieson, Drake and Ivy Galfo, and Charlotte Morgan.

Carmen was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Elizabeth, where he played football on the 1945-1946 undefeated team and was selected to the New Jersey Group IV All State Football Team. In September 1946, he joined the Army. He was sent to Korea with the Sixth Army M.P. Platoon until 1948.
After coming home he went to work for the Post Office in Elizabeth, as a letter carrier until 1953. He then partnered with his father at The American Undergarment of Newark N.J. from 1962 to 1965, when he accepted a job in Lewisburg. In 1971, Carmen and Kay opened Mr. Carmen Inc., which specialized in sleepwear and loungewear. The business was visited by companies from Russia and China to see their automated system which had a computer at every machine and operator's station controlling a conveyor, which delivered the work to each employee.

In 1993 they opened a new division of Mr. Carmen Inc., Champs Sports Factory. This section of the business focused on embroidery and selling team uniforms. The sewing part of the business was closed in 1996 after NAFTA was passed. They opened Champs Fitness and Sports Center, which contained a health club, indoor soccer fields and a miniature golf course. In 2006, they were honored with a dinner in Harrisburg by the Pennsylvania Special Olympics for volunteering their facility for usage by the organization's athletes. They continued to run the business for 12 years, before selling to retire in 2005.

Carmen enjoyed coaching Little League baseball and Midget Football. He was a lifelong New York Giants and New York Mets fan. He also enjoyed golfing and made two holes in one at the Susquehanna Valley Country Club. He and his wife loved to travel seeing all 50 states, most of Europe and many of the tropical islands.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, at John H. Shaw III Funeral Home, 801 Market St., Lewisburg, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Sacred Heart Church, 814 St. Louis St., Lewisburg.
Burial will immediately follow in Orchard Hills Cemetery and Memorial Park, Shamokin Dam.

Flowers will be provided by the family. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Lewisburg Green Dragon Foundation or Sacred Heart Church, Lewisburg, PA.
Published on December 27, 2017
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