The Johns-Carabelli Company, originally named Carabelli and Broggini, then Lakeview Granite Works and later the Joseph Carabelli Co. was established in 1879. The Carabelli family operated the business for three generations. The original Carabelli shop was located across from Lake View Cemetery on Euclid Avenue.
Graziano Farinacci, the father-in-law of John I. Johns was the first generation of the Johns family to be a stone carver. He worked for the original Carabelli family from early 1901 until his death in 1934.
John I. Johns, the son of a stone mason joined the Carabelli’s in 1931. The Carabelli Company was having some difficulty satisfying a family with the design of a mausoleum. Graziano suggested to Mr. Carabelli that his son-in-law, an architect, might be able to help resolve this design problem. The family in question liked his suggestions and purchased the mausoleum. He was immediately hired by Joseph Carabelli, Jr. This turned out to be a great stroke of luck for the young man since he had graduated from the Western Reserve University School of Architecture in 1929 and was finding little work during the depression. Within a year of his association with the Carabelli’s he became their Chief Designer. In 1937, Johns and two other Carabelli employees branched out to start a new monument company called “Mayfair Memorials” while maintaining a close relationship with the Carabelli family. Johns and Joseph Carabelli III were like brothers. They helped each other in business and frequently travelled together to conventions and association meetings. They worked together in the leadership of the Northeast Ohio Monument Association and Monument Builders of Ohio.
Michael J. Johns joined his father in the business full time in 1957. In 1971 at the untimely death of Joseph Carabelli III, the Johns family purchased the Joseph Carabelli Company and the two companies were merged to create “The Johns-Carabelli Co.” designers and builders of Mayfair Memorials. As of January 1, 2010, he has turned over management of the business to his son, Michael and daughters, Monica and Michelle.
Michael N. Johns, Monica Johns and Michelle Shaw represent the fourth Generation of memorial designers and craftsmen in the Johns family. Michael I. Johns, joined the company in 2007 and makes the fifth generation of the family to continue the tradition of craftsmanship and memorial art that began with Joseph Carabelli over 130 years ago.
We have many years of experience that we use every day in serving our customers. We pride ourselves on the artistic work we do, and the old world craftsmanship that has been passed down for generations. It is also important to note that each member of the Johns family at The Johns-Carabelli Co. is not only responsible for, but also involved, in a hands-on way throughout each phase of the design and creation of every memorial, monument and headstone we make. We feel that what we do and how we do it is so important that even though there may be many cost saving steps in producing memorials, we will not sacrifice the quality and the enduring beauty of the memorials we create. We truly preserve memories in stone. What we do will last for generations. To find out more about the family, please visit our Biographies Section.