Laurence "Larry" Anthony Palzewic, 77, of Wallace, Mich. and Grand Rapids, Minn., died on Saturday, August 24th, 2013, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., after complications following a sudden cardiac arrest.
Larry was a fun-loving storyteller who adored his wife, children and grandchildren, was dedicated to his work as a foundry man and loved listening to classical (especially Mozart) and Irish music. Larry was born on December 3rd, 1935, in Menominee, Mich., to the late Antone and Irene (Starzynski) Palzewicz. He graduated from Menominee High School and went on to get his Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1958. On September 1st, 1956, Larry married Barbara Grinsteiner at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Stephenson, Mich. Their loving, happy marriage produced seven children. She preceded him in death on August 17th, 2006, after a long battle with cancer. He married Dr. Lisa Staber, MD, on October 10th, 2009, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Duluth, Minn., and moved to Grand Rapids, Minn., where they made their home on Lake Pokegama.
Larry worked for J.I. Case in Racine, Wis., L.E. Jones in Menominee, Mich., and the Waukesha Foundry in Watertown, Wis., before founding and operating his own investment foundry in Wallace, Mich., Pal-Tec, Inc., in 1985. He also worked for Barley Trucking and Excavating and Gary's Quality Foods for many years. Larry enjoyed music so much he sang bass in many college, church and community choirs, most recently with the Itasca Community Chorus and Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus in Grand Rapids, Minn. He traveled to many foreign countries, including Germany, the Cook Islands, numerous islands in the Caribbean and Ireland. A life-long Catholic, he was a member of parishes St. Augustine's, Cohasset, Minn., Precious Blood, Stephenson, Mich., and Holy Redeemer at Birch Creek, Menominee, Mich. He loved to polka dance, canoe, camp, and very much enjoyed his dogs and deer hunting. Larry read the newspaper, mystery novels and books about military history, and watched football and professional wrestling on TV. He was a volunteer fireman with the Mellen Township Volunteer Fire Department and sat on the Mellen Township Board of Review.
Larry is survived by his wife, Lisa Staber, Grand Rapids, Minn.; children: Janette (Jim) Phillippo of Suamico, Wis., Kathleen (Kevin Behnke) Jensen of Wallace, Mich., Lara (Kevin) Burroughs of Green Bay, Wis., Jessica (Brian) White of Stephenson, Mich., Julia Scoggins of Belleville, Ill., Richard (Melinda) Palzewic of Green Bay, Wis. and Joy Palzewic of Wallace, Mich.; foreign exchange student, Sabine Stedfedt of Bonn, Germany; grandchildren: Janelle (Eric) Edgette, Sophia (Nate Cunningham) Peretto, Madeline, David and Steven Burroughs, Samantha, Katherine and Hannah White, Anna and Abigail Scoggins, Francesca Palzewic and Race Elliot; and great-granddaughter, Remy Edgette; and his mother's sisters, his aunts: Mary Podolski and Jenny Dul. Larry was preceded in death by his parents; two infant daughters; brother, Donn and infant brothers: Richard and Henry Palzewic, and many other dear family and friends.
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 30th, 2013, at the Anderson Diehm Funeral Home after 4 p.m. until time of Parish Prayers at 7 p.m. The family will welcome visitors again at the funeral home on Saturday, August 31st, 2013, from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. with Father Ronald Timock officiating at Precious Blood Catholic Church, in Stephenson.
Burial will follow in Mellen Township Cemetery.
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In lieu of other forms of sympathy, memorial donations may be directed toward the Barb Palzewic Hope Memorial Relay and the Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus.