Lawrence B. Korta

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Lawrence B.

Korta, Lawrence, “Larry”
Passed away Friday September 6th, 2013 age 72. Loving and devoted husband for 50 years of Eleanore Joyce (nee Knoblauch). Dad of Jennifer (Larry) Amell, Jonathan (Tanya), the late Robert, Thomas (Jill), Andrew (Shannon), Amy (Daniel) Lukas. Loving grandpa of Kate (Andy) Fehrenbach, Molly, Cori, Dylan, Kaleb, Kiana, Nick, Noelle, Andrew, Brianna, Greyson, Brogan, Jonathan, Ellie, Teddy, and Josie. Great-grandfather of Alex. Preceded in death by sister Cindy Krukar. Also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Memorial visitation Friday September 13th at ST. GREGORY THE GREAT PARISH, 3160 S. 63rd St, from 4-6:30PM, with Memorial Mass to follow (6:30PM).
Larry was a Professor Emeritus at MSOE.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Gregory the Great Parish or Repairers of the Breach Homeless Shelter appreciated.
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Dr Marilyn Fryer

I am very sorry to hear this news. I remember well his contribution to CPSI.
Dr Marilyn Fryer, Creativity Centre UK.

Retha Kellner

MY FAVORITE PROFESSOR EVER!!!!! Professor Korta not only provided education, but he provided it in such a manner that was memorable, interesting, and fun. It is so important to “love your career”, which is what Professor Korta introduced us to. Loved him as a professor, an advisor and a friend. Definately a true role model! My deepest sympathies to the entire Korta family.

Retha J. Kellner (Ruege)
MSOE ’91

Paula Harrold

Am so sorry to learn of Larry’s passing. He was such an upbeat,positive, caring person here at MSOE – always a smile and a care for the students. God bless you all. Paula Harrold

Valerie Kimball

Dear Korta Family,

I was so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I worked with Larry for many years at MSOE. He had a way of brightening the day with his positive outlook and varied interests. He was intensely proud of you all. Our office enjoyed hearing stories of the latest adventures of his kids and grandkids. We will really miss him. God’s blessings on you during this sad time.

Valerie Kimball

Carl Klein

” Dear Korta Family

I spent 20 years working with Larry at Johnson Controls and was blessed to have known him. He was a quality person. He lived the life of a true follower of the gospel and along with all who heard and watched his last lecture will never forget it.
He definitely
Gave more than expected
Risk more than expected
Dreamed more than expected
Thought more than expected
He exceeded the expectations of all those that Knew him.

Carl Klein

Stephanie M. Zeiler

Dear Korta Family,

I was deepely saddened to hear of Professor Korta’s passing. He’s expertise, care, and guidance was something I have always remembered from my time at MSOE. His dedication and positivity made him a wonderful person and professor. I wouldn’t be where I am without him. His impact was felt and his presence will be missed.

My deepest sympathies,
Stephanie M. Zeiler
MSOE ’91

Trisha Seeley

Larry was a colleague of Darrell’s but he totally changed my life. When I decided to spend my last several years of high school German teaching also working on an engineering degree, he steered me to getting a masters in IE, specializing in ergonomics, and doing leveling at the bachelor’s level which was totally do-able, rather than another undergraduate degree. 5 years later–and a lot of MSOE courses evening homework– I got a masters in IE (spec. ergonomics) from Texas Tech. I started work for GM-Janesville, then moved to We Energies before going into consulting. I worked with many of his ergonomics students while at We Energies, paying Larry back for his investment in me. My latest work on ergonomics handbooks for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and consulting for many U.S. utilities has affected the working lives of hundreds of thousands of utility workers. Larry always took a great interest in my work–it wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t been there. Darrell and I will miss him greatly.
Trisha Seeley

Dana Markunas

Dear Korta Family-
My heart goes out to you in this time of grieving, but may you also rejoice in his eternal life in heaven! Professor Korta was in inspiration, and a role model for me while attending MSOE. He enjoyed life, and you knew that the moment you met him! While I may have seen a concerned look from him once in awhile, almost always a smile that seemed contagious. He will truly be missed, but never forgotten….his passion for industrial engineering will live on in all the students he’s touched. God Bless, Dana Markunas ( Roehl- MSOE ’08)

Kim Pettiford

Dear family, I just found out about Larry’s passing and wanted to share a story of his impact with you. I considered Larry a mentor and friend as he was not only my professor while I was at MSOE, we worked closely together following graduation as well. His positive energy and dedication to MSOE and the student body are two things I will remember most. I will never forget his last lecture at MSOE and found it to be a touching tribute to both MSOE and to each of you, his family. Know that he has made an impact in so many people’s lives, including mine. With deepest sympathy, Kim Pettiford (’93, ’99 MSOE)

Fran Hoyer

Dear Joyce, My family called yesterday to inform me about Larry’s death. I am so sorry to hear this. I know how difficult it can be. Please accept my deepest sympathy. I pray you find strength in God’s love and grace. Love, Fran (Vento) Hoyer

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