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Lawrence John

Lawrence “Larry Ill was born in L’Anse, Michigan on June 3, 1933 to Anthony and Alice (nee Pelelier) Ill and grew up there along with his siblings. Larry graduated high school in the early 1950’s. His older brother, Robert (later Fr. Robert Ile) was in the seminary, but was moving to Milwaukee to work at Schlitz Brewery for the summer. Larry decided to tag along and also found work at Schlitz.

Larry decided to make Milwaukee his home and went on to attend UW-Milwaukee,working his way through college playing the piano at various lounges. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism in 1964. With no luck finding employment in Chicago, he returned to Milwaukee and found a job at the Milwaukee Journal. Larry worked as a Research Librarian at the Milwaukee Journal for over thirty years before his eagerly-anticipated retirement.

A bit of a loner, Larry never married and always lived alone. For more than twenty years, Larry made Milwaukee’s East Side his home.

Larry’s love of music stayed with him his entire life. He amassed almost 100 classical music CDs. He knew the composers and their works. He and his sister, Mary, would spend up to an hour on the telephone working on crossword puzzles, where his musical knowledge often came in handy.

Larry died on January 15, 2014 at the age of 80 years. His is survived by his loving sisters: Jeanne (Bob) Sundberg and Mary (Ron) Tremethick. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. A Memorial Mass followed by placement in the Church columbarium will be held at Mary and Ron’s home parish, St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, in Lewisville, Texas in the future.

Past Comments

Chris Tremethick

I remember when Uncle Larry would come visit. We would all ask him to play the piano. “Na,I don’t feel like it. I haven’t played in so long.” 5 begging kids later, he would be playing and singing.

I have so many memories of my Uncle Larry.My Uncle Larry always made me laugh. He was so kind and always had so many nice things to say to me. As a young child I always was very entertained by his piano playing and his quick wit. He always had a compliment to my sleeping in late while on vacation at my grandparents house. I will cherish his life and will miss him. I loved my Unce Larry and will miss him!

Peggy Schulz

I knew Larry from the 1980s, when we both worked at the Milwaukee Journal. Since then, he was a fellow bus rider. And he always had a nice smile, sometimes a slightly wry comment, for me when I boarded a bus he happened to be on. I’m amazed to learn his age; he seemed ageless to me. My sympathy to his sisters and his extended family and friends. What a guy!

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