A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 11:00 am in Divine Mercy Catholic Church (800 Marquette Ave. South Milwaukee 53172) with Rev. Joseph Sebastian & Rev. Carlos Florez officiating. Entombment, with military honors, will take place at Forest Hill Memorial Park – Oak Creek. A memorial luncheon will follow. Visitation will be in Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home on Thursday from 5:00 – 7:00 pm (prayer service at 7 pm) and in the church on Friday from 9:00 – 11:00 am.
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Kenosha – Lawrence “Larry” Michael Stritchko Jr., age 71, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on Friday, May 3, 2019.
Larry was born in Milwaukee on July 31, 1947 to the late Lawrence M. “Sonny” and Geraldine (nee: Weiland) Stritchko, Sr. He graduated from South Milwaukee High School in 1966. Extremely proud of being a veteran, he faithfully served our country in the United States Army after undergoing basic training at Fort Campbell, KY then advanced infantry training at Fort Polk, LA before his time overseas in South Korea from 1968-1970. Upon his return from the service, Larry was united in marriage with the love of his life, his “rock”, Patricia “Patti” (nee: Joncas), on August 22, 1970 at St. John’s Catholic Church in South Milwaukee. They moved to Kenosha in 1972.
With a profound work ethic, Larry was employed by Sears Roebuck, John Hancock Insurance and Kortendick’s Ace Hardware. He was an active member of St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church – Kenosha. Among his interests, Larry enjoyed fishing & hand-tying fishing jigs, pheasant & duck hunting and was an extreme Wisconsin sports fan – especially his beloved Milwaukee Brewers along with the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers. He relished his wife’s wonderful cooking and truly loved being a grandfather. Above all, Larry was all about his family and cherished the times spent with all of his loved ones.
Surviving are his loving wife of nearly 49 years, Patti; their beautiful daughters, Terri (Travis) Mueller and Suzie (Jay) Getka; treasured grandchildren, Ryan, Sarah & Emma; sister, Sharon Stritchko; brother, Robert Stritchko; sisters-in-law & brothers-in-law, Jean Novak, Mary Ellen Joncas, Gene Lipowski, Brenda Joncas, Barbara Hanson, Jeanette Odegard, Tom Joncas and Ruth (Earle) Jacob; many special nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends – too numerous to mention all by name.
In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his beloved son, Todd Michael Stritchko, who passed away at the tender age of 3 days young on July 28, 1973; father-in-law, Al Joncas; mother-in-law, Esther (nee: Pratt) Joncas-Hoffman; step-father-in-law, Ralph Hoffman; sisters-in-law, Betty Novak, Margaret (Hank) Wieczorkowski and Mary Lipowski; and brothers-in-law, Jerald Odegard; Robert, Gerald, Ronald, David & Albert Joncas.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 11:00 am in Divine Mercy Catholic Church (800 Marquette Ave. South Milwaukee 53172) with Rev. Joseph Sebastian & Rev. Carlos Florez officiating. Entombment, with military honors, will take place (along with his son, Todd) at Forest Hill Memorial Park in Oak Creek. A memorial luncheon will follow. Visitation will be in Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home on Thursday from 5:00 – 7:00 pm (prayer service at 7 pm) and in the church on Friday from 9:00 – 11:00 am.
A heartfelt note of thanks to Ascension All Saints Hospital (especially the emergency dept. – Dr. Lau, Freddie PA & Sonya RN), Dr. Ryan Engel, Dr. Charles Santilukka & Dr. Syed Hussain and to Hospice Alliance (especially Sandy & Nicole) for the compassionate medical care; to Rev. Carlos Florez, Rev. Gerald Hessel & Rev. Joseph Sebastian for their prayers &spiritual guidance; and to all our relatives and friends for your kindness and concern shown in Larry’s and our time of need. May God bless all of you!