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.Lawrence M. La Brosse.

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Lawrence M. La Brosse

Lawrence M. La Brosse, 92, of Krakow joined his family already in heaven on Monday, February 23, 2009, surrounded by his family.  Larry was the second child of the late William and Susanna (La Budda) LaBrosse, born August 14, 1916 in Oconto.  He married Stella Lipinski on August 31, 1937. Together, they raised 14 children.  Larry was a journeyman electrician.  He worked in Manitowoc on the submarines for the U.S. Navy.  He was transferred to Long Beach, California, where he helped rebuild ships that were returning from battle.  He then moved to the family home in Krakow, where he remained all of his life. Larry worked for Square D and Beemster Electric in Green Bay and Milwaukee.  He was a member of St. Casimir Parish in Krakow.  He was also a member of the Moose Lodge in Green Bay.  Larry was a devoted Democrat.  He performed many duties for the Democratic Party, such as senior advisor, and was the oldest living Democrat in Oconto. Larry kept honey bees, made his own honey, and was a bee inspector for the state of Wisconsin.  He could never have a cup of coffee without his honey.  Wherever there was a cribbage game, Larry was there; “15-2, 15-4, and a pair is 6.”  He was an avid gardener who always strived for the first ripe tomato of the season.

Survivors include his children: Larry (Linda) La Brosse, Shawano, Ambrose (Kaye) La Brosse, Bellevue, MaryAnn (Harold) Hansen, Denmark, James (Jackie) La Brosse, Green Bay, Stella Cygan (fiancé Bob Heyrman), Lakewood, Sherie La Brosse, Green Bay, Loretta (Carl) Hill, Abrams,  Allen (Patty) La Brosse, Krakow, Margie (Ralph) Jensen, Green Bay, Patsy (Chuck) Wallen, Suamico, Gerard (Connie) La Brosse, Sobieski, Jerome (Traci) La Brosse, New London, and Lucy (Mike) Lancman, Pulaski.  He is further survived by 23 grandchildren, six step- grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, one sister, Marguerite Janocik, Green Bay, many nieces and nephews, his special friend, Mary Jane Leja, and Cindy Freaser.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Stella, two sons, Joe and George, a daughter-in-law, Ruth, a son-in-law, John Cygan, and a grandson, Keith; three brothers, Bill, Tony, and John, and three sisters, Sue, Martha, and Theresa.

The family would like to thank the team of Unity Hospice, especially CNA Linda Dufek, RN Julia, and SW Jenny.  Thank you for all your help.  We would also like to extend our gratitude to family members, Ambrose, Kaye, and Jack for all of their loving care