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Lawrence William Zonsius


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Lawrence William Zonsius Obituary
Lawrence William Zonsius, 88, died on Tuesday evening, September 24th. Born in Chicago on April 2, 1925, he was the son of the late Louise L. and Lawrence W. Zonsius, Sr. His childhood was spent in the Sauganash neighborhood of Chicago, and he graduated from North Park Academy High School. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity before serving in WWII at age 19. As a member of the 99th division of the U. S. Army, he was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and later received the Purple Heart award. He returned to graduate from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He was an insurance broker, past president and chairman of the Rockwood Company in Chicago. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Union League Club. Larry was also an active member and served in many leadership roles at First Presbyterian Church and Southminster Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights, IL, and was most recently a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Huntley, IL. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Schmidt Zonsius; daughters, Deborah (Jack) Lane of Atlanta, GA, and Anne (Edward) Martin of Fort Wayne, IN; son, David (Jessica) of San Antonio, TX; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by 5 step-children, their spouses, and 9 step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eloise Henry Zonsius. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 27th at St. Mary Catholic Church, 10307 Dundee Road, Huntley, visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Mary Catholic Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, or the . For more information please call 847-515-8772 or online condolences can be directed to www.defiorejorgensen.com
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Sept. 26, 2013
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