Larry G. Maurer

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Larry G. Maurer
Evansville, Ind.
Larry G. Maurer, 69, Port Charlotte, Florida, died peacefully surrounded by his wife, family members and best friend on July 31, 2013. He was born in Evansville, Indiana, on September 6, 1943, the second of five children of Celestine and Catherine "Pat" Maurer.
Larry graduated from Reitz Memorial High School in Evansville, Indiana, in 1961. He received his B.A. in Chemistry from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, and went on to receive a Master's and Ph.D.in Marine Biogeochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. He held a post-doctoral position at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and went on to work for the University of Georgia on Sapelo Island, Georgia. While in Austin, Larry met and married his wife, Sharon. In 1975 he moved with his family to Port Charlotte. He worked as a chemist in water quality control before transitioning into a career as a computer systems analyst. Larry was very active in his parish, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, where he served in a variety of ministries. Larry was instrumental in forming the St. Charles Prayer Group which still meets to this day. Throughout the years he served as lector, Eucharistic Minister, facilitator of small faith groups, and choir member. Larry was also a 3rd degree Knight of Columbus. He was a founding member of the Emmaus Ministry in Southwest Florida and was an active retreat team member. He frequently shared his computer knowledge with many charitable organizations, setting up and maintaining their computer infrastructures. Because of his love for the Lord and thirst for knowledge, Larry began work on a Master's degree from Blessed Edmund Rice School for Pastoral Ministry of Barry University until complications from rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson's impaired his ability to continue his studies. One of the proudest moments in Larry's life was receiving a diocesean diploma in pastoral ministry from Bishop Frank J. Dewane in May 2012.
Larry loved science, computers, NASCAR, and corny jokes, but above all, he loved his family. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sharon; daughters, Micheline M. Maurer of Port Charlotte, Laren (David) Botello of Rockaway, N.J., Sara (Don Fessenden) Maurer of South Bend, Indiana, Kierstin (Jeff Munn) Maurer of Port Charlotte, and son, Travis G. Maurer of Atlanta, Georgia. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, Jacob Botello, Eric Botello, Eleanor Munn, and Roberta Munn; two sisters, Pam (Ron) Tubbs of Boonville, Indiana, and Marye Pat (Kent) Skinner of Nashville, Tennessee; 7 nieces, one nephew, 5 great-nieces, and 5 great-nephews. He also leaves behind his close friend, R.J. Malloy. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Tommy, and his sister, Sr. M. Celestin, O.S.B.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church Thursday followed by interment at Restlawn Memorial Gardens. Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.kays-ponger.com.

Published in Courier Press on Aug. 6, 2013
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