Lauri W. Waananen
1929 - 2014 PITTSFIELD Lauri "Larry" W. Waananen, 85, of Harryel St., passed away Friday, April 25, at Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center in Lenox, where he had been a resident since December, 2008. Born on Feb. 5, 1929, in New York, New York, the son of Lauri W. and Ida Raivio Waananen, he was a 1947 graduate of Samuel Gompers Technical High School. He was a veteran of the Army
during the Korean Conflict
. Larry was a logistics analyst at General Electric in the Ordnance Manufacturing Division for 38 years, retiring in 1990. He was very active in the community, serving as a Boy Scout Leader and a baseball coach. He enjoyed golf, bowling, crossword puzzles, and trivia games. Larry was a member of the United Methodist Church of Lenox, and served for many years as the administrator, financial secretary, and as a church school teacher
. He is survived by his wife, the former Mary A. Morrison, whom he married Sep. 19, 1953; children, Laurel W. Slate and her husband, George, of Windsor, Conn., Dale A. Waananen and his wife, Doreen, of Belchertown, Mass., Neal E. Waananen of Bonita Springs, Fla., Lisa W. LaVigne and her husband, Philip, of Ashland, Mass.; grandchildren, Victoria, Michael, Erik, Rebeccah, Kyle, Ryan, and Audrey; his nephew, Michael Koponen and niece, Janice Valinus. He was predeceased by a brother, William Koponen. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service for Larry W. Waananen will be at a later date to be announced. Donations in his memory may be made to the United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Rd., Lenox, MA 01240 or to HospiceCare in the Berkshires, 877 South Street, Suite 1W, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Please visit www.wellingtonfuneralhome.com
to leave condolences and remembrances for the family. WELLINGTON FUNERAL HOME, 220 East St., Pittsfield, MA 01201 is in charge of arrangements.