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Larry O'Connor passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, October 17, 2013, with his family at his side. He was born on September 15, 1938 in Green Bay to the late Lawrence and Florence "Tillie" (Brazier) O'Connor. Larry married Patsy Gustafson on June 16, 1962 at St. Joseph Church in Green Bay.
Larry grew up on the west side of Green Bay in the "little green house by the railroad tracks." He lived a modest life and will best be remembered for his giving nature. Always tinkering with a motor or building project, Larry began working (and driving) at the age of 14 for Ness's Garage, where he was employed for many years. Larry graduated from West Green Bay High School and entered the Army Reserves. Larry was a mechanic and truck driver for the City of Green Bay for 23 years until his retirement in 2000.
Patsy and Larry raised three children and the family enjoyed spending time at the cottage they built in Crivitz. Many weekends were spent at the cottage with extended family, snowmobiling and riding mini bikes, evenings by the fire and dinners at Shaffer's. Larry enjoyed helping others with his building and repair skills. He was always there to help family and friends with remodeling jobs, deck construction and maintenance projects and kept the growing family's fleet of cars running. He kept a neat yard, enjoyed car shows, weekends in Door County and faithfully attended mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Saturday afternoons.
Larry will be sadly missed by his wife Patsy of 51 years as well as his three children of whom he was proud, Mike (Donna) Shakopee, MN; Lori (Tim) Kneeland, De Pere; and Steve (Aimee) Whitefish Bay. Over the past 18 years, his grandchildren have been the highlight of his life and he enjoyed watching them grow. His life lessons will continue in Courtney, Alexander, Connor, Quinton, Ryan, Kemily and Henry.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Florence O'Connor, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Eino and Evelyn Gustafson and special niece and goddaughter, Carrie Beno.
Family and friends may call on Monday, October 21, 2013 for visitation at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2771 Oakwood Drive, from 9 until 11 am and are invited to celebrate Larry's life through the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am with Rev. James Dillenburg. Interment will take place at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.lyndahl.com.
The family would like to thank Green Bay Oncology and the staff at Unity Hospice for their compassionate care of Larry.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to
Lyndahl Funeral Home
1350 Lombardi Avenue Green Bay, WI 54304
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Oct. 19 to Oct. 21, 2013