Van Zummeren, Lawrence P.
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Lawrence P. Van Zummeren, 100, Appleton, passed away at Cherry Meadows Hospice Center on Wednesday December 25, 2013 in the arms of his family. He was born December 27, 1912 in Combined Locks to the late Henry and Alice (Menard) Van Zummeren. He was baptized December 28, 1912 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Kimberly. Lawrence (known by family and friends as Larry) graduated from Appleton High School in 1932 and was a 1937 graduate of Palmer School of Chiropractic, Davenport, IA. During this period, Larry also played halfback for the semi-pro football team, Appleton Red Devils. He and Leone Diny married at St. Mary Catholic Church, Appleton on November 23, 1944 and spent 64 wonderful years together.
Larry was employed by the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (now known as the A&P) in Appleton prior to entering the U.S. Army in 1942. He served his country in the Medical Corps from 1942 to 1946, rising to the level of Master Sergeant.
After WWII, Larry was co-owner of Depot Grocery in Kaukauna (1948-1958). He was the first X-ray technician at Appleton Memorial Hospital (now Appleton Medical Center) when it opened in 1958. He headed the X-ray department for many years, retiring in 1978.After retirement, Larry was an active volunteer in the X-ray department at Kaukauna Community Hospital and in medical records at the Appleton Medical Center for many years.
Larry was an avid golfer and belonged to the Fox Valley Golf Club for about 40 years. He won the Presidents Cup in 1952 and again in the late 1970's. He shot a hole-in-one in 1977. Larry golfed until the age of 99, playing at Winnegamie Golf Course in recent years. He also loved to play bridge, 3-13, sheepshead, skat, and cribbage. He was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, and Kaukauna Elks Club.
Larry is survived by his two daughters: Kay (Steven) Robbins of San Antonio, TX and Beth (Ken Cone) Van Zummeren of the high seas (on sailboat "Eagle's Wings"); grandchildren: Nicole Robbins of Houston, TX and Thomas Robbins of Austin, TX; daughter-in-law, Cindy Van Zummeren of Appleton; sister-in-law, Elaine Van Zummeren of Menasha; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Alice; wife, Leone; son, Mark; brothers and sisters: Rose (Herman) Smaxwell, John (Jane), George (Dorothy), Irving (Florence), Philomena (Clement) Stoffel, Mildred (Harold) Sigl, and Richard; sister-in-law Rosalie Peerenboom; brothers-in law: the Very Rev. Justin E. Diny, O'Praem and Robert Peerenboom.
Larry loved living at Touchmark, and the family will be forever grateful to the staff and residents for their friendship and kind care. The family is also grateful to Dr. Jack Anderson, Heartland Hospice, Theda Clark Hospital, and Cherry Meadows Hospice for their guidance and support.
A memorial Mass for Larry will be held at 11 am on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at St. Bernard Parish (1617 West Pine St., Appleton) with Rev. Dennis Ryan officiating. Inurnment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Appleton. Relatives and friends may visit the family from 9:30 am until the time of the Mass Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Valley Funeral Home
2211 N. Richmond St.
Appleton, WI 54911
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Dec. 27, 2013