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Lawrence J. Suffredin Sr., "Larry Sr." was born June 1, 1921, at Garfield Park Hospital to Frank and Isola Suffredini. He was the second of their three children, Mary and the late Vincent. He attended Presentation Grade School, Crain High School, and DePaul University. He entered the Army in 1942 and served until 1945, with combat service in Africa and Europe. He was awarded a Bronze Star for valor in the face of the enemy, a Purple Heart, and other combat and campaign medals. He married the late Patricia Mulrainey Suffredin on July 6, 1946. They had eight children: Lawrence Jr. (Gloria Callaci), Genna (Richard Erikson), Paul (Barbara), Susanne (Richard Moskal), Patricia (Larry Brown), John (Gail), Peter and Michelle (Peter Marcy); they had thirteen grandchildren, Tom, Liz, Courtney, Nicholas, Stephen, Kevin and Morgan Suffredin, Andrea and Daniel Erikson, Erin and Bob Brown and Ethan and Henry Moskal. He was very proud of all of them. After the war, Larry Sr. was a Chicago policeman, and then he became the "Printer to South Water Market". As the owner of Chicago Produce Publishing Company, he published numerous reports on the Chicago fruit and vegetable market, and published a newspaper, "The Chicago Fruit and Vegetable Reporter", five days a week from 1955 to 1986. He lived in Westchester, where he and his wife raised their family from 1948 until 2000. He was a founder and former president of Westchester Baseball, a former officer of the Holy Name Society of Divine Infant Parish, former co-president, with his wife, of of the Parents' Association of Loyola University, and a former 25 year Bingo worker for IHM High School. His wife, Patricia, died in Dec. 1990. In recent years, he lived at Three Crown Plaza in Evanston. Wherever he went, he brought joy and laughter. He was a great organizer of parties where balloons and magic were often found and was well known for owning a large collection of humorous hats that added to the enjoyment of many occasions. His joy will be missed. Visitation will be at St. Mary's Church, 1012 Lake St., Evanston, IL from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25, with Funeral Mass at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Larry Sr.'s name to Hines Veterans Hospital Voluntary Services, 5000 S. Fifth Ave., Maywood, IL, 60141, and 708-202-2523.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Nov. 24, 2009
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