Lawrence J. Buzalski
1942 - 2020
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Lawrence J. Buzalski

Oct. 2, 1942 - Nov. 15, 2020


Lawrence John “Larry” Buzalski, Sr., 78, of Mishawaka passed away at 8:25 p.m. Sunday, November 15 in his residence surrounded by his loving family. Larry was born October 2, 1942 in St. Joseph County to the late Joan S. (Rafalski) and Leonard R. Buzalski and was a lifetime area resident. On July 24, 1981 in South Bend he married Deb L. Crites who survives. He is also survived by two daughters, Dawn E. Buzalski Bidlack (Charles) of South Bend and Ann Vysoky (Matt) of Franklin, TN; three sons, Lawrence J. Buzalski, Jr. (Sheila) of Granger, John M. Crites of Mishawaka, and Bret A. Crites (Christie) of Osceola, 13 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by four brothers, Leonard, John, Ray, and Richard Buzalski.

Larry was a machinist for many years at Dodge Manufacturing and Scott Brass in Mishawaka. He loved his family and friends well. He was kind, compassionate, humble, and had a great sense of humor. He was loved by all who had the privilege of knowing him and he will be greatly missed.

A public gathering celebrating Larry's life will be held in the late spring/early summer due to the pandemic. The family will announce the date and time when they set it. Palmer Funeral Home - Welsheimer North Chapel and Southlawn Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions in Larry's memory may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Ln., Mishawaka, IN 46545. Family and friends can leave email condolences at

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Published in South Bend Tribune on Nov. 18, 2020.
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November 30, 2020
grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. remembering you and your loved one today and always.
I remember seeing you & your wife come at Korbellies and always having a small conversations. may God wrap His arms around your family during this difficult time.
Courtney Anne
November 18, 2020
Altho we were never close enough to really get to know him well, Uncle Lar was always a happy, caring & fun-loving guy...who I wish really was an Uncle to me! We will keep his memory in our hearts. RIP Uncle Lar!!!
Deb & Jerry Lehnherr
November 18, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to all of Larry’s Family. I had the honor of Larry & Deb and being able to cater to them. One thing I learned from Larry was to love unconditionally. He Loved Deb with all of his heart and also his Children and Grandchildren. The smile he carried; even when in his greatest lows was something to admire. He will be missed dearly. I pray For peace during this time for everyone who had the pleasure of meeting Larry.
David Granados-Aleman
November 18, 2020

Money could not buy a better brother-in-law. We worked together
at Kauffman Products and later at Dodge Mfg.. Worked hard and played hard. We can all tell how loyal a friend he was. And funny???
We will miss him and wish him God-speed!
Hearts are out to Deb,Dawn,Larry, And Annie.
From Colorado Springs, Paul & Kay Ostrom.

Paul Ostrom
November 18, 2020
A friendship of over 40 years... what can we say. Through good times and bad, fishing, camping and rolling through the campfire, family gatherings, cookouts, marriages, Jamaica, story telling and even a couple of building projects... what a wonderful friend! We will miss him immensely! Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family and his friends. Rest now, my beloved friend.
Hal & Eileen Shue
November 18, 2020
Larry (Buzz) and I were best friends for 50 plus years and have many
good memories. I could write a book about all of our adventures some good some not so good. But most of all we were always there
for each other. We will miss him dearly .
God bless love Barb & Jim Lloyd
Jim Lloyd
November 18, 2020
May Larry rest in pease
Richard Crothers
November 18, 2020
So saddened to hear of Larry’s loss He was a good man and uncle. Please know how sorry we all are to hear the news. We will remember him fondly and with love, Jo Anne, Mike, Chrissy, Bud. and families
November 18, 2020
This great man was a huge part of my life in my early years. He was more of a brother to me than a brother in-law. He was a great friend to everyone that knew him and always had a smile on his face. Love you Larry and till we meet again! RIP
Laurie Harwood - Clark
November 18, 2020
So sorry to hear thus. Prayers to Deb and family. Not a good week for the Crites family. Rest in Peace.
Jim & Paggy Wood, Bonita Springs Fl.
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