Lawrence "Larry" W. Knoebel

May 29, 1915 - March 6, 2007

Lawrence "Larry" W. Knoebel, a lifelong resident of Waukesha, died Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at age 91. Larry was born May 29, 1915, in Waukesha, the son of Edward and Alma (nee Merten) Knoebel.

Larry attended St. Joseph’s Catholic Grade School, where he was proud to be an altar boy and belong to the Holy Name Society. He attended Waukesha High School and went on to Carroll College until he graduated in 1939. Larry was proud of his contribution to the winning success of both football teams at Waukesha High School and Carroll College. In 1940, he worked for Lee Larson Advertising Co. In 1941, he proudly volunteered for service in the U.S. Army and received a commission in 1942. In 1946, he returned from Fort Sam Houston in Texas as a captain. After returning from the service, he went to work for the Lee Larson Advertising Co. and later the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co. In 1955, he left the company and became an agent for New York Life Insurance Co. and retired after 21 years of service. For 20 years, Larry was very active at Merrill Hills as an avid golfer and member of the board of directors. He was a charter member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Recently, Larry was honored for being the oldest living member of Beta Pi Epsilon Fraternity, where he served as president.

Larry will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 61 years, Elizabeth "Betty," whom he married March 2, 1946, at Blessed Sacrament Church in La Crosse; his daughters, Mary La Roach of Hales Corners and Barb (Kevin) Kaufmann of Waukesha; his grandchildren, Katie La Roach and Jason and Lisa Kaufmann; and his sisters-in-law, Margaret (Dr. George) Ellenz of La Crosse and Dottie Mc Grane of Sheboygan Falls. Larry is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; his infant son, Lawrence; sister, Madelyn; and sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Storie.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. memorial Mass on Saturday, March 10, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Rev. James Volkert will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186; St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186; or to the family for one or more of Larry’s favorite charities.

The family would like to thank the following for their kind and compassionate care: Dr. Leif Esbensen, Fran, Leslie and staff, Dr. Mike Keelan, Dr. Russell Harland, Dr. Janis Kengis and Dr. Ryan Holzmacher, along with all the outstanding nurses of Waukesha Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit.

For more information, call Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 542-6609 or visit www.waukeshafuneralhome.com for online obituaries, directions or condolences.