Lawrence P. ‘Larry’ ‘Rags’ Anzivino Sr.
October 28, 1913
Lawrence P. "Larry" "Rags" Anzivino Sr. of Waukesha, a beloved son, brother, husband, dad and grandfather, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at Waukesha Springs Health Care Center.
Lawrence was born in Butler, Pa., on Oct. 28, 1913, and moved to Waukesha at the age of 3 and lived here the rest of his natural life. Larry attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and worked at Quality Aluminum for 35 years before retiring. He tried out with the Chicago White Sox in Fond du Lac. In 1934, he played as a pitcher and first baseman with the Waukesha American Legion State Champions and several other baseball teams, including Pucci’s Tavern, the Waukesha Reds and Ashley’s Beer Depot-Land o’ Lakes. In fast pitch, Larry played with the Waukesha Foundry (evening league), Quality Aluminum (evening league) and The Strand Tavern (Sunday morning league) in addition to other local leagues. After a career of playing, Larry then turned to umpiring, quitting only when his eyesight failed. Larry was an avid bowler for more than 50 years at Mather Lanes in Muskego and bowled in four leagues a week, three of which were senior leagues. He also frequented many bowling alleys in Waukesha and was proud of his pair of 299 games during his bowling career. In addition, Larry was an avid golfer, having played at least three times a week for many years including up until Christmas, snow permitting.
Lawrence will be sadly missed by his brother, Michael Anzivino Sr., and his children, Carol Stern of Waukesha, Sharon Wolfe of Lowell, Lawrence Anzivino Jr. of Big Flats, Anthony (Kathy) Anzivino of Waukesha, Michael E. Anzivino of Waukesha, Donna (Blayne) Struve of Casper, Wyo., and Daniel Anzivino of Waukesha. He is also survived by his loving friend, Evelyn Montney; his granddaughter, Wanda Westcott (his caregiver for the past 10 years); 23 other grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Ruth Anzivino; his beloved wife, Ellen (Dahms); his daughter, Ruth Johnson; a sister, Mary Mackie; and a great-granddaughter, Tezra.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. A second visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at the funeral home, when the procession will depart for the 11:30 a.m. Mass at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, WI 53188. Interment will immediately follow with military honors at Prairie Home Cemetery.
Masses in Larry’s name or memorials are appreciated to St. Williams Church at the above address.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Preplanning Service is serving the family. For further information, call 542-6609, or for an online obituary, directions or to leave a condolence, visit www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com.