Larry H. Kassens

Larry H. Kassens was born to eternal life on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008 at the age of 72. A Memorial Funeral Mass will be celebrated for Larry at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, at the Basilica of Holy Hill in Hubertus.

Larry was born Sept. 2, 1936 and grew up in Thiensville. He attended Thiensville School, then Shorewood High School. He served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed out of San Diego, Calif.; being assigned to the ship USS Lenawee, where he worked as an electrician. His ship patrolled the South Pacific, including Hawaii and Japan. Larry married Bibiana G. (Acker) shortly after returning from his naval service in 1960.

Larry became licensed as an architect, and worked as a staff architect for a downtown Milwaukee firm, until founding his own architectural practice in Wauwatosa which he later moved to Delafield. He designed everything from boats and residences, to buildings and large-scale commercial projects. He became well known as a talented specifications writer and prolific illustrator. He was a volunteer at the Basilica of Holy Hill and provided architectural consultation on many projects there.

Larry served as a volunteer at the Ashippun Fire Department, taught hunter safety courses for the DNR, planted hundreds of trees and raised pheasants for release as a naturalist. He gave thousands of hours of service to clergy and a myriad of individuals and organizations across the country.

Larry was a devoted family man and offered selfless service to the family that he loved and supported. He will be greatly missed.

Larry was the beloved husband to his wife, Bibiana Gertrude (nŽe Acker); loving father to his children, Rochelle A., Tim A. (Stacey), Bradley M., Stephen H. (Mary), Larry D., Bibiana H. (Peter) Hopkins, Robert M.; grandfather to Patrick, Maria, Nicholas, Emily, Taylor, Samantha and Rachael; son of (late) Henry and Hertha Kassens of Thiensville; son-in-law to Mathias and Gertrude Acker of Milwaukee; and brother of Rosemary (Louis) Oberheu, Valerie, (late) Barbara, and H. Daniel "Buddy." He is further survived by many relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Carmelites of Holy Hill are appreciated.