Larry A. Gettelfinger

Larry A. Gettelfinger of Thiensville passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 at the age of 67. Friends may greet the family on Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 10280 North Port Washington Road in Mequon. On Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m., a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Larry at Lumen Christi Catholic Church, 2700 West Mequon Road (corner N. Range Line Road in Mequon). (Please meet at church.) Interment will be held privately.

A native of Indiana, Larry graduated as salutatorian from North Central High School. He joined the U.S. Army for three years and was stationed in Korea. He attended the University of Louisville and graduated with a bachelorís degree in chemistry in May of 1975. In November 1975, he earned a diploma in brewing technology from Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago and, in December of 2000, he earned a diploma in brewing technology/science from the Institute of Brewing in London, England. Larry worked for 11 years at Falls City Brewing in Louisville, Ky., attaining the title of assistant brewmaster. He retired from quality assurance at Miller Brewing Company in September 2002, after 24 years of service.

Larry loved playing with his grandchildren and enjoyed golf, fishing, baseball, running and the YMCA. He was an active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Lumen Christi Catholic Church. Larry was a kind, compassionate, dependable, tenacious, courageous and humble person. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Larry is survived by his wife of 41 years, Carolyn; his daughter, Karen (Tony) Papador; and son, Lee (Cathy); grandchildren, Matthew, Ryan and Katie; 10 brothers and sisters, his father, nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

If desired, memorials may be directed to the family for a scholarship fund that will be established at his high school in Indiana.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" to the staffs at Froedtert Hospital and the Kathy Hospice in West Bend for their care and support.

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