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I’m so very sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. While he was a year ahead of me in HS we were friends through basketball. As a NT cheerleader I got to know him on our bus trips to various schools and tournaments. He was such a kind, gentle and funny guy. I tried to reach out to him after the basketball documentary about the 1966 Marshall game because I learned he was living in Iowa City where my daughter lives. I understand now why I never heard back from him. I’m glad he got to be such a big part of the film before his passing.
My deepest condolences to all of his family.
I am so very sorry to hear of Larry's passing. What a great and generous individual!! Larry and I were on the board of Family Resource Center probably close to 20 years ago. I had been there awhile and Larry was just starting on the board. He was passionate about adoption and FRC from the very first day of his board tenure up until the end. I am sure he will be missed by everyone he ever touched in the world.
What a great guy......
I am so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. Though it's been many years since my Chinese adoption days at FRC, I've thought about you and your family every time I pass by your old condo near Fullerton Ave in Chicago. Larry was someone you never forgot once you met him! So full of life with just enough wackiness to make it impossible to stay mad at anything he said or did. I'm sure he was a wonderful father. My sincere condolences for your family's loss. He was one of a kind.
Susan Schroering (formerly of FRC)
Once apron a time Larry ran the race committee for frost biting out of Belmont harbor. Many days, rather than race, I would find myself with Larry in the little committee boat taking down finishes as he called out numbers. Some days were nice and warm, others really cold, but what I remember most is chatting with Larry about life.
Then I was fortunate enough to be part of his “all girls crew” on his J-24. Sail # 505! Larry would stand in the cockpit and be able to reach any lines that needed to be pulled. Sailing in some of my first Chicago to Mac races with him was a joy too. He was a great sailor and a generous man who will be missed.
Cindy, my condolences to you and the girls. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Cate (Considine) Swanson
My experience of Larry rests with my work as a member of the board for Adoption Center of Illinois. He was president when I began my tenure and he was a big reason for my involvement. His passion and care for the agency and direct demeanor inspired me to be great not only as a board member but as a human being.
I missed him when he left the board and I will miss him as he takes his next journey.... but the world was fortunate to have his presence and goodness, and his family is the luckiest of them all. And that will last forever!
Once we were kids. Then we were kids that played basketball. Then we became team mates. We were the New Trier Indian Hard Wood Warriors. Four years, together, we battled on the court. We won our fair share of battles. Then our paths split. Larry went west. I went east. We both traveled to many places. We crossed oceans and cultures. But the circle of life always returns to the beginning. It took fifty years, but we came back together. We found out that we were more than team mates. We were friends. Larry came from a great family and he created a new great family. I learned about his family and the great love he had for them and others. I always knew that Larry was a big guy with a sharp mind and sharp elbows. I finally found out what a big heart he had. I'll be a lucky man if my heart is half as big as his was.
My true condolences to his wife, daughters and entire family.
John & Lori Holmes
Larry and I were in the 3rd grade together. Who was 4' 9“ in the 3rd grade? His family moved away, but then they moved back.
Back in HS, being a swimmer, rather than enduring the humiliation of PE, I got to administer the infamous swimming test. In that wonderful pool - not just 25 yards long but 20 yards wide - the requirement to graduate - to swim 100 yards - was to swim 5 widths. This particular day was one to remember ;
Rosie: Hey, Goettsche. I can't swim too good.
Me: What? Ya gotta to graduate. Listen. Just go half-way out there - just before the deepened - walk on the bottom and do your arms like a windmill.
I will never forget seeing Rosie out there. Back and forth - head turning from side to side like he was breathing - tromping those size 17's across the bottom. Wonderful to see.
Years later - at a reunion - he talked about his love of sailing (an interest we shared) and his devotion to his daughters. It is my hope that his daughters can visit here and know there is the whole community of people who wish to help you bare this loss so you don't have to carry it alone.
Love and peace.
I cannot say I really knew Larry except from afar during many a NTHS basketball game during the 1965-66 school year. Being almost a head taller than his team mates, Larry was easy to spot on the basketball court. Somewhere along the way I was told how he had managed (with the help of Abe Fell) to get custom-made extra-tall Levi jeans! I was a senior transfer student from Loyola Academy in the fall of 1965. To my surprise and amazement dozens of other NTHS seniors welcomed me with open arms. My only regret to this day was not having made the move sooner. While Larry will be missed by many, my memory of him lives on. My sincerest condolences to his family, friends and all the NTHS Class of 1966 who were luckier than me to have known him personally.
Dear Cindy and Family:
We too share in your extreme loss!
Our deepest and most sincere condolences!
Lori and Arnie
A towering friend, a gifted athlete, and a real gentleman.
I feel blessed to have been his NTHS classmate and a member of the basketball team so I could watch him excel on and off the court.
It was wonderful to visit with him again when the NT-Marshall film was created. I shall treasure the memories of being with him.
Larry shall be missed. My utmost sympathy to his family.
He kindly asked me to slow dance in jr high, I think, I was wearing patent leather shoes with white ruffled ankles, all I remember is my nose barely reached above his belt buckle, but he was a real gentleman to make sure I got to dance. He sounds like he had a wonderful life. I am glad to hear what people are saying about him. Sorry for your loss.
I send my condolences to his family.
We remember RZ from both junior and high school as a fun, considerate, and super nice person. His height dominated all, but behind that was a smart and very decent person. We enjoyed reconnecting with him at our many reunions and extend our deepest condolences to his family.
Tom and Bonnie Miller
So sorry for your families loss of Larry. My fondest memory of Larry was that he and I had drivers ed together and I always chuckled watching him crawl in the the 64 Olds that we had to drive. We never really hung together, but I enjoyed watching him play basketball and going down-state in 66. RIP Larry.
My condolences to Larry’s family. He was a classmate and we had several classes together. The joy he brought to the whole school cannot be understated. He will be missed by anyone who knew him.
my heartfelt condolences to Larry’s family. He was a high school classmate during what was a very unique period and he is well remembered.
I'm so sorry to hear that Larry has left us. We traveled through New Trier High School in parallel--literally, when I sat behind him (yes, somewhat hidden) in math class one year. Do I remember many of the people whom I sat adjacent to in those large classes? I don't. Larry's presence was steady and kind. I also remember seeing him at the only class reunion I attended.
I wish I'd known him better, or longer, but I knew him enough to be poignantly aware that he's gone too soon and will be much missed.
Sending good thoughts to his spirit and to his family and close friends.
I can only agree with everyone else. Larry was a generous, honest and loving father to a house full of brilliant, loving daughters. I loved seeing him at concerts and at parent nights. Grumpy? Yes! But no one could question his love and dedication to his family. Thank you for letting me share this.
Just posted this on his obit page:
So sorry to hear that Larry has “escaped”. It’s hard to believe and a huge loss to so many. Can still hear his voice coming over the radio, “we are rounding the mark navigationally” when everyone was crisscrossing in the fog at the top of Lake Huron wondering where in the hell the damn thing was! Anchors aweigh my friend!
My cousin Larry was one of a kind, and his passing leaves a huge hole in the universe.
A good man.
I remember Larry from junior high school at Central School, Glencoe.
At gym class one day, eighth grade (1962) as I remember, we had had a class on wrestling. The gym teacher, sorry, don't remember his name, was calling out two guys at a time to wrestle. Ever eager, I yelled out "Me and RZ." I was about 5'9" at the time but Larry towered over everyone in the class. The teacher laughed at that but called us out to wrestle.
It was fun but I ended up with a bloody nose. Of course, being three quarters Irish, I was elated and considered it a macho badge of honor.
Larry, on the other hand, was very concerned about it and apologetic!
Even as a young kid, what a good, kind person!
My condolences to his loved ones.
This is a tough one to see. Rz was such a wonderful guy. His sensitivity was matched by his height. He always held strong opinions, but never forced himself on others. What a great combination. Larry, we miss ya. Shalom.
I went through New Trier with Larry. He was a terrific basketball player. Most of all, her was a kind and gentle person to all of his many friends. I will miss seeing him at our class reunions.
If ever there was a man you could not miss in a crowd it was Larry.
Knowing Larry since central school he was always a kind, caring, fellow.
He will be missed by all of us.
I will treasure all the memories of our school days.
My condolences to his loved ones.
Deborah Baum Smith
So sorry to read this! Larry was a stand-out in so many ways beyond the obvious. I loved watching him on the court--and at the beginning, watching him struggle to master the sheer gawky length of his limbs. And off the court, he was simply a good guy. Condolences!
Sorry for your loss
So friendly to everyone. Always a great guy to be around at school, in sports, outside of school, wherever. We experienced a lot of conversation and joy as we shared a long drive to college from the North Shore to California, making lots of interesting stops along the way.
4 years in Advisory with Larry at New Trier. Big follower of his Basketball career , at NT and beyond.
So special to see him at the premiere of Gamechangers, the Documentary about the 65-66 NT basketball team.
He will be missed.
To Larry's Family and Friends,
This is much too early to happen to Larry and those who love him. I will never know how much you all will miss him, but I do know he will be missed AND remembered fondly for a long time.
This news is a bit unnerving because it was only yesterday that I found myself thinking about him for some reason and some of the experiences (many funny) we shared in high school.
As a songwriter, my best gift to share with all of you is a new song I composed entitled, "The Sands Of Time". I hope it serves to console you all. Here is the link to this song:
God bless Larry and all his family and friends.
Rest in peace.
Member of the New Trier Class of 1966
I’m so sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing to you. Larry was one of a kind, a gentle giant. Such an integral part of childhood memory.
So sorry to hear this news. Larry was our champion on the Central School basketball court!
Over the last 10 years we got to spend many a hour reminiscing
joking and laughing.
He would pretty much stop by the shop for his lamp and shade needs
back in Iowa. spending some of his spare moments at the shop. Always concerned about his
family and being the servant he was.
Shocked and sorrowful.
Miss you a bunch Larry
Larry was truly a gentle giant. My condolences to his entire family.
I am so saddened by the passing of Larry, He was such a smart, nice and genuine guy. My condolences to all of his family.
We were born on the same day which always seemed to bond us together. I was older by an hour but a foot shorter. I was also the basketball photographer for Central School and took many pictures of our giant center. Unfortunately they no longer exist.
He was truly a giant among men and will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Always remember Larry as a good guy with a sense of humor. Sorry to see him passing so soon. R.I.P
I am so sorry to hear about Larry. He was a really nice guy at New Trier. It was fun to see him plays really good basketball along with the other guys in our class of 1966. Always “Big as Life” in so many way.
My heart goes out to his family and friend. Peace be with you!!
Larry was one of the icons of our class -- the big guy with the great short jumper who helped lead the basketball team to Champaign-Urbana, and did it with class. I am so happy we were able to reconnect for a few minutes at the 50th reunion. My heart goes out to his family.
Larry was a teammate and a friend over many years - and more recently was an essential partner in bringing back high school basketball memories via the Gamechangers documentary for thousands to enjoy and relive. As his Co - Captain, I guess it was meant to be that I spoke with him this past Wednesday afternoon sharing the thoughts, prayers and the love from his teammates and classmates. He was a gamechanger in high school - and has been ever since!
A teammate forever!
So sorry for your loss. I knew Larry growing up as my dad was a sailing buddy of Larry. Larry used to always carry me around on his shoulders or give my sister and I rides on his feet. He was very funny, kind, and generous. May his memory bring you laughter and warmth.
Cindy, so sorry for your loss. Prayers and God bless to you and your family.
May you and your family find peace and comfort in the days/weeks/months ahead while remembering all the good times.
Clark and Judy Obr
From Marc Brown and Family
Such sad news. Larry and Cindy helped us through both of our adoptions thru FRC. Larry kept us connected with our Shao reunions and his photos, too. They also helped greatly with Xailou to work out
a resolution for her to be also raised in a loving family.
We are fortunate to have known Larry: he was a God-send to us. Blessed to know him and Cindy and Girls, too
Dr. Wong and family - I am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Larry well but his presence was so large at the FRNC picnics and Department events. My deepest sympathy.
We adopted our boys through FRC and remember Larry at the FRC picnics. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Rosenzweig family. May the memories you hold dear to your heart bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
May his memory be a blessing. May you find peace and comfort along the way.
To the Rosenzweig & Wong Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
We are sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest condolences to you and your family. May our prayers help comfort you .
Wishing calm and peaceful thoughts for all of Larry's family- and friends as they mourn his passing.
Thank you for letting Lily be part of the sad gathering; she has lots of Uncle Larry stories that she will remember. Thank you Larry for sharing your love of sailing to Lily- and reminding her more than once to duck when winds required. She had many long car rides to and from Mazomanie with Larry and commented wryly on his taste of music.
Thank you for being a loyal and supportive friend to me- after a not very auspicious start. Conversations with you were always fun. Your mental, physical and financial support of so many shared organizations like FRC and Half the Sky are inspiring. Most importantly I hold close the memories of so many Shao Girl reunions that you and Cindy hosted . Thank you for all the energy and talent you shared.
To the Rosenzweig & Wong Family,
I pray that that you will find comfort and hope even in your time of mourning, remembering that Larry lives forever in your hearts. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and may his soul rest in peace.