Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Obit of Lawrence E. Ronna

Lawrence E. “Larry” Ronna, 86, of Paxton, died at 2:25 p.m. Sunday, Aug.19, 2012, at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 407 W. Pells St., Paxton, with Rev. Jose Kadukunnel officiating.
Burial will follow in Chatsworth St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery with military honors.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells St., Paxton, with the Rosary being recited at 8 p.m.
Lawrence was born March 18, 1926, in Loda, a son of Frederick and Mata M. (Hilgendorf) Ronna. He married Monica Kurtenbach in January of 1962. She preceded him in death Oct. 8, 1987. He married Reva E. Gleason Swanstrom Aug. 7, 1997, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Paxton. She preceded him in death March 23, 2006.
Lawrence is survived by one brother, Delmar (Mary) Ronna, Paxton; two stepsons, Steve (Bonnie) Swanstrom, Morrison, and Stan (Carol) Swanstrom, Gilman; two stepdaughters, Sandy (C.J.) Grady and Shelly Swanstrom, all of Paxton; one stepgranddaughter; six stepgrandsons; four stepgreat-grandsons; seven stepgreat-granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, six brothers and two sisters.
Lawrence attended Loda High School.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946 and during his service received the following decorations and citations: Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon, two Bronze Battle Stars Philippine Liberation, one Bronze Star Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal Army of Occupation Japan.
He worked as a supervisor for the Fairbury Tube Company and also farmed in the Chatsworth area. He moved from Chatsworth to Paxton in 1997.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Paxton, and the Chatsworth VFW.
Lawrence was an avid Cubs, Bears and Illini fan. He enjoyed playing euchre and bingo and spending time with his family.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Paxton, or an organization of the donor’s choice.

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