Lawrence Francis Kerski Lawrence was born December 4, 1917 in Marinette, WI. When WWII broke out, he joined the U.S. Army during the Battle of Britain and served his country overseas from 1942-1945. While there he met his wife, Kit, who was in the English Air Force in London. Lawrence and Kit were introduced to each other by Kit's brother Ray who was an Army friend of Lawrence's. He and Kit both received Bronze stars in honor of their services. Upon completion of service to his country, Lawrence returned to Milwaukee and enrolled in Marquette University to study accounting and business, while also playing on the varsity tennis team. Kit soon moved to Milwaukee, and they were married in 1951. They stayed and settled in the Milwaukee area to raise their family. Larry, as he liked to be called, worked for various businesses in the Milwaukee area, completing his career as the CFO at age 76. All of his children benefitted from their father's strong work ethic and all graduated from college and pursued advance degrees, with his and Kit's strong support. Larry and Kit regularly traveled internationally during the 1980s and 1990s. They logged their travels on a map on the wall and the grandchildren were always remembered with gifts and tokens from their travels. Larry was also a skilled wood worker who built a grandfather clock that is still chiming and ticking after 50 years. Once he retired to Tucson, AZ he became involved in stained glass work and created beautiful pieces for his and Kit's home and for family members. As a grandfather to his five grandchildren, grampa took everyone on a yearly trek, on Father's Day weekend, to the Wisconsin Dells. At 79 he went down "The Plunge" with his grandkids cheering him on and he vowed to do it at 100. He will always be remembered for his dry sense of humor and his smile. Upon retiring to the Tucson area, they volunteered weekly at the University of Arizona Medical Center, and more recently to the Oro Valley Medical Center. Larry was volunteering there until his recent illness. His five grandchildren always saw grandpa as a vibrant example of how aging can be a positive experience, filled with enthusiasm, an ongoing desire to keep learning, service to others, with joy and fun. He was always supportive of their endeavors and schooling. Larry was a long time member of St. Monica's Catholic Church in Whitefish Bay, WI, and for the past 15 years was a member of the Santa Catalina parish in Oro Valley. Lawrence is survived by his wife Kit of 60 years, his three children Deborah (Christopher Pape of Spring Green, WI), David (Sandra Kerski of Eden Prairie, MN), and Michael (Robin Russo of Greenville, SC); and five grandchildren: Timothy Pape, Stephanie Pape, Samuel Kerski, Eliana Kerski, and Philip Pape. He was preceded in death by his two brothers and two sisters. Donations may be made in Larry's name to Casa de la Luz Foundation to support hospice care. The family is having a private memorial service. "A life well lived."