MENDOTA - Laurence T. “Larry” Sondgeroth, 76, of Mendota passed away peacefully on Nov. 5, 2017 surrounded by his family at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Peterstown with Rev. Peter Pilon officiating. Burial will be private. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the Schwarz Funeral Home, Mendota.
Pallbearers will be his nephew, Anthony Sondgeroth; his grandsons, Joshua Sondgeroth, Christopher Sondgeroth, Justin Sondgeroth and Dominic Sondgeroth; and his great-grandson, Aiden Sondgeroth.
Larry was born Oct. 28, 1941 in Mendota to Leo and Julia (Prangenburg) Sondgeroth. He married Barbara A. Shevokas on Oct. 5, 1963 at Holy Trinity Church in Cherry.
Survivors include his wife of Mendota; four children, Laurence J. ”Butch” of Golden Valley, Ariz., Gregory M. (Patricia) of Orlando, Fla., Patricia L. Glade (Jeffrey) of Schaumburg and Theodore L. (Joan) of Omaha, Neb.; nine grandchildren ; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Wayne of Thorpe, Wis. and Paul of Mendota; and three sisters, Helen Lenz of Mount Horeb, Wis., Elaine Hassler of Watertown, Wis. and Sister Dorothea of Jackson, Miss.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Delbert, Roland and Leon; four sisters, Marian, Eleanor, Adele and Margaret; and his parents.
A lifelong farmer of the family farm where he was born, Larry was very active in the Knights of Columbus, where he was a past Grand Knight, past Faithful Navigator and past Starved Rock Assembly Regional Commander. He was also an active lifelong member of his parish church, Sts. Peter and Paul in Peterstown, a member of Mendota Elks Lodge 1212 and Mendota Moose Lodge 714. He was also an active volunteer with TEC and Cursillo in Peterstown, Illinois Valley PADS in Peru and at the Illinois Veterans Home in La Salle. His hobbies included sausage making (including his world-famous salami), woodworking and golf. He also spent 31 years working at Sauer-Sundstrand in La Salle.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be directed to Illinois Valley PADS, the Illinois Veterans Home , and his alma mater, St. Bede Academy.