Lawrence J. "Larry" Thein
August 6, 1916 - July 22, 2007
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Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
920-739-1231 | Map
Monday 7/30, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Appleton Highland Memorial Park
3131 N. Richmond St.
Appleton, WI
Tuesday 7/31
Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
920-739-1231 | Map
Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
920-739-1231 | Map
Monday 7/30, 7:00 pm

THEIN, LAWRENCE J. ‚ÄúLARRY" Lawrence Thein, of Appleton, age 90 years, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, July 22, 2007 with his family at his side. He was born August 6, 1916 in Kimberly, the son of the late Joseph and Anna (DeLeeuw) Thein. Larry graduated from Kimberly High School. He married Rosemary Oestereich on…

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Mary Jo left a message on August 4, 2018:
Dad...Sorry, it's been awhile, once again, for me to send you a message in Heaven. It's been 11 years since you physically left us (7/22/07). But we feel you around us keeping an eye on things--all the time. Mom turned 98 a few days ago so I told her Happy Birthday from YOU! She smiled. We speak of you often. You are always on our mind and in our hearts---forever. 143 MJ & Roses
Mary Jo left a message on August 7, 2017:
Happy Birthday Dad... Sorry, it's been awhile since I've been on here to write to you. But that doesn't mean I don't always think of you, speak of you, remember you, share memories of you, smile at just the thought of you...You left a lasting, loving legacy for us to remember you by---forever. 143 Dad Mom misses you very, very much too. 8.6.17
Mary Jo left a message on August 7, 2015:
May the winds of Heaven blow softly and whisper in your ear, How much we love and miss you, and wish that you were here! Happy Birthday! Our love will always be with you, forever in your heart! 1 4 3 Roses & Mary Jo 8.6.15
Mary Jo Thein left a message on July 23, 2015:

Gosh, dad, it's been 8 years! It doesn't seem that long; maybe because we keep you in our lives with daily thoughts and reminders of you! So until we meet again, those special memories of you bring smiles to our faces and fill the emptiness in our hearts.

Always and forever loving you and missing you...Mary Jo & Roses 143 7.22.15

Mary Jo Thein left a message on June 22, 2015:

Happy Father's Day! You were such a good father! I will never stop missing you, dad, your memories are still a big part of my life! I am taking very good care of mom. She fell, broke her hip, had 2 surgeries to repair it, went to rehab for 2 months....and as I promised you---she is home. I am proud that I am keeping my promise to you. It's not easy, caring for her 24/7 all by myself. She is looking forward to reuniting with you in heaven, but until that day comes...I will take very good care of her, and do it all with never ending love. ~~143 Happy Dad's Day~~ Sending our love your way, Mary Jo & Roses

Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Mary Jo Thein left a message on December 26, 2014:

Dad...Another Christmas has come and gone. (2014 ) Memories of you are always near and dear to our hearts! Mom and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas to you up there in heaven! Hugs & Kisses to you. (Oh, how I often wish that I could do that again and again and again! ) To anybody reading this, do it now and do it often to all your loved ones while you still can! 1 4 3 Mary Jo & Roses.

Greg Smith left a message on December 19, 2014:

Mary, saw your post when I was checking out Mike Aces son. Sorry for your loss. My dad passed 5 years ago . I know it's not easy.

Mary Jo Thein left a message on October 23, 2014:

Dad: Still missing you~~Always will. Just want you to know that I have kept my PROMISE to you that I will take very good and loving care of mom and I will keep her in our home until the time comes that she will be with you once again. I'll bet you miss her so much. I know my heart will break when she leaves me; but I will find comfort in that she will be reunited with you. 143

Mary Jo Thein Grossman left a message on August 7, 2014:

Our hearts still ache in sadness, silent tears...still flow
For what it meant to lose you, no one will ever know.
Although you can't be here with us, we're truly not apart
Because we know that one day we will be together again...
Until then you will remain forever in our hearts.
Happy Birthday!! 1 4 3 Mary Jo and Roses

Mary Jo Thein Grossman left a message on July 23, 2014:

Dad: As I sit here and whisper softly "I miss you"...I believe somehow that you can hear me. I feel your presence everyday watching over us. It's 7 years ago today that you went away...and we shall never ever ever forget you. Your words, life's lessons and memories will always be a part of our lives; and we shall pass them on to our Grandbabies. 1 4 3 Mary Jo and Roses

Mary Jo Thein Grossman left a message on June 16, 2014:

Remembering you is easy, we do it everyday...missing you is the heartache--that never goes away. Happy Father's Day Dad. 143 PS: I'm keeping my promise to you and taking very good, loving care of mom. Our unending love, Mary Jo and Rosemary 6/15/14

Mary Jo Thein Grossman left a message on December 6, 2013:

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; but love leaves a memory that no one can steal. 143 Miss you dad!

Mary Jo Thein Grossman left a message on December 6, 2013:

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone; Christmas is quickly approaching. We cling onto so many happy memories that you have left with us! Our love, Rosemary and Mary Jo 12/5/13

Mary Jo left a message on August 7, 2013:

I have an angel watching over me~~I call him Dad. Happy Birthday Dad...You are always on my mind and forever in my heart! Mom says Happy Birthday and to tell you she misses you and is looking forward to reuniting with you in Heaven (and at Arlington National Cemetery.) 143 Mary Jo and Rosemary

Mary Jo Thein Grossman left a message on July 23, 2013:

Dad~~It's been 6 years since you have gone to heaven. We miss you so much. You are in our daily thoughts and memories. You have left behind so many precious memories. Memories of so many good times; memories of the advice you gave us on a daily basis and memories of your "Larry-isms" (tidbits of knowledge you learned over the years and wanted to pass on to us to make things easier for us). Heck, those 'isms come up on a daily basis!! Mom misses you so very much too. She will soon be 93 years old and yes, she will get that yearly rose on her birthday, sent from you ;)
As always, we love you and miss you~~Mary Jo and mom 1 4 3

Mary Jo left a message on May 9, 2013:

143 Always, Mary Jo

Mary Jo left a message on May 2, 2013:
Just stopping by to say, "Hi Dad"~ I'm missing you so much, the memories you left behind are precious and there are so many. You would have loved spending time with your Great-Grandson, Keegan; he would be tagging along behind you in all that you do! Such an energetic young boy. We all are missing you! Mom is doing pretty good! She is such a strong-willed person! Thank you for watching over all of us and always remember you are loved! ~~143~~ Mary Jo
Mary Jo left a message on May 2, 2013:
Another Christmas has come and gone, but you are forever in our hearts! I miss you so very, very, very much dad. 143 I love you, Mary Jo
Mary Jo left a message on May 2, 2013:
Hi Dad~ Well, another year has come and gone! Want you to know that I am always thinking of you and even reciting some of your famous quotes: "Read the Book", "Take the Bus" "What's a ya-but?" You are always on our minds, in our thoughts and in our prayers. We just have to stop a moment and think of you, or talk to you and we know you are there. Mom is doing pretty good for 92 years old---I am doing my very best to take care of her and all her needs. She misses you very much also and says she is looking forward to reuniting with you in heaven. We love you and miss you; until we meet again-- Mary Jo and Rosemary 1/1/13 143
Mary Jo left a message on May 2, 2013:
I thought of you today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday and the day before that too. I think of you in scilence, I often speak your name. All I have is memories and a picture in a frame. You memory is a keepsake, from which I will never part. God has you in his arms, I have you in my heart................. I love and miss you dad, sooooo much! 143 Remembering the last Christmas you spent with us and how excited you were, dancing around with bows stuck to your head.....
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Miss you dad, Mary Jo left a message on October 17, 2012:
Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep. I am in a thousand winds that blow, I am the softly falling snow. I am the gentle showers of rain, I am the fields of ripening grain. I am in the morning hush, I am in the graceful rush Of beautiful birds in circling flight, I am the starshine of the night. I am in the flowers that bloom, I am in a quiet room. I am in the birds that sing, I am in each lovely thing. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there. I do not die.
Mary Jo left a message on August 6, 2012:
Happy Birthday Dad! Always in my mind, forever in my heart! Love you and miss you; Mary Jo & Rosemary 143
Mary Jo left a message on July 22, 2012:
It's been 5 years since you passed. Everyday we think of you and miss you so much. Thank you for a lifetime of wonderful memories! 143 Mary Jo and Rosemary
Mary Jo left a message on June 19, 2012:
Happy Father's Day DAD! I miss you so very much and think about you all the time. You were an amazing father and I love you very much! 143 Mary Jo
Mary Jo left a message on February 16, 2012:
Hi Dad, We miss you very much. We always think about you with such fond memories. 143 Rosemary & Mary Jo
Mary Jo & Rosemary left a message on December 25, 2011:
We miss you so much and think of you LOTS! Merry Christmas to you in Heaven! 1 4 3
Mary Jo left a message on November 11, 2011:
Thank You Dad for serving our country and fighting for our freedom. God Bless You 143 11/11/11
Mary Jo left a message on June 19, 2011:
Our hearts are broken Since you left us that night, As we embraced your final moments And held you so tight. We miss you so much~ It was hard to let go, Oh Dear Dad up in Heaven We just want you to know.. That not a day goes by That we don't think of you, Happy Father's Day to you Dad, And to all other father's too! Father's Day June 17, 2011 Mary Jo 143
Mary Jo left a message on February 26, 2011:
Dad, it's been awhile since I've written you; we think about you everyday and always will. We talk about you all the time, remembering all the years gone by that we were together. And as you probably know, I talk to you all the time; we miss you very much. 143 MJ & Roses
Mary Jo left a message on November 29, 2010:
Thanksgiving was a few days ago and I wanted to remind you how thankful I am for having you as my dad and having been able to spend so many years with you! 1 4 3
Mary Jo left a message on November 23, 2010:
Dad, I suspect you already know this, but, I woke up this morning from a dream about you...and there were actual tears running down my cheeks. Why was I crying? Because I miss you so much. 1 4 3
Mary Jo left a message on November 11, 2010:
Thank You Dad for serving our country and for being the best father anyone could ask for! Love you and miss you, Mary Jo
Mary Jo left a message on August 6, 2010:
~Happy Birthday Dad~ Just wanted you to know that you are always on our minds and in our hearts! 1 4 3 ~~We love you~~ Mary Jo & Roses
Mary Jo left a message on July 22, 2010:
Dad, Today is the third year that you have been physically away from us, but you still remain close to us in our daily thoughts and actions. We found out that, in our case, it is not true that the pain of you not being here would get easier with time! We miss you so much! 1 4 3 Mary Jo & Rosemary PS: Mom says thanks for sending the rose to her every year on her birthday!
Mary Jo left a message on June 22, 2010:
Happy Father's Day Dad! Miss you so, so much! 1 4 3 Mary Jo
Mary Jo left a message on May 14, 2010:
I wish Heaven had a phone so I could hear your voice again! 1 4 3 Mary Jo
Mary Jo left a message on April 29, 2010:
Hi Dad! Just want you to know that I am always thinking of you! 'Till we meet again! All my love, Mary Jo 143
Mary Jo left a message on December 25, 2009:
Merry Christmas Dad ~ I miss you so very much and you are on my mind all the time! Mom misses you very much too! 1 4 3 Mary Jo & Roses
Mary Jo Grossman left a message on June 21, 2009:
Father's Day, June 21, 2009 This is our second Father's Day apart but I take comfort in knowing that you are at peace and only a whisper away.... My special memories of the times we had Help to make the pain of missing you go away, But Dad, my life just won't be the same, I miss you night and day! I looked up at the stars tonight, because I had something special to say... I love you and miss you so very much Dad, Happy Father's Day! 1 4 3 Mary Jo
Kelly Kramer left a message on April 6, 2009:
Dear Grandpa… There are so many things I will miss about you. You were such a huge part of my life. You have influenced me in ways you never knew over the years. I always heard your voice in my head when making important decisions. Even though, I didn’t always listen. It was never hard to realize how much you cared. When I was younger, I always thought you were strict. Looking back, I now know, you were only that way because you cared about me and wanted me to make the right choices and go in the right direction. Even though I didn’t always do that, you never stopped caring or trying to give me that extra push. You had to have been the smartest person I knew too. (And not just because you always told us.) I remember when I was in school writing research papers. I always came to your house and you seemed to know more about every subject than all the books did. If you didn’t know you always helped me find a way to figure out what I needed to know. I loved how you were always happy to see me. My visits were always welcome and seemed to be over too soon. All holidays were so much fun. Something to look forward to for weeks ahead. I loved going on walks with you when I was younger. And bike rides. (Even though it was sometimes hard to keep up with you.) The trips we took to the U.P. were great too. I enjoyed seeing all the airplanes and hearing all your stories. I will never forget the rides home either. You always had me and Matt up the whole way watching for Bigfoots on the sides of the road. So many great memories. So many fun times. So much love and caring. You will be greatly missed!!!! Your favorite (and only) Granddaughter, Kelly
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Joel Grossman left a message on April 6, 2009:
Lt. Colonel Larry was a hero to me. He flew over 100 missions in WWII. He was wounded, risked his life to serve his country, and for our safety. I never forgot his lectures about everything, drove me nuts sometimes, but I did learn so much from him. Larry, you will be missed, but never forgotten. Your favorite, Son-in-Law Joel R. Grossman
Thomas R. Green (Greeny) left a message on April 6, 2009:
We who worked with Larry at Miller Electric, won't soon forget his friendly smile and good will to all fellow employees. He's now off in the "Wild Blue Yonder" on a better trip. It was a pleasure knowing him. Greeny
Keegan left a message on April 6, 2009:
Great Grandpa Larry, I only knew you for a little time,(since I'm only 9 months old)but we sure had some good times. You were always happy to see me! Always a big smile when I came into the room. No matter what mood you were in before! You were always so good at holding me too. Some of the only times I would stop wiggling! Grandma told me that you loved looking at pictures of me ALL night long! You just smiled and giggled and laughed. I am happy to have been fortunate enough to have spent the time with you I did. And I am happy that I brought you so much joy in a time you really needed it. I love you and will miss you!!! Keegan
sean left a message on April 6, 2009:
I loved to hear about larry's stories of service to our country. Although i wasn't able to hear them from larry. Mary Jo was always willing to share with me all of the accomplishments. I feel honored to have met a man with such honor and dignity. And a great sense of humor.
Mary Jo left a message on April 6, 2009:
Dear Dad, If only I could see you, just once more... If only I could hold you, just once more... If only I could be with you, just once more... If only.......just once more. I miss you so very much and only take comfort in knowing that your suffering has come to an end and you are now resting in peace~~up in the wild blue yonder. Dad, you will always forever be in my heart. I love you so much. 143 Mary Jo
Matthew Kramer left a message on April 6, 2009:
It was wonderful knowing Larry he was a big part of my life. He was always there for me through thick and thin. He taught me so much about life and to always read the book before asking questions! It has been very hard for me to bear his loss and i miss him everyday.Im just glad that i was there for him until the end and that i was able to make him as comfortable as i could. He was a great Grandpa and i will always love and remember him. Thanks for everything Grandpa and ill make sure to watch over Grandma and help her in any way that i can.See you later Grandpa......
Nikki Kramer left a message on April 6, 2009:
To the family: My thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow. I think of Larry and Rosemary as my own grandparents. Larry always made me smile when he would glance at me and say "Mi Amore!" Even though I only knew him a short time, he touched my life deeply and will forever be in my thoughts. From his experiences at war to the love he had for his wife, Larry is a wonderful man and is now keeping an eye on the family. Take peace knowing that he loved his family very much and is still taking care of you from a different type of plane.
Danielle Bera left a message on April 6, 2009:
Larry was a wonderful person and I feel lucky to have known him. My thoughts are with all of you in this time of grief.
Mary Jo left a message on April 6, 2009:
Dad~ Today is Father's Day, 6/15/08, and I want you to know that I love you so much and I miss you a lot. This is our first Father's Day apart. So many things remind me of you and bring a smile to my face and joy into my heart. I can feel your presence surrounding me, watching over us all. I can feel you forever living and loving within my heart and soul...and guiding me along the way. Happy Father's Day Dad! I love you! 143
Mike Gostas Jr left a message on April 6, 2009:
Rosemary and family,I am very sorry to hear about Larry. We used to be neighbors on east Franklin st in Appleton back in the early 50s. I often wondered where you and your family moved to. My mom passed away three years ago and my dad Mike sr is retired over in Greece with his 2nd wife. They divorced a long time ago. I never forgot about you and Larry over all these past years. I still remember Larry giving my Dad and me our first plane ride at night at the old airport on Ballard rd and I had no idea where we were at. Also the movies that were shown against the nextdoor neighbors house that was used as a screen. I hope you are doing ok. Once again You have my deepest and sincere sympathy and I will let my Dad know about Larry's passing. Sincerely,mike jr
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