Lawrence C. Mansavage, 86 of Plover, passed away on January 14, 2012 at home in the care of his loving nurse-wife Jo. Born on April 8, 1925 at home in Plover to Leo and Lottie (Dudkiewicz) Manasvage. He attended the original Roosevelt Grade School in Plover. He was drafted into the U.S. Navy on June 29, 1943 in Stevens Point, WI. He served on the ships Roanoke, S.S. Buena Vista Hills and S.S. Jacob A. Westervelt. Lawrence attended the Armed Guard School DES Base in San Diego, CA. His last rank was Gunner's Mate Third Class, USNR. He was awarded the American Area Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal and the Victory Medal. Lawrence was honorably discharged on March 24, 1946 in Great Lakes, IL. His most vivid memories and stories told were of his Navy days and he was the most patriotic veteran. Despite failing health, Lawrence was privileged and thrilled to attend the NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN HONOR FLIGHT to Washington, D.C., on October 4, 2010. Following his Navy service, he was employed by Consolidated Papers, Inc. Biron Division for 41 years, retiring in 1987 as Services Supervisor-mill materials handling.
On July 31, 1948, Lawrence married Margaret Gosh. Together, they had children Gary, Karen and Gail. Karen died at age 6 in 1956 after being struck by a car. Margaret died in 1963 at age 36. On July 23, 1971, Lawrence and Johanna (Suski) Sayles were married uniting her three children to the Mansavage family. Together they enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. including Hawaii, visiting their children. From 1990-2002 he and Jo were resident managers at Park Place Apartments in Stevens Point. He volunteered as a courier for St. Michael's Hospital and also for the Volunteer Driver Escort program at the Lincoln Center. He enjoyed playing baseball, bowling, fishing, hunting, tent camping with the family, and gardening.
His surviving family are his wife Jo, Plover, son Gary (Kathy) Mansavage, Yuma, AZ, daughter Gail (Terry) Wiegert, Wausau, Christa Harris-Sayles, Chicago, Michael Sayles (Mark Witte and children), Alabaster, AL, and Carla (Tom) Hoppe, Green Bay. Grandchildren Sarah Mansavage (John) Drella, Megan (Gabe) Von Gompel, Cameron and Abbey Wiegert, and Great-Grandson Colton Drella. Lawrence's sisters Olive Gosh, Florence (Jerry) Bluma, Connie (Joe) Brunke, sister-in-law Dolores Mansavage, nieces and nephews also survive. Preceding him in death were his parents, Karen, Margaret, brothers Max and Edmund (Sonny), and sisters Lillian, Eleanor and Eileen.
Lawrence and Jo belong to St. James Catholic Church, Amherst, WI. Lawrence was a member of American Legion Plover Post 543 and VFW Plover Post 10262.
Funeral services will take place at the Pisarski Community Funeral Home 2911 Plover Road Plover, on Saturday January 21, 2012 at 11:00a.m. with Fr. Robert Pedretti presiding. Visitation will be from 9:30a.m. until the time of the service, followed by full military rites by American Legion Plover Post 543 and the VFW Plover Post 10262. Burial of cremains will take place at a later time. In lieu of flowers please designate donations in Lawrence's name to St. James Building Fund, P.O. Box 280, Amherst, WI 54406, Ministry Home Care Hospice or a charity of your choice. For online condolences please visit www.pisarskifuneralhome.com
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