- July 22, 1948 - October 13, 2016
- Marquette, Michigan
of Larry's Passing
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“Dear Chris, Tricia, and Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow and loss. No words can express our sympathy for you...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Michael and Suzanne Hellman
“Larry was a great guy, who always had a smile on his face...I remember having him in 6th grade as my student teacher at Graveraet. Will miss seeing...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Stacy Busch
“Chris and Tricia and family -- So sorry to read about Larry.....He was a wonderful man....great father.....and husband......so pleasant to be with! ...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Steve and Betsy Savola
“Dear Chris,So sorry to hear about Larry. You and your family are in our prayers.
4 of 18 | Posted by: Cathy and Bill Ryan
“Larry was a very special person - I will miss him greatly. It was a joy to serve on the Marquette County Junior Golf Board with him for several...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Angela Mason-Epper
“Larry will be greatly missed by all who had the chance to know him! A great man, a great friend and a pleasure to golf with. Chris and Tricia, you...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Mark Rosen
“Larry and I had a special relationship- he will be sadly missed by all! I have so many great memories of him! God Bless all that were touched By the...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Ryan and Sherida Riipi
“The only man I enjoyed 6 AM with...you were my second dad love you Lar Dog.
8 of 18 | Posted by: Jessica
“To the Heiskanen family, we are so sorry for your loss. Larry has been a very good friend for many years and it won't be the same without him. My...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Brian & Cheryl Adams
“To the Heiskanen family, I'm sorry for your loss. I have good memories of Larry and the support he gave us while at NMU. He was always there for us..
10 of 18 | Posted by: don waddell
“Chris, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.Betty & Gordy Dybdahl
11 of 18 | Posted by: Elizabeth Dybdahl
“Chris & family. Sorry to hear of the passing of my friend Larry, who always greeted me pride, integrity, & Second effort, not about me but a...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Con Yagodzinski
“So sorry to learn of Larry's passing. Our Dan really enjoyed Larry through his years on N.M.U.'s hockey team. Although John and I did not know him...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Bonnie and John Ragusett
“Our hearts are broken. Coffee in the morning will never be the same for us.RIP dear man. Bob and Merrilee Keller
14 of 18 | Posted by: Merrilee Keller
“He was the best. A friend to everyone and a servant to all. They don't come any better. I will miss him badly.
15 of 18 | Posted by: Rick and Diane Comley
“Across the miles we received the news of the passing of a great NMU sports fan and supporter. We are wishing Chris, Tricia and the rest of the family...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Andrea Gommans Maputo, Mozambique
“Deepest sympathy to all of Larrys family & friends. He will forever be missed and never forgotten.
17 of 18 | Posted by: Amy
“I lost a GREAT friend . . . Larry always had a on his face . . . he was kind and unselfish . . . and brought joy to me every time we saw each other ....Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Chuck Wassberg - Plano, TX
Canale-Tonella Funeral Home Inc
Larry J. Heiskanen, 68, of Marquette, died unexpectedly Thursday morning, October 13, 2016 at U.P. Health System-Marquette from an apparent heart attack. Larry was born on July 22, 1948 in Marquette to Henry and Ruth (Maki) Heiskanen and was a lifelong area resident. A 1966 graduate of Negaunee High School, Larry also attended Northern Michigan University, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. He also worked toward a Master's Degree at NMU. Larry was employed for many years at NMU as Director of Development-Athletics and as Equipment Manager for NMU Hockey. He was also self-employed with Windbreaker Sports. In his free time, Larry was an avid golfer, walker, enjoyed playing poker, and was an avid Green Bay Packer, Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Cubs fan. Larry was a member of the Marquette County Junior Golf Board, the NMU Blue Line Club, and was a lifetime member of both the NMU "N" Club and the Negaunee Elks Lodge. He was a member of the Marquette Golf Club for many years. Recently, Larry was inducted into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame with the 1967 Football team. Larry was a well-known member of the community and a regular coffee clutch attendee at the Third Base Bar and Java Bay. He attended St. Peter Cathedral. Survivors include his wife, the former Chris Santilli whom he married on August 18, 1978 at Guardian Angel's Catholic Church in Crystal Falls; one daughter, Tricia Heiskanen of Chicago, IL; one sister, Susan (Robert) Nyman and their children, Lori Dachelet and Bradley (Jill) Nyman of Greenville, MI; a brother, Tom (Kathy) Heiskanen and their children, Kerri Stanaway and Traci (Paul) Dietz of Negaunee; mother-in-law, Florence Santilli of Crystal Falls; sister-in-law, Mary Kudwa and her children, Katie Kudwa and Darrin (Kim) Kudwa; brother-in-law, Bill (Sally) Santilli and their children, Tony (Lacy) Santilli and Scott (Kristina) Santilli; also surviving are several great nieces, nephews, and numerous special friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, William Santilli and a brother-in-law, David Kudwa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 1 p.m. in St. Peter Cathedral with the Rev. Msgr. Michael Steber officiating and Deacon Scott Jamieson assisting. Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass. A luncheon will take place in the parish hall immediately following. Honorary bearers are Rick Comley, Dave Koskey, Larry Larson and Dave Lahtinen. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to a scholarship fund to be established in Larry's memory for NMU Hockey through the NMU Foundation or his family respectfully requests that friends please donate a pair of socks to a local homeless shelter. The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the Heiskanen family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com.
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