Lawrence Paul Kampwirth
Lawrence Paul Kampwirth
  • December 20, 1946 - May 11, 2017
  • Illinois

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Lawrence Paul Kampwirth, 70, moved on to his next adventure last week. He left unexpectedly, but, predictably, living his best life. He'll be profoundly missed by his wife of 38 years, Lorrie, his light; his daughter, Kristin, his heart; his son, Kevin, his hope; and his daughter-in-law, Marissa, his joy. Larry loved life and was awed by the possibilities of each day. When his hands weren't turning soil in his garden, they were searching out the keys of a Mozart piano concerto (emphasis on searching), turning the pages of one of the ten books he'd be currently reading, or shifting his bike gears on any given sunny day. He loved to talk, and be heard. He loved to listen, and understand. He loved to work, and to savor its rewards. A doer, a joiner, a leader, a friend, and a force, he was the glue of a family that includes his beloved brothers Robert (Patricia), Jim, and Donald; favorite sister, Mary Jo Cristino (Steve); and many nieces and nephews. There to greet him are his parents, John and Evelyn, and his brother, Tom, who surely has the jazz records ready to go. Larry loved flowers, but would've preferred donations to Doctors Without Borders, the Red Cross, or the Sierra Club. His sendoff will be Wednesday, May 17 at Malec & Sons Funeral Home, 6000 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60646, from 3-9 PM, with a mass to follow on Thursday, May 18 at St. Mary of the Woods, 7033 N Moselle Ave, Chicago, IL 60646, at 10:30 AM. Info: 773-774-4100 - or