Larry Milazzo, 72, of Thomas Twp., formerly of Gagetown, was born into eternal life on the morning of Monday, April 20, 2020, at his home, due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease. Larry was born in Cook County, Illinois on September 22, 1947, the son of the late Tony A. and Victoria (Alonge) Milazzo and grew up in the Downers Grove neighborhood of Chicago. As a young man, Larry was active in football, track, music, drama club, reluctantly took accordion lessons, and enjoyed fishing trips with his mother and father to Minnesota and Wisconsin. On June 19, 1971, Larry was united in marriage to the love of his life, the former Dianne Lubaczewski, at St. Agatha Church in Gagetown, MI. A man of strong character and integrity, Larry first began work in the broadcasting field as an announcer in 1968, then transitioning to Regional Sales Manager and Food Distribution for various companies on the East Coast. 25 years later, Larry returned to Michigan to resume his first love of broadcasting as his on-air personality, L Maxi Mills, where he worked until retiring in 2005. It’s as a young man in college where Larry developed his love of music; a love that carried on throughout his life, especially when Larry was playing the drums in various bands and listening to Motown music with his family. Larry was a parishioner of Holy Spirit Parish in Shields, and formerly St. Agatha in Gagetown, where he enjoyed his weekly lunches at Sherwood on the Hill with his friends from church. After returning to Michigan in 1998, Larry enjoyed the annual Christmas time tradition of helping his bother-in-law Ted, his nephews Nick and Brett, and close family friends at the Lubaczewski Tree Farm. Family always came first with Larry. He passed on a strong work ethic to his children and always believed success came from a positive attitude and hard work. Larry was a pillar of strength and a mentor to all. He will be deeply missed, yet lovingly remembered for years to come.
He leaves to carry on his legacy, his faithful wife of 48 years, Dianne Milazzo and their two children, Anthony L. (Teresa) Milazzo and Gina F. (Christopher) Roka. Larry was the most loving and proud “PopPop” of Jordan, Aaron, Colin, Ava, Dylan, and also leaves behind his brother-in-law, Ted (Linda) Lubaczewski; sister-in-law, Sylvia Gucwa; his first cousins, Linda Hurney, Lorna (Stan) Angell, Judi (Tom) Wilkes, and Vicki Graziano, along with many nieces and nephews, who he loved dearly. In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Walter & Irene Lubaczewski, brother-in-law, Stanley Gucwa, and first cousin, Patricia Terone.
A private family funeral will be held at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1550 Midland Rd., between State & Gratiot with the Rite of Committal to follow in St. Agatha Cemetery, Gagetown. A Memorial Liturgy will be held at Holy Spirit Parish, following the COVID-19 pandemic. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family, for a charitable donation to be made by the family at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.