Larry Honzel (June 23, 1938-August 19, 2023)

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Deacon Larry Honzel, 85, of Geneseo went to be with his Lord and Savior on Aug. 19, 2023 from Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.  Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 26 at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, Geneseo. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Memorials may be made to St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, Geneseo Food Pantry, St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital or Hillcrest Home.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services has assisted the family and online condolences may be left in Larry’s obituary on

Larry was born June 23, 1938, in Prairie du Chien, WI the son of James L. and Lelah P. (White) Honzel. He graduated from University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Larry served in the U.S. Army.  On June 30, 1962 he married Audrian Conrady in Milwaukee, WI.   Larry had worked for the USDA until retiring in 1995.  However, his most important work was serving as a deacon in the Catholic Church being ordained on May 17, 1997.  As a deacon, Larry was active in RCIA, Cursillo, TEC and St. Malachy’s Parish.

He was a member of St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, Geneseo and a former member of Geneseo Jaycees where he had served as President and many other offices.  Larry had also served on St. Malachy’s School Board, Geneseo School District #228 Board and had been very active in tennis where he had coached and mentored many family members and others.

Survivors include his wife, Audrey; daughters, Laurie (Dan) Thwaites, West Linn, OR, Debbie Rowley, Geneseo, and Sue (David) Ferguson, New Berlin, WI; sons, Jim (Kelly) Honzel, and Mike (Sheri) Honzel, all of Bloomington; 12 grandchildren, Tee and Henry Thwaites, Daniel, Matthew, and Ben (Kate) Rowley, Jessica and Sam Ferguson, Emily and Nick Honzel, and Abi, Joe and Ana Honzel.  He is also survived by his brother John Honzel, Rockford; and sister, Babs (Al) Debes, Walker, MN.  He was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law, John Rowley, grandson, Nathan Honzel, and sister-in-law, Rose Rita Honzel.

The family wants to thank Hillcrest Home and its staff for the loving care and support during his brief time there.

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