Lawrence A. Juracic, 92, of Oak Park, died on Nov. 7, 2020. Born on Feb. 25, 1928, he was raised just blocks from Wrigley Field in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, he was a loyal and die-hard Chicago White Sox fan. He loved his Sox and ensured his son would follow in his footsteps. He cherished having a beer or bourbon while telling a joke, a story, or just talking sports. A loyal brother to eight siblings, he is survived by one sister, Elaine Stockwell. He served in the Army in the Korean War.
A graduate of St. Patrick High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s in Winona, Minnesota, where he also played football. A devoted Catholic and 60-year parishioner of St. Bernardine Church, he never missed a Sunday Mass. He watched his White Sox daily and enjoyed going to the ball park with family and friends. He attended the 1963 NFL Championship game in Wrigley Field and saw the Chicago Bears beat the New York Giants. He had a long successful career as a salesman and then found fulfillment as a business leader in the meat packing industry providing corned beef, roast beef and corned beef hash to the market. He cherished his Croatian and Polish heritage and loved spending time with family and friends, whether at the family home or at his cottage in Galena.
Larry Juracic was the husband of the late Eunice A. (nee Nickel) for 49 years; the father of Marianne (Steven) Carlson, Eileen Carraher, Carol (Joseph) Segobiano and David L. Juracic; the grandfather of Lauren, Alison, Megan, Katie, Lucas, Isabel, Ryan and Emma; the brother of Elaine (Tom) Stockwell; and the uncle of many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will take place on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home 7319 W. Madison St., Forest Park. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Nov. 13 at St. Bernardine Church, 7246 W. Harrison St., Forest Park, followed by interment at St. Adalbert Cemetery.
Memorials to Catholic Charities (www.catholiccharities.net) are appreciated.