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Lawrence P. Hennemann, Sr. 03/04/2024

Lawrence Philip Hennemann, Sr., age 81 of River Falls, WI, died on Monday, March 4, 2024 at his home.  Lawrence (Larry) Philip Hennemann, son of Carolous Hennemann and Rosalia (Heinen) Hennemann, was born on March 29, 1942 in Breckenridge, MN. He grew up in St. Paul, MN graduating from St. Agnes High School, building the foundation for his Catholic faith, which he held so dear (leading to his eventual ordination as a deacon).
Larry married Jenice (Vincent) on September 15, 1967. They raised 12 children and have 30 grandchildren. Larry enjoyed attending the music, theater and sporting events of his children and grandchildren.
Following high school, he served 3 years in the US Marine Corps where he was a chaplain’s assistant. After the Marines he attended Brown Institute of Technology where he earned Avionics and Radar Endorsements. This education helped to launch his 36-year career at Northwest Airlines performing a variety of jobs ranging from airplane mechanic to safety coordinator. After retiring from Northwest, he continued his passion for safety and service by providing CPR & AED training, and transportation to the homebound.
Larry loved music at an early age. He began playing the accordion at age 10 and added a variety of other instruments over time. He was active in school pep and dance bands as well as school and church choirs. After high school, he played bugle & drums and was the head of the color guard while a member of the Laidlaw Toreadors Drum and Bugle Corps in Minneapolis.
Scouting was also an important part of his life. He began in Cub Scouts and continued into Boy Scouts. He attended Tomahawk Boy Scout Camp in its inaugural year of 1953. While in the Marines he found time to be a leader for a troop near his base in 29 Palms, California. He combined his passion for his Catholic faith and Boy Scouts by volunteering as camp chaplain at Tomahawk for several years in the 2010s.
Larry is survived by his wife, Jenice (56 years); his children, Theresa (Jeff), Christopher (Sarah), Philip (Laura), Gabriel (Sarah), Zachary (Jacqueline), Peter (Kelly), Raphael (Raegan), Nicholas (Emilia), Samuel (Caroline), Nathaniel (Mia), Jessie (Lucas), Andrew; his grandchildren, Cale, Cade, Francis, Maeve, Isaac, Connor, Leighton, Jacob, Elisabeth, Cooper, Rosalia, Daniel, Ruth, Catherine, Peter, Grace, Liam, Zane, Vivienne, Michael, Gemma, William, Macalister, Louisa, Nathaniel, Kerigan, John, Felicity, Margaret and David.
Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Carolous and Rosalia; siblings, Thomas, William and Donna; and child, David.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at 11 am at St. Patrick Parish 1500 Vine Street Hudson, WI and streamed live through the link just below this obituary.  Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 from 4-7 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 805 E Division Street River Falls, WI and on Wednesday from 10 – 11 am at the church.Interment was in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery on Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 10:30 am assembly lane #4.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


Click here to watch the recording of Larry’s service


  • Ann and Steve Schwalbach family Posted March 5, 2024 12:13 pm

    Larry was a great guy, dedicated to his faith, family and friends. He will be missed. Our love and prayers are with all of you.

  • Fred and Yvonne Benson Posted March 6, 2024 9:37 am

    Dear Jenny & Family

  • Fred and Yvonne Benson Posted March 6, 2024 9:40 am

    Dear Jenny & Family.
    We are so saddened by the loss of Larry. What a dedicated and faithful man. He will be deeply missed! Sending you hugs and prayers!

  • Gwen Nies Posted March 6, 2024 2:08 pm

    Dear Mrs. Hennemann and Family – I will remember Larry and be thinking of all of you. It’s been a long time since I was in the parish, but Larry was always willing to share with others his wisdom and joy as a follower of Jesus. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to know him, work with him, and be inspired by him. I know he will be greatly missed, not only by his family, but by so many others. May God bless each of you during this difficult time. May your faith in our Lord, as well as the support of family and friends bring you comfort and peace.

  • Harold & Amy Sabelko Posted March 8, 2024 12:55 pm

    We visited with him many times at St Bridget in River Falls. Larry you will be missed. You were a wonderful guy and served our church and others well. Our deepest sympathies to the family! God Bless you and comfort you during this difficult time!

  • Mark VonBank Posted March 8, 2024 3:13 pm

    To the Hennemann Families, I am very sorry for your families loss. Larry was a very kind person and always pleasant. May He Rest In Peace, Sincerest Prayers, Mark VonBank-Park Rapids, Mn.

  • Nick Jilek Posted March 9, 2024 8:08 pm

    Larry was (is) a good man, and a friend. Always willing to help out, and great to work with – even when we were on the opposite side of issues. He served his time with us; and although it is difficult to see him go, he is now collecting his eternal reward. My heartfelt condolences to Jenny and his children & grandchildren.

  • Julia Jilek-Proue Posted March 10, 2024 10:49 am

    As I cantored at my parish this morning (having learned of Larry’s passing last night), I couldn’t help but realize how much he and ALL the Hennemanns impacted my life as a human and a Christian. The thousands of hours spent at their house as a child hanging out with Jessie and Andrew, the conspiring with Jenny to create a quilt for my mom’s birthday, learning German from Teresa, bugging Zach, Sam, Nick and Nathaniel endlessly with questions about everything from the correct ratios for a Orange Julius to basketball to historical events… and, eventually, Larry having Baptized four of my children. Their’s was the house on the hill that my family was always welcome at. Sending much love to you all. Thank you for all the good you provided my family through the years.

  • Dave Woeste Posted March 10, 2024 12:01 pm

    Larry was indeed a great man. Deep in his faith. He will be dearly missed.

  • Gail and Dave Barnes Posted March 10, 2024 10:41 pm

    Nick and family-we are sorry for your loss. Mr. Hennemann sounds like a wonderful man, who loved his family, faith and life. We will keep you in our hearts.

  • Rosa Kugel Posted March 11, 2024 3:57 am

    Sending my prayers and hugs to my nieces and nephews and their parents Gabe and Sarah. May you find peace during this time of grieving.

  • Mary Heetderks Posted March 11, 2024 1:31 pm

    Jenny so sorry to hear about Larry. It’s been years. I remember watching the kids and all the great things both of you did. Have not seen or talked to you since moving to Montana many years ago but think of you often keeping all of you in my prayers

  • Heather Bonetti Posted March 13, 2024 7:45 am

    Sending hugs and prayers to all of the Hennemann Families. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May you find peace during this time of grieving.

  • Jessica Posted March 13, 2024 10:29 am

    Im so sorry for your loss! Sending hugs and warm thoughts

  • Charles Kundschier Posted April 13, 2024 12:23 am

    Hey Larry……. Rest In Peace ….. those hot lunches were great at St Agnes! Rest in Peace my friend.

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