Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from May 15 to May 17, 2013
Amateis, Lawrence Lewis Age 89, of Whitefish Bay, died May 13, 2013.
Larry, as he was known to his friends, was born in New York City on October 5, 1923.
His parents were Roland Paul Amateis and Dorothy Maxwell Amateis, who predeceased
him. Larry's early years were spent in Valley Stream, Long Island. After the family moved
to Washington, DC, he attended and graduated from Western High School (1942). He
enrolled at the University of North Carolina in the fall of 1941 and was there until entering
the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, in March 1943. After receiving
training he served the WWII war effort on active duty. As a cadet and then as third mate
and second mate he served on ships carrying war-related cargo to English and
European ports. He was honorably discharge from the USCG-Merchant Marines on July
29, 1946, having attained the rank of second mate.
In the fall of 1946 he resumed his education at UNC, graduating in June, 1948, with a
degree in Business Administration. It was there that he met Glenna Ange through mutual
friends. They were married July 9, 1948, and moved to Milwaukee where Larry was
employed by Globe Union, Inc. (later acquired by Johnson Control, Inc.) until his
retirement in 1986.
An avid sports fan, Larry enjoyed Brewer's baseball, Packers' football, and never
waivered in his loyalty to UNC's Tar Heels. He renewed an earlier interest in tennis, and
once retired he played regularly, enjoying the exercise and the friendships.
Surviving are wife Glenna; sons Ralph (Patricia) and Marc (Judy); grandchildren
Stephanie, Eric, Samantha, Allison, and Lindsay; and many friends that he kept in touch
He was predeceased by his brother, Roland Paul II.
The family will greet friends on Sunday, May 19 at the Feerick Funeral Home from 2:00
PM until a time of sharing at 4:00 PM.
Private interment will be at Wisconsin Memorial Park in the Veterans Monument Section.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's association of Southeastern Wisconsin.