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Obituary: Larry S. Necastro

January 06, 1948 – May 19, 2020

information provided by Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home

Larry S. Necastro, age 72, passed away Tuesday May 19, 2020, at his residence, after a two-year struggle with cancer.

He was recently a resident of Chicago, and previously lived in Barrington, Ill. He was born on January 6, 1948, in Chicago Heights, Ill., and was raised in Lansing. He is survived by two sisters, Cathleen (late Daniel) Bolda, of Calumet City, and Mary Ann (Thomas) Golden, of Lansing; two brothers, Robert (Susan) Necastro, of Lansing, and Daniel (Mary Jo) Necastro, of Lake Barrington, Ill.; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Elsie M. Necastro, and by his brother, Richard (Dawn) Necastro.

Larry was a graduate of TF South High School in Lansing, where he was a member of the wrestling and football teams. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Vietnam as a member of the Military Police. He enjoyed all sports, especially football, and played semi-pro football with the Rockford Rams and the Joliet Chargers. In the 2013 St. Ann Parish centennial book, he is credited with creating the name “Rough Riders” for the St. Ann School sports teams. He earned a BS degree from Chicago State University and was employed as a teacher of PE/Health and Safety, and Drivers’ Education at TF South and Bloom Trail High Schools. Later he had a career as an entrepreneur as co-owner of a Nautilus Fitness Center, a co-owner of the Necastro’s Pizza in Calumet City, and a co-owner of the Alaskan Pipeline in Schererville. He retired as a member of the Bartenders’ Union in Chicago, working at the Hilton, the Hyatt, and at McCormick Place. Larry was an outgoing person who enjoyed conversations with people and talking with his many friends by telephone.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Chicago Medical Center Cancer Research Charity on behalf of Larry Necastro, or for Masses, or to the American Cancer Society.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, funeral services and burial for Larry will be private. Larry will be laid to rest at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois. A memorial celebration of life including a Mass will be held at a later date. May he rest in peace.

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  1. I remember Larry. He and my brother, Jeff, were great friends. There was always a positive energy surrounding him. Rest in peace, Larry.

  2. Our deepest sympathy to Larry’s family and the entire Necastro family. Larry was my brother Jeff’s best friend for many years and that was years ago but our families were close. I graduated with Bob and knew their parents. I am so sorry. Larry was so good to my brother and to me and my family. I have a photo of Larry playing Santa Claus in the late 60s and photos of my brother and Larry. He had a loving and courageous spirit. May he Rest in Peace.
    Diane Fetters Panozzo

  3. I am so saddened to hear of Larry’s passing, Larry was a great man…one of the best, I remember when I was dating my wife she used to make pizzas for Larry at Necatro’s. He was a great guy and a great friend and he will be missed.

  4. Larry was a great friend. He was a leader, yet humble. He was genuine. He never forgot his great roots. I will miss him.—Marty Downs

  5. I have nothing but good thoughts and memories about Larry. He was a genuinely nice person and good friend to all who knew him. God bless and comfort the Necastro family during this difficult time.

  6. As one of Larry’s brothers – Butch, I wanted you to all know that he put up a gallant fight for two years and until
    the bitter end…he loved life and was always reliving stories about many of his acquaintances, his sense of humor never left him….and while it will have to be an extraordinary effort on our part to carry on in our lives without him, that is just what we will have to do; on behalf of our family, thank you for your thoughts and prayers for Larry and we wish you nothing but the very best!

    • Hi Butch,
      Larry’s friend Roger Lumpp here, sorry for your loss. I was fortunate to have Larry as a friend and coworker for 21 years. He was a true friend and pleasure to work with, his gentle nature and sound advice will be missed.
      He helped many and was a solid friend – I’m a better person for having known him.

  7. My deepest sympathy’s to the family. One of my memories of Larry will be of him telling one of his many stories with his hands flying around. God Bless him, may he rest in peace. He was a great man!! Peace!!

    Mike Calomino

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