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Lawrence Rancilio

Lawrence Arthur Rancilio

Wednesday, March 13th, 1940 - Wednesday, July 31st, 2019
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Lawrence Arthur Rancilio died on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at his home in Grosse Pointe Woods surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 13, 1940 in Detroit to the late Arthur Joseph and the late Josephine Elvira (nee: Garbarino) Rancilio.

Larry was born and raised in Detroit. He attended St. Juliana for Grade School. He chose to attended Austin Catholic Preparatory School where he graduated in 1957 as the President of the school’s second graduating class. After graduation, Larry received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Mathematics from University of Detroit Mercy. He continued his education at Saginaw Valley State University where he received his Master’s Degree in Education Administration.

Larry, or better known as “Mr. Rance”, began his teaching career as a Math Teacher at Austin Catholic Preparatory School. He also was the Football Coach and Disciplinarian. Leaving behind many of his beloved students, Mr. Rance made a move to L’Anse Creuse Public Schools where he began as a Math Teacher. It didn’t take long before he was moving up the ladder to Assistant Principal and then Principal before he finally landed the position of Assistant Superintendent in charge of Human Resources.

Larry loved University of Michigan Football (GO BLUE!), golf, and his children and grandchildren. He cherished his time going to his kids and grandkids’ activities.

Although Larry loved many things, his wife, Nancy, was the greatest love of his life. The couple met in 1964 through a mutual friend who happened to be a priest and thought they would be the “best catholic couple”. The couple wed in 1966 at St. Clare of Montefalco in Grosse Pointe Park. They began their lives together and were ultimately blessed with three children.

Larry is described by all as a loving and kind-hearted man. Also known for his quick wit and sense of humor, he lived an extremely full life and will be missed by all those who knew him.

Larry was the beloved husband of Nancy. Loving father of Amy McGill, Lynn (Rick) Scholl, and Lawrence G. (Nicole Wilkins) Rancilio. Cherished grandpa of Carly, Megan, Nicole, Stephanie, Nicholas, and Benjamin.

Visitation for Mr. Rancilio will be held on Sunday, August 4 from 2 pm until 8 pm with a 7pm Scripture Service at Chas. Veryheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park, 16300 Mack Ave. Larry will lie instate on Monday, August 5 from 10 am until the time of his Funeral Mass at 11 am at Our Lady Star of the Sea, 467 Fairford Rd, Grosse Pointe Woods. Services will be officiated by Msgr. John Zenz.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army or American Cancer Society.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 4th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, August 4th, 2019 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Chas. Verheyden, Inc.
    16300 Mack Avenue
    Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan 48230
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    7:00 Scripture Service
  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, August 5th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, August 5th, 2019 11:00am
    Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church
    467 Fairford Road
    Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan 48236
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    Mr. Rancilio will lie in state from 10:30 am until the time of his funeral mass at 11:00 am
    Msgr. John P. Zenz


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Robert Rashid

Posted at 10:45pm
Very sorry to hear this news of Mr. Ranz. He had a big heart and I could never forget his decency.I can still hear his laugh and I will never forget it.I had the honor to pay condolences to his wife and son today at mass.Great man!He will be missed.

Ralph Vogel

Posted at 08:17am
Met, Larry in 1959, when he was assistant baseball coach for St. Juliana's baseball team..I remember I had no way to get to a practice one day and Larry offered to give me a ride if I was willing to get up early and help him deliver his Awry bakery goods door to door from his truck..Don't remember if I got a bakery treat, but do remember his laugh, his leadership ability and his role model for us kids. Followed his career in teaching and school administration . Prayers to his family on the lost of this wonderful man...God Bless.

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Posted at 02:48pm
My sympathies to you all. Your father was a wonderful man. I have so many fond memories of him.
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Martin F. Schwartz

Posted at 02:16pm
I learned more math from Mr. Rance in one year of Algebra than all of my other math teachers in high school and college - combined.
His deep, gravely voice still resonates in my head as he implored us to look deeper into solving the equation written on the blackboard.
My sincere condolences to his entire family. He was a good man.

Marty Schwartz
Austin (Class of ‘65)

Jim Lennane

Posted at 12:28pm
I knew Larry well. What a great man. We went to Austin together and were both mathematicians at U of D.
I remember Larry as strong and tough as nails. You just didn't fool with him.
He and I were almost identical in age. His passing helps me remember the great period when men were men and expected to behave with respect to our families, the priests and others who cared for us so deeply.
I said to a friend recently that the great principles we learned at Austin were that you didn't Lie, Cheat or Steal.
I am very proud of Larry. It was an honor to grow up with him.
Jim Lennane

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