Last Updated on July 12, 2016 by cassnetwork
Born December 14, 1923, in Logansport, he was the son of Joseph and Josephine Ricci Firmani.
On November 23, 1942, in St. Vincent’s Church, Logansport, he was married to Clara M. “Dada” Sacchini, who preceded in death on July 20, 2002.
A graduate of Logansport High School, Laurie was retired from Rockwell International.
He had numerous hobbies and interests, including gardening, bowling, and bicycling. An avid sports fan, he followed Notre Dame Football and IU Basketball.
Laurie helped to organize Logansport Little League and coached one of the first Little League teams starting in 1952. He coached for many years and then officiated for basketball, baseball and football.
An ardent advocate for education, he was proud of the educational accomplishments of his children and grandchildren, and he valued his Italian heritage. He especially loved his family, his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and followed all of their activities.
Laurie was a member of All Saints Catholic Church, where he had served as an usher.
Surviving are daughters, Anita J. Rozzi, Logansport and JoAnn (Mike) Zabawa, Bloomington; sisters, Mary Antonelli and Madalyn Donahue, both of Logansport; grandchildren, David Price, Dr. Monica (Kevin) Kowaleski, Anna (Espen) Jensen and Lara (Todd) Stone.
Also surviving are great grandchildren, Jessica, Nick, Meisha and Brady Price, Stian, Erik, Caroline and Clara Jensen, and Kristian Stone; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A sister, Lucy Polsinelli, and son-in-law, Bob Rozzi, preceded in death.
Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at Kroeger Funeral Home, where the rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m., also at the funeral home.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at All Saints Catholic Church, with Father Clayton Thompson officiating.
Interment, with full military honors, will be in the Mount Calvary addition to Mount Hope Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Laurie’s memory to the Bob and Anita Rozzi Scholarship Fund in care of the Cass County Community Foundation, Post Office Box 441, Logansport 46947.
Family and friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting the online obituary at www.kroegerfuneralhome.com.