Richard A. “Dick” Lorenzini transferred Tuesday, November 24, 2009, from earth to Guard Company, Marine Barracks, Pearle Gates.
Born May 4, 1931, in Racine, he was the son of Ricardo & Ida (Bonucci) Lorenzini and had been a lifelong resident of Racine. He attended Sacred Heart and graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in 1949. From 1950 until 1954 he served with the U.S. Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Tech Sergeant within three years. During that time he served at Parris Island, the Depot of Supplies in Philadelphia and the Third Marine Division in Japan.
He was employed at Western Publishing Company for 44 years, retiring in May of 1993. He was a supervisor in the MIS Department for over 25 years. For many years he was a Coordinator for United Way while working at Western. He was a life member of VFW Post 10301 and the Marine Corps League, holding various positions within each organization. He brought back to life the Marine Corps Honor Guard. He was also a member of the Racine Veterans Firing Squad, Chaplain of the Racine Veterans Council, Coordinator of the Veterans Flag Holder Project, Coordinator for Adult Volunteers in Project Acceptance, and served on the Sheriff’s Advisory Committee. He was the owner of Glass With Class, Inc. and enjoyed making stained glass panels.
Survivors include his two sons: Craig (Karen) Lorenzini of Palm Bay, FL; Kurt (Sue) Lorenzini of Palm Bay, FL; five daughters: Terri Lorenzini of Stoughton, WI; Kathryn Lorenzini of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Becky (Dennis) St. Martin of Racine, WI; Laura (David) Ley of Thomasville, GA; Michele Lorenzini of St. Louis, MO; 14 grandchildren, Shane (Susan) Lorenzini, Jessica (Allan) Hart, Desiree’ St. Martin, Amanda (Kenny) Lightner, Daniel Lorenzini, Michael Lorenzini, Robbi Charles, Mark (Stephanie) Lorenzini, David Ley, Jr., Lance Ley, Bradley (Kelly) Ley, Nicholas (Natalia) Lorenzini, Jennifer Lorenzini, and Angelina Lorenzini; and great-grandchildren, Gina, Bella, Destiny and Emily Lorenzini, Lilly Lightner, Elyse Mianecki, Sean and Sylvester Gray, III; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents: Ricardo and Ida (Bonucci) Lorenzini; a sister and her husband: Olga and Anton Specht; two brothers and a sister-in-law: Hugo and Florence Lorenzini; and Don and Nora Lorenzini; and great-granddaughter, Kaylee Lynn Lightner.
Memorial visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. with memorial services following at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Private family inurnment will take place at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Veterans Flag Holder Project or Legacy Veterans Center.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Dick’s niece, Diane, and her husband, Ron Turner, for all of their support and compassionate care they provided to our father, Dick. Their love, loyalty and always being there for him and for us are deeply appreciated and will never be forgotten. And good bye from Mickey and Maggie.
Purath-Strand Funeral Home & Crematory
3915 Douglas Ave., Racine (262) 639-8000