Lawrence T. Bay

Died: Wed., Apr. 10, 2013


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Apr. 12, 2013
Location: Kendall Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Sat., Apr. 13, 2013
Location: St. Patrick's Catholic Church

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Long time Steuben resident, Lawrence T. Bay (Larry) died on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at Orchard Manor in Lancaster, Wisconsin.

Lawrence was born May 10,1924, in Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin to Theodore and Evelyn (Geisler) Bay.  

In 1949, Lawrence married Monica Mezera at St. John’s Catholic Church in Prairie Du Chien; eventually settling to run a dairy farm and raise a family in Citron Valley near Steuben.  

Lawrence served in the United States Navy during World War II on board the USS LST 545 Prisoner of War Ship in the Pacific. Over the years he served as a deputy sheriff for the Crawford County Sheriff’s department, worked at Christianson’s Feed Mill, Wauzeka; Milk Specialties, Boscobel; and Reynolds Construction, Boscobel.  On returning from his Navy service Lawrence purchased and learned how to play an accordion; playing for many years in local bands.          

Lawrence was a long time active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Seneca.  During their years in the dairy industry Lawrence was an active member in the Farmer’s Union and the National Farmers Organization.  He served on the board, and as President of the Steuben Cooperative Cheese Factory.  For over 50 years he was a member of Daugherty-Larsen American Legion Post 446 of Steuben.  

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Monica; nine children and 28 grandchildren, sons Ted (Kris) of Steuben (their children Andrew, Valerie, and Michelle), Mark of Boscobel, Jeff of Montgomery, AL (his children Ashley and Elly), Brad (Donna) of Boscobel (their children Dana, Lawrence, Lincoln and Luke), Tom (Susan) of Sun Prairie (their children Chad and Leah), Kevin (Dianne) of Hartland (their children Willie, Matthew, Maria, Michael, and Joseph), Lucy (Tim) Walter of Fort Atkinson (their children Jon and Ben), Patty (Tom) Okey of Cassville (their children Isaac, Isaiah, Elijah, Andrea, Ezra, and Erasmus), and Annette (Bob) Hoye of Fort Atkinson (their children Clayton, Drew, Anna, and Grace).  He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Mary Shedivy, Beth Scheckel, Pat Mezera, Sharon Mezera, Catherine Mezera and Phyllis Mezera, as well as many nieces and nephews.      

Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Evelyn Bay, his brother and sister-in-law Harlan and Nels Bay; his brothers-in-law Clem, Dan, Chad, and Winnie Mezera, Harry Shedivy and Paul Scheckel.  

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12th at Kendall Funeral Home in Boscobel, with a Rosary at 7:3o P.M..  A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, April 13th 2013 at 11:00 am at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Seneca.  Monsignor Roger Scheckel  and and Father  Zacharie Beya Co-officiating with burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.  Military Honors accorded  by the Daughterty-Larson  American Legion Post #446 of Steuben. On line condolence can be sent to

Charitable donations may be made in Lawrence's memory to the following organization:

Orchard Manor Nursing Home
8800 Highway 61 South, Lancaster Wisconsin 53813
Tel: 608-723-2113

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JoAnn & Doug Ferrel
   Posted Wed April 10, 2013
Donna, Brad, and family. So very sorry for your loss. Know that we are thinking of you and keeping you and your family in our thoughts. Our deepest sympathy, JoAnn and Doug Ferrel

James B. Joy
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
Monica & Family,
Was saddened to hear of Lawrence's passing. Lawrence was always one of my Hero's for having his priorities straight; Faith, Family, Friends, Farm..
They all go Hand in Hand. As said "Fruit of the Vine, Work of Human Hands"

"A Life Lived Well"
God Bless
Jim Joy

Matt and Vicki Artibee
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
Our family has always enjoyed any opportunity to spend time with yours and we are so sad to hear of your loss. We have many lovely memories of your husband and father that will always keep him alive in our minds and hearts. Although there is nothing that we can say or do that will make the hurt go away, we want you to know that you are all in our prayers and thoughts.

phil mendel
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013


Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones. Your family at Reynolds Rigging & Crane service.

Matt, Goldie and Janie Barlow
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
Donna, Brad and extended family.
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. May you love and memories of your wonderful times as a family help you through this difficult time. You're in our thoughts and prayers. Special hug from Janie.
Matt, Goldie and Janie

Matthew Artibee
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Hemphill, Artibee .

With our deepest sympathy and love, Robert & Cherie Hemphill, Matt & Vicki Artibee, Ivan, Adriana & Ethan Pettitt, Alex & Heidi Artibee

Karen Foley Martin
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
I am very sorry for your loss. Your dad was always friendly and quick with a smile whenever I saw him at church in Seneca with your mom.

Debbie & Rick Puls
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
Mark, Brad & Ted. We were so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. We will keep him and the entire Bay family in our prayers. May God bless all of you.

Dan and Marcia Mezera
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
So sorry to hear of your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers. He was a wonderful person, and will be missed by many. God Bless you all.

Jean (Richardson) DeLaMater
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
My condolences to the family. It has been many years since I have seen him, but remember him from Steuben.


Robert and Cherie Hemphill
   Posted Fri April 12, 2013
Our sincere condolences to a family we have long known and loved. We pray the God of comfort be with you at this time and give you loving support.

Shawn Pickett Family
   Posted Sat April 13, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. Larry was one of the Steuben greats, and will not be soon forgotten. Heaven has received another ambassador that we can all strive to one day cross paths with once more. Rejoice in knowing that he has returned home and will be watching over all of us as we continue our journey toward eternal peace.

Joyce Reynolds
   Posted Sat April 13, 2013
Patty, Tom and family:
My deepest sympathy to all of you for your loss. Remember the good times you had with him.

Ivan, Adriana and Ethan Pettitt
   Posted Sat April 13, 2013
From Adriana: I have such fond memories of spending time with your family. I still remember Dad Bay expressing his doubts about whether Uncle Tom should take me out for my first driving lesson in Boscobel or not. He and Mom Bay raised such a beautiful family. He will be missed. From Ivan: Despite knowing the inevitable, it still stings so bad when you lose a loved one. Your loss reminds me of when my Mom passed from years of dementia. We knew it was coming, but on the funeral day, I couldn't help but think of Dad's loneliness after taking such good care of Mon. It is a blessing for your Mom to have such a large and loving family. We pray you find comfort in each other in this time of loss. Our love and prayers are with you.

Ed and Belle Ann Achenbach
   Posted Sat April 13, 2013
Please except our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your husband/father/grandfather. We know he will be greatly missed by all

Ed and Belle Ann

Ed and Belle Ann Achenbach
   Posted Sat April 13, 2013
Please except our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your husband/father/grandfather. We know he will be greatly missed by all.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ed and Belle Ann

Rick Camp
   Posted Sat April 13, 2013
I think the true measure of success is how one raises his or her family. Just on that value alone Lawrence Bay Sr is a success story. I can't think of a better family that I've been around than the entire Bay family, specifically Brad, Donna, and kids(well...occasionally Mark!). If Lawrence Sr left us anything upon leaving this world it's his family to learn from and...Enjoy. Bravo to you Lawrence and your wife. Job well done!

Rick Camp

Connie Bender
   Posted Sat April 13, 2013
To the entire Bay Family: You have my deepest sympathy during this very tough time. Know that he will be greatly missed, but the greatest thing is to keep all the memories alive and the stories going. May God's arms be around each and everyone of you at this time. Hugs to all..Connie and family

Rodger Thomann
   Posted Sat April 13, 2013
Lucy & the entire Bay Family,

Sorry for your loss. Treasure all the special memories of the times you shared together as a family. My prayers are with you.

Carole Mindham
   Posted Tue April 16, 2013
I would like to extend our sympathy to all of you. I just couldn't attend as I'm here in Madison with John. Julie told me that she and Bob were there. Our prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. Carole and John Mindham

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