Larry D. Chojnowski was born to Mitch and Janet Chojnowski at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI on May 2, 1942. Larry enjoyed growing up on Gull Lake where he swam with buddies and fished with his father and younger brother, Mike, often. Larry excelled at sports, playing football, baseball and basketball at University High in Kalamazoo. He learned valuable life lessons while helping out at his father’s business–Mitch’s Standard Service Station– as a young adult. He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, where he was also a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and later completed a Master’s of Business Administration degree in Finance at Western Michigan. Larry met the love of his life, Mary Josephine McNutt, in 1964 in Midland, Michigan, where he was participating in new-hire training at Dow Chemical and she was teaching at an elementary school. Larry and Mary Jo married on July 20th, 1968 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Toledo, Ohio and lived in Kalamazoo, Park Ridge, IL and Rochester, MI before moving to Colorado in 1974, where they have since lived. Larry worked for 25 years as a sales executive/engineer for Mogul Corporation, which later became Diversey, and retired in 1999. He had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and pursued several such endeavors over the years.
Larry was a caring provider for his family. He coached his kids’ soccer teams and was always there to support their athletic, musical, and scholastic endeavors. He was strong willed and driven and put his full effort into any and every engagement. His laugh was infectious. He was reliable and loyal. He enjoyed horsing around with friends and always welcomed others into his home. His love of desserts was perhaps matched only by his love of the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens. Larry was an avid reader and an adept card player, though did not possess a face for poker.
When his grandchildren arrived, four boys in all with the first being born on the day his Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2001, Larry actively embraced the role of grandfather, spending time with the kids playing games, taking them for rides on his four-wheeled toys, heading to the driving range to hit golf balls together, tossing a ball in the yard, or just putting in quality time with them. Whatever they did together, there was always lots of laughter involved. In his retirement, Larry could be found most days late spring through fall getting in a round of golf at Perry Park Country Club. He also enjoyed downhill skiing, taking bike rides, shooting hoops, going on walks with Mary Jo, and traveling back to the Midwest to spend time with family in Michigan and Ohio. He made several pilgrimages to Fenway Park over the years and cherished every moment of every trip.
Larry and Mary Jo have been active members of their local churches over the years, Calvary Bible Church in Erie most recently, first helping as youth ministers at Park Ridge Presbyterian Church as a young married couple with Larry later serving as an elder at Cherry Creek Presbyterian. They tutored and mentored at-risk youth through the Whiz Kids program in Denver in the early 2000s. Larry and Mary Jo enjoyed traveling together and counted their trips to Germany and New Zealand as their favorites.
Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Mitch and Janet (Schlobohm) Chojnowski, older sister, Linda J. Berkel, younger brother, Michael L. Chojnowski, and niece, Melanie N. Chojnowski. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Jo; three kids, Kristi (Drew) Ross, Bryan, and Jill (Josh) Felix; and four grandchildren, Cole & Peter Ross and Isaac & Hudson Felix. His life was cut short by a degenerative neurological condition. He maintained his work ethic, personal connection, and sense of humor through his final days. He will be deeply missed.
A sincere thank you to the caregivers at The Peaks and Elevation Hospice. Words can’t express how much we appreciated your loving care, kindness, and connection with Larry.
Donations in Larry’s memory may be made to Whiz Kids Tutoring located at 5500 East Yale Avenue Suite 100 Denver, CO 80222, www.whizkidstutoring.com, or to Calvary Bible Church located at 615 Evans Street Erie, CO 80516.
Flowers for the service may be ordered from Bouquet Boutique of Broomfield, 303-466-1251 https://www.bouquetboutiqueinc.com/
You may view the Chojnowski family memory book at this link: https://www.mixbook.com/photo-books/interests/larry-chojnowski-guest-book-21854501?vk=fq81HAMOKlrqtzcujeA4
Visit with family and friends while sharing light food and drinks on Wednesday, January 15th from 6 to 8 pm at Rundus Funeral Home, 1998 W 10th Avenue Broomfield, CO 80020 (303) 460-1414. Funeral service will be celebrated Thursday, January 16th at 10:15 am at Calvary Bible Church, 615 Evans Street Erie, CO 80516. A luncheon in the church reception hall will follow the service. Burial will take place at Broomfield County Commons Cemetery.
Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rundus Funeral Home
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Time: 10:15 am