Lawrence D. Pfrogner, 65, of Amherst, passed away Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at his home while under the care of New Life Hospice, following a lengthy illness. He was born October 13, 1947 in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania. Larry was raised in Pennsylvania before moving to Amherst, where he had made his home since 1973.
Larry proudly served in the United States Army. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amherst, where he served as a Eucaristic Minister. Larry devoted his life as a teacher and administrator in public education for 39 years, retiring in 2012. During his career, he taught at numerous schools. He was a Science Teacher at Southview High School and the Assistant Principal at Clearview High School, both of Lorain. He also served as the Curriculum Director at The Joint Vocational School in Oberlin and the Educational Service Center of Lorain County. Larry was the director of professional development at Ashland University on the Elyria Campus. He loved animals, especially those abandoned. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and Cleveland Indians fan and enjoyed collecting sports memorabilia.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Mary Anne Pfrogner (nee Iapalucci); his daughters, Michelle Marie Pfrogner; Jennifer Anne Stalnaker and her husband, Adam, both of Bay Village and Katie Elizabeth Pfrogner of Cleveland; his sisters and their husbands, Lois and Tom Hanson of Victoria, Texas and Ellen and Don DiGuglielmo of Uniontown, Pennysvlania.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert Lawrence and Irene Pfrogner (nee Kundrick).
Friends may call Friday, September 6, 2013, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 P.M., at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Closing prayers will be held Saturday, September 7, 2013, 11:30 A.M., at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 Noon, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 200 St. Joseph Drive, Amherst. The Reverend Father Michael Denk, Associate Pastor of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Amherst, will be the Celebrant. Full Military Honors will be performed by the Amherst Veterans Honor Guard.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Friendship Animal Protective League, 8303 Murrary Ridge Road, Elyria, OH 44035.