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Lawrence "Larry" & Vita French

Lawrence “Larry” Raymond French,73, and his wife Vita Marie French, 66, of Rolla, MO passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021


Vita was born February 16, 1955 in Beloit, WI, daughter of Michael and Angela (Passalaqua) Andreola. Vita graduated from Beloit Catholic High School, Beloit, WI and later received her associate degree from UW Rock County.  Vita was a homemaker and a teachers aid at St. Patrick's School where she retired in 2018.


Larry was born November 7, 1947 in Rockford, IL son of Donald and Mary Lou (Bubser) French. Larry graduated from Boylan High School, Rockford, IL.  Proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam conflict.  Later received his BS degree in Political Science and Psychology from NIU.  Larry retired from Doe Run in 2011 where he was Human Resources Manager.


Vita and Larry were united in marriage on October 16, 1976, at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Beloit, WI.


Vita and Larry were members of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Rolla, MO, where Larry was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #2627.


Vita enjoyed shopping and her many trips to St. Louis to visit friends.  Larry enjoyed golfing and his fishing trips to Wisconsin.  Vita and Larry were loving parents to Megan.      

The couple were loving and caring to all who knew them.  Together they enjoyed their trips to San Diego and their timeshare in Tennessee.


Vita is survived by two sisters, Phyllis (Dave) Garner, Beloit, WI, and Angie (Gary) Risseeuw, Clinton WI.  Numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and many special friends whose lives she touched.


In addition to her parents Vita was predeceased by daughter Megan and brother Daniel Andreola.


Larry is survived by brother Timothy (Gayle) French, Rockford, IL and sister Lisa French, Petaluma, CA.  Numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and many special friends whose lives he touched.


In addition to his parents, Larry was predeceased by daughter Megan.


Visitation will be held from 9:00am until 11:00am on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Rolla, MO.  Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00am with Father Greg Mystrick as the Celebrant.  Interment in Rolla City Cemetery, where they will be laid to rest next to their daughter Megan.


Special thanks to Rob and Michelle Rodgers and the city of Rolla for all their help at this time.  In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made to the charity of donor's choice.

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What a nice memory Rose. Angie

Sister Jun 30 2021 12:00 AM

I worked with Vita for several years. She was a jewel. We shared many lunches, and laughed together about many silly things. I miss her! She was a great friend!

Ruby Crowley Jun 26 2021 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences to Angie and Phyllis.
Vita, Nancy, Sandy and I shared so many fun times together in our younger days. Im grateful for those memories.
We all married and started families but we never lost touch with each other even though we havent been together for over 20 years.
Vita, I will miss your yearly Christmas card and letter. Rest In Peace,old friend and give Sandy a hug from me.
Love, Rosie

Rosie Wellnitz Mueller Jun 26 2021 12:00 AM