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3200 Stanley Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Phone: 715-344-2113
Fax: 715-344-2166

Florian "Red" Lasecke Jr.

Sunday, May 26th, 1935 - Saturday, January 9th, 2021
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Florian "Red" Lasecke Jr, age 85, of Stevens Point, passed away Saturday January 9, 2021 at Crossroads Care Center in Weyawega, WI.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Red will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday January 13, 2021 at St. Bronislava Catholic Church in Plover, WI. Rev. Edward Shuttleworth will officiate. Burial will be at the Plover Cemetery.
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There will be a visitation and open casket for friends and family from 9:30 - 10:45 Wednesday morning at the Plover/Shuda Funeral Home: 2400 Plover Road in Plover.

Red was born May 26, 1935 in Stevens Point, the son of Florian and Elizabeth (Szymanski) Lasecke. He graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in 1953, and soon after entered into the United States Air Force.

After his honorable discharge in 1957, Red returned home to Stevens Point. He began his career as a merchant marine for the Great Lakes fleet and worked six months out of every year stationed in Superior, WI and Duluth, MN. He then met the love of his life and soul mate, Eunice (Brooks) Slowinski, and got married soon after on September 7, 1986. Red retired in 1996, the couple enjoyed spending time together golfing, bowling, gardening, fishing, playing cards, and spending time with their family. Red enjoyed ice fishing, writing letters, watching westerns that featured John Wayne, woodworking, telling stories, trying new things, living life to the fullest and most of all being the most loving and caring husband to his wife, Eunice.

Red is survived by his step-children; Rhonda Brooks, Lea Beth Cozzetto, Kurt (Peggy) Slowinski, Melissa Brooks. Step-grand children; Shashona Brooks, Milo Brooks, Ashley Cozzetto, Louis Cozzetto, Olivia (Justin) VanNatta, Ava Cozzetto, Martin (Mandy) Slowinski, Frank (Natalie) Slowinski. Step-great grandchildren; Griffin & Callum Slowinski and Nigel & Vera VanNatta. Two brothers: Frank (Gail) Lasecke and Don (Lois) Lasecke. His sister Margie Lasecke and her son David Meldman. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Dolores (Jerry) & Lois (Bill) and his wife Eunice in 2016.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 | 9:30am - 10:45am
    Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 9:30am - 10:45am
    Plover Funeral Home
    2400 Plover Road
    PLOVER, WI 54467
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  • Service

    Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 11:00am
    St. Bronislava Catholic Church
    3200 Plover Road
    PLOVER, WI 54467
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    Rev. Edward Shuttleworth
  • Interment

    Plover Village Cemetery
    3310 River Road
    PLOVER, WI 54467
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Gail Lasecke

Posted at 06:37pm
We just wanted to thank the Slowinski family for arranging the beautiful funeral for Red. Frank and I were able to watch it online from Florida, and it was so heartwarming to hear the beautiful things everyone had to say about Red, especially, the message that Ashley, his granddaughter, gave. I never had an opportunity to really get acquainted with all of Red's step family, but I feel like we know them from all the pictures Eunice and Red kept around the house, and all the special things they had to say about their grandchildren, whom they loved so much. I don't know when I have last seen a more beautiful funeral. Red would have been so proud. Thank you so much. ~Frank and Gail Lasecke

David Meldman

Posted at 03:55pm
The fleet was in winter harbor in Milwaukee when my mother took me to visit Red. I was young, maybe in first or second grade. I’d never seen a boat so big in my entire life. I was awestruck. As Red gave us a tour, I think the ship was the Arthur M. Anderson, I collected little pellets of iron ore which I found in the crevices of the walkways. Red noticed and found a small plastic container to hold them for me, which I now realize was from some other sailor’s chewing tobacco. I treasured that little souvenir of our visit to Red’s giant boat for a long time.

To me, Red was as big as that boat was. Larger than life! But he was also just a regular guy. He taught me ice fishing and how to make pickles in the refrigerator. How to ride an ATV without getting myself killed. He helped me make more than one toy wooden sword. He gave me my first cigar (don’t tell my parents!) and my first bottle of Point Beer.

Red helped my mother when she went to school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and bought her an electric typewriter. Years later, I’d learn to type on that same machine, and it had a home on my desk where I’d sit regularly and write stories and scripts, setting the stage for a career in storytelling.

I spent a lot of long weekends during my teenage years staying with Red and Eunie. I learned he could be bull headed and stubborn as all get out, nevertheless he always listened to his young nephew from the city and all my mad ideas about politics and the world with patience and respect, even when we got feisty with each other. And we got a bit feisty from time to time. He was a prickly, tender, tough old son of a gun who always took care of and supported his family, be they by blood or by choice. I loved him very, very much.

Some few years ago, my mother and I were visiting over Christmas, and Red and I were outside having a cigarette.. He told me he knew it was a bad habit, encouraged me to be good about quitting if I was going to quit, and then told me that when he was out having a cigarette he tried to do something good. He’d pray for the health, safety, and happiness of his loved ones, like his wife and my mother, with each drag. I think it was the only conversation we ever had about anything approaching religion. It was a profound lesson, one which I think sums up much of the core of Uncle Red’s character: whenever you have a moment, you should do something good with it. Something to support the people you love.

Red’s memory will be a blessing for all of us whose lives were touched by him. Always.

Steve Dulak

Posted at 01:23pm
To all of Uncle Red's family, We extend our sincere condolences and prayers for your loss.
May Uncle Red rest in the peace and grace of our Lords arms.
All our love, Steve and Traci Dulak

Robert Zimbauer

Posted at 11:07am
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

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