Lawrence J. “Larry” Daher, 87, of Elkhart, passed peacefully into Heaven at 12:04 a.m. on Friday, September 24, with his beloved wife and children at his side. Born in St. Louis, MO, on December 4, 1933, Larry was the youngest child of the late Charles and Saheny (Peters) Daher; he was preceded in death by his siblings, Jeanette Pettet (Earl) and Charles Jr. (Patricia). Larry is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Mary Therese; his children Mary Anne Leonard (Glenn), Mary Theresa Watson (Anthony), and Lawrence Daher (Carole); and his grandchildren Elizabeth and Sarah Watson and Lawrence, Patrick, and Rachael Daher; and several loving nieces and nephews.
Larry earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Saint Louis College of Pharmacy, and he went on to a rewarding career in product development at Miles Laboratories/Bayer in Elkhart. In 1958, Larry met his very favorite person, Mary Therese Shields, also from St. Louis, and the couple married on January 23, 1960.
Larry lived his life with humility and grace, humor and generosity, and unwavering devotion and love for God, the Blessed Mother, and his family. Offering a smile to everyone he met, Larry was quite simply a very kind man who will be missed more than he could ever have imagined.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 29, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a rosary at 7:30 p.m., at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St., Elkhart. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 30, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1405 N. Main St., Elkhart, with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Jason Freiburger will officiate. Graveside service to follow at St. Vincent Cemetery, Elkhart.
Those who wish to honor Larry’s legacy are invited to support the construction of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at Marian High School, 1311 S. Logan St., Mishawaka, IN 46544, www.marianhs.org.
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Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto c/o Marian High School
1311 South Logan Street, Mishawaka IN 46544