We celebrate the life of Larry J. Charnecki, 60, of Bevent, who passed away peacefully on Monday, September 3, 2012. He had been battling a lengthy illness. He was born June 12, 1952 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to the late Onufry and Helen (Cherek) Charnecki. He attended St. Hedwig School and was a 1970 graduate of Boy's Technical High School, Milwaukee. There he learned and created many woodworking projects. He definitely carried his father's carpentry skills. While residing in Milwaukee he relished the free time that was spent up here on the family farm. He eventually made a permanent move to this area in the mid-nineties. In his younger years, he was employed at Gallun Tannery, Schlitz Brewery and the Marriot Hotel. Locally he held jobs at SNE Enterprise and Greenheck Fan Corp. He liked to bowl, shoot pool, travel and go camping. He enjoyed watching sports which included Brewers, Badgers and the beloved Packers. Some of his other interests included hunting and fishing, especially the trips to the Mississippi River. He liked to pick wild mushrooms and blackberries. He had a knack for music trivia. Larry enjoyed the challenge of playing cards, especially cribbage. Survivors include his sister, Arlene Wilkowski; nephew, Jerry Wilkowski (Lynn Stankowski) and his children Kyle and Skylin and Lynn's daughter Taylor; niece, Cindy (William) Brophy; extended family and friends; and his furry companion, Kitty. Along with his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Leonard Wilkowski, and many other relatives. A memorial service will be held at 4:00pm on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at Schmidt-Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg. Sister Mary Ellen Diermeier will officiate. Visitation will be on Thursday from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm at the Funeral Home. Burial will be at St. Ladislaus Cemetery, Bevent, at a later time. The family guestbook is available at schmidtschulta.com We are saddened to say goodbye so soon, but we will cherish so many good memories of time spent with Larry. Someday you, too, will be ready to make this journey and Larry will have the cards ready to deal you in for a few hands.