Neal Louis Laurance, age 87, of Ann Arbor, MI, passed away Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, surrounded by his family.
He was born Aug. 19, 1932, in Watertown, the son of David J. and Elizabeth R. (Otto) Laurance.
After his graduation from Holy Trinity High School in Winsted, in 1950, Neal was educated at Marquette University and the University of Illinois, where he received a PhD in physics in 1959.
Neal married Anne R. Waldmann, of Brainerd, Aug. 24, 1953.
Neal worked in scientific research at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI, retiring in 1997.
He and his family have been members of St. Mary’s Student Parish in Ann Arbor, MI, since moving to Ann Arbor in 1970.
An active musician throughout his life, Neal offered his talents freely as pianist and organist. He was a long-time volunteer with the chaplain’s office at the University of Michigan Hospitals, where he took pride in sporting his collection of ties from art museums.
Neal is survived by his wife, Anne R. Laurance; their four children,: Jeanne Horvath and husband Lawrence, David Laurance and wife Nancy Lewis, Rita Laurance, and Emily Laurance and husband Kevin McLaughlin; three grandchildren: Peter Laurance and wife Melissa, Jennifer Lewis, and Elaine Horvath and fiancé Noel Longoria; and four great-grandchildren: Charles and Dexter Laurance, and Veronica and Vivienne Longoria.
He is further survived by six siblings: Dean Laurance, John Laurance S.J., Jane Laurance and husband David Nelson, Joan Guggemos and husband Giles, Margaret Hake and husband Robert, and Marian Ramirez and husband Ernesto; sister-in-law Mary Meyer and husband Don; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. at Saint Mary Student Parish with Father Dennis Dillon, S. J. officiating. There was visitation Friday, Nov. 1 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Muehlig Funeral Chapel, continuing Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
In honor of Neal, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Student Parish or Food Gatherers of Ann Arbor.