Lawrence "Larry" Schelzi

  • Died: February 2, 2022
  • Location: Lynnfield, Massachusetts

McDonald Funeral Home

19 Yale Avenue
Wakefield, MA 01880
Tel. (781) 334-9966

Tribute & Message From The Family

Lawrence "Larry" Schelzi, age 65, of Lynnfield, formerly of Woburn, was with his family, surrounded with love, when he peacefully passed on February 2, 2022.

Born and raised in Woburn, Massachusetts, Larry was the son of Emma (DeMonico) Schelzi and the late Rocco Schelzi of Woburn. In addition to his mother, Larry is survived by his beloved wife, Deborah (Desautels) Schelzi, his three loving daughters: Allison Schelzi of Lynnfield, Emily Young and her husband Alexander of Reading, and Jillian Schelzi of Charlestown. He was a doting "Papa" to his five grandchildren: Logan and Peyton MacNichol, and Avery, Emma and Blake Young. He is also survived by his siblings, Michael, Sandra, Mark, David, and James Schelzi, his sister Robin Miller, and their respective spouses. "Uncle Lenny" also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was loved and will be missed, as well, by many friends and extended family members.

Following his education, Larry went into the family business – Wakefield Concrete – and then was the owner/operator of Schell Transportation, a subdivision of Wakefield Concrete. He always said, "there is nothing I can't start", and many in the construction world knew that to be true. Larry continued his love for the construction industry throughout his entire life.

Larry met his wife, Debbie, on a blind date, and they were married shortly after. They settled in Lynnfield where they took great joy in raising their three daughters. They later enjoyed having their five grandchildren over to play and swim.

Larry had a multitude of interests. Unbeknownst to many, he was an avid reader and looked forward to reading with his wife and daughters. Larry spent his winters skiing and snowmobiling with his family in Killington, Vermont. He was also an experienced motorcycle enthusiast and was a member of the international motorcycle group, Hamsters USA.

He was the shining light in the lives of so many. He was selfless, generous to a fault, and the first to help you or a stranger out. He was also thoughtful, kind, and charmed all those around him with his witty sense of humor. He will be immensely missed by all.

"Love to stay, gotta go!"

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 10:00 am at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 851 Main Street, Woburn, MA. A mask is required at the church. Family and friends are invited to attend. A private burial will take place at Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn at a later date.

Arrangements in the care of the McDonald Funeral Home, Wakefield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Lawrence Schelzi's name to: Lifescape,, 2011 W. 26th Street, Suite 201, Sioux Falls, SD 57105. Or to MSPCA-Angell, Attn: Donations, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Posted by Joe Onorati - Friend   April 12, 2022

Posted by Joe Onorati - Friend   April 12, 2022

Rest In Peace old friend will never forget all the laughs we used to have in the gym years ago.

Posted by Joe Onorati - Friend   April 12, 2022

It is with great sympathy that I offer my condolences to the Schelzi Family. Larry was one of a kind with a heart of gold.

Rest In Peace

Posted by Walter Doucette - Work   February 11, 2022

Debbie & family,

We are so deeply saddened by this tremendous loss. Larry was a lovely soul and he will be missed. Sending you all love, peace & comfort. May Larry's spirit live on forever and his soul rest in eternal peace.

Posted by Olga & Marc Galardi - Friend   February 10, 2022

Great men build big affections from people they did not even know, but their passion was so that touched their thoughts.
In honour of the love for construction I share.

Posted by AYMEZ CASTRO-BAEZ    February 10, 2022

We love you, always, Uncle Lenny ❤

Posted by Meghan Schelzi - Charlestown, MA - Family   February 07, 2022

Our deepest, most sincere condolences to the entire Schelzi family. Larry was a very special cousin and will be greatly missed by all. May he rest in everlasting peace.

Posted by Karen and Joseph Rafferty - Aldie, VA - Family   February 07, 2022

Sorry to hear this sad news. Rest In Peace Larry you are one of a kind.

Posted by Brian Marlowe - Woburn, MA - Friend   February 07, 2022

I am so shocked and saddened to hear the news about my cousin Larry. I was just on the lake in Maine, where I will remember him best for all the volleyball games, water skiing - including pyramids, his jet-ski and countless barbeques. He was always very generous and fun to be around. I am grateful for the times shared and the memories made. They will forever live on in our hearts. God Bless.

Posted by Kevin Blais - Lowell, MA - Family   February 07, 2022

Debbie and Schelzi siblings,

I am so sad to hear this news. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that you all can find comfort surrounding yourselves with your loving family and friends as well as sharing cherished memories of Larry.

Posted by Susan Stark - MA - Family Friend   February 07, 2022

Emma and family: sorry to learn of Larry's passing. My condolences, sympathies, and prayers are extended to you and your family.

Posted by Bob Ferullo - Woburn - Family Friend   February 07, 2022

Me sincerest condolences to the Shelzi family.

Posted by Kevin Jolicoeur - Windham, NH - Family Friend   February 07, 2022

I am deeply sorry for your loss. Wishing you with heartfelt sympathy and surrounding you with gentle care.

Posted by David Dellanno - Lawerenceville, GA - Family   February 07, 2022

We are so so so sorry for your loss. Larry was such a loving, generous man and he will be sadly missed. So shocked and saddened to hear this news but he was so proud of he wonderful and beautiful family. We are in Florida and sorry to not be there for you.

Posted by Kathy & Bill Barrett - Newburyport, MA - Friend   February 07, 2022

Bought my horse from this lovely family. Larry taught me how to correctly sweep up the aisle after I picked hooves when I was around 9. Love to the Schelzi family ❤ Rest in beautiful peace, Larry❤

Posted by Kaia Cohen - Clearwater, FL   February 07, 2022

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