Lawrence Anthony "Larry" Schmitt, 74, passed away Monday, February 5, 2018 at Post Acute Medical Center.  He was born on Tuesday, July 20, 1943 in New Orleans, Louisiana and was a resident of Independence, Louisiana for 36 years.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Mary Ann LaBarbera Schmitt.

Larry is survived by his daughter, Angela Schmitt; sister-in-laws, Santa Coleman (Joe), Dee Maggio (Brent), Debbie Shiplett (Rene), and Charlene Gagnet (Ben); brother-in-law, Frank J. LaBarbera, Jr.; aunts, Mary G. Floyd and Jenny Ganci; cousins, Jane Bachemin (Peter), Warren Davis (Gerri), Robert Davis; and several loving nieces and nephews.  

Larry was a devoted husband and father.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was retired from the VA Hospital in New Orleans.  He enjoyed building, working on cars, fishing and taking care of his animals.  

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence D. and Frances H. Schmitt.  

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, Hammond, 2000 N. Morrison Blvd, Hammond, Louisiana 70401, on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 9:00 am until the Funeral Service at 11:00 am.  

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