Edward J. Lacerra

Born: Monday, November 21, 1949
Passed: Friday, May 26, 2017

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Edward J. Lacerra Jr., 67, of Rockford, passed away on May 26, 2017. He was born on November 21, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Edward and Marguerite (Lembo) Lacerra. Ed was a graduate of Drake University. His love of WWII history included trips to Europe and last year to Iwo Jima. Ed and Sue met at the Rock Valley Ski Association, enjoying 22 years of skiing and traveling together in six countries. Family and friends were so important in his life, especially his grandkids. There was never a dull moment when Ed was there. He was the life of the party. He was noted for giving everyone a nickname and would ask for your bio in 25 words or less. He was a mentor and inspiration in the fastener industry. Ed was self-employed as a manufacturer's sales rep for over 35 years.
Survivors include his wife, Susan; children, Kristin (Eric) Kozlik, Scott Lacerra, and Cary (Nicole) Schoeppach; grandchildren, Nick, Jack, and Kassidy Kozlik, Vivian, and Wesley Schoeppach; mother, Marguerite; sisters, Donna (Anthony) Greco, and Joyce (Elio) Mormando. Predeceased by his father.
Memorial Service will be held at 11:00, Friday, June 2, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural St., Rockford, with Pastor Tony Dusso officiating. Memorial visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, Thursday, June 1 at Giovanni's, 610 N Bell School Rd., Rockford. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4312 E State St, Suite 1, Rockford, IL 61108 or to the family for a scholarship to be established through the Midwest Fastener Association. There will also be a Memorial Service at a future date in Staten Island.,NY.

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  1. Sue Lacerra

    Thank you to all who wrote such wonderful messages. Words escape me to express how it makes me feel to read all these kind words bringing both laughter and tears with the sharing of your memories of Ed. It was indeed a special person who greatly missed by many. Hugs to you all --- I also learned to give more hugs in life after knowing Ed.

  2. Terry May

    My deepest Sympathy to Ed's family. What a wonderful nice man. He will be missed by so many.

  3. Scott Reboletti

    Please accept my condolences for your loss. Ed was definitely always the life of the party. I knew him through the Fastener industry for many years and always knew we share a conversation and a laugh. He was always one of those faces you'd see at an industry function and you'd smile. May he rest in peace!

  4. Brian Hrabovsky

    My deepest sympathy to you and the family. Ed would stop by the Bossard (MMG) Madison office 2 times each year. In addition to showing off his wares, we would catch up on everything about our families and lives. Each visit ending with a gracious hug. I'll miss those. Keep on hugging, Ed.

  5. Bob & Evie Weatherford

    Our memories of Ed will always bring a smile. Our hearts are sad and filled with sympathy for you and your families loss Sue. Be brave and know you are loved.

  6. Danielle Greco

    My uncle was full of life and exuberance. His wit, sense of humor, and lust for life was second to none. The love for his family was immense and the world was lucky to have him in it. Now heaven gains a guardian angel. I hope ur sitting with grandpa having a dark and stormy. Eternal love, Dani

  7. Dave

    I met Ed last year on the Iwo Jima trip. He was one of the most unusual people that I've ever met; serious one moment and a 'jokester' the next. Ed will be missed by all that he met and missed especially by you, Sue. My sincere condolences.

  8. John Graham, Fort Collins, Colorado

    Deepest sympathy and regards to Ed's family and friends. I travelled to Iwo Jima and other Pacific battlefields with Ed. I don't have to tell you this; Ed was a kick. He made everybody's trip a little better. Thank you for sharing him with us.

  9. Rick Terry

    It is with great sadness that we have lost an icon not only in the fastener industry but in life. Eddie was such a genuine person you only get a chance to meet and interact with so rarely. I enjoyed your humor, your smile and your wit. Eddie you will be missed. God Bless!

  10. Michael Jungnitsch

    I just mat Ed back in August but he really made an impression on me. I wish I could have met him sooner and got to know him better. Sorry Sue and to Eddie's family.

  11. Dave Danner

    Ed's monthly visits to In-Line Fastener were always a joy and entertaining. He has been a business associate and friend for almost 30 years and it is hard to believe this news. He always came in with a hug and was interested in my life as I was in his!! He truly will be missed around here and our prayers go out to his family and friends and may God's blessing be upon him.

  12. Linda and Dan Newman

    Although we only saw Ed for two weeks out of the year for the past 10 years he has forever touched our lives. His laughter, his friendliness, and all of his scenarios will never be forgotten.

  13. Barbara & Paul Dapolito

    Susan, at this very sad time, I want to send you our sincere sympathy. Ed was such a good person and I will surely miss seeing him! He always made me laugh and I loved him so much! I will keep in touch! Love you! xoxo

  14. Lee Hardwick

    Sue, I am so very sorry for your loss, he sounds like a real character. It's great that you had so many adventures together. Condolences to your family. Love to you, Lee Wile Hardwick

  15. Marty and All of us at K&L Sales Inc

    Eddie will be missed I have enjoyed the 30 plus years knowing him. He loved what he did and was always there to help you.

  16. Scott

    My condolences to the family. Very saddened to hear the news. Ed was always good to me. Rest in peace my friend.

  17. Rick Rudolph

    The Fastener Industry has lost a true gentleman. I will miss Ed's infectious smile and kind words. My thoughts and prayers are with Ed's family and friends.

  18. Bruno Gora III

    Ed was great man. He was a teacher and a comedian in the world of fasteners. He was always willing to reach his hand out to say he cared and he was your friend. One minute he's talking about nuts and bolts and next he's giving hugs. Every time I met Ed I was always smiling right after. He will be missed.

  19. Lee Ann Wile

    Sue I am so very sorry. The passing of someone we love hurts us in ways we didn't know possible. Healing begins when we can focus our thoughts on the love and joy we shared with them. Love never dies, it simply changes forms. God bless you in your journey....

  20. Andrea and Peter

    The Lacerra family has lost a very special member and we have lost a very special friend. Our deepest sympathy to Ed's family and friends. He will be in our hearts and prayers always.

  21. Ann Witkowski

    My Condolences to you Sue and your family,I will keep you in my prayers,I'm glad I was able to share some good times with you both. Love Ann Witkowski

  22. Sharon and Gene Krueger

    Susan and family, we are so sad to hear of Ed's passing. We are so glad we got to meet him. He was such a fun and interesting man. We send our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to you.

  23. Linda & Rich Buchler

    Eddie was always the life of every party we attended with him!! He was such a kind & loving man and will be missed by many people!! RIP Ed

  24. Wendy Enger Nichols

    Our condolences Sue and family. I loved having Ed on our ski trips. He was truly the love few of the party. He will be sorely missed

  25. Dutch Hinck

    i raise a shot of Sambuco to you my dear friend. I will miss you and your exuberance, energy and your KISS tour I will be borrowing that idea from you.

  26. Georgy Homuth

    Sue, I am sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers. Hang on to the memories, they will get you through the Tough Times.

  27. Nora Hamidi

    Sue, I am so sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

  28. Linda Barklow

    Sue, I'm so sorry.

  29. Donna Greco

    Words can't express how I feel. My heart is broken. With u went a piece of my heart. You put up a good fight. I will forever remember the fun we had growing up as kids. Memories Gone to soon. Love you my brother. ðŸ'"ðŸ'" Donna

  30. Mitch Cannell

    I hope someone was waiting for you with a moist towelette my friend you will be missed. Many many great times together on our ski trips.

  31. Kathy Bender

    God bless!

  32. Lois and Ken Jackson

    Met Ed through his Mom and grew to love him and Sue. Our Aruba buddy who was so proud of his children and grandchildren. Got to meet him in LBI for a day in the summer when he was visiting. We know his family is feeling his loss deeply. Know that we share in your loss

  33. Anthony Mormando

    Uncle Ed, you will be missed by ALL in the family. Always knew how to make someone laugh, yet you would give the shirt off your back for anyone who was in need. You are a great role model and I will not forgot the times we spent together. Love you Uncle Ed! xoxo

  34. Anthony Mormando

    Uncle Ed, you will be missed by ALL in the family. Always knew how to make someone laugh, yet you would give the shirt off your back for anyone who was in need. You are a great role model and I will not forgot the times we spent together. Love you Uncle Ed! xoxo

  35. Bob and Carol Hayslip

    We love you and will miss you.

  36. Marlene Hess

    So sorry for your loss. Ed will truly be missed by so many. Prayers for the family! !

  37. Terry Sherman

    So deeply sorry for all of you. Joyce I know how much you loved and cared for your brother. Always in my thoughts and prayers. Sending love from New York. Love Terry and Mike

  38. Jackie Boomer

    I'm so very sorry to hear this. Deepest & heartfelt condolences for his entire family & friends. R.I.P. Eddy!

  39. Darlene Sanchez

    Dear Sue, I remember Jennifer's wedding and Table 7 and all the fun we had. I remember your wedding and Table 7 and the fun we had. I also was happy to be there to celebrate Kristen and Eric. Thank you for those memories. You made him very happy. He was a lucky man. All my love and prayers to you Kristen, Scott, Cary and their families. All my love, Darlene

  40. Teri Recca

    Eddie, suffered too long and u were too young. You and your family are on my prayers. Love your family to the heavens. RIP

  41. Frank Cerminara

    My prayers and condolences to your family. So sorry. Will keep you guys in my thoughts.

  42. Estella Diaz

    Dear Donna and Joyce and entire Lacerra family May he rest in the arms of the angels Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers

  43. Jim & Sue Surdo

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So sorry to hear the sad news.

  44. Cheryl ferrari

    Dear Donna & family, so sorry for your loss. Look at the happier days, and see sunshine. Bless all of you

  45. Maryann and John Arena

    Dear Donna and family, Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of your brother. May he rest in peace.

  46. Barry

    There is nothing I can really say...Inhave said it all. The family knows how I feel, and so does Eddy...

  47. Jerry Schultz

    Goodbye to one of the best! I did business with Ed for the past 20+ years, with Schiller Grounds Care, and we became good friends over that time. Over the past 3 years, goodbyes ended with us exchanging hugs, and that included just a couple of months ago. He'll be missed by many. God bless Ed and his family!!

  48. Dianna & James Santostefano

    May God Bless! There are no words... I feel deeply saddened by the news of your passing. I feel very fortunate to have meet you .... when I think of you it brings a smile to my face. I pray for your family. I know you will be missed! (This is from Dianna - Danielle & Melissa's friend)

  49. Bernadette Davenport

    To know you was to love you and I have nothing but wonderful memories of a wonderful family man who loved to laugh and who when he smiled his eyes would brighten the whole room. I personally will miss seeing you each year on vacation down the shore where you were the happiest. After the bio in 25 words or less it was on to fun and laughter. You were a great husband, father, son and brother and you will be missed sorely. Rest in peace dear friend.

  50. Cheryl Svedarsky

    Lots of memories, Eddie. Yes, I was given a nickname early on at Drake. He was first married to my best friend, a different Susan he met at Drake. I have so many memories of their life together and the the kids, Kristin and Scott growing up. Many visits back and forth between Rockford and Springfield. You really were the life of the party. I like to think of you entertaining everyone up above....

  51. Jim Kelam

    I will truly miss my friend/ brother. He was an amazing man. Rest In Peace my friend.

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