Schimunek Funeral Home

610 W MacPhail Rd, Bel Air, MD


Lawrence Paul Hetzel

July 28, 1987August 15, 2017
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It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Lawrence Paul Hetzel, 30, announce he has entered into eternal life on August 15, 2017, after a battle with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Larry was born on July 28, 1987, in Baltimore, Maryland and is a lifelong resident of Harford County. He graduated with honors in 2009 from UMBC with a degree in chemical engineering. After graduation, he joined Lockheed Martin in Middle River, and loved that he was able to work alongside his father. He was an avid volleyball and basketball player and loved spending time with Vicki, his family, and his pets. He shared his love of volleyball by coaching at his high school alma mater, The John Carroll School.

Larry will be lovingly remembered by his fiancé Vicki Archilletti, his parents Donna and Lawrence, brothers David and James, future sister-in-law Victoria Ripple; his maternal grandmother Margaret Francis and dogs Rue, Bub, Andromeda, and Lady. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Mary and Albert Hetzel and his maternal grandfather Gordon Francis.

With Larry’s passing, we are reminded that life is to be celebrated. While Larry’s life may have seemed too short, those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. We will miss him every minute of every day.

Viewings will be held on Friday August 18, 2017, from 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. and 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. at Schimunek Funeral Home located at 610 W. MacPhail Road Bel Air, MD. 21014. Larry’s life will be celebrated on Saturday August 19, 2017, at St. Margaret’s Church in Bel Air, Maryland at 10 A.M., Burial at Highview Memorial Gardens in Fallston.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made in his name to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, LLS.org, BARCS animal shelter, baltimoreanimalshelter.org, or to the kutcherfoundation.org in Larry Hetzel's name


  • Visitation Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Visitation Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • Committal Service Saturday, August 19, 2017


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James Hetzel

September 2, 2017

My big brother always brought out the best in me and everyone that he was around. He was always the first to jump in and help you in any way he could, but not because he wanted the praise- it was because he truly cared about you.
Words cannot do justice to what I am feeling right now and will continue to feel knowing that you are gone. However, I take comfort knowing you are no longer in pain and that you will be with me every day of my life. I love and miss you terribly, Larry. I hope I can live my life as you did and impact lives in the same positive way.

David Hetzel

September 1, 2017

Larry was the best brother I could have possibly asked for. I may have been the eldest, but Larry was always the one we looked to to set the example. He was always there when needed with a helping hand or a kind word. I will always remember Larry, James, and I having endless conversations using nothing but obscure movie lines, dozens of inside jokes based on childhood experiences, and countless other little moments that only I as a big brother get to know and treasure. Larry may be gone, but my little brother will be with me always, and every day yields some reminder of him. I love and miss him dearly, and hope I am able to live my life making a fraction of the positive impact he had on those around him.

April Lewis

August 30, 2017

The Lewis family would like to express our sympathy to the family and friends of Larry Hetzel. My son, Nick, played volleyball his 4 hrs at John Carroll and he learned a great deal from Larry during that time. Larry not only gave guidance to the guys about the sport but also about sportsmanship and teamwork. In sympathy, The Lewis Family .

Kathy and Sam Hume

August 29, 2017

In the movie The Bucket List, I recall Morgan Freeman telling the story of the ancient Egyptians guarding the gates of heaven. In order to enter, you had to answer two questions. Did you have joy in your life? Did your life bring joy to others? When I think of Larry, the answer to both of these questions is a resounding yes! It is clear that Larry's life was so full of joy and love and it is also clear he brought such joy to all that knew him. He left such an extraordinary mark on the world for such a short life. Larry, Donna, David, James, Tory and Vicki - May this bring you comfort in the difficult times ahead. Love and prayers to all of you.

Matt Barnett

August 28, 2017

As an extended family member, your experiences are sometimes limited to the "Sunday Best" version of someone. You don't ever really get the whole story. "How are things?" is usually met with, "Things are good, how about you?". This invariably leads to, 'Good, thanks for asking." Finally you move on to the important stuff "How about his weather?".

Even though Larry and I were pretty close in age and buddied-up together at family functions through the years, I'm sad to say I never really got the full Larry experience. Not the one I heard about on Friday and Saturday. Not the one I should have made it a point to get. The truth is, it wasn't until Friday when I spoke with Justin and overheard his other friends recount story after story after story about the love and kindness Larry exuded everyday, that I really started to feel like I got a better sense of the daily Larry. Turns out, Larry's Sunday Best, was also his Monday-Saturday Best. He was a loving, caring, devoted person that always made the lives of the people around him better. A truly good person. The lesson he leaves is the example he set. Be the best version of you in every moment and live everyday at your Sunday Best.

My thoughts, prayers, and love are with you all: Aunt D, Uncle Larry, David, James, Tori, and Vicki.

Bob & Sue Francis

August 27, 2017

Donna, Larry, David, James, Vicki, Tori;
Words cannot describe the feeling of loss as we will not be able to share in the wonderful life that LP was preparing for him and Vicki.
We will keep all the memories of family celebrations, going to games and his love of family and friends.
He will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
Love Bob & Sue

Vicki Archilletti

August 26, 2017

It's hard to put into words what Larry meant to all of us, not just myself. Larry was the love of my life, literally. I am the luckiest girl in the world to have loved him and for him to had asked me to be his wife. We were best friends and that's what people wish for in their spouse. I miss him more than any words can describe. My heart is heavy but through time I hope we all spread his positivity, his generousity and his caring smile for the rest of our lives.
LP: You're my favorite. I love you honey bunny. I'll love you always and forever.

Victoria Ripple

August 26, 2017

I am so grateful to have known Larry for the past 10 years. He taught me a lot throughout those years. Always be compassionate, help others even if they don't want it, constantly smile, make others laugh and most importantly NEVER eat a steak well done. I'll always remember the fun times we had on vacation and the laughs we shared even when he was making fun of me. I was so excited for Larry to be my brother-in-law but I know that doesn't matter since we're already family.

Mr. Larry, Mrs. Donna, David, James & Vicki- I will continue to be there for you in the days, weeks, months and years to come. We will all get through this together.


August 26, 2017


Donna & Larry Hetzel

August 25, 2017

Larry, while we do not understand, we believe Jesus calling you home at a young age is part of God's plan. Through the fog of our grief, we are beginning to see signs. We have always been a close family but your short illness and early passing has brought us closer together. Your courage has helped us evaluate and renew our faith.
We have had the joy of raising a happy son who had a knack for living in the moment and experiencing life to the fullest and watching him grow into the finest of men. Your life has embodied the best qualities of us. We take comfort that you met the love of your life in Vicki. Your love for her and her love for you was unconditional. Your face would light up every time she was with you. Your faith, love, selflessness, courage and ability to touch all who knew you is evident in the hundreds of Facebook posts, emails, cards, calls and texts we have received during your fight with cancer and then your passing. I am not sure you ever appreciated the positive impact you made on the world around you and as your parents, we could not be prouder. It has been a blessing to be able to spend time with you every day over the last month. We know you took comfort from the visits with David, James, Vicki, Tori, and us. We are thankful for the love and support of our family and friends. They have supported us in much the same way as we supported you and we will never forget their kindness.
Rest in Peace our sweet son. We miss you every minute of every day. We love you!!
Mom & Dad