Earl Francis Welk

November 9, 1928March 23, 2020

Earl Francis Welk, 91, of Laguna Woods, passed away of March 23, 2020. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 9, 1928. He was married to Judy Welk on April 10, 1976. Earl had a career in land development, was a co-owner of Jerwel Enterprises, as well as owned his own business Welk Furniture. Earl had a passion for golf, tennis, and poker. Earl was predeceased by his Daughter Roni Welk and his Sister Pearl Eisenberg. He was survived by his Wife Judy Welk, Children Gayle (Bob) Tritz and Wendy (Carl Moeller) Barrash; Brother Emil Welden; Grandchildren Rob and Ryan Tritz, Nicole (Taylor Rolfson) Frankhouse, Kimberly (Mark) Kappelman, Jamie (Josh) Pabst; Great-Grandchildren Savannah, Malea, Kyla and Josiah Tritz, Layla and Rylee Frankhouse, Maddox Rolfson, Emmy and Vincent Pabst, Grayson and Wesley Kappelman. To leave an online condolence to the family, please visit our website or email the family directly at


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Wendy Barrash

March 31, 2020

Dad it’s been a week and I miss your voice your weekly phone calls, and your weather reports reminding me that California weather is much nicer than Chicago’s (LOL)
I know u r in a better place and reunited with your beautiful daughter Roni, Aunt Pearl and all the other wonderful others.
I love u and hope your teaching poker up there so u were always so good at it 😘👍🏽❤️
One day we will be together again, I love u, Wen , Give Ron a BIG HUG for me

Michael and Lulu Becker

March 30, 2020

Dearest Judy, Gayle (Bob), Ronnie, Wendy (Carl), Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren,

Our family shares in your sorrow at this time.

At times like this, we search for answers and ask:

Shir La’amalot “… From where does my strength come…” taken especially from Psalms 121-123 and others 120-133.

We listen to a friend of ours, who put these verses into music.
Please focus on these ancient words, put into modern sounds and angelic notes.

In the video listed below, imagine the frustration, questioning and hoping for answers in the wilderness and hopelessness of our forefathers and ourselves, questioning today.

In the repetition of the refrain, Prayers are evoked.

Please close your eyes for a few calm moments to take in the heritage, history, and awe of those writings brought to song and prayer, for times like this.

If you are unable to hear or see this in the link, please type this in.

From Sabra, Sephardic and Gaelic traditions in your family, and Holy Inspiration from G-d, almost the same questions and same answers are heard.

No matter how difficult the times, no matter how cloudy the sky and the sun hidden, G-d IS by our side.
His light will shine to bring quiet reflection and strength.

When we visited with your family, and Earl was there, these were especially memorable times.
Full of joy for young and old. His face full with smiles, our ears filled with laughter and open arms for all in reach.

Earl had a hug, that was a real HUG!

We loved Earl and remember in the same precious way, all who have gone before him.

Adoring, loving feelings, genuine beyond belief.

With this, we remember him with great clarity.
Lulu and Michael Becker and Family

Mary Moreno

March 27, 2020

Family and friend gatherings are so nurturing and important.
I'll remember Earl always smiling and so pleasant and adding
such a positive spirit at gatherings at Eric and Mary Ann's home.
I'll miss that spirit. Much love to your constant companion Judy.


Sharon Davis

March 27, 2020

I loved that Earl would share all of his exciting memories to all around him. I never tired of listening to him. My neighbors used to ask about him often. He will be missed.

Karen Miller

March 26, 2020

Judy, so sorry for your loss. You and the family have many fond memories of Earl and will share those in the days to come.

Keeping you all in my prayers at this time!!

Love Karen Miller

Jerry Klein

March 26, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to the family of Earl Welk as you grieve his passing, but also celebrate his life. My memories of Earl start back around 1968 when he and my father became business partners in the homebuilding and land development business. Earl was a delightful character, full of fun and always had great stories to tell. Stories about growing up in Chicago during the Great Depression and World War II, and then later coming to Los Angeles and his adventures in the furniture business. I had the pleasure of working for and with Earl from the mid-1970s into the early 1990s. He'll always have a special place in my heart and in my memories. He was a good man and loomed large in my formative years. I'll never forget Earl Welk and I'm grateful for his presence in my life. Celebrate his memory well and I'll be joining you in spirit from my home in Tennessee. Judy was his best friend in this life, and his children, grand-children and great-grandchildren were his pride and joy. Carry his legacy forward with pride and love!

Annette Cordell

March 25, 2020

Dear Judy and family,
I am very sorry to hear of Earl's passing and grateful to have met him. He was a great guy, always pleasant. He will be missed.
Love Annette Cordell

Steve Casavant

March 25, 2020

My Uncle Earl and his wife Judy were so special to me and my family. My Uncle Earl enjoyed driving his car that brought a lot of smiles to other drivers.
Earl was , by his own admission, a very shy man, but he had a car that wouldn't allow him to fade into the background.

It’s was a beautiful replica of a 1929 Model A Ford. In fact, when he agreed to talk about this beauty and graciously invited others into his home, he gave directions that ended with, “I’ll leave the car in the driveway, so you’ll know you’ve arrived.”

And he did. Thank You Uncle Earl for being such a Groovy guy. I will miss you, your nephew, Steve