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Larry Zelensky
  • January 18, 1956
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  • February 20, 2021

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Larry Zelensky

January 18, 1956 – February 20, 2021

 

On February 20, 2021, Larry Zelensky, died after a short illness in Port Orange, Florida. Larry was born on January 18, 1956 at St. Francis Hospital in Hamtramck, Michigan to Leon and Mary (nee: Kerns) Zelensky. He attended Detroit Public Schools and graduated from Centerline High School. After graduation, he attended the Center for Creative Studies.

His life was filled with art and music.  He was a remarkable artist and creative talent. He established his company, Human Touch Graphic Design, 30 years ago and worked with many wonderful people, producing advertising and marketing campaigns for a wide variety of clients. He also recently started a new venture, Detroit Design Works.

Larry and Debbie were able to spend quality time in South Daytona, Florida, enjoying the things he loved, sunshine, water and warm weather.  He lived life to the fullest, attending concerts, dinner with friends, bike rides, walking his dogs and at least 20 trips to Key West.

Larry is survived by his life partner, Debbie Powell, of 32 years, his mother Mary Zelensky, sister Cheryl (Robin) Caruss, brother David (Angela) Zelensky, many nieces, nephews, other family members, close friends and fur daughters, Roxie and Sophie.

Larry was preceded in death by his father Leon.

Donations can be made to the Michigan Humane Society or any animal rescue organization of your choice.

For Larry, life was a journey, sometimes not knowing what lay around the next bend, but confident it would be worth the trip. A life celebration will be held in Michigan later this year.


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  1. 25 Mar 2021
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    Lit since March 25, 2021 at 3:56:57 PM

  2. 03 Mar 2021
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  3. 02 Mar 2021
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  4. 02 Mar 2021
    Leland K Bassett says:
    There will never be another "LZ." We too are heartbroken with this loss. Larry was our senior graphic artist and special friend for 35 of our 36 years as a firm and creative group. LZ was also a renaissance man in his own right. He did more than graphic and art design. He read widely and thought deeply; bringing his total personhood to everthing he did. He and Debbie became most respected, treasured and valued friends, as well as LZ being a vital member of our team. Thank you Larry for being part of our trip. We shall miss you and always treasure our memories -- personified in the 35 annual holiday cards you did for us; which became icons for you and us. Leland and Tina Bassett for The Bassett Business Group.

  5. 02 Mar 2021
    Towana Morris posted an image:
    No matter what the occasion Larry was always there, for over 30 years bringing laughter and cheer. To our lives.. Debbie, Rob and I already miss him.  Take care
    No matter what the occasion Larry was always there, for over 30 years bringing laughter and cheer. To our lives.. Debbie, Rob and I already miss him. Take care

  6. 01 Mar 2021
    Lisa Harr lit a candle:
    Lit since March 1, 2021 at 3:30:54 PM

  7. 01 Mar 2021
    Lisa Harr says:
    Debbie- We are thinking of you and sending you Love and Strength. Larry will be missed.
    Love The Harr’s

  8. 01 Mar 2021
    Lilly Wegrecki says:
    Dear Debbie, My deepest and most heart felt condolences. I loved Larry's laugh and animated personality. You two were always laughing together. Well when I joked with him and told him I was trying to teach my dog to talk he jokingly told me he read any article about dogs saying they didn't have a voice box! LOL

  9. 01 Mar 2021
    Candice says:
    Debbie, I’m so sorry. Larry was such a funny, supportive, talented person, with such a giving heart. We could always count on him to help out when asked. He will be missed. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. 28 Feb 2021
    Dennis Krasnicki says:
    larry..... Big Larr...... Z-Man....... Z

    WBA Board Member.... I still have the Towel and Whistle.
    The Many Board Meetings trying to figure out life.
    How about the Ducks swimming and flying for their Lives.

    Say hello to My Brother Steve-O... He may have a Board Meeting set up....

    Rest in Peace My Polish Brother.....

    Dennis Krasnicki (Solo)

  11. 28 Feb 2021
    Dennis Krasnicki says:
    Larry... Big Larr... Z-Man... Zizzleinski... Names for a Great Guy
    WBA Board Member.... The Board Meetings... Grand Prix Expert.... Things Larry would chat about
    Remembering when sitting on "D" Dock watching the Ducks swim and fly for their Lives

    These are some of the things I will remember about "Z"

    Say hello to My Brother Steve-O... He may have a Board Meeting set up

    Until We meet again My Polish Brother... Rest in Peace.....

    Dennis Krasnicki (Solo)

  12. 28 Feb 2021
    Bob posted an image:
    East Coast family
    East Coast family

  13. 28 Feb 2021
    Carol Lenane says:
    Debbie, we are shocked and very sad . Tom and I are keeping you in our hearts. Sending hugs and love.
    May your happy memories give you comfort. Love, Tom & Carol

  14. 27 Feb 2021
    Karin Scaramastro Gordon says:
    Debbie, we are all so sorry for your tremendous loss. Larry was warm, funny and wonderful. When I think of you two, I remember the laughter. Lots of laughter. I remember my brother Steve’s wedding, when a bunch of Yankees were taken on a long dark journey into the Mississippi night to find Tunica, the gambling Mecca of Mississippi. We gambled with the bride and groom until the sun came up. When we came to visit and watch a Red Wings game with you we were awed by his enthusiasm for his team. My prayers are with you, and Bobby, Mary and Caitlin.

  15. 27 Feb 2021
    Karin Scaramastro Gordon lit a candle:
    Lit since February 27, 2021 at 2:56:30 AM

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  17. 27 Feb 2021
    Keith says:
    I’m sorry your gone, haven’t know you long wish we could have got to know each other better.

  18. 26 Feb 2021
    Roger and Mary Trombley says:
    So sorry to hear this sad, shocking news Debbie are thoughts and prayers are with you and all of the family - he was a great guy and we know how deeply he will be missed

  19. 26 Feb 2021
    Smut says:
    51 years of fierce loyalty, honesty and love is not given nor taken lightly. Always a brother. Till we meet again.
    Our deepest condolences Deb, Mary, Cheryl & David. ❤✌

  20. 26 Feb 2021
    Ernie Wegrecki says:
    Larry will be missed. Always a pleasure to be around. Debbie, you have my deepest sympathies.

  21. 26 Feb 2021
    Bob lit a candle:
    Lit since February 26, 2021 at 2:58:21 PM

  22. 26 Feb 2021
    Mary Moir says:
    My thoughts and prayers to Debbie and Larry’s family.

  23. 25 Feb 2021
    Steve & Terri Mirch says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry for your loss

  24. 25 Feb 2021
    Kathy Mianecki says:
    I will never forget his proclamation during a board meeting that Hall & Oats was the best band of all times!!

  25. 25 Feb 2021
    Bob posted an image:
    Family is always with you in your heart .
    Family is always with you in your heart .

  26. 25 Feb 2021
    Alisa Shannon says:
    My deepest condolences to you, Debbie and to the entire family.



    Alisa Shannon

  27. 25 Feb 2021
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  28. 25 Feb 2021
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