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John L. Gorrilla

PRESQUE ISLE, Wis. - John Lawrence "Larry" Gorrilla, of Presque Isle, died suddenly on Monday, March 20, 2023, during a single person skiing accident at Winter Park Ski Resort, Winter Park, Colorado. He was 81 years old.

Larry was born Oct. 11, 1941, the first-born son of A.C. Gorrilla, M.D. and Betty (nee Roche) Gorrilla, in Ironwood, Michigan.

Larry is survived by his wife, Colleen; his brother, Bill Gorrilla; and his sisters, Miggs Gorrilla, Susan Gorrilla Benton and Gemma Gorrilla Lamb (Jerry Wanink); his three children, A. Christopher Gorrilla (Andrea), Elizabeth Gorrilla and Michael Gorrilla (Allison); and his grandchildren, Cyrus, Kira, Justin, Seth, Owen and Liam Gorrilla.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents and a baby sister.

A funeral will be held April 29, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 11568 Lake St., Presque Isle. Lunch to follow at the Presque Isle Town Hall. Interment will occur at a later date at the Horihan family burial site in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Lanesboro, Minnesota.

Grand County Mortuary of Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado, is in charge of arrangements. To send condolences to the family please visit

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