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In Memoriam: Larry Smolinksi

December 2, 2016
Lawrence "Larry" Smolinski, who ascended from a part-time porter at Celozzi-Ettleson Chevrolet to equity owner/partner of Ettleson Cadillac-Buick-GMC, in Hodgkins, and Ettleson Hyundai, in Countryside, died Nov. 27 at age 67.
Mr. Smolinski joined the Ettleson automotive family in 1968 while attending Western Illinois University. After graduating, he became a service advisor at the Chevrolet dealership in Elmhurst. He moved into vehicle sales, then became general manager, and in 1986 became an owner of Lawrence Cadillac, then in Brookfield.
When the dealership moved to its current facility in Hodgkins in 1992, it was renamed Ettleson Cadillac. The company has added Buick, GMC and Hyundai franchises.
Mr. Smolinski had a great passion for boating and each year explored different ports along Lake Michigan. His is survived by a son, Larry; a daughter, Kristin; and two granddaughters. Memorials appreciated to St. Daniel the Prophet Church, in Wheaton.