Larson, Louise Constance (Storbakken) (1906-1998)

Louise is the daughter of Amund and Thora (Hanson) Storbakken, and lived in Oak Park Township, Marshall County.(family farm) She later lived in Oslo, MN. where she met and married Markus Larson in 1943. They lived near Argyle, where they farmed. In 1961, they moved into Argyle. Markus died 3/4/1973. Louise worked as a nurse’s aide at the Good Samaritan Center.

She is survived by three children, Mildred Hefta, Ardon Larson and Marvin Larson; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild and a sister Ruth Hallin of East Grand Forks, MN.

She was preceded in death by brothers; Ingvald, Albert, Anton, Melvin, Conrad, Helmer, Hjalmer, William, Tillman, Hildus, Ralph, Noble, and Edgar; and a sister Tina.

[Interred Woodlawn cemetery]
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Larson, Linda Linora (Gusa) (1913-2003)

Linda L. Larson, 89, of Holt, MN died on March 31, 2003 at the CNC unit of Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday April 3, 2003, 2:00 PM at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt, MN with Reverend David Pretty Officiating. Burial will be held in the Holt Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday 4 – 8 PM with a 7:00 prayer service at the Johnson Green Funeral Service in Thief River Falls and also one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

Linda Linora Larson was born December 27, 1913 on the Family farm in Holt Township, Marshall County, MN daughter of the late George and Martha (Wartenberg) Gusa. She was baptized at her grandparent’s home and confirmed at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt. She attended Pioneer District #61 Country School in Holt Township. She worked on the Gusa Family Farm, and then became a maid in Newfolden and St. Paul, MN.

On April 24, 1946 she was united in marriage to Lloyd Larson at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt. The couple farmed near Holt where she lived until December of 2002 when she moved to CNC in Thief River Falls.

She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, music and serving in any way. She cherished the time spent gardening, raising strawberries, raspberries and flowers. Most of all, she loved the time spent with her grandchildren. Linda was an active member of Nazareth Lutheran Church, the Ladies Aid (Mary’s Circle) and served as Sunday School Superintendent.

She is survived by her two sons James (Carol) Larson of Holt Township, Marshall County, MN and Mark (Diane) Larson of Holt Township, Marshall County, MN. Four grandchildren Mary Kezar, Jennifer Larson, Rachel Larson and Allen Larson: three great-grandchildren Elizabeth Kezar, Nicholas Kezar and Justin Semling. Two brothers Raymond Gusa of Thief River Falls and James (Eunice) Gusa of Elk River, MN. Sister-in-law Dolly Larson of Thief River Falls, MN and Brother-in-law Oliver Backlund of Fairbanks, AK.

Linda is preceded in death by her husband Lloyd, parents George and Martha, son Paul, brother Ted Gusa and sister Edna Gusa.

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Larson, Amos D. (1923-2013)

Amos D. Larson, age 90, of Stephen, MN, died Tuesday, February 19, at the Valley Memorial Homes facility in Grand Forks, ND.

Amos was born on February 14, 1923, in Argyle, MN, the son of Edgar and Laura (Melo) Larson. Amos graduated from Stephen High School and attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where he played half-back for the Cobber football team. He served during World War II in the Aviation Branch of the United States Navy and was stationed in the South Pacific’s Mariana Islands. Amos was united in marriage to Mercedes Bonnevieve (Bonnie) Olson on November 17, 1951, at the East Emmaus Church in Jupiter Township near Kennedy, MN. Amos farmed in
Donnelly and Sinnoth Townships until he retired from farming in 1976. For many years he was an agent for the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation with offices located in Warren, MN, and Thief River Falls, MN. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Stephen Shrine Club, member of Kem Temple of Grand Forks, ND, Charter Presentation Chairman for the Lion’s Club, past Master of Masonic Lodge #279, and past Commander of the American Legion Post #390 in Stephen, MN.

Amos had a passion for adventure. His younger years were spent downhill skiing, obtaining his pilot’s license, and leading Boy Scout expeditions into the Boundary Waters. In his later years Amos enjoyed going to the grain elevator for coffee, golfing, and taking drives around the countryside. He and Bonnie spent several winters in Arizona and Texas, and Amos cherished visits with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Renae (Anthony) Turco of Tucson, AZ, and one son, Scott (Karla) Larson of Dickinson, ND. Amos leaves four granddaughters, Kristine and Kathleen Larson and Kailey and Kristen Turco; one step-grandson, Derek Northrop; and two sisters, Leatrice (Charles) Field of Stephen, MN, and Virginia Locke of Portland, OR. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Amos was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Roger Larson, Russell Larson, and an infant brother, Cameron Larson; and three sisters, Shirley White, Anita Whalen, and Yvonne Overfield.

Amos so appreciated the warm and loving care he received at Parkwood in Grand Forks, ND, where he lived for two years. The family would also like to thank Valley Memorial Homes in Grand Forks, ND, for the kindness and respect they gave during the last few days of his life. Amos was able to meet his final goal of reaching his 90th birthday.

Found at: Austin Funeral Chapel

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Larson, Donald Lester “Don” (1926-2015)

Donald Larson, 89 of Holt, MN passed away on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Valley Home in Thief River Falls, MN.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt, MN with Reverend Cathie Rhodes Officiating. Burial will be held at the Holt Cemetery following the service.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN, from 3 – 6 PM with a prayer service at 5:00 PM and also one hour prior to the service on Monday at Nazareth Lutheran Church.

Donald Lester Larson was born on September 23, 1926, to Ole and Matilda (Furr) Larson at the family homestead in Mud Lake Township, Minnesota, now known as the Lake Agassiz Wildlife Refuge. He was baptized and confirmed at the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt, Minnesota. He attended the Sunny Side School, Holt School, and Graduated from the Crookston Agricultural School in 1943. When he was ten his parents moved a school house to Holt Township where Don continued to live all the days of his life.

Don farmed small grains and raised sheep and cattle. He also operated a heavy equipment construction business and enjoyed his time working with his tractors, bulldozers, and draglines. Later in life he enjoyed much of his time flying his airplane, making hunting and fishing trips to Alaska, and watching and hunting the deer in Minnesota. He spent many winters enjoying the sun in Florida. In addition, he enjoyed his garden and raising pumpkins in his large pumpkin patch and delivering those to senior homes throughout the community. Don enjoyed listening to old time music and going to dances. He was a member of the Eagles Club for 69 years in Thief River Falls, MN. Don was a member of the Holt Nazareth Lutheran Church and a willing supporter of the efforts to build the new Church there.

On August 9, 1950, he was united in marriage to JoAnn M. Benitt. Together they raised four children. He is survived by his children: Gloriann Fischer, Baudette, Minnesota, Danny (Kim) Larson, Anchorage, Alaska, Stacy (Bernard) Blawat, Thief River Falls, Minnesota and Stephany Wilkens, Baxter, Minnesota. His seven grandchildren: Jake Larson, Las Vegas, Nevada, Meg Larson, Denver, Colorado, Mitchell (Kendra) Martin, Thief River Falls, Minnesota, Anthony Martin, Newfolden, Minnesota, Rachel Blawat, Thief River Falls, Minnesota, Katherine Wilkens, Baxter, Minnesota, Amanda Wilkens, Florence, Oregon, several nieces, nephews and cousins and his close companion of many years, Delores Rudy, Thief River Falls, Minnesota, who was with him to the end.

Don is preceded in death by his parents and brothers Martin, Lloyd, Clifford, his sister Dolores Benitt and son-in-law Doyle Martin.

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Larson, Donella Valentine “Dolly” (Taylor) (1915-2011)

Donella “Dolly” Valentine Larson, 96, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at Oakland Park Communities in Thief River Falls, MN.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Bob Dahlen and Rev. Sheila Michaels. co-officiating. Honorary casket bearers included all of Dolly’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Interment was held at the Holt Cemetery, Holt, MN.

Donella Taylor was born February 14, 1915, the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Swank) Taylor near Jamestown, ND. When Dolly was 12 years old, the family moved near Middle River, MN and she attended school in Middle River.

Dolly was united in marriage to Irvin Larson on September 26, 1933 at the parsonage in Holt. Dolly and Irvin made their home near Holt, and in 1958, built a house on their 40 acres of land. While living in there, Dolly was a very active member of Nazareth Lutheran Church. In the late 1960s, Dolly and Irvin mov ed to Strandquist, MN. She was instrumental in starting the Senior Citizens Club in Strandquist, which she ran for many years and was also a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church. Irvin died in 1975 and later Dolly moved to Thief River Falls. She moved to Oakland Park Communities on July 21, 1994, where has since resided.

Dolly’s hobbies included sewing doll quilts, working puzzles, reading and doing beadwork. In her lifetime, Dolly knitted hundreds of pairs of mittens, selling some and giving some away as gifts. She proudly kept her children and grandchildren supplied with homemade quilts for many years.

Dolly will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by four children, Gordon Larson of Newfolden, Margery (Jim) O’Brien of Woodbury, Roger (Judy Larson of Strandquist, and Donna Larson of Thief River Falls; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; amd several nieces. nephews. relatives amd friends.

Dolly was the longest living child from a family of 12 children. Also preceding her in death are her husband, Irvin; son, Vernon; and daughter-in-law, Rheta Larson.

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Larson, Esther Phyllis “Phillis” (Erickson) (1931-2011)

Esther “Phyllis” Larson, 80, died on Friday, September 2, 2011 at the Thief River Care Center.

Memorial services will be 2:00 PM, Friday, September 9, 2011 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Strandquist, MN with Rev. Curtis Matz officiating.

Visitation will be 5-8 PM on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM.

Esther Phyllis Erickson was born on March 4, 1931 on the family farm in Augsburg Township, Marshall County to Erick and Freda (Johnson) Erickson. She spent her early years on a farm in rural Stephen, MN. Her family moved to Karlstad, MN when she was 11 years old. She was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church near Stephen and received her confirmation at Bethel Lutheran Church in Karlstad, MN. She graduated from high school in Karlstad in 1948.

She was united in marriage to Walfred “Wally” Larson on April 13, 1949 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Karlstad, MN. They started out their married life on a farm in West Valley Township. In the mid 1950’s, they moved to a Norris’ Camp for pulp logging. In the 1960’s, Phyllis worked as a cook for a combining brigade, working their way from Texas and North. Wally and Phyllis started a trucking company in the mid 1960’s. She did the bookkeeping for the company. In the late 1960’s, she worked at Land O Lakes in the turkey plant in Thief River Falls. She worked here until the late 1980’s.Phyllis worked at Digi-Key for a few years before retiring in 1996. She moved to Thief River Falls about four years ago.

Phyllis was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoyed painting, reading, and ceramics and even had her own ceramics business for a short time. She also created and decorated many cakes for baptisms, weddings, graduations, and confirmations. Phyllis was proud of her Swedish heritage and enjoyed cooking traditional foods, like spritz, krumkaka, and rommegrot. Christmas was a special time for Phyllis and she always made her home a wonderland to remember. She was an active member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church and was active in the Ladies Aid. Phyllis and Wally were members of a square dancing club and she belonged to the Strandquist Homemakers Group.

Phyllis is survived by three children: Sheila (Robert) Bielski, Franklin, MA, Ginger (Patrick) Passa, Newfolden, MN, Wayne (Patricia) Larson, Strandquist, MN, seven grandchildren: Brooke Oliver, Jovan Bielski, Devon (Lindsy Mann) Passa, Roger (Jessica) Passa, Abigail Larson, Katherine Larson, and Rebecca Larson, four great grandchildren: Brian Oliver, Tyler Oliver, Blake Passa, Calub Passa. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband Wally in 2001, her parents, one brother Elmer, two sisters: Deloris Erickson and Irene Lehrer.

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Larson, Gloria (Kvestad) (1932-2008)

Gloria Larson, 75, of Minot, ND formerly of Thief River Falls, MN died on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at Trinity Hospital in Minot, ND.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Sunday, March 2, 2008 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Burial will follow at the Holt Cemetery in Holt, MN.

Visitation will be held from 5 PM until 7:00 PM on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.

Gloria Kvestad was born November 28, 1932 in Johnson Township near Trail, MN the daughter of Ingvald and Alma (Ellegaard) Kvestad. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith and attended country school.

She was united in marriage to Clifford Ellsworth Larson on January 13, 1961 in Iowa. They made their home near Thief River Falls where Gloria was a homemaker.

She enjoyed embroidering, baking and tending her flowers.

Gloria is survived by three children, Glen Kvestad of Hanahan, SC, Violet Hanson of Norwich, ND and Conley Larson of Thief River Falls, MN; four grandchildren, Veronica, Gary, Nicholas and Laura; and two great-grandchildren; brother, Lane (Jean) Kvestad of Apple Valley, MN.

She is preceded in death by her husband Clifford in 1990; brothers, Arden Kvestad and Robert Kvestad.

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Larson, Gordon David (1937-2013)

Gordon Larson, Holt, MN, age 76, died on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at Oakland Park Communities in Thief River Falls, MN surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services were Monday, May 6, 2013 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt, MN with Rev. Del Moen officiating. Burial followed at the Holt Cemetery.

Visitation with a prayer service Sunday, May 5, at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, and on Monday at Nazareth Lutheran Church.

Gordon David Larson was born on March 13, 1937 at home on the farm near Holt, MN the son of Irvin and Donella (Taylor) Larson. He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. Gordon attended country school and graduated from Newfolden High School in 1955.

On August 7, 1971, Gordon was united in marriage to Rheta Helgenset at St. John Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. They made their home on the Larson family farm in Holt Township, and to this union two children were born: Lisa and Lucas.

Gordon enjoyed softball, bowling, hunting, fishing, “going for a ride”, spending time with his family and friends; and was lovingly known as “Gordie Good Guy.”

Survivors include his daughter, Lisa Holten and son, Lucas Larson; two granddaughters, Masen and Claire; siblings, Margery O’Brien, Roger Larson, and Donna Larson; sister-in-law, Dorothy “Dottie” Larson; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Gordon is preceded in death by his wife, Rheta on January 3, 2011; parents; and brother, Vernon Larson.

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Larson, Harryet Irene (Lufkin) (1925-2005)

Harryet Irene Larson, 79, died Monday, February 28, 2005 at her home in rural Thief River Falls, MN.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM, Thursday, March 3, 2005 at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Holt, MN, with Reverend Nancy Hanson officiating. Burial will be at the Holt Cemetery, Holt, MN.

Visitation will be 5 – 8 PM, Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, with an 8 PM prayer service and for one hour prior to services at the church, Thursday.

Harryet Irene Lufkin was born on May 14, 1925 in Thief River Falls, MN, the daughter of Alfred and Gunil (Reierson) Lufkin. She attended grade School and high School with her class of 1943, in Thief River Falls.

On November 25, 1943, Thanksgiving Day, she was united in marriage to Lloyd Larson, near Holt. After several years of farming, they moved to New York and later to North Dakota, before returning permanently to their farm, ten miles north of Thief River Falls.

Harryet was a Homemaker. She liked to embroider, can jellies and vegetables, visit with friends and family and shop. Harryet’s specialty was remembering others on their birthdays and anniversaries.

She was a member of Holt Nazareth Lutheran Church and a member of the Esther Circle. She was a long-time member of the West Steiner Homemakers Club and had been active as a member of the Holt Keenagers. Twice, Lloyd and Harryet were elected Outstanding Senior Citizens to represent Holt at the Warren County Fair.

She is survived by her husband, Lloyd of Thief River Falls, MN; daughters: Marlo Solberg and Julie Kleinwachter, of Thief River Falls, MN, Karlene Larson of Abilene, Texas and Ronda (Roger) Nelson of Fargo, ND; her grandchildren: Lance (Brenda) Solberg, Kent Kleinwachter, Keith Solberg, Andrew Coykendall, Stacy Kleinwachter, Lynnet Solberg, and Heather Nelson; great grandchildren: Andrea and Samantha, Christina and Brendan Solberg; special people, Harry Kling, Eugene Kleinwachter, and Jackie and Shandelle Kangas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Orville and Art Lufkin; sisters: Myrtle Seeger and Esther Caillier; and grandsons: Jeremiah James-Coykendall and Matthew James.

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Larson, Lloyd Myron (1920-2006)

Lloyd Larson, 85, died Tuesday, March 7, 2006 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, ND.

Funeral service will be 11:00 AM, Friday, March 10, 2005 at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Holt, MN, with Reverend Nancy Hanson officiating. Burial will be at Holt Cemetery, Holt, MN.

Visitation will be 2 – 5 PM, Thursday, March 9, 2006 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls and for one hour prior to services at the church, Friday.

Lloyd Myron Larson was born on September 29, 1920 in Mud Lake Township, MN, now known as Lake Agazzi Wildlife Refuge, the son of Ole and Matilda (Furr) Larson. He was baptized and confirmed at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Holt. He attended school in Holt, MN, through the 8th grade and was a member of the 4-H Club, where he won may awards with his cattle. He farmed with his father until 1940, when he moved to Tacoma, WA; he returned in 1943, and resumed farming near Holt.

On November 25, 1943, Thanksgiving Day, he was united in marriage to Harryet Irene Lufkin in the Holt parsonage. In the summer of 1947, the couple purchased the present farm in Excel Township. While farming he worked at Garrison, ND and Finland, MN. He moved his family to Massena, NY and later to Niagara Falls, NY. While there, he worked on the St. Lawrence Seaway. They returned to Minnesota in 1961; Lloyd worked at Babbit, MN, returned to Holt and then Kenmare, ND, working on the missile silo. They moved back to the farm in 1966 and then to Buhl, MN, where he worked in the taconite mines. They moved to the farm near Holt in 1967, where he has since resided.

He was an active and life member of Holt Nazareth Lutheran Church. Lloyd and Harryet were charter members of the new church in 1993. Twice, Lloyd and Harryet were elected Outstanding Senior Citizens to represent Holt at the Warren County Fair. Lloyd was a member of the 49ers Union for 50 years and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He also served for six years as President of the Keenagers Club of Holt, an organization he enjoyed being a part of. His second love after Harryet, was fishing, especially ice fishing. He had the love of telling tales longer then the fish he caught. Lloyd was very happy to have traveled to Alaska four times. He liked to play cards and enjoyed entertaining and visiting.

He is survived by daughters: Marlo (Harry Kling) Solberg, Julie Kleinwachter, both of Thief River Falls, MN, Karlene Larson, Abilene, TX, and Ronda (Roger) Nelson, Fargo, ND; grandchildren: Lance (Brenda) Solberg, Kent Kleinwachter, Keith (Jackie) Solberg, Andrew (Amy) Coykendall, Stacy Kleinwachter, Lynnet Solberg, and Heather Nelson; great grandchildren: Andrea and Samantha, Christina and Brendan and Shandelle; brother, Don Larson, Holt, MN; sister, Dolores (Rueben) Benitt, Holt, MN and special friend, Eugene Kleinwachter.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his wife, Harryet on February 28, 2005; parents; and grandsons: Matthew James and Jeremiah James-Coykendall, and two brothers, Martin and Clifford.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky