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Aurelia E. Larson, 72

Funeral services celebrating the life of Aurelia “Aurie” E. Larson, age 72, of Plato, took place Friday, Feb. 5 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Aurie died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee.

She was born Dec. 8, 1937, in Green Isle Township, the daughter of Elford and Mabel (Brockoff) Ehlers. She was baptized Dec. 19, 1937, and later confirmed into the faith May 20, 1951, at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Helen Township.

She attended school in Glencoe, and graduated in 1955.

Aurelia was united in marriage to Stanley Larson Oct. 13, 1957, at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Helen Township by the Rev. W. Plocher.

The couple made their home on a farm north of Plato, where Aurie was a homemaker. She loved to take care of her family and friends, and took great pride in cooking, baking, and the farm.

Aurie was a very active member of the Bethel Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

She was preceded in death by her father; husband Stanley; daughter Carla Larson; and a sister, Jan Bruesehoff.

Aurelia is survived by her children, Bonnie Hahn (Brad) of Glencoe, Amy Jo Larson (Bob) of Covina, CA, RaNaye Hansen of St. Paul, and Ron Larson (Carrie) of Glencoe; her mother, Mabel Ehlers of Glencoe; grandchildren Brian Hahn (Kim), Brandon Hahn (Heidi), Brent Hahn (Ashley), Kelly Hansen, and Ashley and William Larson; step-grandchildren Stephanie and Matthew Mieszerski; and great-grandchildren Allie, Michael, Will, Charlie, and Gabby.

She is further survived by siblings Cecelia Aikala (Bob) of Marquette, MI, Jerome Ehlers (Kathy) of Glencoe, and Sharon Papke (Frank) of Glencoe; sister-in-law Betty Exsted (Don) of Glencoe; and brother-in-law Curt Bruesehoff of Darwin; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

The Rev. Erick Thompson officiated at the 11 a.m. funeral service. The organist was Kay Gueningsman. Soloists were Kelly Hansen, who sang “Amazing Grace,” and Tim Smith and Carol Wortz, who sang “In the Garden.” Congregational hymns included “Abide with Me,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Beautiful Savior.” Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Serving as casket bearers were Brian Hahn, Brandon Hahn, Brent Hahn, William Larson, Jeff Papke, and Jason Ehlers. Honorary casket bearers were Kelly Hansen and Ashley Larson.

Visitation was Thursday evening, Feb. 4, at the church.

Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie. For online guestbook, please visit www.mcbridefuneralchapels.com