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Dorothy Larson, 90

Dorothy Ann Marie Larson, age 90, of rural South Haven, died Saturday, Jan. 12 , 2019, at Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

Her funeral service will be Friday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m., with visitation starting at noon, at Grace Lutheran Church in South Haven, with Pastor Eileen Mehl officiating.

Arrangements are with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

Dorothy was born April 21, 1928, in Kingston Township, Meeker County, the daughter of Oscar and Hulda (Louma) Peterson. She was baptized June 10, 1928, by Pastor P.W. Pelto; and confirmed June 8, 1941, by Pastor John F. Paana at the Kingston Apostolic Lutheran Church.

She attended school through the eighth grade.

Dorothy was united in marriage to Ernest Elroy Larson July 31, 1948, at Grace Lutheran Church. Together, they had 10 children, and shared 70 years of marriage.

Dorothy started working at a very young age. She had various jobs, from being a grocery store clerk to working in a factory, along with being a mother to 10 children and a homemaker. She worked relentlessly from morning to night without a complaint, and always with a smile on her face. Visitors were always welcomed with a cup of coffee and a homemade treat – no one ever left her home hungry.

Dorothy made sure that all of her children attended Sunday school, confirmation, and church. She attended all of her children and grandchildren’s programs at church and school, confirmations, graduations, recitals, baptisms, showers, and weddings.

Dorothy enjoyed traveling to Germany, Louisiana, Florida, and Colorado. She loved spending time with her family. She also loved embroidery work, word search books, gardening, and most of all, mowing the yard.

Dorothy will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; son David; son-in-law Tom Mueller; four brothers: Alden Peterson, Wilbert Peterson, Arnold Peterson, and Roger Peterson; and four sisters: Lori Carlson, Margaret Henrickson, Margie Mueller, and Estella Merriman.

She is survived by her husband, Ernest; nine children: Karen Duarte, Deanna Mueller (Bob Haapala), Loren (Tammy), John (Mary Ann), Gail (Mark) Dunderi, Mike (Robyn), Tom (Barb), Robert (Emily), and Mariann Helmin; 27 grandchildren; several great- and great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Marleen Ahlm, and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

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