Marilyn J. Larson

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Marilyn Janis Larson was born in Dr. Jerdee’s office in Clermont on Aug. 26, 1933, to Aines and Harriet (Amundson) Olson. She was the second of five sisters. Marilyn grew up on the Olson family farm 3 miles east of Clermont. Marilyn was baptized and confirmed at the East Clermont Lutheran Church, rural Clermont. She attended country school at the Grand Meadow Township #8 “Olson” School, 7th- 8th grades at the Larrabee School in Clermont and was a 1950 graduate of Clermont High School. Following graduation, she worked in Dr. Jerdee’s office in Clermont.


On Oct. 13, 1951, Marilyn married LaVerne R. Larson at the East Clermont Lutheran Church. They became the parents of three girls and three boys: Ann, Lois, Gary, James, Barbara and David.


LaVerne and Marilyn farmed east of Clermont for five years. In 1956, they purchased the “Bauder” farm 1.5 miles northeast of Elgin. This is where they started their dairy herd. LaVerne and Marilyn farmed this farm together along with their six children for 37 years. In 1993, they built their home at 400 Shin Bone Dr., in Elgin. They lived here for 14 years before LaVerne died Oct. 9, 2007. They were married four days short of 56 years.


Marilyn was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 42 years, the neighborhood Sunnydale Club and was a faithful member of her church, teaching Sunday School, Bible School, active in the Women’s organization and served on the church council.


Marilyn liked to read, write letters, poems and short stories, embroider, go on Sunday afternoon rides, attend her children’s school activities, mow lawn, blow snow and take lunches to the fields during planting and harvesting.


In later years, she enjoyed visits from her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren and driving her pick-up truck to see what was going on at the farms in the country.


After LaVerne’s death, Marilyn continued living in her home for another 14 years. She celebrated her 88th birthday Aug. 26, 2021. On Sept. 15, she moved to Stoney Brook Assisted Living in West Union. Her death occurred there on Nov. 17, 2021.


Marilyn is survived by five of her six children, Lois (Kim) Dummermuth, Elgin; Gary (LeAnn) Larson, Clermont; James Larson, Postville; Barbara (Brian) Wenger, Elgin; and David (Janelle) Larson, Elgin; 15 of her 16 grandchildren, Amy Decker, Sara Pankonen, Joel Bartz, Matt Dummermuth, Chad Dummermuth, Drew Dummermuth, Kari Putney, Brooke Schneider, Nick Larson, Abbie Huinker, Joshua Larson, Jacob Larson, Aaron Wenger, Landon Wenger, Logan Wenger; and 50 great grandchildren, Bryce, Peyton, Micah, Karter, Kashton, Maddison, Karsyn, Dalton, Kara, Danica, Kamryn, Caleb, Lydia, Micah, Naomi, Abigail, Emma, Audrey, Conner, Laurel, Alaine, Clare, Erica, Hallie, Jana, Nora, Ahnalee, Kate, Rhett, Ryan, Tyler, Nathan, Adalyn, Coraline, Nolan, Ellary, Henrik, Alma, Finn, Brynnley, Blaire, Blaine, Alexis, Broc, Aksel, Niko, Kane, Elise, Luca and Boone; her sisters, Darlene (Oliver) Larson, Elgin; Anita (Don) Hoth, Lake Zurich, Ill., and Karen Frieden, Swisher.


Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, husband LaVerne (2007), daughter Ann Bartz (Oct. 26, 2021), granddaughter Jenny Larson (2014), son-in-law David Bartz (2009) and sister Sandra Penz (2005).


Visitation will be held Friday, Nov. 26, from 2 to 5 p.m., at East Clermont Lutheran Church, rural Clermont.


Funeral services will be Saturday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m., at East Clermont Lutheran Church.

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