Dorothy Larson of rural South Haven died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Meeker Memorial Hospital. She was 90.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Grace Lutheran Church in rural South Haven with Pastor Eileen Mehl officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, at the church.
Dorothy Ann Marie Peterson was born April 21, 1928, in Kingston Township, Meeker County, to Oscar and Hulda (Louma) Peterson. She was baptized June 10, 1928, by Pastor P.W. Pelto, and confirmed June 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 grocery store clerk to working in a factory, along with being a full-time 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.
She made sure that all of her children attended Sunday School, confirmation, and church. Dorothy attended all of her children’s 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. Her hobbies included embroidery work, word search books, canning, gardening and, most of all, mowing the yard.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; son David; son-in-law Tom Mueller; brothers Alden Peterson, Wilbert Peterson, Arnold Peterson, and Roger Peterson; and sisters Lori Carlson, Margaret Henrickson, Margie Mueller, and Estella Merriman.
She is survived by her husband Ernest; children Karen Duarte, Deanna Mueller (and Bob Haapala), Loren (and Tammy) Larson, John (and Mary Ann) Larson, Gail (and Mark) Dunderi, Mike (and Robyn) Larson, Tom (and Barb) Larson, Robert (and Emily) Larson, Mariann Helmin; 27 grandchildren, and several great- and great-great-grandchildren; sister Marlene Ahlm; nieces, nephews, and may other relatives and friends who will dearly miss her.
Arrangements are with the Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.