Josephine I. Larson

Josephine I. Larson

RAKE, Iowa — Funeral services for Josephine I. Larson, 101, of Fairmont, Minn., formerly of Rake, Iowa, will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church in Rake, Iowa. Burial will follow the service in the East Cemetery, Rake. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran Church in Rake.

Josephine passed away Thursday afternoon, Oct. 19, 2017, at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont.

Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Josephine Isabelle (Hodson) Larson was born April 15, 1916, in Gary, S.D., the daughter of George and Dora (Moeller) Hodson. As an infant, she was baptized and later confirmed into the Lutheran faith.

Josephine attended country school near Gary and following completion of the 8th grade, she began working for a couple, tending to their home and helping with their children. When the family she was working for moved to Monticello, Minn., in 1936, Josephine moved with them. It was in Monticello where she met Ralph Larson and the couple was married on Nov. 9, 1938.

In 1942, Josephine and Ralph along with their son, Gordon, moved to Rake, Iowa, where she would continue to live until her health began to fail and she moved to Fairmont to be closer to family.

While in Rake, Josephine was very active at Zion Lutheran Church, where she had been a member since 1942. She also served for many years as a member of E.L.C.W and was also a member of church circle.

In her spare time, Josephine enjoyed working on needlework and was an outstanding cook. She cherished spending time with family and friends and will be greatly missed by all those that loved her and called her a friend.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Gordon (Jeanne) Larson of Sandstone, Minn., and Paul Larson of Mason City, Iowa; daughters, Beverly Mathison of Fairmont, Minn., and Dorothy (Pete) Linn of Battle Lake, Minn.; grandchildren, Dennis (Diane) Murray of Mankato, Minn., Kevin Murray and special friend, Jen Tostenson, of Mankato, Minn., Mike (Mary) Larson of Clear Lake, Wis., Fred (DeAnna) Larson of Apple Valley, Minn., and Roger Larson and special friend, Connie Parry, of Albert Lea, Minn.; great- grandchildren, Laura (Travis) Doran, Dustin Murray, Kylie Johnson, Jonathan Larson, Rachel Larson, Joseph Larson, Elizabeth Larson, Dean Larson, Josephine Larson, Lissetta Larson, and Dora Christine Larson; as well as many other extended family and friends.

Josephine was preceded in death by her parents, George and Dora Hodson; husband, Ralph Larson; two sons-in-law, John Murray and Loran Mathison; a sister; and a brother-in-law.