Evelyn Larsen, 83, of St. James died on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at the Mayo Clinic Health System, St. James after a ten-year battle with cancer.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Odin with Reverend Carla Reierson officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery.
Visitation was Friday, February 10, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James and continued for one hour prior to the services at the church on?Saturday.
Evelyn Marie Benson was born on June 2, 1928 to Harry Benson and Dorothy Errington Benson. She graduated as salutatorian of her class from St. James High School.
In 1947 she married Kenneth Laingen and lived on a farm near Odin where they raised their family. She worked for Watonwan County Public Health and then returned to school to complete her degree in Elementary Education from Mankato State College. She taught for many years in the Mt. Lake School district.
After the death of her husband in 1974, she moved off the farm into Odin. She then reconnected with an old high school friend, John (Gom) Larsen and they married in 1978. They lived in Montgomery where she assisted him with his dental practice. After retirement, they moved to Stony Lake near Hackensack and also spent many winters in the Rockport, Texas area where they volunteered for the Chamber of Commerce. They moved back to St. James six years ago.
Evy enjoyed many activities including music, cooking, gardening, quilting, birding, fishing and spending time with her family and friends.
Survivors include daughter, Patty (Bob) Holycross of Cohasset, MN; son, Steve (Karen) Laingen of Butterfield, MN; brother, Earl of Summerfield FL; four step-children, Brian Larsen, David Larsen, Gail O’Brien, Clare Heupel and their families; five grandchildren, Erik (Rachelle) Holycross, Christopher (Mary) Laingen, Brett (Elizabeth) Holycross, Kellee (Jason) Heffele and Kerri Laingen; seven great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Bruce Laingen of Bethesda, MD; and sisters-in-law, Norma Marsh of Hastings MN and Norma Benson of LaCrescent, MN.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; and husbands, Kenneth and John.
Arrangements were with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James. You may send the family condolences online at http://www.sturmfh.com. Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.