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Karen E. Larson 12/13/2023

Karen E. Larson, 80, of River Falls, WI, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at the Hudson Hospital in Hudson, WI. Karen was born the daughter of Gordon and Inez (Hocking) Peterson on July 30, 1943, in River Falls, WI. She grew up in River Falls, graduating from River Falls High School with the class of 1961. Karen was active in the marching band, choir and 4H. On February 3, 1962, she married LeRoy Larson at Rush River Lutheran Church. Following the wedding, the couple relocated to Lakewood, WA where they would live temporarily until LeRoy completed his service in the military. The young family returned home to River Falls and began raising their family. Karen held secretary positions with various companies in River Falls, ending her career in the purchasing department at UWRF. She spent countless hours following and supporting her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in their sporting activities. Karen enjoyed puzzles, pontoon rides, coloring on her tablet, and playing gambling machines. She was meticulous about a clean house and was an expert at folding laundry. Karen was a loving and affectionate wife, mom, grandma, and great-grandma – so much so that her nickname could’ve been hugs. Karen is preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Inez Peterson; brother, Jerry Peterson; and aunt and uncle, Lois (Bud) Holmes. Karen is survived by her husband, LeRoy Larson; sons, Ricky (Jean) Larson, Randy (Kari) Larson, Troy Larson; grandchildren, Jordon (Stephanie) Larson, Reid (Ashley) Larson, Riley Larson, Ashley Larson, Matt (Alicia) Hefti, Jaxin Larson, Jadin Larson; great-grandchildren, Ryker, Graydon, and Ricky Sue Larson, and Kylenn, Mavelynn and Sylas Larson; siblings, Marilyn Weiss, Dale (Debbie) Peterson; sister-in-law, Carol Peterson; and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. A Celebration of Karen’s Life was held on Thursday, December 21, 2023, from 3-7 PM at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 805 E Division Street River Falls, WI. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.




  • Mark and Jean Moelter Posted December 15, 2023 4:26 pm

    Thinking about you during this sad time. May you be surrounded by the love of family and friends.

  • Jean waxon Oelkers Posted December 15, 2023 5:06 pm

    Deepest sympathy to you LeRoy. and family.

  • Jean Waxon Oelkers Posted December 15, 2023 5:09 pm

    Deepestsympathy to all.

  • Tim and Karen Engel Posted December 16, 2023 10:02 am

    Our sympathies to all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  • Joanne and Joel Schultz Posted December 16, 2023 1:30 pm

    Oh so sad to hear this news – Karen was such a lovely lade- mother-sister-friend – so many good memories.
    Our sympathy to you Leroy and boys and all of family.

  • Pat Schmiling Posted December 16, 2023 3:04 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about Karen’s passing . She was such a great gal !! Our deepest sympathies to you all 🙏🙏

  • Linda Schwenke Posted December 16, 2023 4:04 pm

    Leroy, Gene and I are very sorry to hear this. Our thoughts are with you and your wonderful family.

  • Fred & Yvonne Benson Posted December 16, 2023 10:10 pm

    Deat Leroy & family,
    We’re so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. Our hearts go out to all. Sending you our love, hugs and prayers.

  • Kathy and Swede Svoboda Posted December 17, 2023 7:36 pm

    Leroy and family – So sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. She was always so kind and welcoming. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. She will always be in your hearts.

  • Philip Colpitts Posted December 18, 2023 2:57 pm

    Deepest sympathies to the whole family. One of the nicest people I ever met. I never saw her without a smile. She will be missed!

  • Mary Solum Posted December 18, 2023 3:44 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Karen’s death. She always had a sweet smile on her pretty face. Please know you, Leroy, and your family, are in our thoughts and prayers. Mary Solum, Stephanie Schmidt and Rod Cina.

  • Cherie Johnson Posted December 18, 2023 5:44 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. My deepest condolences to the entire Larson family.

  • Jim and Cindy Gregor Posted December 18, 2023 7:25 pm

    We are sincerely sorry for the loss of Karen. She was always a kind, caring and fun person. Such a dear neighbor too. Our deepest sympathy to all of the family.❤️

  • Jerry and Jean Morrow Posted December 18, 2023 9:15 pm

    We’re so sorry to hear of Karen’s passing, she was a special lady. She was always so kind and loads of fun to visit with. She was loved! Thoughts and prayers for Leroy and the family.

  • Gerald Rose Jr. Posted December 18, 2023 9:55 pm

    So sorry, prayers from the Rose family.

  • Brenda Simone Posted December 19, 2023 6:35 am

    Sending deepest condolences and healing prayers. May you find peace and comfort in the cherished memories you shared!

  • Brian and Mary Hopp Posted December 19, 2023 9:10 am

    Our deepest sympathy, Leroy to you and your family. We always looked forward to her smiles and comments when we’d be with her. May you find peace and comfort knowing that the Lord will be with you in the coming days.

  • Paul and Kathy Whiteside Posted December 20, 2023 9:22 pm

    Wonder person will be missed.

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