Posted: Tue 4:51 PM, May 14, 2013
Funeral Home: Schmidt & Schulta
Katherine ‘Babe’ N. Larson, 91, Birnamwood, left this world on May 14, 2013 to live forever with her beloved Savior and Lord. Everyone who knew her knows that she lived her life for Jesus.
In addition to her family, she leaves behind her church family at the Mattoon Church of the Nazarene, her friends at Mapleview Apartments in Birnamwood where she enjoyed her last 15 years, and many people who were touched and changed by her life. She was much loved because she loved much.
Katherine had a gift for bringing joy into the lives of others. She planted and tended to thousands of flowers, rescued dozens of cast-off dolls, dressed them in beautiful hand-made dresses and gave them away to children and nursing home residents. Her life’s work was loving and giving and she never retired from it.
Katherine was born on April 4, 1922 in Pittsville, Wood County, the daughter of the late Arthur and Ruby (Stone) Hayes. In 1938, she married O. James Larson. The loved each other for 62 years and still do.
She is survived by her five children, Rebecca (Ottmar) Landwehr, Mattoon, Monte (Lois) Larson, Lake Tomahawk, Dennis (Elaine) Larson, Boise, Idaho, Trudie (Richard) Gouge, Marshfield, Vermont and Roxanne (Dan) Grachanin, Clarksville, TN; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Verla (Arnold) Stebbins and one brother, Horace (Dorothy) Hayes.
In addition to her parents, Katherine was preceded in death by her husband, on March 22, 2000; three brothers; four sisters and one great-granddaughter.
The Funeral Service will be held at 11am on Friday May 17, 2013 at the Mattoon Church of the Nazarene. Rev. Mark Quinn will officiate. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Town of Hutchins, Shawano County. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5pm until 8pm at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood. The family guestbook and condolences are available at schmidtschulta.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials to LeRoyer Hospice would be appreciated.
We will miss her here but we rejoice that she is at last, where she longed most to be, home with Jesus.