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Joan Larson

January 29, 1931 — May 10, 2016

Joan Larson, 85 of Barrett, MN, died on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at the Evansville Care Campus in Evansville. Joan (Carlson) Larson, daughter of C. Oscar and Anna (Beckman) Carlson, was born on Jan. 29, 1931. She attended school in Evansville, graduated in 1949 and then attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. On Sept. 2, 1950, she married Ellard Larson and moved to the Larson homestead in Lien Township west of Barrett, Minn. Together, they raised four daughters on the farm and enjoyed many summer days at the family cabin on Pelican Lake near Ashby. Joan will be remembered for her musical talent as a soloist at countless weddings and funerals, as an elementary school music aide, and for her years serving as church organist at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Joan was a member of the Barrett Legion Auxiliary, served as chair and long-time member of the Barrett School Board and supported her daughters in their academic, athletic, 4-H and career activities. She was known for her sense of humor, easy laughter, generous spirit and unwavering love for her family. Joan is survived by Ellard, her devoted husband of 65 years; daughters Cheryl (Jim) Croonquist, Minot, N.D.; Lorrie Alsaker, Benson, Minn.; Susan (Tim) Sommerfeld, Minnetonka, Minn.; Julie (Rob) Swanson, Minneapolis, Minn,; grandchildren Chris Alsaker, Karl Sommerfeld and Greta Sommerfeld; and great-grandchildren Isabella Alsaker and Mea Alsaker. She is also survived by birth daughter Penny Needham (Dale Dramstad), Bloomington, Minn.; Penny's sons Lance and Richard, (and his daughters Eva and Haylee). In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery Association (mail to: Audrey Ronhovde, 16926 170th Ave., Barrett, Minn., 56311), the Immanuel Lutheran Church Building Fund (mail to: Karen M. Block, 17783 State Highway 54 , Barrett, Minn., 56311), or the charity of your choice. Committal Service: 1:30 P.M., Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Barrett, MN. Memorial Service: 2:00 P.M., Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Barrett. Clergy: Pastor Don Reisig Memorial Gathering: 3:00 P.M., Saturday, May14, 2016 at Peace Lutheran Church, Barrett.

Funeral Home: Erickson-Smith Funeral Home - Elbow Lake 116 1st Street NE Elbow Lake, MN US 56531

Previous Events

Saturday, May 14, 2016
1:30 PM
Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery

Barrett, MN

Saturday, May 14, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Immanuel Lutheran Church

Barrett, MN

Saturday, May 14, 2016
3:00 PM
Messiah Lutheran Church

116 1st Street NE
Elbow Lake, MN 56531

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