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Marilyn Joyce Larsen

Memorial services for Marilyn J. Larsen, age 89, of Albert Lea, will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Chauncey Barett Garden Apartments Community Room, 7022 Centerville Road, Centerville, MN 55038. 

Marilyn died Monday, March 19, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

Marilyn Joyce Larsen was born on November 19, 1928 in Bemidji, Minnesota, the daughter of Claude and Mabel (Zimmer) Ellis.  She graduated from Bemidji High School.  In 1947, Marilyn married LeRoy Larsen and they made their home in Albert Lea.  From this union, seven sons were born.  The couple divorced in 1977.  Marilyn enjoyed sketching and painting and her first job was painting portraits at Christianson Studio.  She then worked in the women’s department at Herberger’s for 33 years.  Marilyn was a devout Christian.  She came from a long line of musicians; her specialty was vocals. In her youth, she sang on the radio in Bemidji.  Marilyn was a voracious reader, a wonderful cookie baker, and enjoyed traveling and going on walks.

Marilyn is survived by her sons, Ron (Judy) Larsen, Denny (Sue Kosmoski) Larsen, Gary Larsen, Terry (Eva) Larsen, Mike (Linda) Larsen, and Steve (Claire) Larsen; grandchildren, Justin, Brandon, Jordan, Thomas, and Sam; great-grandchildren, Myranda, Clayton, Sabrina, Leaf, and Skylar; brother, Junior Ellis; sister, Genevieve Toftum; and sister-in-law, Margie Ellis.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; son, Donald, in infancy; brother, Bill Ellis; and sister-in-law, Sis Ellis.

Memorials preferred to Albert Lea Public Library Foundation.

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Thanks Bob, for your kind words and a sweet memory.

Mike Larsen Mar 26 2018 12:00 AM

My very first job after graduating was in the office at Herberger's when they were up town and Marilyn worked on the second floor in various departments. I remember her as a very nice and friendly lady. She was always so helpful and gracious to work with. I know she will be missed by everyone.

You are remembered with love.

Christy Forman Mar 26 2018 12:00 AM

Denny, Gary, and Family:
I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. A wonderful woman. May God comfort you all during this difficult time.
Dallas Groten

Dallas Groten Mar 25 2018 12:00 AM

I worked with Marilyn for many, many years at Herbergers. She was such a kind, sweet lady. Always smiling and a
friend to all.
So very sorry for your loss.
Cathy Legried

Cathy Legried Mar 24 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Marilyn Larsen

Michelle Ellis Mar 24 2018 12:00 AM

I did alot of growing up your guy's house. And I became quite a cookie monster sneaking them from her jar. The best chocolate chip ever. My heart is with all you Larsen men. :) May God's grace be with you at this time. Love Bob.

Robert j Johnson Mar 24 2018 12:00 AM