Dolores A. Larson

January 21, 2020

Visitation: Family will greet visitors one hour prior to the service at the church.

Service: Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 25 at Canton Lutheran Church.

Dolores A. Larson, age 93, died Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at Alcester Care and Rehab.  Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 25 at Canton Lutheran Church.  Family will greet visitors at the visitation one hour prior to the service.

            Dolores was born on September 2, 1926 in Canton, SD to Harvey and Edna (Gran) Menholt.  She married Dale Ness on December 6, 1943.  To this union Linda, Deanna, Laurie, Jane, and Jeff were born.  Dale died on January 8, 1963.  She married Alvin Larson on November 24, 1964. To this union Bonnie was born.  In addition to raising her family, Dolores worked at Otis Radio and K-Products.  The couple farmed north of Canton until retiring in 1993.  Alvin died on September 19, 2008.

            Dolores was a strong and determined woman but had a soft heart and a “get it done” attitude.   She was a great listener and was the caregiver to many in her family. She enjoyed being around people, was an active member of the Sons of Norway, and was a life-long member of Canton Lutheran Church where she participated in WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), Ruth Circle, and Care and Share Quilting.  She also enjoyed sewing, quilting, reading and in her younger years, bowling and 4-H.  She loved spending time with her family, especially attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting and school events.

    Grateful for sharing her life are her children, Linda (Craig) Ness VanBockern, Canton, SD; Deanna (Dennis) Ness Ridpath, Choctaw, OK; Laurie (Henry) Huyser, Inwood, IA; Jane (Rory) Hermsen, Freeman, SD; Jeff Larson, Sioux Falls, SD; and Bonnie (Thomas) Higgins, Park Rapids, MN; grandchildren, Shane (Nicole) Van Bockern, Jill (the late Chad Johnson) Johnson, Denise Ridpath, Debra (Patrick) Tielborg, Darek (Brandi) Ridpath, Brent (Gina) Huyser, Heather (Gary) Brands, Lucas Huyser, Tyler Larson, Bryant Larson, Chelsie Hermsen, Brooke Hermsen, Chet Hermsen and Taylor Hermsen; 13 great-grandchildren; along with numerous extended relatives and friends.

            She was preceded in death by her parents Harvey and Edna (Gran) Menholt; husband Dale Ness; husband Alvin Larson; an infant brother Marvin Menholt; brothers Roger and Gerald Menholt; sister LaVonne Jones; grandson-in-law Chad Johnson; great-grandaughter Lilly May Huyser; sisters-in-law Jennie Menholt, Christine McVay, Emma Menholt, and Ivy Silvis; and brothers-in-law Hugh Jones, Wesley McVay, and Robert Silvis.

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  1. Shirley D. Peterson on January 23, 2020 said:

    Linda and all the rest of the family have my sympathy. We so enjoyed your mother at our “Birthday Brunches” at Laurie’s Café. We just had one this morning and remembered your mom. Most of the ladies from that time are no longer with us, so many did not know her. She will be missed. May your memories, like mine, of happier times give you peace.

  2. Verlyn and Mary Hofer on January 23, 2020 said:

    To family of Delores Larson:
    Dear Linda and siblings–We were sorry to hear of your mother’s passing and wish to express our condolences. Of course, we have memories of happier times of so long ago. We are sorry we cannot attend the funeral as we are now residents of the Dow Rummel assisted living facility in Sioux Falls. May the Lord bless and strengthen you in this time of sorrow.
    Mary and Verlyn Hofer

  3. Donna Crowl on January 23, 2020 said:

    Sending warm regards to your family. Dolores and Alvin were always very kind to me and our family. Sincere sympathy,
    Jim and Donna (Sandness) Crowl

  4. Gloria Espeland on January 24, 2020 said:

    Linda and all of Dolores’ family: Sincere sympathy to you in the loss of your Mother. I remember visiting you at your home in Canton and then later were at Al and Dolores’ on a farm. My parents (Francis and Mildred Espeland) were friends of them—and my Dad bowled with Al. So long ago, but good memories. Thinking of you all, treasure your memories!