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Helen Elizabeth Larson, 97, of Rockford went home to be with The Lord on Thursday, January 3, 2019 in Morning Star Village. Born October 7, 1921, in Rockford; the daughter of Hjalmer and Ellen (Johansson) Ekberg. She graduated from Rockford High School class of 1939. Married Daryl D. Larson on August 13, 1951 in Zion Lutheran Church; he predeceased her March 11, 2004. She was a secretary to her husband's business, Larson Sheet Metal Works, retiring 1988. She was a member of W.E.L.C.A. and taught Sunday School over 50 years. She also belonged to Salvation Army Auxiliary and Swedish Historical Society.
She is survived by her son Dr. David (Susie) Larson, Rockford; daughter Beth (Dr. John) Johanson, Rockford; four granddaughters, Erika (Philip) Hueneke, Alyssa (Chip) Davis, Sarah (Alex) Wolf, Elena Johanson; grandson, Jonathan; great granddaughter, Elin; and many nieces and nephews. Helen was a kind, caring and loving person always quick with a smile and with words of encouragement to all she met. She will be greatly missed, but the angels are rejoicing at her homecoming.
Funeral service will be Saturday, January 12 at 11:00 in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 2nd Avenue, Rockford. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10:00 to 10:45. The family prefers memorials to be given to Zion Lutheran Church.

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  1. Augie and Cathi Sabbe

    May the Lord wrap Helen in his arms, and may He leave you with enough wonderful memories to fill your lifetime! Our prayers, thoughts, love, and our sympathies are with you all!

  2. Kim Zaphel

    Helen was one of those people that you know this quote was made for: People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. -Maya Angelou. Helen was like a 3rd Grandma to my sister and I. She always wanted to spend the day with us. I remember she took us shopping at Big Lots and bought us Koosas for our Cabbage Patch Dolls. She thought it was so funny watching everyone get excited about a new shipment of toys. She was excited, because we were excited. She was my 3 year old classroom Sunday School teacher. Her favorite song was Jesus loves the Little Children. She told us Jesus loves you and so do I. I remember her talking about how Jesus loves all the children of the world.....red, yellow, black and brown, and white. She had a picture in her classroom that I remember of Jesus reading a story to little children and she was where we all felt safe and loved. Many Sundays as I got older it was still a special day to stop in and visit with her after Sunday school was done and she would stay and talk as long as she had visitors and little friends. At Zion Lutheran Church, there were many people who made a difference in my childhood, but I will always have a special place in my heart for Grandma Helen. Today I walked one of her grandaughters down to her old classroom. It looks way smaller than I remember and doesnt look the same. There are no blocks or cookies and juice, no dolls or pictures on the wall; It is now a computer room for neighborhood families. But it still has that feeling of love. I will carry on her big heart and adoration of children with me as I continue in education. Even when she had some difficult behaviors in her class, "No matter what, they just need love she would say." What a life well lived!

  3. Richard & Barbara Easton

    God be with you and yours love you.

  4. Laura Dingus

    So very sad to hear of Helen's passing! She was a wonderful lady who left a lasting impression on me and Denver. I will always remember her sweet smile and loving kindness. Prayers for your family in this time of loss.

  5. Ron and Debi Gilchrist

    Oh the rejoicing in heaven!!! Praying for your family as you celebrate your precious Helen. Wish we could be there to be witness all the love for her being expressed at the memorial service. Such a special, faith filled, strong and loving lady

  6. John&Donna Carlson

    Your MOTHER was a very special and when every we saw her she was a blessing to talk to her and see her. She is now home with her LORD and SAVIOR . We will see her again when we join her there. GOD BLESS YOU AND THE FAMILY.

  7. Deanna Olson Hartenberg

    I absolutely adored Helen and her cheerful disposition. She had a quick wit and I loved practicing my Swedish for her to critique. I know she is in heaven sharing her smile. My prayers are with all of you as you celebrate her life with memories.

  8. Dave and Ruthie Janssen

    Our condolences to the Larson and Johanson families. Mrs. Larson left a lasting impression on me through the years at Zion Lutheran. Her soft spoken ways, her faith, and her friendship were enduring. Beth..you've been blessed with a wonderful family.

  9. Rosemary Wayman

    I first met Daryl as he came into the Salvation Army Thrift Store on 18th. Ave. We quickly became friends. When he brought his lovely wife with him, it was automatic that I was part of their family. Helen and I shared wonderful times together. I'll never forget that she brought flowers up to me while I was in the hospital. Although I am not able to attend her funeral, please know I'll be in prayer for your comfort and peace.

  10. Kermit and Susan Krug

    Our condolences to you and your family on the passing of your sweet mother. It is never easy to lose a parent no matter your age. I pray for your peace and comfort as you continue your life journey without your mom's earthly presence.

  11. Brenda & Tom Paulson

    So sorry to hear if your mom's passing. She was such a sweet & wonderful lady. Sending prayers for comfort during this difficult time.

  12. Angela Barber

    She was a very dear person with a heart of gold, she will be missed. Heaven got a beautiful angel


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