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Linnea Larson, 89, passed away on November 1, 2017. She was born on September 20, 1928 in Rockford, the daughter of Carl Edwin and Anna Amanda (Frojd) Carlson. Linnea graduated from East High School in 1947. She married Melvin L. Larson on June 5, 1954 in Rockford. He predeceased her on August 25, 1984. She was a lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church. Linnea enjoyed sewing and crafts, especially plastic canvas stitching, Bingo, singing, and in her younger years she liked to bowl. Being a twin with her brother Eric was very important to her. Her family brought her so much joy, and she loved sharing family photos. She was proud of her Swedish heritage and loved to share the origin of her name: the flower of Sweden.
She is survived by her children, Daniel M. (Ruth) Larson, Karin (Steve) Green, and Carol (Jim) Hughes; grandchildren, Trisha (Ed) Kornecky, Laura Larson, Amanda (Steve) O'Brien, Jasmun and Reiner Hendrick, Melanie (David) Fager, Nathan Green, and Kayla, Kara, and Kelsey Hughes; great-grandchildren, Logan and Leah O'Brien, Evan and Blake Kornecky, and Oliver Fager; sister, Viola Crowell; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her twin brother, Eric and sister, Elsie. A special thanks to Northwoods Care Centre for welcoming her with open arms and making her feel at home.
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 6, 2017 in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 2nd Ave., Rockford, with Reverend Dale Johnson officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10:00 to 10:45 am. at the Chapel. Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial to be decided for Northwoods Care Centre. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery.

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  1. Debby Medlar Peterson

    Karin, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. It doesn't matter how old we are, the loss of a mother is always hard. I am praying for you and your family.

  2. Jeff Anderson

    Carol, you and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers today. God Bless.

  3. Helena Anderbjörk

    My late father, Sven-Erik Ankarberg, was a cousin of Linnea's on the Swedish side of her family. Growing up, I remember the letters from Linnea that arrived regularly â€" letters that my father truly cherished. He would read them carefully with a dictionary by his side, making sure not to miss the meaning of a single word, and later, as I got older and started learning English at school, I used to help him with the translation. Along with her letters, Linnea would share newspaper clippings, photos, postcards and other mementos, telling Dad about the lives of his American cousins and their families. My father, to whom family was as important as it was to Linnea, greatly appreciated these letters, cards and updates from “over there”, which made him feel connected with his family far away. It was a truly significant moment in his life when, in the year 2000, in connection with a family reunion in Rockford, he was able to meet Linnea and sisters Elsie and Viola, along with many other relatives, for the first time. Fun times were had, new friendships were formed and many photos were taken, which were treasured as mementos of a wonderful visit. This reunion marked the beginning of new, closer relationships between family members on both sides of the Atlantic that are still flourishing today and even though my father sadly never had another opportunity to come to America, I and my family have had the pleasure of meeting Linnea and other family members several times since then. I remember Linnea at that family reunion, singing the beloved Swedish childhood hymn “Tryggare kan ingen vara” (Children of the Heavenly Father) to us in a clear, completely accent free Swedish, sounding like a native Swede and reading beautiful poetry in Swedish as well. Thank you so very much, Linnea, for being such a strong link that helped connect our families across the oceans and for making sure, throughout your life, that that link was never broken! All your years of dedicated letter writing helped in laying the foundation for the new, strong Swedish-American family ties that exist in our family today, for which we are truly grateful! We will never forget you. Vila i frid, Linnea Helena, Gabriel, Isabelle and Louise Anderbjork Stockholm, Sweden Nov 5, 2017

  4. Janell Tempel

    Karen and Steve, Sincere Sympathy.

  5. Lisa Johnson Stavropoulos

    Oh Carol. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I remember your Mom so well from all my sleep overs at your house. I will think of those times on Monday and only wish I could be there in person. Much love xoxo

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