Virginia A. Larsen

Born: Thursday, July 20, 1933
Passed: Friday, January 26, 2018

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Virginia Larsen of Sycamore, died peacefully on January 26, 2018 at Oakcrest Retirement Center. Virginia was born in Chicago, IL on July 20, 1933 to Harold and Anna Werhane (Tomandl). She married Arnold Larsen on October 23, 1954 in Northbrook, IL. Virginia is survived by her children Valerie (Jim) Heintz, Chip Larsen and Anna (Abed) Zantout; her 7 grandchildren Kim Heintz, Mark (Katherine) Heintz, Greg Heintz, Jeff Larsen, Tracey Sosin, Alan (Becky) Zantout, and Laura (Dan) Beacher; 5 great-grandchildren; sister, Jennie (Frank) Schrage of Willow, AK, sister-in-law, Ann Werhane of DeKalb, and 9 nieces and nephews. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and brother, Robert Werhane.

Virginia loved many different types of adventures during her lifetime - some of which included llama trekking in Colorado, bicycling through the Czech Republic, canoeing through the Okefenokee Swamp, crossing the ocean on a sailboat named the Sea Cloud, and cross country and downhill skiing. She and Arnie loved to travel and did so throughout the United States and the world.

Virginia was a lifelong Cubs fan. She rooted for them through thick and thin, never losing hope they would win the World Series. Other interests included attending the opera, reading, bicycling, gardening, and quilting.

Virginia was deeply involved in her community. She was a faithful and active member of the Federated Church in Sycamore, served on the Sycamore School Board, Kishwaukee Hospital Auxiliary, Girl Scouts USA, and Kishwaukee Hospital Foundation. Virginia was always willing to serve individuals - offering a helping hand whenever needed.

One of Virginia's greatest joys was spending time with her grandchildren. When they began arriving, Virginia and Arnie bought a vacation house on a lake in Rhinelander, WI. This created a place where family could gather to swim, boat, bicycle, build snow forts, play games, sit around the campfire to watch sunsets and make s'mores. Arnie and Virginia purposely wanted to build experiences for their family that would help create deep bonds and shared memories that would last a lifetime. Because of Virginia's great love for her grandchildren and the outdoors, she planned many annual trips with them to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. Together they mapped out their trips, packed their food and other necessities and went into the wild carrying everything they needed to canoe, portage and camp during their week-long adventures.

Those that knew Virginia will forever be touched by her love of life, commitment to family, friends and community. We are each grateful for the many ways she supported us with her time and love. She will always be close to our hearts and in our thoughts. We will miss her always.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at Oakcrest for their compassion and wonderful care during the last four years. We would also like to thank Northwestern Hospice for their care and compassion.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 3 at 1:00 in the chapel at Oakcrest, 2944 Greenwood Acres Drive, DeKalb. There will be an opportunity to visit with the family in the atrium adjacent to the chapel from noon until the time of the funeral and immediately following the funeral. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Meals on Wheels. Checks may be made to Meals on Wheels and mailed to Meals on Wheels, 1606 Bethany Road, Sycamore, IL 60178.

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  1. Paula Brumley Bennington

    Mrs. Larsen was my Girl Scout Leader. She always made it fun and educational, and I love camping to this day, due in large part to her leadership. I have fond memories of those days, as I'm sure many of her former scouts do. Deepest sympathy to the family and all who loved her.

  2. Gloria and Janet Pearson

    Our condolences go out to the Larsen family. They were wonderful neighbors for many years and will be missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Kim and Mark Aug

    We didn't know Virginia, but what a lovely tribute to her life. The legacy of a loving family is the greatest testimonial that can be made, and she has left behind a truly wonderful, kind and compassionate family. We hope your sweet memories will carry you through the difficult experience of saying goodbye to someone so dear.

  4. Patti Bergland

    I did not know Virginia personally, however I was blessed by her through her children. Her passion for life and generosity was obvious through them. I know she will live on through them as they share that passion with future generations. My love and prayers are with the family.

  5. Diane (Oltman) Lathrop

    Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear. Virginia - Mrs. Larsen - was a Girl Scout leader of MINE, I can recall hiking and cooking with her, laughing and joking, what a wonderful personality - encourager - friend. She'll be in my heart and memories forever. Hugs to all of you. God bless you.

  6. Jon Briscoe

    She must have been an amazing woman and I wish you peace as you miss her physical presence.

  7. Liz peterson

    Thinking of your family.

  8. Rob Kummer

    My deepest sympathy to your family…

  9. Betty Tomandl

    Virginia was one of my favorite bieces she was special! May she Rest In Peace. I also did not know her brother Bob had passed love and prayers to all. 🌹🌷ðŸ'âœï¸

  10. Karen Hamingson

    Virginia was always an inspiration to me. We shared many experiences- girl scouts, school board, Kish Auxilary, CASA. She was my partner in handbells and sidekick to Cubs opening day. Dan and I will miss her, but she will always be in our hearts.

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