May 29, 2024

Beverly Jean Larson

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Beverly Jean Larson, 90, of Alexandria passed away on September 5, 2023 at her residence at Bethany on the Lake in Alexandria. Memorial services were held Saturday, September 16, 2023 at Nora Lutheran Church in Kensington. To watch Beverly’s service, please visit: <www.andersonfuneral.net.>

Beverly Jean (Carlsen) Larson was born March 25, 1933, near Ceylon, MN, to Alfred William Carlsen and Ruth Lillian (Apland) Carlsen. She was baptized and confirmed at Palestine Lutheran Church in Dolliver, IA. At 16 years of age, she moved with her family to Kensington, MN, where she attended Kensington High School, graduating in 1951 with salutatorian honors. Beverly worked at the Kensington Bank prior to marrying Leonard Clarence Larson on September 27, 1952 at Nora Lutheran Church. They began their life together on the Larson Farm, rural Kensington, where Beverly lived until 2017 before moving to Alexandria at Winona Shores Apartments and Bethany Home On the Lake. She spent 65 years on the Larson Farm. This marriage was blessed with four children; Davis, Susan, Valerie, and Julie. She enjoyed flowers and vegetable gardening, refinishing woodwork and reupholstering furniture, baking donuts, lefse, kringler, and rosettes, and also canning and sewing for her family, which in later years, she sewed quilts for even the grandchildren.  She raised hundreds of chickens, selling eggs to help bring income to the family. In later years, she did factory work, was a nurse’s aide, and a caregiver. In the early 80’s, she graduated at the top of her class in Alexandria Technical School. That led her to work in various offices including a Realty Company.

Beverly was a faithful servant of God at the Nora Lutheran Church as a Sunday School teacher and a financial secretary for many years, and made hundreds of quilts for missions with the ladies group. However, the most important service Beverly did was helping people with their faith journey in Christ. When asked what the most important  life lesson she learned, her reply was ‘to always be kind and good to others’.

Beverly is survived by her children: Davis (Theresa) Larson of Kensington, Susan (Steve) Nessman of Kensington, Valerie (Dan) Daniels, of Alexandria, and Julie (Tim) Waggoner of Downsville, LA; ten Grandchildren—Angie (Joe) Radermacher; Teri (Becca) Nessman, Joey (Michelle) Nessman, Annie (Kent) Chan, Randy (Christina) Nessman; Tracy Petschow, Michael (Kellie) Daniels; Ashlee (Mike) Falck, Thomas Gunderson, Marcus (Lydia) Gunderson; with extended loving grandchildren and greats in Louisiana. 23 great grandchildren— Zachary, Owen, Tessa, and Emma Radermacher; Tanner, Trevin, Joseph, and Javen Nessman; Jada and Jaxon Chan, Milo and Oliver Nessman; Bradley Petschow, Cameron and Christian Hall; Kennedy, Addison and Brooklyn Daniels; Elsa, Henry, and Jack Falck; Penelope and Adeleine Gunderson.

She is also survived by one brother Allen (Cindy) Carlsen of Alexandria, one brother-in-law Clayton Hauglie, one sister-in-law Florence Schwendeman, and many cherished nieces and nephews and greats.

She was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband Leonard in 1989; two sisters: Bernice Hauglie, Carolyn Hauglie;  one brother Melvin Carlsen, and 14 sisters and brothers in-law, and also loving nieces and nephews.

 Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Beverly.

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