Dolores "Dolly" Jean Larsen, 81, of 400 Hwy 18 w., Clear Lake, died Saturday Feb. 12, 2011 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City.
Funeral services will be 10:30a.m. Thursday Feb. 17, 2011 at the United Methodist Church, Clear Lake, with Rev. Diana Hoover officiating. Interment will be in the Clear Lake Cemetery. A visitation was held Wednesday from 5:00-7:00p.m. at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake and then one hour before the service on Thursday at the church. Family suggests memorials to Dolores J. Larsen memorial fund.
Dolly was born Sept. 10, 1929 in Reinbeck, the daughter of Peter "Iner" and Virginia (Richmond) Petersen. She graduated from Traer High School in 1948.
Dolly married Nels Larsen Oct. 30, 1949 in Marshall County. They spent their honeymoon in Clear Lake and decided they liked it so much they stayed in Clear Lake. She worked for Clear Lake Bank and Trust as a teller for many years, before leaving to raise her children. She later worked for the Clear Lake School system in the cafeteria.
Dolly enjoyed bowling, gardening , canning dill pickles which she called Dollys Dills. She was known to many as the neighborhood backyard supervisor, where the wiffle ball games were held. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Dolly was a member of United Methodist Church, Clear Lake, and Clear Lake V.F.W. Aux.
Dolly is survived by her husband Nels Larsen, Clear Lake; two sons Mike Larsen and his wife Jennifer, Clear Lake and their three children Jake, Tanner and Bailey and Craig Larsen and his wife Lori, Cedar Falls and their three children Alec, Madison and Ashlyn; three brothers, her twin brother Don Petersen and his wife Norma, Cedar Falls, Bob Petersen and his wife, Lois, Chaska, Minn. and Jim Petersen and his wife Mary, Reinbeck. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister-in-law Juanita Petersen and her sister Lois Hahn and her husband Carlin. Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, Iowa. 641-357-2`193. www.colonialchapel.com