Violet Kathyleen Larson


December 15, 1917 - December 30, 2012



Violet Kathyleen Ryg was born in Wallace Township near Ottawa, IL to Martin Ryg and Sophia Amundson Ryg on December 15, 1917. Violet was the third of five children of her Norwegian immigrant parents. She grew up on a farm in Wallace Township Illinois. Vi attended Fennessey Grade School where she was the only one in her class for all eight years. She graduated from Ottawa Public High School in 1936. After high school she continued her education at Lutheran Bible School in Fergus Falls, MN. While at Fergus Falls she met Alfred Larson of Mt. Vernon, SD. Violet and Alfred were married on November 11, 1939 at Freedom Lutheran Church near Ottawa. The couple briefly farmed west of Mt. Vernon on the Loon homestead from 1939 until they moved into Mt. Vernon in 1944 where Violet lived until January 2002 when she moved to Wesley Acres in Mitchell. She lived at Firesteel Nursing Home from 2004 until her death.

Following Alfred’s death in 1959 Violet worked at the Mt. Vernon Post Office until she retired in 1992. She also worked as a teacher’s aide for the Mt. Vernon school system and as a nurse’s aide at Storla Nursing Home.

She loved her family and treasured her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed visiting them and being a part of their life. She found great comfort and joy in her church, Salem Lutheran in Mt. Vernon, and her many close friends in the community. She served on many church boards and taught Sunday school. She also routinely volunteered at the school. She was a charter member of the Busy Dozen Club. She loved rooting for the Mt. Vernon Mustangs and playing cards and board games with her friends.

She is survived by her children, Mary Larson, Little Falls MN, Ray (Linda) Larson, Peoria AZ, Jean (Dennis) Haselhorst, Mansfield, SD and Alan (Donna) Larson, Madison, WI, her eight grandchildren, and four great- grandchildren, sister, Selma (Frank) Robinson, Gilbert AZ, and sister-in-law, Ona Ryg, Gibson City, IL. She was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother, her loving husband, Alfred, a son, Ronald, and a daughter, Ruth.


The family requests memorial donations be made to the

Salem Lutheran Church of Mount Vernon in lieu of flowers.






Friday, January 4, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, January 5, 2013
10:30 AM
Salem Lutheran Church
Mount Vernon, South Dakota


Mount Vernon Cemetery
Mount Vernon, South Dakota

Posted by Deb, Ally, Chris, Matt Campanelli- Calgary, AB CA on January 15, 2013
May God wrap His loving, comforting arms around each of you as you celebrate the life of Mom, Grandmother and Great- Grandmother. She was incredibly special to me growing up in the Larson family and a visit to SD was not the same without time spent with Aunt Violet... God bless you all and we look forward to hearing from you soon!
Posted by Kelly on January 3, 2013
To the Larson family: I'm sorry for the loss of your mother. I know you will miss her greatly. Revelation 21:4 says that one day death, mourning, and tears will be gone. May God grant you peace and strength at this time. You have my deepest sympathies.
Posted by Don & Lynn Larson on January 1, 2013
May GOD'S Blessings be with you and Family at this time and you and Family are in our Prayers. From Don Larson in Gooding, Idaho.
Posted by Cathy(Larson) Paz on January 1, 2013
May God give you Peace and Sweet Memoriesof your Dear Mother at this time of sorrow. God Bless, Cathy Paz
Posted by Mary Helen (Larson) Johnson on January 1, 2013
You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this time of sadness for the loss of your mother, Aunt Violet. I hope you find comfort in the knowledge that she led a good life and will be rewarded in heaven. Love to you all. Mary Helen in Meridian, Idaho
Posted by Lee Ann Doucette on December 31, 2012
Mary and family - you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time upon the death of your beloved mother. One consolation: when Violet took her last breath on earth, she took her first breath in Heaven! Be assurred she is watching over all of you. Lee Ann in Little Falls, Mn.
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