Rita Larson

Rita Larson

Monday, December 22nd, 1930 Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

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Obituary for Rita L. Larson (Valenti)

Iron Mountain-Rita L. Larson, 89, of Iron Mountain, Mich., was called home to the Lord on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at Dickinson County Healthcare System, Iron Mountain, Mich., surrounded by her family.

She was born December 22, 1930, in Iron Mountain, daughter of the late Quinto and Gilda (Faccin) Valenti. She married Jack B Larson on July 26, 1952 in Iron Mountain. In the early 1960’s, they moved to California where she loved her home, working in the yard, friends, and family. After the passing of her husband in April 1977, she returned to Iron Mountain with her family. She enjoyed winter vacations in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her sister, Jean (Chick) Valenti and dearest friend, Jean Formell. Playing cards, dominoes, and blackjack, were a favorite pastime for her. She loved helping to raise her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Rita was cared for by her daughter, Bernie over the last eight years as well as caregivers, Ericka, Amanda, Mallory, Catrina, Debbie, Bryanna, and Cheyenne of Home Health Care Professionals. The family wishes to give special thanks to these caregivers for their love and support.

She was a beloved wife of the late Jack B. Larson; great loving mother of two daughters, Mary J Larson Martin and Bernadette Larson, both of Iron Mountain, Mich.; adored grandmother of five grandchildren, Garred (Alexandra) Martin, Jack Ryan Martin, Magen (Josh) Pfiester, Katherine (Jamie) Voglund, and Andrew Larson; and fourteen great-grandchildren, Jaden Martin, Dexter Martin, Aurora Martin, Jamilla Abdullah, Jack Ryan Martin Jr., Beau Martin, Kelsey Martin (her fiancé, Graydon Bohn), Ashton Pfiester, Aubrie Pfiester, Braylon Anderson, Griffin Voglund, Franklin Voglund, and Liberty Voglund.

In addition to her parents, and her husband, Jack Rita was preceded in death by her sister, Jean Valenti; son-in-law, Gary Martin ;and father and mother-in-law, Nels Larson and Dominica Larson.

Visitation will be held Monday, March 9, 2020, from 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, Mich. A Memorial Service will take place Monday, 1:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Rev. Fr. Michael Kowalewski will officiate.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, March 9th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Jacobs Funeral Home- Iron Mountain
    1025 Carpenter Avenue
    Iron Mountain, Michigan
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Monday, March 9th, 2020
    12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Service

    Monday, March 9th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Jacobs Funeral Home
    1025 Carpenter Avenue
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Monday, March 9th, 2020
    Rev. Michael Kowalewski

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JoAnne Carlsen

Bernie and Mary, So very sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my prayers. I have fond memories of your Mom that I will always treasure. JoAnne Turini Carlsen
Comment | Posted at 04:53pm via Condolence

Patrick Sherman

When I saw Rita's obituary my memory was immediately flooded with good memories of times we spent with she and Jackie when we were little and before they moved to California. Both were great with kids and made me laugh. Rita had a wonderful laugh and warmth that I never forgot! Patrick Sherman
Comment | Posted at 12:48pm via Condolence

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