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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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The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Iron Mountain, MI to honor Rita’s legacy of life.