The funeral for Jo will be at 11 AM, Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Crookston

Jorene "Jo" Larson, age 75, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at RiverView Health in Crookston, with her loving family at her side. 

Jorene Ann Zink was born on December 1, 1938 at Carrington, ND daughter of Harold and Erna (Peterson) Zink. She grew up on the family farm near Carrington.  She attended school at Rosehill Country School and graduated from Carrington High School.   After graduation she attended Interstate Business College in Fargo for bookkeeping and worked for an accounting firm in Fargo following her graduation.  She was united in marriage with Charles E. Larson on March 29, 1958 at Carrington Federated Church, Carrington, ND.  After their wedding, they made their first home in Montevideo, MN.  They returned to Fargo in 1959 and lived there until 1972 when the family moved to Bottineau, ND.  In 1975, the family moved to Crookston and settled into their forever home on Golf Terrace Drive.  Jo’s career was taking care of her family.  When her children were young, Jo served as Cub Scout, Campfire, Girl Scout, and 4-H leader.   She truly was her children’s biggest fan.   As grandchildren arrived, she shared her love with them and enjoyed watching their concerts, games, plays, and spending time at lake with them making memories.  In Crookston, Jo headed up a bowling team and 17 years ago organized a card club.  She enjoyed quilting at Trinity and was a creative craft person.  She put together beautiful jewelry Christmas trees with her Mom that she gave to each of her children.  Jo was the Mom of the neighborhood and always had popsicles and treats available for the neighbor kids when they stopped by to visit.  She enjoyed playing cards, games, and dice with her friends and family.  Jo loved and celebrated every holiday; preparing fabulous meals, decorating her home inside and out, and enjoyed collecting Villages that lit up her home through the winter holiday.  Jo especially enjoyed her beautiful flower beds in her yard that she planned and planted with Cory.  Jo was active with her work at Trinity with the community food basket program and also enjoyed helping with the community theatre working behind the scenes getting the props ready for the play.  She was known to have an impeccable home and shared that gift with others as well helping them clean, paint, wallpaper, and organize.  Jo had a very big heart that would do anything for anyone.  

Jo is survived by her husband of fifty-six years; Chuck, five children:  Cory (Jeff) Nielsen of Crookston, Nancy Larson (Darcy Birkholz) of Fargo, Craig (Melinda) Larson of Crookston, Julie (Wes) Staigle of Fargo, and Janelle (Chris) Hetzler of West Fargo; five grandchildren:  Christopher and Allison Larson, Cole and Nathan Staigle, and Charlee Jo Hetzler; siblings: Joyce (Lyle) Paulson of Fargo, Judy (John) Greene of Fargo, Richard Zink of Carrington, Merlin (Elaine) Zink of Baker, Montana, and Marlene (Duane) Anderson of Fargo; sister-in-law: Beverly Sprenger of Fargo;  brother-in-law: Kurt (Connie) Larson of Wayzata, MN and sister-in-law: Sylvia (Arlan) Mostue of Fargo; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Erna Zink, in-laws Carl and Ethel Larson, and son-in-law Terry Hanson.  May God richly bless the memory of Jorene Larson, amazing wife, mom, and friend!

The funeral for Jo will be at 11 AM, Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Crookston, with The Rev. Gregory Isaacson, officiating.  Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston from 5 to 7 pm, Wednesday, with a prayer service at 7 pm and also for one hour before the service at the church.  Inurnment will be at Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.  Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church Quilting, Beautification, or Community Food Basket Program.   Stenshoel-Houske is assisting with the arrangements.

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