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Arlene Larson

March 24, 1938-Oct. 6, 2009

Arlene C. Larson, 71, of Lake Park, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 in Sunnyside Care Center, Lake Park, surrounded by her loving family.

Arlene Carol Norman, was born to Oscar and Clara Norman in Hawley, MN. She graduated from Hawley High School in 1956.

Arlene married Victor H. Larson, Jr. on August 25, 1956 in Hawley. In 1958 they moved to Lake Park. She worked at the Hilltop Lounge and later at the Lake Park Liquor Store for 28 years, where she was known as "Pixie." She retired in 1998. She loved cooking and dancing.

She taught all of her kids to dance to Polka Party. She opened her home to many people and they all called her "Ma."

Arlene is survived by her children, Vernon (Carol) of Hibbing, Veril (Dawn) of West Fargo, Vicki of Lake Park, Vereen (Toni) of Jamestown, Vance of Lake Park, Vincent (Lyn) of Lake Park, Valerie (Gary) Frieler of Lake Park, Vaughn of Moorhead, Vanessa (David) Gage of Lake Park, Victor (Kiara) of Moorhead and Vergil (Sarah Welter) of Zimmerman; 21 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one brother, James (Karen) Norman of Glyndon; four sisters, Thelma Hanson of Hawley, Ethel (Bob) Cullen of Fargo, Clara Johnson of Ocotillo, Calif., Shirley Norman of Fargo; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents Oscar and Clara; husband, Victor; one brother, Glen; and one sister, Jane.

Visitation took place Friday, Oct. 9 at Eksjo Lutheran Church, Lake Park.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 in Lake Park Lutheran Church, with interment at Lake Park Lutheran Cemetery.

Arrangements were provided by Wright Funeral Home in Lake Park. An online guestbook is available at