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Donna Larsen

Donna Larsen

Aug. 16, 1927-Aug. 26, 2014

Donna L. Larsen, 87, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at her residence.

Donna, the daughter of Edwin and Emma (Frisvold) Mahlum, was born on August 16, 1927 in Fertile, Minn. She was raised in Fertile until her family moved to Detroit Lakes, where Donna graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1945.

Donna worked at Swift Turkey Plant, where she met the love of her life, Willard Larsen. They were married on July 5, 1950 in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She later worked at Bergen's Greenhouse for 13 years as a mum grower, until returning to Swift Turkey Plant to work in the hatchery, where she eventually retired.

Donna was a woman of strong faith and shared her faith with her family. She enjoyed fishing, music and her pets, especially her dog Charlie. Donna took pride in taking care of her home, whether it was mowing the lawn or tending to her flowers.

Surviving Donna are her two daughters, Bonnie (Rick) Plante of Spooner, Wis., and Vicki (Ron) Bjorklund of Detroit Lakes; son, W. David (Jo) Larsen of Dayton, Minn.; six grandchildren, Ryan (Sue) Bjorklund, Tricia Bjorklund, Lucas (Ashley) Boie, Jacob Boie, Nick (fianc, Amy Nikodym) Larsen and Sara Larsen; six great grandchildren, Ethan, Tallulah, Scarlet, Katelyn, Bode and Veda; one sister, Edwina (Harold) Gebeke of Detroit Lakes; two brothers, Wally (Colleen) Mahlum of Glyndon and Virgil (Patricia) Mahlum of Detroit Lakes; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Donna in death were her parents; husband, Willard (1994); sister, Gloria Hagen; and her special dog, Charlie.