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Joan Larsen

February 6, 2014
Estherville News

ARMSTRONG - Funeral services for Joan Larsen, 80, of Armstrong will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at Nazareth Lutheran church in Armstrong with Pastor Vance Toivonen officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Armstrong. Interment will be at Armstrong Grove Cemetery in Armstrong.

She died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at Valley Vue Care Center in Armstrong.

Joan S. (Shurts) Larsen, the daughter of Paul and Harriett (Mallgren) Shurts, was born Sept. 14, 1933, in Sibley.

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She received her education in the Garner Schools, graduating from Garner High School. Joan then attended the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and Buena Vista University, obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Education.

On June 20, 1959, she was united in marriage to Roger Larsen in Armstrong. The couple made their home in Armstrong, where they began raising their family and Joan along with being a homemaker was employed as a teacher in the Armstrong schools. She taught kindergarten, first grade and grades 5 - 8 Social Studies. She retired after 36 years of teaching. Following her retirement, Joan worked at the Armstrong Public Library. She loved music and sang with the UNI Acapella Choir, the Sweet Adalines, Country Chords, Many Voices Choir and also the Nazareth Lutheran Choir.

She was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church in Armstrong; PEO, Eastern Star and Evening Study Club.

Left to cherish Joan's memory are her husband, Roger; her children, David Larsen and his wife, Terry, and their children, Aric, Byron and Nicholas; Donald Larsen and his children, Mercedes, Matthew and Michael; and Lori Edwards and her husband, Jerry and their children, Jeremy and Joshua.

Preceding Joan in death were her parents. Online condolences may be sent to



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