Mary Anne (Schwab) Larsen

Mary Ann Larsen, 87, of Morgan died Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Gil-Mor Manor in Morgan. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Morgan with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, from 4 until 8 p.m. at Nelson-Martin Funeral Home in Morgan and will continue at the church on Wednesday for one hour prior to services.

Arrangements are with Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Morgan. E-mail condolences may be sent via

Mary Ann Larsen, the daughter of Frank and Clara (Heiling) Schwab, was born September 9, 1926 in New Avon Township, Redwood County, Minnesota. She grew up in New Avon Township attending District 101 Elementary School and then Wabasso High School where she graduated in 1944. Mary Ann then attended Teachers Training and taught school from 1945 until 1949.

On October 5, 1948 Mary Ann married Gilbert H. Larsen in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Clements and they moved to Morgan where she lived until entering Gil-Mor Manor in January 2013. In addition to being a housewife and mother she was the coordinator of We Care from 1960 until present, a cake decorator from 1948 until 2010, taught CCD for many years and was active with the CCW. Mary Ann and We Care Project have been the recipient of various awards including Southwest Initiative Fund 1993, WCCO Radio Good Neighbor award 1994, KLGR Radio Hometown Hero award, St. Michaels Catholic Aid award, Chanel 5 On the Road Again with Jason Davis 1995, Metrodome Kirby Puckett 1996, The Governor’s Acts of Kindness award 1996, College of St. Theresa Alumnae Recognition 1997, Blue Cross Blue Shield Ageless Hero award 2001, KEYC Television Jefferson Award 2002, Minnesota Second Harvest Hunger for Hope award 2002, Outstanding Senior Citizen of Redwood County 2003, Catholic Extension Lumen Christi award 2003, Minnesota Volvo For Life award 2004, Faith Works Across the USA 2005, Southwest Initiative 20th Year Anniversary award 2006, and Bishops Diocesan Distinguished Service award 2006.

She is survived by her eleven children Anne (Alan) Wenisch of Springfield, Michael Larsen of Morgan, James (Pauline) Larsen of Morgan, Joseph Larsen of Morgan, Rita Gewerth of Morgan, Kenneth (Barb) Larsen of Morgan, Theresa (Jim) Dittbenner of Morris, Timothy (Kim) Larsen of Morgan, Patrick (Mary Kate) Larsen of Morgan, Jean (Gene) Penning of Shakopee, and Joan (Rick) Wenisch of Morgan. Also surviving are 38 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; sister Sister Magdalen Schwab of St. Scholastic in St. Cloud, and sisters-in-law Phyllis (Dave) Zummach of Woodbury, Betty (George) Knudsen of Dodge Center, and Marilyn Vogl of Morton. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gilbert “Gib;” brothers Rueben, Francis, and Joe; sister in infancy Mildred; grandson Nick Wenisch; and great-granddaughter Alecia Luann Larsen.

Blessed be her memory.

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