Johanna “Jo” Julia Larson

Johanna “Jo” J. Larson, 92, Eau Claire, Wis., died peacefully at Grace Lutheran Prairie Pointe Rehab Facility, Altoona, on Friday, May 31, 2019, due to a bone infection, under the care of hospice with her family at her side.

Jo was born in Eau Claire on Sept. 22, 1926, to John and Julia (Sundem) Eggen and grew up at Colfax. After high school, she met Orley Larson and they married on Nov. 29, 1952. They later divorced.

She then attended CVTC, was certified to become a nurse's aide and began her career at Luther Hospital. From there, she went on to become a tech in central processing, which included setting up case carts for surgery. She didn’t retire until the age of 72, loved her job and enjoyed her co-workers.

Jo loved sports, especially our Wisconsin teams. Whether it was the Brewers, Bucks, Packers or Badgers, she never missed watching any game.

She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary on Folsom St. and made her daily trips to visit with all of her friends and try her luck at pull-tabs. They were her second family. There wasn’t a friend of hers that didn’t get a homemade knit dishcloth from her.

She loved playing the coronet in the Colfax High School band and many times played taps at the Colfax cemetery for our veterans who had passed.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Nothing was more important to her than her family and her faith. She was a charter member of The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and never hesitated to tell anyone that.

Jo’s family is forever grateful to everyone who stopped to visit her. And a huge thank you to the staff at Monroe Manor in Barron, Mayo Hospice, and the caring and compassionate staff at Prairie Pointe, especially Rachel, Alex and Kenzie.

Surviving are children Sandy (Lou) Henke, Jim (Shelly) Larson and Judy (Rick) Rassbach; grandchildren Gina (Riley) Schulner and Kevin Larson; great-grandchildren Dylan McCracken and Carmella Larson; a brother Ed Eggen; nieces Mikell, Pam and Tricia; and a nephew Randy.

Jo was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Merlin and Tom; a sister Ann Vera Hovland; and a daughter-in-law Mary Larson.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, from The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1120 Cedar St., Eau Claire, with Pastor Josh Toufar officiating and burial at Evergreen Cemetery, Colfax.

Visitation will be held two hours prior to services.

Her dad died the night before she was born. He has finally met her and welcomed her with open arms. What a joyous day Mom; you have waited 92 years to meet each other.

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