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Elsie Larsen

June 30, 1918 - December 13, 2010


3-8:00 P.M. Thursday, December 16 in Adams Winterfield and Sullivan Funeral home in Downers Grove, IL. 4343 Main Street , Downers Grove IL 60515.


11:00 A.M. Friday, December 17 at Irving Park Cemetery, 777 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago IL.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo and Adams Winterfield & Sullivan Funeral Home, Downers Grove, IL.

Elsie Larsen

June 30, 1918 - December 13, 2010


Elsie Gladys Larsen passed away of natural causes At Bethany Home on December 13, 2010.  She was born in Chicago, IL on June 30, 1918 to Charles and Minnie (Bacher) Buser.  She lived in Chicago with her parents.  The death of her father caused Elsie and her mother to join relatives in Ottawa, IL in 1928.  They lived on the Schmidt farm with her aunt Rose, her cousin Paul and his wife Lucy Schmidt.  She graduated from Ottawa High School in 1936 and attended Illinois State (Normal) University receiving her Bachelors Degree in Physical Education in 1940.  She completed her Masters degree at Northwestern University in 1946.  Her dissertation was on how to teach swimming to those who are afraid of the water. 

She taught at Emerson and Longfellow schools in Oak Park and at Argo Community High School, where she met her husband, Everett Christian Larsen.  They wed in 1949 and made their home in Bedford Park. Elsie returned to substitute teaching once their children, James and Lynn were in school.  She worked for the Bedford Park Library later in life enjoying the social aspects of being among residents of the community.  One of her favorite memories was of the human chain that the community formed to pass the books hand to hand for two blocks from the old library to the new one.

She was active in the Women’s Club, PTA and served on the Library Board in Bedford Park.  She volunteered at the Well Baby clinic in great part to coo at the children.  She played bridge with friends and continued to play tennis into her 70’s.  She loved swimming and skipping rope, especially double dutch.  She was an accomplished and daring cook, searching for new recipes and trying new foods.  She kept her in touch with her high school friends and her college friends until the last year of her life by writing round robin letters back and forth.  She took advantage of the classes offered through the Bedford Park Community Center making many ceramic items.

She is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Minnie and her husband Everett.  She is survived by her son, James (Chicago); her daughter Lynn (Richard Geurts) Gonzales, LA, her grandsons David, San Francisco CA  and Jay (Dana) and great grandson Finnegan Jacob Larsen all of Duvall WA, and many cousins and friends.


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  1. Sandy & Debi Anderson says:

    Dear Lynn and Red,

    Elsie’s journey to a better place is complete. She sounds like she was a great and fun lady – even more than you have told us! And Lynn, you look so much like her!!

    We’re sure this and the circumstance of your lives at this time is very strenuous.

    You have our sympathy on losing your loved one along with our love. We are sending a memorial in Elsie’s name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

    Travel safely,

    Sandy and Debi

  2. Joshua Geurts says:

    Hampton MN
    Lynn and family,

    You are all in our prayers at this time of loss. Please know we wish we could be there for you.

    Josh, Dorine, Allison, and Victoria

  3. Denise Martin says:

    Moorhead MN
    Lynn & Family:
    I had the pleasure to care for Elsie while she lived at Four Seasons in Moorhead. She was a very interesting lady with lots of stories about teaching phy ed and living in Illinois. I know that she will be happy to be back home in Illinois. I enjoyed the time I spent with her. God’s peace to you at this time of sorrow.

  4. Brenda Rosten says:

    Fargo ND
    Lynn and family: My condolences to all of you at Elsie’s passing. I only was fortunate to meet her a couple of times, but I so enjoyed all of Lynn’s interesting stories about Elsie and her sharp whit.
    I hope that you will all share many a laugh and smiles while you gather to celebrate Elsie’s life.

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