February 3, 1926 - March 4, 2016


Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Peace Lutheran Church, Cold Spring, MN for Pearl Larson, age 90, who died Friday at the Assumption Nursing Home. Inurnment will be at the Garden of Peace Cemetery in Cold Spring.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2016 at Peace Lutheran Church in Cold Spring, and from 10:00 – 11:00 Saturday morning at Peace Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN.

Pearl Caroline Larson was born on February 3, 1926 in Eagle Bend, MN to Oscar and Huldah (Ek) Olson. She was baptized on June 10 at Esther Lutheran Church of Parkers Prairie, MN and was confirmed on August 4, 1940. She attended Parkers Prairie High School, graduating in 1944. Immediately following she worked at Midland National Bank, downtown Minneapolis until August 12, 1946 when she married Duane Larson. They lived in and around Bertha, MN, where all of their children were born. In 1968 they moved to Cold Spring, MN, where they have resided since. In 1973 Pearl attended the American Floral Art Design School in Chicago, Illinois and later that fall opened the first flower shop in Cold Spring. She named it Spring Floral Shoppe. When later she sold it, the new owners renamed it Cold Spring Floral, which it still remains. In 1981 she acquired her insurance license and was a district representative for Aid Association for Lutherans, which is now Thrivent. She retired in 1990. She and her husband have traveled extensively since then. Pearl was an avid seamstress, among things she has sewn is a quilt for each of her children and each of her grandchildren. She entered two of them at the Minnesota State Fair. She loved to play cards, especially bridge, she was a charter member of the local “Meals on Wheels” program, an excellent pie maker, and former Lioness member and volunteered at her church and community. She was very proud of her Swedish heritage. She reveled in the laughter of her grandchildren all of whom she knew well and kept close contact with, even into their adulthood.

Survivors include her husband, Duane; children, Randall (Jill), David (Roberta), Dean (Deborah), Ronald (Diane), Carolyn (David Ronneberg), Pamela (Scott) Howard, Cheryl (Kenneth) Norman, Gregory (Michelle); twenty-one grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; sister, Ruby Westad; Brother, Rev. Oliver Olson and Wife Pat.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother-in-law, Lawrence Westad.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Peace Lutheran Church or Quilts for Missions in Cold Spring, MN.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Assumption Home for the wonderful care of Pearl.