Doris Marie Larsen, 97, passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at St. Josephs Home in Kenosha. Born in Kenosha on March 1, 1917, she was the daughter of Carl and Marie Maegaard. She married Carl R. Larsen on May 29, 1939, at St. Mary’s Lutheran Church where they were both lifelong members.
Educated in Kenosha public schools, she graduated in the Mary D. Bradford class of 1935 and the Kenosha College of Commerce in 1936. Throughout her life she was active in her high school class alumni association.
Doris was an accomplished pianist in high school and at the age of 18 began lessons on the pipe organ at St. Mary’s Lutheran Church. Within a year she became a substitute organist. She retired as the early service organist at St. Mary’s after 33 years of service. For many years after that she continued to act as a substitute organist for St. Mary’s and several other local churches.
After graduation from Business College, Doris was secretary to seven doctors at the Kenosha Clinic. Later she was a teller at the Brown National Bank and the First National Bank of Kenosha.
Doris was an avid and skillful seamstress, enjoyed reading and liked to travel with her husband and friends.
She is survived by her children, John (Ruth) Larsen of Kenosha and Linnea (David) Krahn of Woodbury, Minn.; grandchildren, Rebecca (Eddie) Mangiarulo, Sarah (Joe) Brus, Peter (Karyn) Krahn, Gretchen (Timothy) Peterson; and great grandchildren, Emily and Amelia Larsen, Tyler Kerbs, Jennifer (Randy) Muellier, Chelsea Akavickas, August and Cora Krahn, and Norah and Cole Peterson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; sisters, Ella and Edna Maegaard; and brothers, Chester, Norman, Elmer, Richard, Charles and Robert Maegaard.
A memorial service was held at St. Mary’s Lutheran Church on April 26, 2014, with burial service held at Green Ridge Cemetery for the family at a later date.