Irene Ann Larson, 83, Ada, MN formerly of Borup, MN, passed away on Sunday, September 19, 2021, at Adventist Health and Rideout Hospital in Marysville, CA after a brief illness.
Irene Ann Bachmeier was born on September 20, 1937, to Anthony and Frances (Heffner) Bachmeier in Rugby, ND. She was baptized on October 3, 1937, in Orrin, ND. She lived with her parents on a farm south of Towner, ND until May of 1943 when they lost their home to a fire. The family then moved to Towner and later to Sawyer, ND where Anthony got a job in the coal mines. After injuring his back working in the mines, they moved to Fargo, ND where Irene attended Lincoln Elementary School. In 1946 they moved to a farm near Perley, MN. In 1951 they moved to Clarissa, MN where Irene attended country school. A year later they returned to the Hagen farmstead near Perley. She was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church near Hendrum, MN, and was confirmed on May 17, 1953. Irene graduated from Borup High School in 1956, going on to attend Interstate Business College in Fargo, ND.
Irene was united in marriage to Allen Carlyle Larson of Borup, on November 17, 1956, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hendrum. They lived on the Chester Larson farm near Borup until 1964 when they moved to the Johannason farm that was 2 miles west of Borup. Together they raised 7 children.
Irene enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom. Spending time with her children and hosting many family gatherings brought her great joy. As a family, they farmed small grain and corn, had dairy cattle, chickens, ducks, geese, and lots of kittens, puppies, and bunnies. Irene loved spending time with her grandchildren. She also loved gardening and raising her beautiful flowers, freezing vegetables, and canning. She enjoyed sewing and made many quilts for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Irene was a member of the Borup Community Club and served on its board for 8 years. She was the rabbit and poultry leader for the OB Jolly 4-H Club, and also a member of the Borup Music Booster Mothers. She was a member of the Winchester Lutheran Church since 1957, served on the board, and was secretary for many years. She was also a member of Winchester WELCA. She taught Sunday school and Bible school. After Allen died in 1988, she remained on the farm and ran a daycare for 9 years. She moved to Ada in 1999 where she continued with her gardening and sewing. She also served as a volunteer for the Norman County Food Shelf.
Irene is survived by her daughter, Linda (Dan) Altermatt, Ellendale, MN; sons, Larry (Gayle) Larson, Spring, TX, Jesse Larson, Ada, MN, Danny Larson, Borup, MN, and Wesley Larson, Fergus Falls, MN; brother, Ivan Bachmeier; Hawkins, TX; sister, Bernadine Deal, Great Falls, MT; her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Irene is preceded in death by her husband, Allen; parents, Anthony and Frances; daughter, Janet Boutilier; son, Rodney Larson; brothers, Eugene and Luverne Bachmeier; grandson, David Larson; nieces, Holly Umdahl and Debora Bachmeier; and special friends, Ed Woltjier and Dennis Hoven.
Funeral: 2:00 PM, Friday, October 1, 2021, at Winchester Lutheran Church, Borup, MN. Due to COVID 19 concerns please wear a mask when attending the visitation and funeral.
Visitation: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Thursday, September 30, 2021, at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Ada, MN, with a prayer service to begin at 7:00 PM, and also one hour before the funeral at the church.
Interment: Winchester Lutheran Cemetery, Borup, MN.
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home