Irene A. Larsen

Posted 1/24/22

MENDOTA - Irene A. Larsen, 80, of Mendota passed away Jan. 23, 2022 in her home.

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Irene A. Larsen


MENDOTA - Irene A. Larsen, 80, of Mendota passed away Jan. 23, 2022 in her home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29 at Holy Cross Church, Mendota with Father Jeff Windy officiating. There will be no visitation. Burial will be private. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota is assisting the family.

Irene was born Nov. 26, 1941 in Spring Valley to Cletus and Edith (Funfsinn) Koster. She married Robert Larsen on July 23, 1988 in Las Vegas.

Survivors include her husband, Robert of Mendota; two daughters, Brenda (Scott) Grobe of Mendota and JoAnn (Greg) Corcoran of Pick City, N.D.; one son, D.J. (Geina) Parks of Mendota; one brother, Robert (Mary Ann) Koster of LaSalle; three sisters, Sharon (Chapman) of Henry, Donna Cleland of Decatur and Paula (John) Kasica of Grand Rapids, Mich.; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three stepsons, Jim (Shelby) Larsen, Kevin Larsen and Bart Larsen; one stepdaughter, Melody (Jim) Stremlau; seven step grandchildren; nine step great-grandchildren; one step great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one step granddaughter, Dustine Miller; one step grandson, Dank Miller; and two brothers-in-law.

Irene was a 1959 graduate of Hall High School in Spring Valley. She worked at First State Bank for 37 years as a teller and head bookkeeper and became facility manager of the LaMoille branch when it first opened. She coordinated the Way 55 trips for many years, which she dearly enjoyed, before retiring in 2003. She loved cooking for her family and friends, visiting casinos, and would go out of her way to lend a helping hand. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and sister. She adored spending time with her grandchildren and attending their events. She was a member of the Mendota Moose Lodge and Mendota Elks Club, where she was in a bowling league with her husband.

Memorials may be directed to Mendota Area Senior Services or memorial money towards masses in her memory. Online condolences may be left at