Adele (Vivien) Larson — Rochester

Adele Ann (Vivien) Larson, 91, died Sunday at Samaritan Bethany.

She was born on Dec. 23, 1923, in New Orleans, La. She graduated from Holy Angels Academy in 1940 and attended business college for a year.

She met Ernest Larson at a USO dance in Fort Polk in Louisiana. They married June 29, 1946, in New Orleans. Ernie was a farmer, and Adele immediately became a farmer's wife and loved living in the country. They farmed south of St. Charles near Pilot Mound for many years. Ernie died July 4, 1977. Adele moved to St. Charles, selling the farm in 1981. She worked at Camera Art in Lewiston for many years after her husband's death.

She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters and the Rosary Society. She was also a member of the American Legion, and was very active at the Senior Citizens in St. Charles. She was the Secretary of the Senior Citizens for many, years. Moving to Fontaine Towers in Rochester eight years ago, she found herself among many new friends.

Enjoying coffee, lunch and most of all playing cards or games daily she enjoyed throughout her life. Spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was her most treasured time; she loved a good family gathering with laughter and good food.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandra (Ken) Wagner and Carol (Lowell) Holum, and a wonderful daughter-in-law, Nancy Larson; four grandchildren, Brian Wagner, Julie Wagner Gran, Sarah Holum and Abby Larson. Three great-grandchildren, Ally and Emma Gran, and Nathan Wagner. Adele loved life and left a legacy of living life to the fullest and aging with grace and dignity. She loved her God, her family and her friends.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Ernest Larson Jr., in 1988, Brian Walker (son-in-law), two sisters and a brother.

Adele requested memorials to Catholic Charities, 903 West Center St. Rochester, MN 55901.

The memorial service for Adele Ann Larson will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Resurrection Catholic Church in Rochester, with the Rev. Kevin Connolly and the Rev. Thomas Loomis officiating. Visitation will be held one hour before the service at the church on Saturday.

Macken Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences are welcome at