On Monday, November 2, 2020 we lost our beloved life partner, mother, sister, grandmother, auntie and friend, Eldene "Dee" Emilie Larson. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at 78 years surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on December 1, 1941 to Alva L. and Hazel (Farnsworth) Rohrbeck. in Columbia, Wisconsin. She graduated from Fall River High School and attended one year of college. She worked very hard throughout her life. Some of her positions included lab technician, Fluidyne engineer technician, waitress/manager, hobby farmer, and she retired as a floral designer.
For those who knew Dee, her kitchen was always open and you never left with an empty stomach; she was an excellent cook! On a warm summer day you could find her in the garden. Dee's garden legacy has now been passed down to her children and grandchildren through transplantation from her garden to theirs.
Dee's love for dance not only brought her happiness, but led her to the love of her life, Claire White, of 30+ years. On a summer weekend, Claire and Dee could be found slaying fish at the Pondarosa and at the end of the day socializing around the campfire with their family and friends.
Christmas was Dee's favorite holiday because she got to bring joy to her loved ones but especially the little ones.
Her best attribute was her selfless care and love for others which she ingrained in her family.
Dee is survived by her loving family; Claire White, Kim Staudinger, Rick (Pat) Larson, Troy (Sue) Larson, Wendy White, Tim (Mary) White, Nancy (Phil) Stiles; brother, Gene (Bonnie) Rohrbeck; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her mother and father; brother, Raymond Rohrbeck; son-in-law, Timothy Staudinger, and great-grandson, Skyler Hufstedler.
Memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church of Rochester or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN 55901. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. until the time of the service. The service will be live streamed and available for viewing on Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Ranfranzandvine/) beginning at 10:45 a.m. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Larson family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
"Our deepest condolences to Claire and Eldene's children and grand children. It is our deepest desire that memories of Eldene's warmth will fill your hearts in the days ahead. We will always think of bountiful roses when we think of Eldene. She brought them to our parents' funerals along with her fondness for them. There will always be a soft spot in our hearts for her. May she rest in peace. With love, Kathy and Teresa Farnsworth"
"We met Dee and Clair at the Ponderosa Campground. We have had so many laughs over the years. I always looked forward to as we called it "A Dee Fire". If there was a Dee Fire we would all gather around the fire pit full of warmth, laughs and sometimes shenanigans until the wee hours of the night. I also loved to go to her if I had any questions about my roses and other flowers. Dee has the greenest thumbs. She was a ture fisherman. She could reel them in. I remember several of their fish fries they'd have for all of us with all their catches. Even our daughter who didn't like to eat fish, loved theirs. We love Dee and Clair. She will be missed. Heaven gained a true Angel!"
"We were honored to get to know Dee through Tim & Mary and the girls. Dee always had a kind and friendly greeting for everyone followed by a warm smile. We extend our sympathies to the Larson and White families. May your memories give you comfort and peace. Love the Roos?"