Jeanne E. Larkin, 72
Blue Earth – Jeanne Emma Larkin, age 72, of Blue Earth, died Feb. 19, 2011, at her residence. She was surrounded by her husband and her children.
Memorial Services were held Feb. 24, 2011, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, in Blue Earth. The Rev. Wes Hafner officiated. Burial will follow at a later date at Lakeside Cemetery, of Fairmont.
Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service, of Blue Earth, assisted the family with the arrangements.
Jeanne was loved by so many and will be greatly missed. Her love of life was felt by all who knew her. She was always ready with a smile and a hug. She and her family were an example of courage and faith during the course of her battle with cancer. No more sorrow, no more tears, no more suffering, as she is now in the presence of God.
Jeanne was born the daughter of Emil Charles and Marie Amelia (Wiese) Koenck on Dec. 22, 1938, in Kossuth County, Iowa. She was raised and educated in Pemberton and Welcome. Jeanne attended Truman Parochial School and graduated from Welcome High School in 1956 as Salutatorian. She married Larry Lee Larkin on Aug. 23, 1959, at Immanuel Lutheran, in Fairmont. Following their marriage they lived in Fairmont, Cannon Falls, and Welcome, as well as Britt, Iowa, and later Blue Earth.
Jeanne worked for 31 years as a High School Secretary at Blue Earth High School, retiring Jan. 9, 2001. Earlier in her life she worked for 3M, ASCS in Fairmont, and BrittTech in Britt. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her, including the thousands of students and staff whose lives she touched at Blue Earth High School.
Jeanne is survived by her husband, Larry Lee Larkin, of Blue Earth; two daughters, Kathy (Kris) Larkin, of Green Bay, Wis., and Laurie (Dean) Schons, of Gaylord; son, Dan (Mary) Larkin, of Idyllwild, Calif.; granddaughter, Lindsay Franke; grandson, Tyler Franke; step-granddaughter, Abby (Travis) Fritsvold; step-grandson, Blake Schons; brothers and sisters, Eileen (Lyle) Geer, Robert (Barbara) Koenck, Loyal (Susie) Koenck, Larry Koenck, David (Kathy) Koenck, and Kay (Chuck) Steinberg.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, William, Paul and Merlyn; and her sister, Gail.
Expressions of sympathy are preferred in the form of memorial donations to the Jeanne Larkin Scholarship Fund. Donations may be sent to the family residence at 413 S. Nicollet Street, Blue Earth, MN 56013.
Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com