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Larsen, Carol

MADISON - Carol Jean (McKenzie) Larsen, age 77, died on Friday, Aug. 11, 2006, in her home, from ovarian cancer. Carol was born on Aug. 22, 1928, to Maxwell and Marie (Paulson) McKenzie near Barneveld, Wis. She lived in the Blanchardville area on the family farm. Carol attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with a double major in Home Economics and Education. She married Irving Larsen on Aug. 18, 1951, and they raised their family in Madison. Carol taught kindergarten in the Madison School system for 29 years. Carol was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. She loved baking for others and will be especially remembered for her pecan rolls. Carol was a devoted church member where she served on several committees. Carol cared deeply for her friends, many of whom she had known for years. Carol was a considerate person, always thinking of others. She took special pride in her grandchildren, and was looking forward to the much anticipated birth of her first great-grandchild. An unexpected highlight was a family trip to Brazil to attend the marriage of her grandson. Carol is survived by two daughters, Angela (Steve) Read, of Madison and Joan (William) Kill of Houlton, Wis.; and grandchildren, Beth of Madison, Jon (Fernanda) Read, of Denver, Colo., and Joel and Colin Kill of Houlton, Wis. Carol is also survived by a sister Alice (James) Whitford, a brother, Burt (Thelma) McKenzie, and many nieces and nephews. She is survived by many loving friends who supported her throughout her life and her illness. Carol was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Irv, 15 years ago. She was also preceded in death by her sisters Marian Larsen, and Edith Lindokken. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, at LUTHER MEMORIAL CHURCH, 1021 University Avenue, Madison, with Pastor Shelley Bobb officiating. Memorials may be offered to Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Avenue, Madison 53715, or Hospice Care of Madison, 5395 East Cheryl Parkway, Madison 53711. The family wishes to thank both the UW Home Health and Hospice nurses for the compassionate care that made it possible for her to remain at home.



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