Jean Larson, age 96, of Spring Valley, died Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Valley Villas in Spring Valley.
Private graveside services will be held.
Jean was born November 8, 1923 to Fred and Grace (Hatch) Larson in Rock Elm Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. She grew up and attended school at Spring Valley, graduating with the Class of 1941. She had been a member of the Congregational Church in Spring Valley for many years.
She continued her education at the UW-River Falls, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1945. She later received her Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California in 1970.
She taught at Fort Atkinson Elementary School, Arcadia California School. She spent 37 years of teaching first and second grade students for the Department of Defense at schools in Germany, for 7 years, and Madrid Spain, for 30 years. He favorite pastimes were photography, music, and travel. She especially enjoyed a trip to Africa in 1951. She remembers her plane had to land during the daytime because there were no lights on the runway.
She enjoyed teaching and recognizing the talents of others and states, “I’m grateful for all the people I’ve met along the way and who’ve been so helpful.”
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Grace; and sister Marge Fontana.
Survivors include brother Jerry (Joyce) Larson; nephews and nieces: Tom (Sharon) Fontana; Fred (Lori) Larson; Bruce (Kelly) Larson; and Beth (Ross) Carlson; grand nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
A private graveside service will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Hatchville, Wisconsin.
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