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“I send my heartfelt sympathy to all of Carol's family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I worked with Carol as a fellow library/media...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Sue Grove - Bettendorf, IA

“Please know how much I cared for your mother. She was a wonderful sweet person who had a smile for everyone. You are a fortunate family to have her...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Judy Esterdahl Hicks - Baltimore, MD

“Carol was always gracious, kind, and giving. Regardless of what came her way, she didn't complain. Carol was an admirable colleague in the Davenport...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Rosanne Krubsack

“Fritz,Tim and Chris, Brenda and I were so sorry to hear about your mom. We know it hurts, but you can always come torment us anytime. Well atleast me...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Deby Voorhis - IL - waitress

“To the Larsen family - I noticed there are several Grant school students speaking of their memories concerning Mrs. Larsen. It wan't only kids who...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Chris Gibney - Davenport, IA

“My Heart goes out to all of the Larsen Family what a wonderful Mother and Grandmother you all had I remember her coming to Logan to share paintings...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Tracy Runyon Cockayne - Davenport, IA

“Mrs. Larsen was the librarian when I attended Grant School. I remember her being such a nice lady. She made everyone feel great- like she was...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Melanie (Balluff) Newman - IA

“Aunt Carol was my aunt-in-law, but she always felt like a close family member. She was always fun, warm and welcoming to us New Mexico nieces and...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Brenda Nielsen - NM - niece

“She was my librarian at Grant elementary.Your family will be in my prayers. ”
9 of 23 | Posted by: LADAWN Hammers-Holt - Columbia, MO

“Mrs. Larsen was the librarian the entire time I was a student at Grant. I will never forget her kindness and smile. She was a wonderful lady. I...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Tonya Anderson - Davenport, IA

“I'd like to express my sincerest condolences to the Larsen family. Mrs. Larsen was the librarian at Grant Elementary School when I was an elementary...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Julie Ketelaar Jensen

“May God always bless you and keep you.... Our very deepest condolences to the family. Tom & Sue (old oak wood neighbor) ”
12 of 23 | Posted by: Tom & Sue Waldmann - Moline, IL

“Dear Fritz, Chris, Tim and families, My sincere sympathy on the loss of your beloved mother and grandmother. She was a sweet lady. May your...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Justine Carlson - Colona, IL

“Carol and Fred Larsen will always hold "special" places in our hearts and in the hearts of the residents of Old Oakwood in Moline. We have all...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Rick and Jane Lampkin - Moline, IL

“To the Larsen Family OuracsvY hearts are sad from the passing of both Carol and Fred. Over the years we all have these wonderful experiences and...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Bill and Clara Rogiers - Moline, IL

“To the Larsen Family OuracsvY hearts are sad from the passing of both Carol and Fred. Over the years we all have these wonderful experiences and...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Bill and Clara Rogiers - Moline, IL

“Mrs. Larsen was my library teacher at Grant Elementary and I have many memories of being in her class. I particularly remember when we were to watch...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Amy Bourg Shevchenko - TX

“Sorry for your loss. She was one of a kind. Everyone loved her. I will never forget some of the times we shared together shopping and talking...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Judy Corrick - Sun Lakes, AZ

“Friends in high school are friends forever. Each reunion Carol greeted me with a smile and a hug. Distance kept me from being close to her but she...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Sandra Lagerblade - Scottsdale, AZ

“We are so sorry for your loss. Carol was such a gracious, fun lady and her family was her life. I spent some time in your home and she made it a...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Patty & Jack Carlson - Tucson, AZ

“Carol always made me feel welcome at her home. There were always a lot of laughter. I'll never forget leaving "Wilma" the cleaning lady's voice on...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Victoria Showers - Moline, IL

“she always had a smile on her face when ever we would see her. :) She treated us like family. We are extremely sorry for the loss in your family. She...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: John and Joleen Wright - IA

“she always had a smile on her face when ever we would see her. :) She treated us like family. We are extremely sorry for the loss in your family. She...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: John and Joleen Wright - IA


Carol Marie Larsen, 76, of Moline, IL, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2012 peacefully in her home surrounded by her family after a courageous and hard fought battle with Parkinson's.

Funeral Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1330 13th Street, Moline. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Avenue, Moline. Entombment will be at Moline Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Carol was born on June 9, 1936 in Moline, IL, the daughter of Charles and Lucille (Hoff) Axel. She married Frederick W. Larsen on December 23, 1955 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline. He preceded her in death on December 31, 2011.

Carol graduated from Moline High School in 1954, she then graduated from Black Hawk College, received her Bachelor's Degree from Marycrest College and her Master's Degree from Western Illinois University. Carol was employed with the Davenport Schools working as a teacher and librarian at Grant Elementary, retiring in 1993. She was a member of the Retired Iowa Teachers Association, King's Daughters, Trinity Lutheran Church and the Anna Unit. Carol enjoyed taking part in the Friday Night Club. She loved shopping in Chicago, traveling to Florida, California and Lake Geneva where she enjoyed the beach. Carol faithfully attended her Grandchildren's sporting events and above all treasured spending time with her beloved friends and family.

In her memory, her sons and their families would like to carry on her longtime holiday traditions.

Survivors include
Sons Fritz (Annette) Larsen Moline, IL
Chris (Lorri) Larsen Moline, IL
Timothy (Julie) Larsen Moline, IL
Grandchildren Anne, Jen, Christopher, and Josh
Sister Joan (Ed) Seefeldt Sun City West, AZ
Sisters-in-law Judy Axel Ocean View, DE
Adda Larsen Albuquerque, NM
Rhoda (Ralph) Nelsen Albuquerque, NM
Several nieces & nephews
Special life-long friends Barbara Carr and Beverly Ward

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, John Axel.

A special thank you to her home healthcare providers, whom allowed her to stay in her home: Kathy, Michelle, Nancy and Sharon.

Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting her obituary at www.esterdahl.com.

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