JoAnn Larson | June 1934 - December 2022
On Sunday, December 25, 2022, JoAnn Larson of Woodinville, Washington passed away peacefully at the Evergreen Health Hospice Center after a brief battle from complications of a stroke.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, Harold “Hal” Larson. Her three children and their families will dearly miss her; her eldest son, Eric Larson and his wife Debra; her son, Dan Larson and his wife, Angela, and Dan’s son Shane; and her youngest daughter, Karlene Anderson and her husband, Jeff, and their three children Zachary, Tyler and Ryan.
JoAnn, nicknamed Jo, was born June 4, 1934 in Boulder, Colorado, and raised by Min and George Gonella in Sacramento, California. JoAnn graduated from Sacramento High School in 1952 and received an AA in business from Sacramento Junior College in 1954. She was a medical secretary and medical transcriptionist in her early years and a full-time mother when her kids were young. She then went back to work for Virginia Mason as a full-time medical transcriptionist and retired in 1997.
JoAnn enjoyed traveling with her husband, Harold. Their adventures included a cruise to the sunny Caribbean, a trip with their daughter’s family to Hawaii, an Alaskan cruise where they took a seaplane to see the local sites and even a drive cross-country from Washington State to Florida and back, enjoying stops along the way.
Her biggest joys included relaxing by knitting with her dear friend, Helen; rooting on her favorite sports teams, the Mariners and the Seahawks; the color purple, carnations, and her favorite bird, the Cardinal. Let their presence be a sweet remembrance of your love for her. She was immensely proud of her family and left behind nothing but beautiful memories.
There will be a small service for immediate family members only. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the American Stroke Association.
“Mom, in our hearts, we hold a place that no one else will ever fill. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure. May you find everlasting peace in heaven.”
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