HIGHLY RESPECTED FORMER RESIDENT OF VIENNA IS LAID TO REST WITH INFANT
Young Mother Twenty-Nine Years Of Age Died Of Hemorrhages. Child Born Dead About Four Hours Before Mother Passed Away. Leaves Husband And 3 Year Old Daughter, Other Relatives and Large Number of Friends. Remains Brought to Vienna Saturday, Funeral Services and Interment Monday.
"Can it be possible!" That was the exclamation rather than a question, spoken by everyone hereabouts Friday morning when the sad intelligence was received that Mrs I. M. Larsen had passed away that morning at Pierre. It was a severe shock for but few knew that the lady was seriously ill and even the near relatives were unaware of the seriousness of her illness. She entered the other world at 8:45 a.m. about four hours after the birth of a child, born dead. Hemorrhages from which she suffered for some time, was the direct cause of death.
Mrs. Larsen had suffered a great deal during an illness the past summer but seemed to be rapidly gaining until a short time ago when she was taken to St. Mary's hospital at Pierre where she passed away as stated above.
Elma Owen was born at Erwin SD June 14, 1893 and came to Vienna about 20 years ago. Her mother died about 25 years ago. She made her home with the L. B. McVenes family here and the G. G. Ostroot family while they resided at Bryant and in both homes received the same splendid care and attention as their own children received.
On June 16, 1915 she was united in marriage to L. M. Larsen in Vienna and resided here until Jan 29., 1917, when they moved to Clark, Mr. Larsen being elected county auditor. After a 4 year residence in that city they returned to Vienna and remained here about 6 months. Mr. Larsen was employed by the banking department of the state and they made their home at Garretson for 8 months after which they were stationed at Garden City for 3 months. The first part of Sept 1922 they moved to Pierre where the gentleman has a permanent position in the banking department at the state capitol.
Besides her loving husband she leaves a daughter Corrine, 3 years old, father and stepmother Mr and Mrs. G.C. Owen of Vienna, 2 brothers John of Sask, Can and Earl of Milbank, one half-brother Gary Owen Jr, 2 half-sisters Norma and Edith Owen, step-brother Seward Owen of Brookings, a step-sister Mrs. Geo. Maltby Sioux Falls, other relatives and a large circle of staunch and true friends. Those of the immediate family preceding her in death were her mother, 2 sisters Mrs. Leslie Ackley who died about 9 years ago and Mrs. G. G. Ostroot who passed away about 5 years ago, all buried at Erwin.
The remains arrived in Vienna Saturday evening accompanied by the husband and daughter and Mr and Mrs McKinley Bondoey of Clark who had been at the Larsen home several weeks, and were taken to the G. G. Ostroot home and on Monday to the Christ Larsen home where short services were held. Funeral services were held at the Lutheran church with Rev. Arneson the pastor officiating using as his text Ps 90:12. The large edifice was packed to overflowing with relatives and many friends who had gathered in spite of a threatening blizzard to pay final tribute to a departed loved one. The mother with the babe at her side in the same casket, were interred in their final resting place in the family lot in Pleasant Hill cemetery.
Mrs. Larsen was a woman of the best type who made lasting friends in large numbers where ever she resided. She was a member of the local Eastern Star Lodge, The American Legion Auxiliary, Precilla Club of Vienna and Q.O.T. Club, Clark.
Transcribed from clipping in old scrapbook, part of the obit cannot be read due to tears in paper. Clark County SD newspaper.