Farm Animals 29

Shirley Kay (Severson) Larson

May 23, 1938 ~ March 23, 2019 (age 80)

     Shirley Kay Larson passed away on March 23, 2019 after a short illness, surrounded by her family. She was born May 23, 1938 in Dodgeville to Raymond and Hilda Severson, growing up on a farm northwest of town and graduating from Dodgeville High School in 1956. On October 17, 1959 she married John Larson of Blanchardville at Grace Lutheran Church in Dodgeville. They rented several farms in the Blanchardville area before buying the farm in 1967 that would be their home for the next forty years. In 2006 they sold the farm and moved to Barneveld, and in 2017 moved to Stonefield Senior Apartments in Dodgeville.

     Shirley was a hard working farm wife and mother who handled hard times with strength, resilience, and without complaint. She loved the return of the songbirds (especially bluebirds) and flowers in the Spring, a day trip anywhere in the beautiful hills of southwest Wisconsin, and her most cherished days were anytime her family could get together. Her greatest joy was her two grandchildren, Michael and Morgan, and any opportunity to see them was the highlight of her day.

     Shirley is survived by her husband John of Dodgeville, and sons Randy (Karla) of Blanchardville and Scott (Brenda), and grandchildren Michael and Morgan of Barneveld. She is also survived by her sister Judy (Don) Dobson of Mineral Point. She was preceded in death by an infant son David, her sister Carol and brother-in-law Jackie.

     The funeral will be held on Friday, March 29 at New Hope Lutheran Church in Blanchardville. The visitation will begin at 10am with the funeral at 12:00pm and lunch following at the church. The Saether Funeral Home in Blanchardville is assisting the family.  Online memories and condolences can be shared with the family at

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