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Janet Swensson (Lindell-Larsen)

Obituary for Janet C. Larsen

Janet C. Larsen of Cedar Falls, Iowa, formerly of Moline, Illinois, was born on February 15, 1947, in Moline, the daughter of Fred and Nina (Swanson) Swensson.  

She entered into heaven gates on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at Progress West Healthcare Center, O’Fallon, Missouri. With family by her side, she left her earthly home to be with the Lord, her husband, her parents and many other family that passed before.  

Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 3rd, in the Horizon Room at Trimble Funeral Home at Trimble Pointe, 701 12th Street, Moline. Visitation is one hour before the services. Burial together with her husband will be in Rock Island National Cemetery. A funeral luncheon will be held at CityView Celebrations at Trimble Pointe following burial.

Janet graduated from Moline High School in 1965 and enjoyed participating in the planning of many reunions. She loved being a part of Questers in Cedar Falls and being a part of The Little Red School House. She had a small gift store in the early 80’s called The Gift Barn and enjoyed being a business owner for many years. Playing with flowers was her lifelong passion and she created so many beautiful arrangements and designed hundreds of weddings over the 25+ years she was a floral designer. She married Bernie Larsen on June 18, 1994, in Cedar Falls. He died April 5, 2018.  

She had two daughters, Whitney (Ryan) Witt of Grand Island, Nebraska, and Meredith (Archie) Elkins of Foley, Alabama. The greatest joys of her life were her grandchildren, Jesse Elkins (7), Dylan Elkins (5) and Rachel Elkins (21). She had two brothers, Donald (Claudette) Swensson of Moline, and Ronald (deceased) (Karen) Swensson; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

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06/29/18 08:19 PM #1    

Marji Wenos (Watkins)

My precious friend, I will miss you more than you know.  You were the keeper of my deepest secrets, and I yours.  I know how awful this disease was for you and all your suffering because you trusted me.  You kept telling me over and over that you just wanted to go be with Jesus.  Well friend, you made it.  -- Marji Wenos Watkins

06/30/18 01:12 AM #2    

Don Kragness

Im so sorry to hear this. I will miss you my friend. Happy you are home with Jesus.

06/30/18 08:45 AM #3    

Bernise Magruder (Wallace)

So sorry to hear this. Jan will be missed by all. Jan was beautiful inside and out. Rest in peace.

06/30/18 12:33 PM #4    

Linda Swanson (Nygaard)

Rest in God’s peace, Janet. Janet and I had lockers next to each other, since our last names were similar. Our paths rarely crossed otherwise but she was always happy at our reunions. So bubbly. You will be missed by many. 

06/30/18 01:58 PM #5    

Mary Beth Reedy (Schmidt)

Jan and I became close friends when we met in Miss Ketelar’s Homeroom in 7th grade at John Deere. Mr Mac, our Social Studies teacher❤️, kept us in touch while she was out of school for months with Rheumatic fever. We were close forever!!!!!!!!! She was in our wedding, I in her’s. Over the years we grew up, shared stories, confided in each other, laughed and cried together. I loved Jan as a sister. I last saw her in May. I knew she was struggling with her illness and was weak, but she actually looked pretty good. We reminisced, went out for lunch, and just chatted all day. I was hoping that would not be the last time I saw her!!!!! When Meredith shared the news of her rapid decline and passing, I was in shock. I still am😪. Rest In Peace dear, sweet friend!!!! 🙏 Jesus just received a wonderful, loving, kind, and compassionate resident of eternal Heaven!!!!!❤️❤️❤️    My heart is broken and broke even more when I found out that her Memorial is when we will be with our 4 Grands in Orlando. She knows my heart and will understand!!!!! Love you, Janet Christine!!!!!!!!!😘



07/01/18 05:52 PM #6    

Nicholas Eastland

I was so shocked and saddened to see the posting of Janet's passing on Facebook and now here. Unfortunately I had no idea she was so ill. Her posts and comments never let on and that is how we have stayed connected. I have one great memory to share that sums up her great sense of humor and outlook on life. I smile when I think of the time I ran into her at the bar of our 40th Class reunion. She was bright red and sweating profusely with a hot flash. She was fanning herself and apologized. "I am so sorry, Nick. I'm having a power surge." We both laughed as it was the first time I had heard that euphemism used. I think of her fondly and will miss not being connected with her. I know her absence is leaving a large hole in many hearts. Thinking of all her family and close friends. I am so glad to have known her.

07/02/18 10:14 AM #7    

Stephanie Sundine

I'm so sad and sorry to read of Janet's death. I didn't know she was ill. She was always upbeat in her postings. She obviously fought her illness with courage. She and I spent time together in Luther League at Trinity Lutheran Church, and I always enjoyed her sweet smile, her positive energy and her kindness. My sincere condolences to everyone who loved her, especially her family. We've lost a special classmate.

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