Violet Kathyleen Ryg was born in Wallace Township near Ottawa, IL to Martin Ryg and Sophia Amundson Ryg on December 15, 1917. Violet was the third of five children of her Norwegian immigrant parents. She grew up on a farm in Wallace Township Illinois. Vi attended Fennessey Grade School where she was the only one in her class for all eight years. She graduated from Ottawa Public High School in 1936. After high school she continued her education at Lutheran Bible School in Fergus Falls, MN. While at Fergus Falls she met Alfred Larson of Mt. Vernon, SD. Violet and Alfred were married on November 11, 1939 at Freedom Lutheran Church near Ottawa. The couple briefly farmed west of Mt. Vernon on the Loon homestead from 1939 until they moved into Mt. Vernon in 1944 where Violet lived until January 2002 when she moved to Wesley Acres in Mitchell. She lived at Firesteel Nursing Home from 2004 until her death.
Following Alfred’s death in 1959 Violet worked at the Mt. Vernon Post Office until she retired in 1992. She also worked as a teacher’s aide for the Mt. Vernon school system and as a nurse’s aide at Storla Nursing Home.
She loved her family and treasured her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed visiting them and being a part of their life. She found great comfort and joy in her church, Salem Lutheran in Mt. Vernon, and her many close friends in the community. She served on many church boards and taught Sunday school. She also routinely volunteered at the school. She was a charter member of the Busy Dozen Club. She loved rooting for the Mt. Vernon Mustangs and playing cards and board games with her friends.
She is survived by her children, Mary Larson, Little Falls MN, Ray (Linda) Larson, Peoria AZ, Jean (Dennis) Haselhorst, Mansfield, SD and Alan (Donna) Larson, Madison, WI, her eight grandchildren, and four great- grandchildren, sister, Selma (Frank) Robinson, Gilbert AZ, and sister-in-law, Ona Ryg, Gibson City, IL. She was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother, her loving husband, Alfred, a son, Ronald, and a daughter, Ruth.
The family requests memorial donations be made to the
Salem Lutheran Church of Mount Vernon in lieu of flowers.