Larson Joan A. (Makstell) Larson, 71, of Worthington, Ohio, passed away on 11 August 2013 after a long battle with breast cancer. She was the daughter of the late Peter and Selma (Lueker) Makstell of Sawyerville, Illinois, the beloved mother of Amy (Richard) Price of Nottingham, England, and the sister of Marian Lynch of La Grange Park, Illinois. She was formerly married to Barry Larson, whom she met and married in Chicago. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, too many cherished friends to list, and would have been overjoyed to meet her first much-anticipated grandchild, Juliet, born in September 2013. Joan was a graduate of Immanuel Lutheran grade school in Mt. Olive Illinois, a 1960 graduate of Benld High School, and a 1964 graduate of Bradley University, participating in many clubs, sports, and activities. She was later a resident of Massachusetts, before relocating to Ohio, where she remained for 40 years. A self-described lifelong learner, Joan delighted in supporting the local library, museums of all types, gardening, politics, history, science, the arts, compassion for animals, and a love of reading, travel, and bringing new friends together. She was a member of All Saints Lutheran Church, Sigma Kappa fraternity, the League of Women Voters, Worthington Historical Society, Scandinavian Club, and countless other pursuits. She was a long-time employee of State Savings Bank and later Fifth Third Bank in Clintonville. Her loving and generous spirit, sense of humor, and uncomplaining strength in the face of suffering will be remembered by all who knew her. The family would like to thank all of those who supported and cared for Joan during her illness. A memorial service will be held at All Saints Lutheran Church, 6770 N. High St., Worthington, Ohio, 43085, at 1 p.m. on Saturday December 21, with inurnment in Benld, Illinois in 2014. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cat Welfare Association http://www.catwelfareohio.com/onlinedonate.htm, breast cancer genetics research at The Ohio State University's James Cancer Center http://www.osu.edu/giving/splashes/supportspielmanfunds.html, All Saints Lutheran Church, or a park, garden, or animal shelter of your choice. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.legacy.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Nov. 24, 2013