Larsen, George N.
George N. Larsen passed away quietly at the age of 88 at the Scandia Care Center on August 11, 2013. His wife had visited and talked with him an hour earlier. He was born to Ambrose Larsen and Alice Smith Larsen on September 5, 1924, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and he graduated from Lawrence College in 1949 where he met his future wife, Barbara Donahue. This was after George had served as a gunner on a B29 in the Pacific during W.W.II. His plane was the last to return from the last mission over Tokyo. George and Barbara) were married in 1949 and celebrated their 62nd anniversary recently.
George earned his Masters' degree from Columbia University in Music Education and had a 46 year career as a choral director, most of it at North High School in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. After retiring to Door County, he spent ten delightful years as director of the Peninsula Chamber Singers. In 1956, he was struck with polio, spent 9 months in the hospital and rehab, and the rest of his life, he functioned successfully with the help of crutches and wheelchair. George inspired many with his courage and determination to live a full life and overcome obstacles.
One of George's happiest achievements was his work on planning and developing the Door Community Auditorium. he spent hours at the Fish Creek construction site watching and giving tours to anyone who passed by. With his wife, he spent 28 happy retirement years at their home Hjertets Onske (Heart's Desire) in Door County.
He is survived by his wife Barbara, son Jeffrey Larsen and partner Jolene Prokop, son Steven Larsen, and wife, Ellen Hartnett, granddaughter, Blakey Hartnett Larsen, and grandson Peter Hartnett Larsen.
A private service was held at Boynton Chapel, Bjorklunden. A public memorial visitation in remembrance of George will be held in the Fireplace room at the Door Community Auditorium on Sunday, September 8, from 1:00 to 3:00.
Memorials may be directed to Good Samaritan Scandia Village Building Fund or the Door Community Auditorium.
Online registration and condolences may be offered at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com
Published in Sheboygan Press on Sept. 3, 2013