KNAPP — Mary L. Larsen, 82, of Knapp died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, at Glenhaven Inc., in Glenwood City, Wis., with hospice.

Mary was born Aug. 5, 1935, in Knapp, to John H. (Lola B. (Crosby) O’Mera. She attended elementary school in Downing, Wis., until she contracted polio, which left her legs paralyzed for the rest of her life.

After much hard work and determination, she graduated from Boyceville High School. Mary earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from River Falls State College and later earned her master’s degree in psychiatric social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She began working in Cook County Chicago, and later pursued her career at various locations including the staff of the University of Wisconsin Hospital.

Mary married James Larsen Sept. 25, 1976, and they lived on the family farm for many years, before moving into the village of Knapp.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents; brother, John C. O’Mera; and sister, Thelma Claire O’Mera.

Mary is survived by husband, James Larsen of Knapp; siblings, Rachael O’Mera of Boyceville, Douglas (Ruth) O’Mera of Farmington, Minn., Edith (George) Radtke of Concord, Calif., Nola (Darryl) Kovacik of Boyceville and Kathleen (Ron) Harper of Strum, Wis; sister-in-law, Deanne O’Mera of Eau Claire. She is further survived by nieces, nephew, other relatives and friends.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at the Gospel Mission Baptist Church in Knapp, with Pastor Floyd Lunde officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery Knapp. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Local arrangements by the Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City.


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