Claudia Larson, 88, of DeKalb, passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family.
Claudia was born on March 19, 1925, in Black Oak, Ark. During her childhood, her family moved around the country until making their way to Nashville. She attended local schools before graduating from Nashville High School in 1943. After graduation, her free spirit led her to take the train up to Chicago, where she made a life of her own.
It was at a Fourth of July party in 1951 where she met Clarence Larson. There were fireworks in their eyes, and they were married on Dec. 1, 1951.
Claudia and Clarence were blessed with three beautiful children while living in Chicago: Nancy, David and Wayne. The Larson family made their way west, moving to St. Charles in 1956, where they settled down. While in St. Charles, the Larsons were blessed with two more sons, Robert and Edward.
While living in St. Charles, Clarence worked days as a carpenter, and Claudia worked nights at Illinois Bell as an operator. Having five children was a career of its own—a career she dedicated her life to until the kids were grown.
Claudia and Clarence volunteered at Playmakers Drama group in St. Charles. Clarence built the sets and Claudia would cook for the entire cast. It was there that Calico Kitchen was born. Claudia was the owner and ran her business for over 25 years, feeding more people than could be counted.
Claudia loved to sew and knit—she was known for her red hooded sweaters she would knit for her grandchildren. She was an expert baker; there was never a visit to Claudia’s house without having some of her famous cookies.
Saturday nights were for watching a few British TV shows, then playing Scrabble, Skip-Bo, Pinochle and Phase 10 with the grandkids.
Her best friend was her dog Pepper, a miniature schaunzer. She and Pepper were the neighborhood ambassadors in Elburn, making friends everywhere they went.
Travel was a favorite pastime—she loved to go anywhere with her beloved friend Gretchen, going on cruises to Hawaii, Hong Kong and Cambodia. She made her way to Ireland, France and all over Europe. Claudia and her daughter Nancy went on an Alaskan Cruise. Claudia loved going to Disney World with the grandkids, and her last trip was to Las Vegas to hit the slots one last time.
Claudia had a green thumb—taking care of her gardens was something she truly enjoyed. Her favorite thing was her family; she took care of everyone, doting on her grandchildren all of her days. She is gone from this Earth, but will never be forgotten.
Claudia is survived by her five children, Nancy Faber, David (Tara), Wayne, Robert (LeaAnn) and Edward (Julie) Larson; nine grandchildren, Josh (Debbie) Faber, Becky (fiancee Chris Fack) Faber, Kimberly Larson-Osborn, Daniel, Anthony, Sean, Eric and Ivan Larson, and Emily (Robert) Hansen; and four great-grandchildren.
Claudia is preceded in death by her husband of over 38 years, Clarence; and her mother, Gladys.
Visitation to celebrate her life will be held on Sunday, Aug. 24, 1 to 3 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memory sharing will take place at 3 p.m. Interment will be private.