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Vernetta M. Larson, 90, of Colfax, passed away on Monday, July 28, 2014, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

She was born in Cooks Valley, on October 17, 1923, to Paul and Martha (Courti) Fanetti, the youngest of eleven children.

On November 8, 1945, Vernetta married Selmer C. Larson, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cooks Valley. Together, they raised six children and lived in Colfax their entire lives.

Vernetta was a long time member of the Colfax American Legion Auxiliary Russell-Toycen Post 131, and was the Avon representative in the Village of Colfax, maintaining her status in the Avon President’s Club for 42 years. She enjoyed cooking, knitting, crocheting, spending time visiting with her family and friends, and an occasional trip “up-north”.

Vernetta is survived by five children, Alan Larson of Menomonie, Nancy Larson of White Bear Lake, MN, Richard Larson of Colfax, Barry Larson of Chippewa Falls, and Jill Ross of Arden Hills, MN; four grandchildren, Sadie and Nick Larson and Brendan and Austin Ross; and also many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Selmer; daughter, Kathleen Larson; three sisters, Magdalena “Lena” Seckora, Dominica “Minnie” Konz and Rosella “Rosie” Sipple; and seven brothers, Paul Fanetti, Tony Fanetti, Joseph Fanetti, William Fanetti, Louis Fanetti, Adolf Fanetti and Lawrence Fanetti.

The family would like to send a special thank you to the staff of Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center for their excellent care, as well as Dr. Khatib of the Eau Claire Health Institute and all the doctors and nursing staff at Sacred Heart Hospital that provided her with every comfort in her peaceful passing.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m., on Friday, August 1, 2014, at Sampson Funeral Home, 1017 E. Railroad Ave. in Colfax, with Father Joseph Nakwah officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in the Village of Colfax immediately following the service.

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