Elizabeth Jean LARSON

September 17, 1922November 17, 2021

Elizabeth Jean Larson passed away in Austin, Texas on November 17, 2021, after living a long and beautiful life at the age of 99. She was kind to everyone and always there for her friends and if anyone has made this world a better place, it was certainly Elizabeth.

Elizabeth was born in Menasha, Wisconsin on September 17, 1922, the fourth child of the late Frank Otto and Sarah (Ferguson) Heckrodt. After graduating from Menasha High School she attended the University of Wisconsin. While attending school during WWII she was asked to write to a lonely service man, Richard A. “Dick” Larson. They were married in 1943 and Elizabeth began her life with Richard which included numerous military moves across the United States as well as Germany and she never lost sight of her patriotism to her country. Unfortunately, she lost Richard in 1983 after a valiant fight with cancer. She was also predeceased by her four siblings, Sarah Breitreiter, Charlotte Galloway, William F. Heckrodt and her younger brother Frank H. Heckrodt.

The Heckrodt name will carry on at the Heckrodt Wetland Reserve in Menasha. In 1976 the family donated five acres to the City of Menasha and it has since grown to 76 acres providing educational and recreational activities to visitors, many of them school children.

Elizabeth and Richard had three children during their marriage and she is survived by them. Karen A Larson, Mary Larson Brown and her husband Dor Brown III, Nils R. Larson and his wife Barbara. Grandchildren include Dor Brown IV Major USMCR of Rockwall, Texas; and Garrett Brown, Samantha Larson and Scott Larson of Austin, Texas. She is also survived by many devoted nieces and nephews as well as great grandchildren, Maya and Gabrielle.

Elizabeth was a member of United Christian Church and participated in many church activities. Although she was a campfire girl growing up, she became very active in the Girl Scouts volunteering and being a leader for numerous years. She was also a member of Purple Heart Auxiliary Chapter 1919 in Austin, Texas as her husband Richard had received the Purple Heart during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She was also an active member of the NWARW club.

There will be a memorial service for Elizabeth at United Christian Church, 3500 W. Parmer Lane, Austin Texas on December 11, 2021 at 10:00 am. She will be cremated and buried at a later date at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas with her husband Richard.


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Lee Williams

November 21, 2021

Lovely Elizabeth was one of the first members of UCC to welcome me into their family. She was one of the most accepting and love-filled woman I ever knew. Always smiling. In days past we often lunched together. Rest, dear one.

Jimmy Cline

November 20, 2021

Elizabeth will be missed by all who knew this grand lady. Our prayers be with family.
From our chain a link has fallen.
Life's race well run.
Now cometh rest.
Jimmy Cline and Jidu Brinlee.