Donna Kathleen Larson

December 24, 1930February 24, 2021

Donna Kathleen Larson (Vanderziel), age 90, passed away in Fountain Hills, AZ, on February 24, 2021. She was born on December 24, 1930, to Henry and Lelia Vanderziel in Council Bluffs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Kenneth, her spouse, John Larson, her two children, Scott Larson (Margaret), and Kathleen O'Brien (Gerald), and her second husband, Frank Moran. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs and lived there for many years. Donna lived in many other states during her lifetime, Illinois, Minnesota, California, Texas and Arizona and loved to travel to the Netherlands to visit her Father's birthplace.

She is survived by 5 grandchildren, Joshua O'Brien (Laura), Kaitlin Cassels (Brian), Matthew Larson, Carrie Neuner (Burton), and Julia Dolan (Brendan), and 4 great-grandchildren. She was dedicated to her family, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a wonderful, Christian woman who will be missed by her family and the many friends she made over the years. Contributions in memory of Donna can be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Private services will be held later at Forest Park at The Woodlands, Texas.


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Ann Strubler

April 9, 2021

In Loving Remembrance of Donna Larson...I met Donna (Mom Larson) when I was about 15 years old. Our family had moved from Fairmont, MN, to the big Twin Cities. I was a fish out of water, having grown up on 47 acres, living a wonderful life in the country. As a budding violinist, I was able to join the St. Paul Youth Orchestra, which transformed my young life. Little did I know that the harp would be right next to my music stand, where I met my most cherished life-friend, Kathi Larson O'Brien. Of course, we became fast friends, and I made my trips to White Bear Lake for times of 15 year-old conversations, pizza, overnights, laughing and tears. In all of this was Mom Larson, a woman who embraced me immediately. This set forth a lifetime of friendship and loving care. She and Kathi's dad John, came all the way from Minnesota to our 1984 wedding, where Kathi was my beloved Matron of Honor. Throughout the years she continued to reach out and count me in as her 'other daughter'. Many thoughts and remembrances were sent to our children over the years by Donna. As I matured, I was able to gently cross the line from 'daughter' to friend. We shared many phone conversations and prayer times as I travelled to and fro from my job as a violinist with the Detroit Symphony. Her love and encouragement contributed greatly to my life when we made a geographical move for two years. We shared the mutual love of her beloved daughter. I was blessed to know Donna, and she will be missed. Love, Ann and Dave Strubler and Family

Lawrence Probes

April 8, 2021

I was a lifelong friend of Kathi Larson O'Brien, and after Kathi passed away Donna invited me to visit her at her home in The Woodlands. She took me to Kathi's grave and spent time me going through precious photos and letters. We stayed in close contact, and she hosted my wife and me in Sedona. She sent me a birthday card in Nov. 2020. Donna was a sweet lady who gracefully lived through many sorrows. I was honored to refer to her as "Mom", and I enjoyed meeting Frank Moran in The Woodlands. I will always cherish the memories of "Mom" Larson, along with her beloved daughter, Kathi, who was a close friend of mine when we attended Interlochen Arts Academy together in 1970-71. I keep a special place in my heart for them. May they rest in eternal light in the presence of the Almighty.

Ginny Charles

April 8, 2021

To Donna's loving nieces and grandkids, I'm so sorry for your loss. Donna was an amazing woman. I loved growing up with her as our across-the-street neighbor back in Council Bluffs. Donna was the 'cool mom' on the block who always had fun ideas. Kathi and Scott were the same ages as me and my sister so the families spent a lot of time together. One Christmas Donna suggested we all go caroling around the neighborhood. A picture is posted. Back row is Mom, Donna, neighbors Bob and Marge, Dad, and John. Front row is me, Kathi, my sister Sue, and Scott.

Mary Charles

April 8, 2021

Donna was my best friend and I miss her so much. We go way back to when our youngest girls started 1st grade. It's really amazing how the Good Lord works, putting us there together on Happy Hollow to become lifelong friends. We've stayed in touch ever since, and have had so many fun visits. It was great to have someone to share fond memories with, to console each other about life's many sorrows, and to encourage each other when there were challenges to face.

Ray Morales

April 8, 2021

To all of,Donna’s family and friends my condolences go to all of you. Hoping that the peace of, God will touch all of you in a very special way.

I met, Donna January 2014 when she put an add in the AZ Republic regarding selling her Black Beauty 2005 Chrysler. I didn’t even have to see car,I just bought it because, I knew she was an honest person.
I’m going to miss her, for 7 years I would visit her took her to doctor appointments
and just talked about the Lord.

God bless you
Ray Morales