Elizabeth M. Larson of Fort Pierre SD passed away peacefully on Monday June 24, 2019.
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 28th from 4:00-6:00pm at Isburg Funeral Chapel with a 6pm Rosary. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00pm on June 29th at Saint John’s Catholic Church in Ft. Pierre, SD, followed by Interment in the Onida Cemetery.
Elizabeth Mary Hoffman was born at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Pierre SD on January 15, 1936. She was the oldest child of Martin E. Hoffman and Nettie (Giddings) Hoffman. As a little girl she acquired the nickname “Top” which is the name many friends and family still call her today.
As a small child her parents and siblings Jim, Midge & Chuck lived on a farm about 3 miles south of Fort Pierre along the Bad River Part. After years of drought, came rains, which caused floods so in 1942 the family moved to Fort Pierre. Elizabeth graduated from Fort Pierre High School in 1955. After graduating from Black Hills Business College in Rapid City she worked in the accounting field.
Elizabeth was married three times. Her first husband was Jim Burley. On April, 25, 1958 she married Frank Vrooman. She and Frank lived in the Pierre/Fort Pierre area. To this union one son Lawrence Martin Vrooman was born. On June 24, 1968 she married Donley W Larson. Donley and Elizabeth lived on a farm NE of Onida. To this union one daughter Rachel Dawn Larson was born.
Elizabeth enjoyed living and working on the farm. She loved spending time in her gardens and orchard. Elizabeth was a wonderful cook. Her love for cooking led her to own/operate the Chuckwagon in Fort Pierre in the 1980’s. During this time she also did catering for various events and reunions.
She is survived by her son Larry (Marci) Vrooman of St Paul, MN; her daughter Rachel (Brian) Olson of Fort Pierre, SD; four grandchildren, Stephen Vrooman of Omaha, NE; Brooke (Andrew) Olson-Johnson of Minneapolis, MN; Kyle Olson of Sioux Falls, SD; and Jamison Vrooman of St Paul, MN; one brother, Jim (Edith) Hoffman of Fort Pierre, SD; one sister, Josephine (Jerry) Rosenberg of Trinity, TX; sisters-in-law Doris Hoffman of Rapid City, SD; Hazel Vrooman and Shirley Vrooman, both of Sioux Falls, SD; brother-in-law Jerry Vrooman; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Elizabeth was proceeded in death by her parents; husband Donley Larson; ex-husbands Jim Burley and Frank Vrooman; brother Charles Hoffman; and in-laws Vern and Danny Vrooman; Carol (Ken) Reiter; Ardith (Charles) Serbouski; Bernice (Gregory) Zacher; Evelyn (Lyle) Vanderpool; Shirley Vrooman; and Leland (Ruth) Larson.