Genevieve “Gen” C. Larkin, 85, Belmond, died Nov. 4, 2019 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. Services were held Nov. 8 at Trinity Lutheran Church, with burial in the Belmond Cemetery.
Genevieve, the daughter of William and Sadie (TerHark) Swenson, was born Oct. 14, 1934 at Kanawha. She moved with her family to the Lake Cornelia area in early childhood and attended Belmond Community Schools, graduating in 1952. Gen continued her education at La James Beauty School in Mason City, completing her training in 1953.
Gen married a couple of times and was later divorced. She was blessed with children Gary, Diana, Cynthia and Todd. Gen relished her role as their mother and provided a wonderful up bringing. She supported them and her grandchildren in all their endeavors.
Gen worked hard as an employee at Eaton for 13 years and as a caterer and waitress for We-3 Inn and Catering for 13 years.
Gen loved people and supporting her community. She worked at concession stands at many school functions, was a volunteer for the hospital auxiliary, food pantry, Friends of the Library, care center, and Trinity Lutheran Church where she was involved in various roles, including church council.
Gen loved spending time with her family and many special friends. She was a people person who never met a stranger. She persevered even during heart breaking times, such as the loss of her son Todd. Gen will be remembered by many people as a wonderful lady.
Gen was preceded in death by her parents; son Todd (July 23, 1999); brother William Eugene Swenson; sister Karen Miller; brother-in-law Bernard Miller; and great-grandchildren Garrin, Tyler and Jame.
Her memory will be cherished in the hearts and minds of her children Diana D. (Doug) Mennenga of Spring, TX, Gary L. (Jackie) Larkin of Ocala, FL, and Cynthia (Jim) Uehling of Belmond; brother Richard Swenson of Cedar Rapids; sister-in-law Janice Swenson of Waukee; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.