Faith Larsen departed this world to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on the evening of October 23, 2023 with her husband, Harold, and youngest daughter, Kami, near her. Although saddened by her absence, we know she has received her Crown of Glory and that we and all those who believe in Jesus will join her before God’s Throne when He calls us home as well to be with Him.
Faith was born in Bismark, ND to Rev. Chester O. and J. Louise Brecto and grew up in Makoti and Maxbass, ND. She graduated Summa Cum Laud in 1961 from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN with a B.S. degree majoring in Medical Technology and worked for five years as a certified Medical Technologist in Minneapolis, MN and Denver, CO. In 1966 she began graduate school at the University of Colorado in Boulder where she earned her M.A. in Botany and met her future husband, Harold J. Larsen, Jr.
Faith and Harold were married in 1967 in Rocky Mountain National Park (near Estes Park, CO) by Harold’s father, Rev. H. J. Larsen, Sr. During their 56 years of marriage, God blessed them with three children, Kedra, Kade, and Kami. They lived in Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Nebraska, & back again to Colorado for the last 38 years.
Faith was a friendly, loving, caring person with a sweet personality and was appreciated by all she knew. She and Harold were active in their churches wherever they lived, including the Lutheran Church and School of Messiah in Grand Junction for her last 20+ years. She taught children’s Sunday School and Vacation Bible School classes, participated in Bible classes and ladies’ group activities, and enjoyed the fellowship of all her brothers- and sisters-in-Christ
Faith enjoyed traveling as she and Harold visited all 50 of the United States + Canada. Her all-time favorite travel destination was Yellowstone National Park. She particularly enjoyed waiting for and watching the geysers there erupt and loved its waterfalls, lakes, hot springs, mud pots, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. She also enjoyed Glacier & Grand Canyon National Parks, her trip to Hawaii and, later, to Alaska. Beginning in her childhood, Faith loved the mountains of the western U.S. and hiking / camping in them on her trips. When she moved to Colorado in the mid-1960's, she joined the Colorado Mountaineering Club and climbed a goodly number of 14,000 ft peaks with them and two more with Harold after they were married. Gardening, camping (including fishing and mushrooming with Harold), and collecting key chains were other thoroughly enjoyed hobbies. She enjoyed music and played the piano and the clarinet (in her younger days), taught all three of their children to play the piano, and encouraged all in their music endeavors (all learned to play at least three instruments while at home). She greatly enjoyed the school, GJ Symphony, and military band music concerts she attended. She loved a good parade.
Faith is survived by her husband Harold Larsen and three children: daughter Kedra (Paul) Kinney, son Kade, and daughter Kami (Michael) Costello and grandchildren Mica, Talitha, Benjamin, and David Costello and Anastasia Kinney. Also surviving are her sister Janice Quandt, several brothers- and sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A memorial service will be held in June or July of 2024 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Grand Junction. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Messiah Lutheran Church (marked for the School Scholarship Endowment Fund), 840 N. 11th St., Grand Junction, CO 81501.