Obituary: Dorothy Whelan Larson, 93

Dorothy Whelan Larson passed away on Aug. 19, 2016, in New Canaan, Conn., with her son, Luke, by her side.

Dorothy was born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., in January 1923, to George and Helen Kemble Whelan. Dorothy married Theodore Thomas Larson in 1949. Dody and Tom lived the next years in Holden, Mass.; Setauket, Long Island.; Old Saybrook, Conn.; and Darien, Conn.; before moving to Marco Island, Fla., in 1972, where they enjoyed the best years of their lives.

Dody worked in the guidance office of Lely High School in Naples, Fla., for over 10 years where she thoroughly enjoyed working and supporting the students. Dody loved the beach, gardening, bridge and dogs. But her true love was playing tennis in the local Marco Island leagues with her best friend and sister-in-law, Mary O’Neill.

In May 2007, Dody and Tom returned to their New England roots by moving to Wilton, Conn., to be closer to their daughter, Christine.

Dody was predeceased by Tom in August 2007.

Dorothy Larson is survived by her three children, Christine Lorusso, and Luke and Timothy Larson, son-in-law Rick Lorusso, and two grandchildren, Alex and Nina Lorusso. She will be sorely missed.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, Aug. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption, 98 Riverside Avenue, Westport. Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, N.Y.

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