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June 4, 1940 - January 9, 2018

Marjorie Kaye Burreson Larson Fossey, 77, of Decorah passed away peacefully on January 9th, 2018 surrounded by family at Aase Haugen Nursing Home. Marge was born on June 4th, 1940 in rural Canton, MN to Merland & Winifred (Johnson) Halvorson. She was the seventh of eight children. She graduated from Canton High School in 1958. On May 9th, 1959, she married John Burreson at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. John and Marge owned and operated theBurreson Locker & Grocery in Hesper, Iowa. Together they had two daughters, Melanie and Melody. In 1978, John and Marge sold the locker and decided to start a new adventure in Arizona. They loved the desert and city life. Sadly, John passed away from cancer in 1982. Still in Arizona, Marge met another Iowan, Gary Larson, and they were married in 1986. Gary passed away from cancer in 1994.

Marge loved the southwest and resided there until 1996 when she moved back to Iowa to be a grandma. She worked for many years at KQ98 and KVIK radio as a sales representative and enjoyed her time with both customers and coworkers. She married Allen Fossey in 2003 at the Washington Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Decorah. In 2014, Marge moved to Aase Haugen Nursing Home as her Progressive Supranuclear Palsy continued to deteriorate her health.

Marge was an excellent cook. She loved to bake Christmas goodies and share them with friends and family. She was especially famous for her crispy chocolate chip cookies. Marge loved visiting her daughter Melanie and her family at their farm near Decorah for Sunday dinners. She also enjoyed visiting her daughter Melody when her health allowed. Marge loved to travel and visited a few special destinations including Norway, Mexico, and Hawaii. She also enjoyed dancing, serving on the Nordic Fest Board, and being a member of the Order of the Eastern Star where she was Past Worthy Matron.

She is survived by her husband Allen Fossey, Decorah, Iowa; Daughters Melanie (Galen) Tietz, Decorah, and Melody (Michael) McIrvin, Phoenix, Arizona; Grandchildren Jordan Tietz, Decorah, Iowa and Daiton Tietz(Special friend MitchDonkers), Decorah, Iowa . Allen’s children: Bruce, Wanda, Jean, and Bonnie. Siblings: Bonnie (Mike) Richardson, PatriciaDoose, Kenny (Lois) Halvorson, Judy (Larry) Smith, Jean (Lorry) Wille. Sister-in-laws: Ceil Halvorson, Sybil (Everett) Christensen, Georgia Snyder. Brother-in-law: Stanley Swenson. And many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Merland and Winifred, John’s parents Norvel and Verna Burreson, usband John Burreson, Husband Gary Larson, Granddaughter Danica, Brother Richard, Sister Lois Swenson, Brother-in-law Harris Burreson, Brother-in-law DonDoose.

Memorial services will be 11 A.M.Saturday, January 13 at the Washington Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Decorah with the Rev. Dr. Jennifer Edinger officiating.  Burial will be at a later date in the Hesper Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation will be 4-7 pm Friday, January 12 at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel. Memorials are preferred to the Washington Prairie Lutheran Church or Aase Haugen Senior Services.

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