Debra Larson


10:00 am - 12:00 p.m.
Guardian Angels Catholic Community Church
8260 4th St N
Oakdale MN, 55128

Mass of Christian Burial

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 pm
Guardian Angels Catholic Community Church
8260 4th St N
Oakdale MN, 55128

Debra Jean Larson, age 61, of Beldenville, Wisconsin passed away at home, Tuesday September 20, 2022, with her loving family by her side.

She was born August 24, 1961 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Robert and Jeanne (Spies) Goetzke.  She graduated from Woodbury High School in 1979 and married the love of her life on April 21, 1979 at Guardian Angels in Oakdale, Minnesota.

Deb’s life was always about family, faith and the outdoors. You could often find her soaking up the sunshine while doing yard work, playing golf, softball, camping, boating, hiking, walking, riding bikes, and fishing. She loved music. Singing was a passion of Deb’s. She especially loved to sing in her choir and also around the campfire with her family.

The thing Deb enjoyed most in life was being a Nana to her six grandbabies. Nothing gave her greater joy than to spend time with them reading stories, playing games, baking cookies, and being their biggest cheerleader.

Deb gave love that was unconditional and pure. And while death can steal life, it cannot steal love. Love remains. We are positive Deb’s love will still be shared and experienced through all those who were blessed to know her.

Deb is survived by her husband of 43 years, Rick; children Scott (Jennifer) Larson of Cottage Grove, MN, Jennifer (Marc) Meyer of River Falls, WI, Rachel (Travis) Swanson of Afton, MN; six grandchildren, Isabelle, Lucas, Owen, Mayzie, Hannah and Emma; her mother, Jeanne; siblings, David (Theresa) Goetzke of Hugo, MN, Dan (DeeDee) Goetzke of Prescott, WI, Donna Faschingbauer of Woodbury, MN, Diane (Jeff) Hrastich of Woodbury, MN, Don (Laura) Goetzke of Woodbury, MN, Dale (Nikkol) Goetzke of South St. Paul, MN; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Deb is preceded in death by her father Robert Goetzke; brother in law, Al Faschingbauer; nephews Kevin Goetzke and Isaac Bushway.

A mass of Christian Burial will take place at 12pm, Thursday, September 29, 2022 at Guardian Angels Catholic Community 8260 4th Street North, Oakdale, Minnesota 55128 with visitation starting at 10am.

Arrangements entrusted to O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Ellsworth, Wisconsin.


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  1. Her sweet smile, her love of family, her laugh, and her kind, kind heart. Deb was an angel we all enjoyed and wished to enjoy much, much longer. May God comfort the entire family with this unimaginable loss. Rick, you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you the strength you need during your darkest days. We will all treasure the time we had with your sweet Deb.

  2. I was fortunate enough to meet Deb and family through softball. Wow what a player! She always carried herself with strength, passion and unselfish love, in all I saw her engage in. That smile too.. so much fun around the campfires at women’s weekends!! Will be truly missed. My sincere condolences to the entire family. Amy Washburn, Sierra Vista AZ

  3. I was a softball pal of Deb’s, too, and later on we played Words with Friends together. Deb was a tremendous athlete, so strong and graceful! An asset in defense and offense, and a really generous, supportive teammate to all. I remember trying to get her whole clan straight at the annual family game, haha! Family was everything to Deb; her face would just shine whenever she’d talk about or be around you all, especially Rick and the grandbabies.

    My life was enriched for having known Deb. She’ll be deeply missed. Andrea

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