Dorothy A. Larsen, 80: Loved cooking, sharing stories

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PORTLAND — Dorothy A. Larsen, 80, died Jan. 12 at Maine Medical Center with her family by her side.

She was born in Portland on June 26, 1931, and was the daughter of Edward L. Sr. and Mary Frances Levesque Delaney. She received her education at Sacred Heart School, later graduating from Portland High School in 1929.

On June 20, 1953, she married Bernard N. Larsen at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Portland.

She worked for New England Telephone Company for several years. In 1956, Bernard Larsen and brother-in-law Thomas Moran started Moran’s Market on outer Forest Avenue. After Moran’s death, Larsen and her husband kept the market going. Together with their children, the market is still operating today with the same family and business values it started with more than 55 years ago.

She enjoyed being surrounded by her family and friends. Whether she was at camp on Highland Lake or entertaining her family at home for the holidays, Larsen loved cooking and sharing stories with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed winter trips to Florida with her husband and sister, watching the Cooking Channel, old movies, reading the daily paper and crossword puzzles.

She was predeceased by her sister Catherine Delaney-Lorello, brothers James and John Delaney.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Bernard N. Larsen; daughter Krista and her husband Kevin Lynch of Scarborough; sons Peter N. and his wife Cathy Larsen of Portland, Paul C. and his wife Nancy Larsen of Raymond and John E. and his wife Judy Larsen of Windham; 12 grandchildren Erin Lynch, Kyla Murphy, Kelly Lynch, Alison Austin, Lauren Lynch, Shannon Larsen, Martin Larsen, Leonard Larsen, Mary Larsen, Christian Larsen, Erika Smith and Neal Larsen; three great-grandchildren Avery and Rose Murphy and Sebastian Larsen; sister Mary S. Burns of Cape Elizabeth; brothers Edward L. and his wife Joan Delaney of Pennsylvania and Robert W. and his wife Marie Delaney of Portland; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were held on Jan. 16 at the Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Jan. 17 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial took place at Brooklawn Memorial Park.

Donations in Larsen’s memory may be made to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, ME 04102.

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