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Carolyn Lou (nee: Harter) Largen, 86, of St. Louis, MO passed at 4:35pm, Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Friendship Village of Chesterfield.

Carolyn was born on Oct. 10, 1934 in Rochester, Indiana to the late Wilbur Charles and Fern Mae (Taylor) Harter of rural Akron.

She married the love of her life, the late Wayne J. Largen, on September 6, 1953 in Akron, Indiana. They were married for 52 ½ years.

She was a 1952 graduate of Akron High School in Akron IN. She played in the HS band, and enjoyed attending the Akron Flyers basketball games on Friday nights, especially to see her beloved Wayne play. She was a wonderful mother & wife, homemaker, and enjoyed working various part time jobs throughout her life, but most of all loved her husband & kids fiercely and absolutely adored her grandchildren and spending as much time with them.

Carolyn is survived by her daughter, Jane [Stephen R] Largen-Ruzicka, of Fenton MO, son Douglas [Stacey] Largen of O’Fallon MO. Beloved grandchildren, Franklin Ruzicka, Ilianna Ruzicka, Jakub Ruzicka, Gavin Largen, Izabella Ruzicka, Kendall Largen, Avajaelena Ruzicka and Peyton Largen. Sister, Suzanne Niles of Muncie IN. Sister in-law, Beverley [Martz] Harter of North Manchester IN. Dear Aunt to many nieces and nephews mostly residing in Indiana.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her father & mother in-law Ross & Bessie (nee: McNulty) Largen, husband Wayne J. Largen, brother Joseph E. Harter Sr., and sisters Hester Jane, Esther Jean, and Mary Ann.  6 sister in-laws’; Vera Yeater [IN], Ruby Clawson [IN], Ruth Dudgeon [IN], Fern Largen [IN], Ethel Wideman [FL] and Faye Logsdon [IN], 1 brother in-law; Lee Largen.

The arrangements have been entrusted to Kutis Funeral Homes – Affton Chapel, 10151 Gravois Road, St. Louis MO. 63123. Visitation will be on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021 from 3pm-6pm. Funeral service will be on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 at 9:30am.  The burial interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at 10:45am. Father John Doctor will be officiating the services.

Donations can be made in Carolyn’s memory by visiting the websites for the American Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org  (Memorial Donations Form or call 1-800-DIABETES /1-800-342-2383) or American Stroke Association www.stroke.org (In Memory of…Donation)