portrait picture for Dorothy Whelan Larson

Wake:Friday, August 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Collins Funeral Home.Mass:Saturday, August 27, at 10:00 AM at the Church of the Assumption, 98 Riverside Avenue, Westport.Interment:Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY.

Dorothy Whelan Larson


1923 ~ 2016

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

Dorothy was born in Mt. Vernon, NY, 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, MA; Setauket, Long Island.; Old Saybrook, CT and Darien, CT, before moving to Marco Island, FL in 1972, where they enjoyed the best years of their lives.

Dody worked in the guidance office of Lely High School in Naples, FL, for over 15 years where she thoroughly enjoyed working and supporting the students. Dody loved the beach, gardening, bridge and dogs. Bur 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, CT, to be closer to their daughter, Christine.

Dody was predeceased by Tom in August, 2007.

Dorothy Larson is survived by her 3 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, August 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 27, at 10:00 AM at the Church of the Assumption, 98 Riverside Avenue, Westport. Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY.

  1. Our thoughts & prayers are with all the family–now & in the days ahead. We were so blessed to have had Dody (& Tom) as neighbors & then as friends for many years. She was such a gracious, charming lady with a wonderful laugh & sense of humor & oh what a sense of style. I can still see your dad & mom taking off in her convertible with a bottle of wine & 2 glasses tucked away in the car to go watch another beautiful sunset on Marco Island. She (& your dad) will always be missed but not forgotten.
    Marge & Chuck Nelson

    August 26, 2016
    Marge & Chuck Nelson -
  • It was always a pleasure to be greeted by Dorothy’s warm, friendly smile at Lely High School. I have many fond memories of her. Now she is soaring with the angels. Blessings and peace to her family. Nancy Beights

    August 26, 2016
    Nancy Beights -
  • I had the pleasure of working at Lely High during the time Dorothy was in the Guidance Office. No matter how busy and hectic the office was, she was calm and never got flustered. I will be saying an extra pray tonight for Dorothy.

    August 27, 2016
    Pamela Storrar -
  • Enjoyed her working in the flower garden every day outside our window..
    God needed a good caretaker for his. Our thoughts and prayers to her family..

    Paul & Corinne Schluntz # 107 Ogden House

    August 27, 2016
    Paul and Corinne Schluntz -
  • Dorothy was one of the most pleasant, efficient and professional secretaries I have had the pleasure or working with. Her days at Lely HS were very special. Our thought are with you.

    August 28, 2016
    Tommy Smith -
  • I loved Mrs. Larson! I attended Lely High School and worked in the Guidance office for one period every day. She was so nice to me, always helpful, and would often kid about fixing me up with her son, Luke, who was in my same grade. Ironically, Luke and I (along with Lance Cuneo) became great friends during our junior year of high school. You were one special lady, Mrs. Larson! Sending prayers of comfort to Luke and family. I know they miss you!

    September 7, 2016
    Margie Kennedy Yurewitch -
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