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Dr. Katharine Elizabeth Larsen Bennett, age 49, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 28th, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Katharine leaves behind her four children, Burke Jr., Robert, Madelyn, and Belle.  She is also survived by her mother, Pat Larsen; sisters Anne (Chris) and Mary (Tony); many nieces and nephews and her two cats, Lucky and Leo.  She is preceded in death by her younger sister, Elizabeth Larsen Russell and her father, Lawrence W Larsen. She was fondly known as “Kitty”.

Katharine was born on February 27th, 1970. She is a graduate of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Catholic Central, and Michigan State University, where she was a corresponding secretary of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. Katharine went on to obtain her Doctorate at the Adler School of Psychology in Chicago, Il, where she later taught. Of all her greatest accomplishments, was the birth of her quadruplet children, and in their words, “She was the best Mom ever”. A loyal friend to all whom she dearly loved. Kitty was brave and there wasn’t a challenge she couldn’t master. She selflessly counseled many patients in their personal struggles, and cared deeply for others. God bless Emmanuel Hospice for their tender care for Kitty and her family. Kitty’s personal wish is to do something kind for others.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, May 3 at 11a.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1935 Plymouth Ave SE, Grand Rapids, Rev. Scott Nolan and Rev. Patrick Grile, CSsR presiding.  Visitation one hour prior at the church. Memorial contributions made in her honor to Emmanuel Hospice,  2161 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 would be greatly appreciated.

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21 Responses

  1. So sorry to hear this sad sad news, Prayers to all . Hope Spielmaker

  2. Kitty your smile and bubbly personality was like a ray of sunshine! May you rest in peace!

  3. A kind and caring soul with a wonderful laugh and a profound sense of humility. I have fond memories of Kitty from high school. Blessings to all who love her dearly and will miss her terribly. I hope your memories comfort you in your time of grief. Grace and Peace.

  4. My deepest condolences to this dear family. We have lost a beautiful, kind, smart loving friend. Kitty was that classic gorgeous friend who was just as good on the inside. My heart is sad. My prayers are with you.

  5. Pat, We are so sorry to hear of Kitty’s passing. We are thinking of you and praying for your strength during this difficult time.

    Tom & Michelle Smith

  6. Many fond memories of the Larsen family and Kitty growing up. She was a beautiful ray of sunshine. Continued prayers for all who love her.

  7. My deepest condolences. Thoughts and prayers for comfort to her entire family.

  8. Heaven gained a true angel … Kitty was always a ray of sunshine. My prayers are with the Larsen family.

  9. Such sad news on this day. She was one of the “good ones”. A bright light and always smiling. Prayers for her 4 kids who were no doubt the loves of her life. I am glad that her sister and dad were waiting for her in heaven. She will be missed. I hope you are in peace, Kitty!

  10. Kitty, you were always kind to everyone. You will be missed, your grade school friend, Paul Chulski.

  11. My sympathies to the Larsen family.

    I don’t remember a day in high school that Kitty didn’t have a smile and kind word for those around her.

    Please know that your whole family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    May she rest in eternal peace.

  12. Dearest Pat and family,
    The Green family lifts you and yours up in prayer. We will continue to pray for you all and your beautiful daughter. Kitty led a beautiful life here on earth and her light will continue to shine in those she loved and touched and in heaven above. We send our love.
    Mary Lou and Terry Green

  13. So sorry to hear about Kitty’s passing. Her family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Thoughts and prayers to Katharine and to the Bennett and Larsen families.

  15. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. I personally know the loss of a loved one, and the pain can seem overwhelming. However, I found comfort in the Bible’s promise for the future (Acts 24:15) I hope this helps bring some comfort in this time of sorrow.

  16. I love you kitty my heart is with you in Heaven my tears won’t go away I hope our souls collide again

  17. I Just found out about Katherine my heart is broken my daughter grew up with the children when they lived in New Jersey rest in peace dear friend

  18. Dear Pat,

    We have been trying to locate you for several years. Unfortunately we found Larry, Elizabeth and Kitty in the obituary listings on line.

    We are very sorry to have read of your many losses.
    Please contact us
    Bill & Marlene Neurauter

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