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Obituaries


Merle Lloyd Mathison
April 16, 1924 - August 19, 2015

Merle Lloyd Mathison, 91, of Pequot Lakes, MN died on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at The Heritage House in Pequot Lakes, MN. Funeral Services for Merle will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 11:00AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alberta, MN with Pastor Dell Sanderson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be at Frog Lake Cemetery in Alberta, MN. A luncheon will then follow at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Merle was born on April 16, 1924 in Alberta, MN to Thore and Emma (Erickson) Mathison. He graduated from Alberta High School. He was united into marriage to Ielene Flannigan. Merle owned and operated Alberta Truck Service from 1947-1957. The family then moved to rural Pequot Lakes, MN where he was a dairy farmer. Merle enjoyed snowmobiling, being on a pool league, and in his later years building rustic furniture for local craft shows.

Merle is survived by his children, Cindy (John) Terwilliger of Lake Shore, MN and Susan (Mark) Mathison-Young of Lake Shore, MN; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Raasch; and brother, Delroy Mathison. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thore and Emma; infant son, Myron Lee Mathison, daughter, Sandra Kay Hamilton; and brothers, Harvey and Glen. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Pequot Lakes, MN.

Theodore “Ernie” E. Starkka
May 28, 1932 - August 16, 2015

Theodore “Ernie” E. Starkka age 83 of Crosslake died on August 16, 2015 at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center. Ernie was born on May 28, 1932 in Ludden, North Dakota to Erikki and Maria (Hovisto) Starkka. He married Ellen Ahlberg on January 23, 1954 in Sisseton, SD. He is a retired owner of Ernie’s in Crosslake, operating the station for 40 years.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Ellen; two sons, Ron Starkka of Aitkin, and Dan (Kathy) Starkka of Monticello; three daughters, Starr Jarvis of Pequot Lakes, Jean Starkka of Crosslake and Joan Nevin of Shawnee, OK; four brothers, Carl (Vicki) Starkka, Roy (Jerry) Starkka, Ralph (Cindy) Starkka and Raymond Starkka; three sisters, Ruth Helen (Ray) Koski, Gloria Fitch and Lorraine Dunlop; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death are his parents; 1 son, Dennis “Oly” Starkka; two sisters, Violet Huro and Irene “Millie” Zupon.

Graveside services were held on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at the Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake with full military honors given by the Crosslake American Legion Post.

Dona Faye (Wannebo) Musolf
July 15, 1926 - August 11, 2015

Dona Faye (Wannebo) Musolf, age 89, of Fifty Lakes, passed away, Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at her home. She was born to Otto and Myrle (Thompson) Wannebo on July 15, 1926, in Minneapolis, MN.

Dona was a loving wife, nurturing mother and grandmother with a beautiful spirit and a wonderful sense of humor. She was coowner and secretary of Lon Musolf Distributing for over 40 years. She was a perfect business partner and was very knowledgeable about banking and insurance. Dona will be missed by many and was loved by all who knew her.

Dona is survived by her husband, Lon Musolf of Fifty Lakes; daughters: Debbie Musolf-Wineman (Arthur) of St. Paul, MN, Lynn Merila of Marine on St. Croix, MN; grandchildren: Michael and Sarah Wineman, T.J. Moran, Lucy and Max Merila; sister, Vivian Tweedy of Manhattan Beach, MN; and brother, Curt Wannebo (Dorothy) of Manhattan Beach, MN. Special thanks to Dona’s caregivers, Kacy, Norma, Melisa, Natasha and Brenda.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Lucille Thomson; brothers, Leslie and Guy Wannebo; and brother-in-law, Conway Tweedy.

Services were held on Saturday, August 15, at Faith Lutheran Church, Swanburg. Burial will be in Swanburg Cemetery. Arrangements with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Russell Earl Gustafson
July 12, 1930 – August 3, 2015

Russell Earl Gustafson, 85, of Emily, died at his home Monday, August 3, 2015. Private family services will be held in Florida.

Harlan Spree
September 16, 1937 - August 5, 2015

Harlan Spree, 77, of Breezy Point, died August 5, 2015 at Essentia Health – St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. Services will be held on September 12th at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Parkersburg, IA.

Harlan was born September 16, 1937 in Butler County, IA, the son of William and Tena (Ridder) Spree. Following his graduation from Parkersburg High School, Harlan was united in marriage to Janice K. Pruisner at the Little Brown Church in the Vale near Nashua, IA on his birthday, September 16, 1955. The couple made their home in Parkersburg and Harlan worked for 10 years at Rath Packing Plant before dedicating 30 years to John Deere in Waterloo. He was proud to retire as a Dyno Operator.

Harlan was a fan of the outdoors. He liked to fish, boat, ski, work in the yard, or just relax and watch the birds. Blessed with the ability to figure out how things worked, Harlan enjoyed tinkering at home to fix and make anything work. He was a sports enthusiast and an avid Twins and Vikings fan.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jan; children, Debra (Jim) Galpin, of Denver, IA and Brenda (Kevin) Sievers, of Tripoli, IA; sister, Esther Brouwer; grandchildren, Michael, Erin, Kileann, Kelli, and Lucas; and great-grandchildren, Elliot, Brady, Langley, and Brecklynn. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Eddie and Calvin.

Maurice “Morrie” A. Pokorny
December 11, 1932 - July 27, 2015

Maurice “Morrie” A. Pokorny, 82, of Merrifield, MN died on Monday, July 27, 2015 at Crosby Care Center in Crosby, MN. A Memorial Service for Morrie will be held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Huber Funeral Home (520 2nd Street, Excelsior, MN). Family and friends are invited to gather one hour prior to services and enjoy a lunch at the American Legion following the service.

Maurice was born on December 11, 1932 in Silver Lake, MN to Albin and Eleanor (Posusta) Pokorny. He worked for Red Owl as a mechanical engineer for 32 years, while also operating his Auto Salvage Business and helping his father on the farm. Morrie was united into marriage to Mary Henning on September 4, 1964 in Mitchell, SD. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching wrestling, and fixing cars. Morrie also loved his dogs. He loved spending  time with his family and was especially proud when he and Mary built their home on Horseshoe Lake in Merrifield, MN and moved there permanently in 2004.

Morrie is survived by his wife, Mary of Merrifield, MN; sons, Rick (Laura Higgins-fiancee) Pokorny of Excelsior, MN, Jim Pokorny of Emily, MN, and Michael Pokorny of Princeton, MN; daughter, Patricia; two grandsons, Jason and Ian; sisters, Elaine and Rita; and one brother, Roger. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Wendy; grandson, Shane; and brothers, Milo and Wayne. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the American Lung Association.

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