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Ethel Lorraine Stark

Ethel Lorraine (Abrahamson) Stark, age 89, died peacefully Sunday, March 11, 2007 in Cokato.

She was born Oct. 8, 1917 in Rush City, Minn. to Frank and Alice (Eckman) Abrahamson.

A longtime resident of Cokato, Ethel also called Russell, Minn. home for many years. She owned a hardware store there with her husband, Ted.

Ethel was also employed as a bank teller at the State Bank of Cokato for many years.

Ethel was known for her thoughtfulness, kindness, and desire to comfort others, which often took the form of her famous homemade rye bread, Swedish meatballs, quilts, or crocheted gifts. She was happiest when surrounded by family and friends and when she could be “useful,” and she enjoyed decades of weekends and holidays “up north” at the family cabin in Emily, Minn.

She was an active member and volunteer at her church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato, for over 50 years.

Ethel will be loved and missed by all. She will be remembered as a loving wife, caring mother, treasured grandmother and great-grandmother, and a true friend.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Ted; a son, David, of Nisswa; a daughter, Sharon Skally of St. Paul; grandchildren, Michelle Skally Doilney and husband Jim of Park City, Utah, Rebecca Skally and husband John Stanley, and Chad Skally and wife Shannon, all of St. Paul; great-grandchildren, Molly Stanley, George Stanley (due May 2007), and Leif Skally; as well as nieces; nephews; in-laws; and many other loved relatives and friends.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Edna Minar; and a grandchild, Anne Marie Skally.

The funeral service was Thursday, March 15 at 11 a.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato with the Rev. Steve Thorson officiating. Music was provided by Karen Anderson. Interment will take place at a later date.

Visitation took place one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

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