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Mardell Harkman, 93

Mardell (Micky) Ruth Harkman, 93, of Elko, MN, formerly of Cokato, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at “The Lodges on Natchez” in Elko.

She was born Dec. 3, 1921, in Cokato, to Ed and Luella (McCleese) Midtling. Mardell grew up on the family farm in Cokato, attended public school, and was confirmed at Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church.

In August of 1941, Mardell married Rodney Adolph Harkman at the Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Rodney joined the Army, which took them from Texas to New Jersey, where she worked as a waitress until their daughter, Rita, was born in 1943, and then returned to the Midtling farm in 1944, to wait for Rod’s return from military service.

Micky owned and operated a restaurant on Broadway Avenue in Cokato with Queeny Sieg.

The family moved to Denver, CO in August 1962, where Micky again worked as a waitress, and later as a seamstress in a factory that made Columbia jackets.

They moved back to Minnesota in 1986, residing in Brooklyn Center, and then Brooklyn Park in 2006.

Micky enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and quilting, and she was an avid reader. She attended aerobics and exercise classes weekly, and was a die-hard Denver Bronco fan.

She was also a great cook, and the family loved her butterhorns, deviled eggs, pies, and egg coffee.

Micky had a passion for travel and visited all but two states, Idaho and Alaska.

She was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Park, and she loved her family, friends, and caregivers dearly.

Micky is survived by a son, Mark (Deb) of Englewood, CO; son-in-law Larry Meehan of Otsego; grandchildren Tamie (Mark) Morken of Apple Valley, and Mark Jon (Missy) Meehan of Albertville; and great-grandchildren Kylie Morken, Adam Morken, Max Meehan, and Jack Meehan.

She is further survived by sisters Elaine Peterson of Cokato, and Ivanell Degn of New Hope; brother Duane Midtling of Wilson, WI; many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Micky was preceded in death by a daughter, Rita Meehan; her husband, Rodney; her parents; and a sister, Betty.

The funeral service took place Friday, July 17 at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato, followed by interment at the Stockholm Lutheran Cemetery, rural Cokato.

Arrangements were with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com.

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