Obit -- Pearl Pedersen Mahlberg Honaker January 25, 1926 -- April 14, 2003
The Dunlap Reporter Friday April 25, 2003
Pearl was born on January 25, 1926 to parents John and Edith (Kessler) Pedersen in Dunlap. She attended country school at Willow #8. On January 6, 1947 she married Delmar Mahlberg at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dunlap. The couple farmed in Willow township west of Dunlap. To this union nine children were born. Delmar died on February 10, 1964. Pearl stayed on the farm raising their nine children.
On March 21, 1976, she married Richard (Dean) Honaker at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. The couple moved to Tumbling Shoals, Ark. While there she worked as a nurse's aide. In 1989 Pearl and Dean moved to Neola. In 1999 they moved to Harlan. Pearl was on hemodialysis for 17 years.
She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, playing cards and writing letters.
Pearl died Monday, April 14, 2003 at her home in Harlan at the age of 77 years, two months and 20 days.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Delmar Mahlberg; two grandchildren, Matt Evers and Doug Wessel; son-in-law, Clint Evers; sister, Mildred Melby; brother, Johnny Pedersen and step-son, Darrell Honaker.
She is survived by her husband, Dean Honaker of Harlan; nine children, Paul Mahlberg of Milledgeville, Ga., Patricia and Steve Wessel of Mapleton, Donna and Don McCracken of Denver, Colo., David Mahlberg and Sandi of Dunlap, Judy and Rick Blume of Ute, Bob Mahlberg and Sharon of Soldier, Raymond Mahlberg and Carmen of San Diego, Calif., Barbara and Warren Jensen of Soldier and Rodney Mahlberg and Jodi of Lincoln, Neb.; step-son, Leonard Honaker and Karen of Black River Falls, Wis.; 21 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Leslie Pedersen and Velma of Denison and Charles Pedersen and Joanne of Des Moines; two sisters, Rose Johnson and Wally Stern and Lillian Pedersen both of Prophetstown, Ill. She is also survived by numerous relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, April 17, 2003, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dunlap. Rev. Paul Strittmatter and Rev. Jack McClure officiated the 10 a.m. service. Music was provided by Marilyn Grote and Jerry Baldwin.
Interment was made at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Dunlap. Honorary casket bearers were Candice Mahlberg, Lindy Mahlberg, Jackie Wessel, Ana Mahlberg, Cindy Mahlberg, Josie Mahlberg, Meckensie Jensen. Casket bearers were Nick Mahlberg, Mike Evers, Brandon Blume, Garred Blume, Caine Mahlberg, Jamie Mahlberg, Shannon Mahlberg, David Mahlberg, Tony Mahlberg, Chris Jensen, Nate Jensen, Cole Mahlberg, Cade Mahlberg, Henry Mahlberg. Fouts Funeral Home of Dunlap was in charge of arrangements.
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@The Dunlap Reporter 2003