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Judy V. Harklau

August 24, 1939 — March 11, 2023


Judy Harklau, 83, of Humboldt, died Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the Paula Baber Hospice Home in Fort Dodge.


Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 18th at the Zion Lutheran Church, 1005 11th Avenue North, Humboldt, with Pastor Aaron Flatau and Pastor Mark Hansen officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Humboldt. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 17th at Zion Lutheran Church. The Mason-Lindhart Funeral & Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.


Judy is survived by her children Cory Harklau of Livermore, Julie Heiter and husband Roger of Humboldt, Drew Harklau of Naples, Florida, Kent Harklau and wife Pam of Clarion; grandchildren Nikki Holland and husband Josh of Ames, Gavin Heiter and wife Jacque of Moravia, Janelle Dugan and husband Darren of Fort Dodge, Joel Harklau and wife Cassie of Humboldt, Brenna Harklau of Cedar Falls, Andrew Harklau and Chase Harklau of Naples, Florida; step grandchildren Luke Maxheimer and Noah Maxheimer of Austin, Texas; great grandchildren Shaylee Holland of Ames, Penelope Heiter and Finn Heiter of Moravia, Weston Dugan, Cora Dugan and Claire Dugan of Fort Dodge, Zoey Harklau of Humboldt; and siblings Joan Fors of Dayton and Quentin Pearson of Gillette, Wyoming.


She is preceded in death by her husband Dean Harklau, parents Arthur and Verna (Anderson) Pearson, brothers Kermit Pearson and Vernon Pearson, sister Marilyn Peterson, infant great grandchild Dillon Heiter, step father Martin Peterson and step brother Marion Peterson.


Judith Vera Pearson, the daughter of Arthur and Verna Pearson, was born August 24, 1939 in Murdock, Minnesota. She was received into the Christian faith through the sacrament of baptism on January 14, 1940 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Murdock, Minnesota. She professed her faith through the right of confirmation on June 7, 1953 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Burnside, Iowa. Her family moved to Dayton, Iowa in 1945, to Harcourt in 1946 and then to Callender, Iowa in 1953 where she would graduate from high school in 1957. On June 15, 1958 Judy married her high school sweetheart Carroll Dean Harklau at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Callender by Pastor Marvin L. Witte. They resided in Gowrie, Iowa until moving to Humboldt in 1965.


Throughout the years at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, she served on various committees, directed the children’s choir, participated in bible studies, chaired and participated in the Scandinavian Bazaars and sang in the church choir. Judy served on the Lutheran Brotherhood Board and the Thrivent Board for several years. She was always active in the Humboldt Athletic and Music Booster clubs. At the present Judy was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church and enjoyed singing in the choir, chairing and participating in the women’s group, Sunday school and bible studies.


Judy and her family have lived in the Humboldt area for 58 years. Over the years she enjoyed special trips with Dean to Norway, Sweden, Hawaii, California and Florida. She also enjoyed being a mom/homemaker, baking, singing, sewing, oil painting, camping, compiling family scrapbooks, walks with her neighbor gals, bookkeeping for Deans windmill business, card club/birthday club gatherings, and trips with special friends. Music was a big part of Judy’s life. She and her husband Dean sang many duets together for many various events. For the last 51 years Judy sang in the Humboldt Community Chorus and was the chorus historian. On her 50th year of singing, she had all the dresses that she had worn in past years displayed at the show. Above all, Judy loved being with family, their celebrations, their Swedish and Norwegian heritage, babysitting grandchildren, baking kringla, and sharing her faith.


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Friday, March 17, 2023

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Saturday, March 18, 2023

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