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  Colville, Wash. - Karina Marquita Mickelson, formerly of Middle River, died on Friday, October 21, 2005 in Colville,  Wash., at the age of  79.
A memorial service was held in Colville on Tuesday, November 1. Interment will follow at the  Finish Lutheran Cemetery, Middle River,  late in the spring of 2006.
 Karina Marquita Mickelson was born July 16, 1926 on the family farm outside Middle River, to John T and Olga (Wilson) Luoto. Karina was baptized and confirmed in the Middle River Lutheran Church in June 29, 1941. She attended elementary school at District 143 in Marshall County and graduated from  Middle River High School on June 1, 1944. She attended Suomi College in  Hancock, Mich., and received a certificate of graduation on May 18, 1945.
  Karina married Erick Mickelson on Dec 27, 1947 in  Thief  River Falls. They lived in Middle River and had two daughters, Lora and Carleen. Karina and Erick operated the Sportsman’s Club in Middle River for a short period of time.  Karina then worked as a teller in the Middle River State Bank and hauled mining timbers while Erick worked in the iron mines of northeastern Minnesota. 
 In 1958 they moved to Washington state where Karina was employed by the Boeing Co. as a planner and scheduler, making sure the parts were there for the airplanes on the assembly line. After retiring from Boeing in 1977, she briefly went back to work in a dry cleaning business for two years.  Erick and Karina traveled to Hawaii and throughout the western half of the United States.They moved to Mt Vernon in 1986 and lived there until 1994, when Erick passed away. She then moved to Colville, Wash., to be near her eldest daughter and family.
  Erick and Karina were avid sports fans, attending many Seattle Mariners and Supersonics games.  In 1967, they were Mariner’s “First Nighters” at the Kingdome vs the California Angels. Karina was a lady who loved animals, especially horses, cats and dogs. She enjoyed taking care of her large yard and garden and raising the most beautiful flowers in the neighborhood.  In later years, she enjoyed reading, crosswords puzzles, crafts and games, often playing pinochle into the wee hours during family holiday celebrations.
  She is survived by her daughters, Lora (Ron) Rose of Colville, Wash.; Tipie (Paul) Horton of Eatonville, Wash.; her brother, John C (Evelyn) Luoto of Thief River Falls; her sisters, Sylvia (Bob) Clark of Corning, Calif.; Rosalie Chase of Andover; her sisters-in-law, Elaine Luoto of Roseau, Arlene Luoto of Thief River Falls; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
 She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers Richard and Martin Luoto.