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Siri Thorkelson

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Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 10:00 am

Siri Thorkelson was born on June 6, 1919, in the Bronx, New York, and passed away on Oct. 2, 2012, in Sandpoint, Idaho, surrounded by love.

She was born to Swedish immigrants and learned to speak English in school. After graduating from high school, she worked as a secretary for Macy’s in Brooklyn.

In 1943, she married Herbert Thorkelson, and they had one daughter, Carol.

When Carol married Keith, Siri and Herb travelled with them through several moves from Orient Point, N.Y.; Warrenton, Va.; Canaan Valley, W.V.; and ultimately to Hope, Idaho, to be with family.

Siri was preceded in death by her parents, Carl Hilmer and Gertrude (Anderson); her husband, Herb; and son-in-law Keith Mearns.

Siri is survived by her daughter, Carol M. Mearns Kingsley (Kelley); grandson, Scott K. Mearns (Elizabeth), granddaughter, Kimberly A. Ball (Mike); and grandson, Craig T. Mearns (Audra).

She also leaves six great-grandchildren, Madeline and Ella Mearns, Kayla Ball, Conrad, Eleanore and Jasmine Mearns.

To those who knew her … there was only one Siri … and she will be missed.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date

Family and friends are invited to sign Siri’s online guest book at

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Coffelt Funeral Service of Sandpoint.