AITKIN -- John J. Skarbakka, 82, Nordland Township, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
He was born Feb. 6, 1918, in Nordland Township to Jacob and Maria (Luoma) Skarbakka. He attended Rabbit Lake School and graduated from Aitkin High School. He enlisted in the Marines and served in World War II. He worked in Minneapolis after the war and married Ellen Maattala on Dec. 5, 1953, in Aitkin. They lived most of their life in Nordland Township where he farmed and did carpentry work. He was a member of the Aitkin VFW Post No. 1727.
Survivors include two daughters, Caryn Goczeski, Verona, Wis., and Vicki Coil, Aitkin; four grandchildren; and a sister, Lillian Williams, Glen.
His wife, four brothers and two sisters died earlier.
Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with the Rev. Jason Talsness officiating. Burial will be in Rabbit Lake Cemetery.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and an hour before services Thursday at the church.
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