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Harriet Kivilin

Feb. 22, 1922-May 18, 2009

Harriet C. Kivilin, 87, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, May 18, 2009 at the Hiawatha Care Center in Hiawatha, Iowa.

Harriet Cecelia Fulmer was born to Henry and Cecilia (Frosch) Fulmer on Feb. 22, 1922 in Chicago, Ill. She married James J. Kivilin on Oct. 23, 1954 in Evanston, Ill. They lived in Elmwood Park, Ill., until moving to Detroit Lakes in 1960.

Harriet owned and operated the Country Store in Detroit Lakes during the 1970s. The store is fondly remembered as having an old-fashioned soda fountain and the best ice cream in town. The store also expanded to serve as a hobby store.

At the time of her death, Harriet resided at Hiawatha Care Center in Hiawatha, Iowa, so she could be closer to her daughter, grandchildren and great grandson.

Surviving Harriet are her daughter, Michelle ( Mark) Hart; three grandchildren and one great grandson.

Preceding Harriet in death were her husband, James J. Kivilin; her brothers, Henry Fulmer and Chester Fulmer; and her sister, Helen Liecker.

Visitation will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, followed by a prayer service at 4:30 p.m.

A mass of Christian burial is set for 1 p.m. Thursday, May 28 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with the Rev. Jerry Rogers officiating. The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at