Christopher Michael Harakel, 44-year-old resident of Little Falls, died Wednesday, January 11 in Little Falls. A Funeral Service will be held Monday, January 16 at 11:00 AM at Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls with Pastor Ryan Olson officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, January 15 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM and Monday, January 16 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, both at Emblom Brenny Funeral Service.
Christopher was born on August 29, 1978 to Dennis and Debra (Jelinski) Harakel. He graduated from the Little Falls Community HS with the class of 1997, and he went on to earn his Associates Degree in Computer IT and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. Christopher was an active member of the Little Falls Alliance Church. He was lead usher, youth group leader and a board member. He was married to Elana Kleinsasser on July 2, 2005. He worked at Woodlands National Bank in Onamia right up until the morning of his death; he passed away at home, just as he wished. Christopher enjoyed genealogy, fishing, hunting, mowing, gardening, boating and tinkering on outdoor projects and helping anyone with their technology difficulties. He could fix anything before he lost the ability to use his hands and arms. He liked to watch the Vikings on the big screen TV, spending time with family, grilling and watching movies. Christopher loved rolling around on the floor playing with his dogs, speaking their language. He often drove his 1946 John Deere Model B tractor through town, pulling his trailer carrying friends and family. He enjoyed going for drives, riding motorcycle and watching the storms in the sky.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Elana; parents, Dennis Harakel and Debra Jelinski-Harakel; children, Sarienna and Lane Harakel of Little Falls; siblings, Ryan (Kori) Harakel and their son Gabriel and daughter Hailey of Portland, ME; Brittany Harakel and her daughter Ryland Harakel of Little Falls; father and mother-in-law, Wilmer and Elaine Kleinsasser of Huron, SD; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jetta (Tim) Loewen of Farmington Hills, MI, Jena (Mike) Tschetter of Hitchcock, SD, Dean (Zeyna) Kleinsasser of Huron, SD and many other very loved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, church family, and friends.
Christopher was preceded in death by his grandparents: George and Florence Harakel, and Wilfred and Elizabeth “Betty” Jelinski and infant sister-in-law, Sarah Jo Kleinsasser.
Emblom Brenny Funeral Service is Cherishing the Memory and Celebrating the Life of Christopher.