Gloria Starkman, 83, dies

Gloria Starkman, 83, passed away on January 5, 2019 in Austin, TX. She was born on March 31, 1935, to Violet (Maki) Lassey and Charles Lassey in Ely, MN. She was a graduate of the Ely schools where she had been active in dramatics, cheer leading, and the Drum and Bugle Corps. Gloria also attended St. Cloud State College. In 1956 she was married to Russell Starkman in Ely. They lived in a number of places throughout the country while Russell was a USAF pilot. They retired in Austin, TX where Gloria was as a certified interior decorator. Gloria and Russell maintained a summer home on White Iron Lake.
Russell and Gloria had two sons, Robert and Gregory. Gloria was a member of Triumphant Life Lutheran Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Gloria was predeceased by her parents, her husband Russell, and her two sons. She is survived by her sister Carol Lassey of Ely, her two “special daughters” Melanie Cobb and Debora Patrick, and numerous cousins including the Kesses and Lasseys in the Ely area.
Graveside services will be held at the White Iron cemetery, rural Ely, on June 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Rev. Barbara Hegfors will officiate.