Obituaries

Wed
27
Dec

Luella “Lu” (Laine) Borman, 77, dies

Luella “Lu” Irene (Laine) Borman, 77, passed away December 22, 2017 in Robbinsdale, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband Don; daughter Dawn Marie; parents Toivo and Lyyli (Laakko) Laine; and siblings Loretta Borman, Milton and Myron Laine. Survived by daughter Audra (Brian) Bird; grandchildren Alisha (Thomas) Fox, and Paul Bird; great-grandchildren Evaydrian and Landon Bird; and brother Dave (Kathy) Laine. She was born and raised in Ely and graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1958. She was employed over 30 years with Johnson Brothers Liquor Company. Her warm smile will be greatly missed. Memorial Service for Lu will be held Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 2 p.m. with visitation beginning at 12 Noon at Washburn-McReavy Seman Chapel, 1827 Coon Rapids Blvd, Coon Rapids MN 55433.

Mon
25
Dec

Christine L. Tezak, 94, of Ely, dies

Christine Louise (Koprivnik) Tezak of Ely, 94, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Dec. 25, 2017 at Carefree Living in Babbitt, MN.
Christine was born on October 22, 1923 in Ely to Andrew and Frances (Cesen) Koprivnik. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School. During WW II she worked for the Air Transport Command as a cryptographer in Washington, DC from 1942-1945. She met the love of her life, Edward Anton Tezak at the Ely Sweet Shop. They were united in marriage on August 14, 1946 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Duluth, MN. They started their family in Duluth and moved to Ely in 1952, where in 1957, they built a family home, raising seven children. Christine resided there until 2013 when she moved to Carefree Living in Babbitt.

Sat
23
Dec

Bernard F. Herrmann, 75, of Ely, dies

Bernard F. Herrmann, 75, born in Alsace, France on Feb. 19, 1942, died in Ely, Minnesota on Friday, December 22, 2017.
During his lifetime Bernard received many honors and titles, including: “Chevalier Du Merite” – Knighted by the French Government for Culinary Excellence, “Maitre Cuisinier de France” – Master Chef of France since 1979, Member of the Order of “Grand Orient de France” – Free Mason, Former Secretary General “Academie Culinaire de France” (US Chapter), Former Vice President and Commander “Commanderie de Cordons Bleus de France” (US Chapter), Member of the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique, Former Vice President of the “Culinary Vatel Club,” Former Professor of the Culinary Arts “Ecole LeNotre” – Paris and Houston Texas.
From 1961 to 1963, Bernard served in the French Army as a Sahara Rat Patrol during the France/Algerian War.

Mon
18
Dec

Lorraine Klobuchar, 65, of Eveleth, dies

Lorraine Klobuchar, 65, of Eveleth, passed away on December 6, 2017 in her home. Lorraine was born on June 5, 1952 in Ely and graduated from Ely Memorial High School. She attended UMD and graduated in 1974 with a teaching degree. She taught at Hibbing Jr. High until her retirement. Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Lucille Volk of Ely. Surviving are her son Kyle Klobuchar, currently serving in the military in Texas; her ex-husband and friend Rick Klobuchar and her six sisters ; Patty (Jay) Fortner, Isle; Mary Crystal (Newton) Nickerson, Ely; Donna (Bernie) Scufsa, Cottage Grove; Kathy Meier (Jim ), Babbitt; Stephanie (Bruce) Danielson, Plymouth; Francine (John) Hanson, Ham Lake. A celebration of Lorraine’s life will be scheduled at a later date. Cards or memorials may be sent to: Family of Lorraine Klobuchar, 2032 Chippewa Shores, Ely, MN 55731.

Sat
16
Dec

Mayme J. Peranich, 95, formerly of Ely, dies

Mayme J. Peranich, 95, died on Friday, December 15, 2017 at Stoney River Memory Care, Marshfield.
Funeral services will be held at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Rembs Funeral Home, Marshfield, where the visitation will be from 2:00 pm on Wednesday until service time.
Mayme was born on August 17, 1922 in Ely, Minnesota to John F. and Angela (Kavschek) Germek and was a graduate of Ely High School. She was united in marriage to John S. Peranich in 1942 in Milwaukee. He died on May 11, 2012.
Shortly after their marriage Mayme and her husband lived in New Berlin where they resided until retirement. They then returned to Ely and resided on Burntside Lake where they enjoyed the outdoors being on the water, fishing, and mom also loved to entertain with family and friends. Mayme also liked traveling with John and they frequented the Caribbean, enjoying scuba diving.

Thu
14
Dec

William“Bill” K. Loe, 77, dies

William“Bill” K. Loe, 77 passed away peacefully on Dec. 12, 2017 at Little Hospice in Edina. He died from complications of ALS. Preceded in death by his parents and brother, Terry. He is survived by wife, Alice; son, Mark (Skye); daughter, Jessica; granddaughter, Kiley; brother, Rodney (Mae Kathryn); sister, Janice (Arvid) Behrens and many nieces and nephews.
Bill attended school in Slayton and Ely, MN. He worked at Reserve Mining in Babbitt and owned and operated the Dray Freight Line in Ely for several years until he graduated from Ely Jr. College, and then went onto St. Cloud State University to graduate Summa Cum Laude. He pursued his career in human relations and labor negotiations with several corporations domestically and internationally.
In later years he owned and successfully operated a para medical business. He also was a certified appraiser of classic autos.

Wed
13
Dec

George D. Zembal, 63, of Ely, dies

George D. Zembal, 63, of Ely, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital. George loved to cook for people and make them laugh. He had friends everywhere he went and would never hesitate to help someone out. His food and jokes will be missed, especially his famous grilled pizza.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Lori; daughter and son-in-law, Samantha and Kyler Hauschildt; father-in-law, George Ryktyo; siblings, Jerry (Nancy) Zembal, Jack (Joette) Zembal, and sister Jeanne Zembal; and many wonderful friends, especially Dean Hanninen.
Preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Gladys Zembal; brother, Tommy Zembal; and mother-in-law, Nancy Rykyto.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at Kerntz Funeral Home in Ely with visitation taking place one half hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Mon
11
Dec

Renee Marie Lutwinko, 68, of Chisholm, dies

Renee Marie Lutwinko, 68, of Chisholm, returned peacefully to the Lord Thursday, December 7, 2017, at home. She was born May 4, 1949, in Ely, MN, to Thomas C. and Louise E. (Warner) LeRoy. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth and retired from NTS as an Environmental Laboratory Manager.
Renee was united in marriage on July 17, 1992, in Hibbing to Clifford L. Lutwinko. She was a member of Chisholm Baptist Church and enjoyed planning events for family get-togethers, gardening, the outdoors, travelling around the world with her husband, and volunteering for Hospice and Habitat for Humanity.

Sat
09
Dec

William L. Herzberg, 82, of Ely, dies

William L. Herzberg, 82, of Ely, passed away at his home on Friday, December 8, 2017. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Fri
08
Dec

Mildred Eva (Kowalski) Randall, 89, dies

Mildred Eva (Kowalski) Randall, 89, passed away peacefully on Dec 7, 2017 in Burnsville, MN, after a courageous battle with Parkinson's and Alzheimers. Millie has been reunited with her husband Bill, daughter Marlys and infant son, brothers: Donald, Clarence, Louis Kowalski, sister Delores, and parents Stephen and Edith Kowalksi. Survived by daughters: Karen Nelson, Ann Tess, Jean Alaspa, Loretta (Jeffrey) Benedict, and Brenda Sweet (Dale Boltz); 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, her brother Richard Kowalski and many other family and friends. A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, December 12, at 11am White Funeral Home, Burnsville MN.

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