Obituaries

Tue
21
Oct

John Lekatz Sr., 96, of Ely dies

John Lekatz, Sr., 96, of Ely, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his residence on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
He was the last living child of nine children born in Ely to Mike Lekatz and Katherine Maranich. In 1943 he married Frances Melovasich. Together, John and Frannie raised three children: John (Mary Ann) Lekatz, Jr.; Frank (Jan) Lekatz, and Louise (Andy) Kainz, all of Ely. John worked for the City of Ely for many years, initially as a police officer and later in Public Works.
In addition to his children, he is survived by grandchildren: Carol (Jim) Rist, Cheryl (Derek) Grochowski and David (Missy) Lekatz; four great grandchildren: Morgan and Joshua Rist and Kayla and Matt Lekatz;, and his little dog “Kiki.” He was pre-deceased by an infant daughter, his wife Fran in 2009, and brothers: Paul, Peter, Joe, Louis, Mike and Steve Lekatz; sisters: Ann Royal and Katherine Beaty.

Tue
21
Oct

Eleanor M. Bialke, 90, of Babbitt, dies

Eleanor M. Bialke, 90, of Babbitt, passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Eleanor was born on May 5, 1924 in Gilman to Frank and Catherine (Pulchinski) Albright. She married Thomas P. Bialke on May 2, 1944 in Gilman. Eleanor enjoyed cooking, fishing, playing cards and spending time with her family.
She’s survived by her husband: Thomas; their children: Gerald Bialke of Babbitt and Reinette (Joe) Labernik of Forest Lake; grandchildren: Aaron, Brad, Chris, Shannon, Tracy and Katrina; 11 great grandchildren: Caleb, Logan, Peyton, Colton, Calvin, Lily, Janie, Addison, Ella, Mason and Arie Anna; sister-in-laws: Cleo Bialke and Janet Albright; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter: Cheryl Gerold; brothers: Henry and Donald Albright; and sister: Ann Albright.

Tue
21
Oct

Luella C. Anderson, 93, dies

Luella C. Anderson, 93, of Ely, formerly of Babbitt, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in hospice care at Boundary Waters Care Center.

Luella was born May 17, 1921, in Underwood, Minn., to Clarence and Mathilda Flom. Luella grew up in Underwood, Minn. Luella married Ford G. Murray in May 1940 in St. Paul, and during World War II and after, lived in the Ashland, Wis., and St. Paul areas.

Fri
17
Oct

Dorothy J. Anderson, 83, dies

Dorothy J. Anderson, 83, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at Essentia Health Care Center in Virginia. She was born Oct. 18, 1930, in Winton to John and Irene (Toratti) Juhola and graduated from Embarrass High School in 1948. Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church at 10 a.m. with visitation one hour prior.

Thu
16
Oct

Tony A. Stalcar, 56 of Richfield, MN dies

Tony A. Stalcar, 56 of Richfield, MN passed away on October 14, 2014.  Born November 15, 1957 in Winton, MN. A 23 year employee of Hospira Inc. who was preceded in death by father, Jack Stalcar.  Survived by loving wife of 26 years, Kay; children: Jeremy (Katie), Derek and Nicole; mother Helga Stalcar; six siblings and numerous other loving family and friends.  Memorial Service Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Richfield Lutheran Church, 60th Street and Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN.  Visitation Monday, October 20 from 4-8 p.m. with a Time of Remembrance at 7 p.m. at Morris Nilsen Chapel, 6527 Portland Ave. S.  Richfield, MN.  Private Interment.

Sun
05
Oct

James L. Heikkila, 71, of Babbitt, dies

James L. Heikkila, 71, of Babbitt, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at St. Raphael’s Health & Rehabilitation Center in Eveleth. He  was born June 30, 1943, in Ely and was employed at Reserve Mining Co. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Babbitt.

Fri
03
Oct

Thomas K. Rayman, 66, of Ely, dies

Thomas Keil Rayman was taken “Home” on Thursday, October 2, 2014 in Ely. He was born in Austin, MN on March 14, 1948 to Dr. Frederick Rayman Jr. and Jacqueline (Callies) Rayman.
Thomas graduated from Austin High School in 1966 and later earned degrees in Psychology and Biology from Winona State. Thomas was an Eagle Scout. He loved to read and had written a letter to one of his favorite authors, C.S. Lewis, and was quite pleased to receive a letter in return. He was a lover of the theater and acted in many plays throughout his lifetime. He also enjoyed swimming, soccer and fencing as a young man.

Sun
28
Sep

Rodney K. Johnson, of Ely, dies

Rodney K. Johnson, 84, passed away peacefully at home in Ely on Friday, September 26. He was born in Duluth, MN, October 30, 1929, to John E. and A. Mabel (Isaacson) Johnson.  
He grew up in several states but also spent many childhood years with his grandparents, Jacob and Marie Johnson in Ely and at the homestead on Johnson Lake.  Rodney graduated Denfeld High School, Duluth, MN, and later acquired his knowledge for a successful electrical career, graduating from Dunwoody Institute, Minneapolis, MN.  He willingly provided for his wife and children during their time at home.  Later, he attended and graduated Robert Tilton’s Bible School, Dallas, TX.  Rodney opened a Bible Satellite School in the old Ely Theatre, and was ordained with his wife through the Association of Faith Churches and Ministries, Broken Arrow, OK, August, 1984.  They started the Ely Word Church and he served as senior pastor until his illness forced a sabbatical.

Mon
15
Sep

Jon David Folz Sr., 80, of Ely, dies

Jon David Folz Sr., 80, of Ely, died Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Evergreen Terrace in Grand Rapids with his family by his side. Jon was born on May 28, 1934 to Henry and Mae (Tschida) Folz in Moose Lake, MN. Jon spent his childhood and the majority of his life in Ely. On September 30, 1953 he was united in marriage to the love of his life Carol Coey. Together they raised seven children. He began his career as an underground miner at the Zenith Mine. He then worked 30+ years at Reserve and Northshore Mining in Babbitt, MN.  Jon was an avid outdoorsman, who loved hunting, fishing, trapping and spending time at the cabin on Foss Lake with family and friends.  One of his proudest achievements was obtaining his pilot license. For the past 17 years Jon lived in Panama City Beach, Florida, a place he loved and called “Paradise.”

Mon
15
Sep

Dale F. Loushin 65, of Duluth dies

Dale F. Loushin 65, of Duluth passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 with his loving family by his side.  Dale was born on May 25, 1949, in Ely, MN to Frank and Verna Loushin.
Dale was a graduate of Ely Memorial High School. During school he started dating Diane, shortly after graduating they were married. They lived in Ely for some years, before they moved to Duluth where they resided ever since. Dale was a fun and loving father, grandfather, and a devoted husband.  He was very well liked, with a great sense of humor and a soft heart. He made a connection with everyone he met and talked with, and was loved by all.
Dale was preceded in death by the love of his life, Diane; parents; brother, Gary; brother-in-laws: Tony, and Paul; and niece, Mona.

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