Obituaries

Wed
09
Aug

Jill McElmurry died Aug. 3 at her home in Taos

Jill McElmurry, illustrator of the best-selling “The Little Blue Truck” series of children’s books, died Aug. 3 at her home in Taos, New Mexico, of breast cancer. She spent portions of each summer at her cabin on Burntside Lake from 2011-2017. She was 62.

Tue
08
Aug

Jack Willis, 69, of Ely, MN dies

Tough Yet Gentle - Jack Willis, 69, of Ely, MN passed away on August 3, 2017. Beloved father, husband, brother, uncle, neighbor, co-worker and friend, Jack was born March 16, 1948 in East Orange, NJ to George and Bertine Willis. Serious and focused as a child, he developed a work ethic that never faltered.  He graduated from Rivers Country Day School (Massachusetts) in 1966 and attended both Paul Smith College (New York) and Prescott College (Arizona). He went on to become a jack of all trades in Ely for the past 50 years.

Mon
07
Aug

Barbara (Skradski) Asbury, 96 of St. Paul dies

Barbara (Skradski) Asbury, 96 of St. Paul died August 3, 2017 at St. Anthony Park Home. Born and raised in Ely, Minnesota. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Merrill Dean; many nieces and nephews. Retired employee of the City of St. Paul and longtime member of the Catholic Church of St. Cecilia. The family would like to acknowledge the support and friendship of JoAnn Mason and the care provided by the staff at St. Anthony Park Home. Funeral Service 2 p.m. (visitation 1:30 p.m) on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Home, 536 Snelling Ave N, St. Paul. Private interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medical Center.

Sat
05
Aug

Dian Whelan, 74, summer resident, dies

Dian Whelan, 74, of Plymouth, MN and Ely summer resident, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 30, 2017.
Preceded in death by husband, James; son, Michael; parents, Kenneth and Ruby Hampton; brothers, Ken, Jr. “Speed” and John.
Survived by daughter, Carolyn (Joel) Klaers; grandsons: David, Daniel and Kevin. Special thank you to the North Memorial Hospice Team. Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. on
Monday, August 14 at Word of Peace Lutheran Church, 21705 129th Ave S., Rogers. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials preferred to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Fri
04
Aug

Marcella Agnes (LaBelle) Archambault, 95, dies

Marcella Agnes (LaBelle) Archambault, 95, born Sept. 95, 1921, passed away on July 29, 2017. Anyone who knew her benefited from her kindness and generosity. She loved caring for her family and no one left her home empty handed. There are no words adequate enough to express the loss we all feel. She is preceded in death by her parents Wilfred and Teresa LaBelle (Murphy); husband Chuck; children, David, Dick, Jim and Steve; grandson Brian Lyke; granddaughter Jamie and great granddaughter Jessie. Her siblings James (congressional medal of honor recipient), Norman, Howard, Evelyn Roo and Virginia Carpentier.
She is survived by her children Barb Lyke and Charlie Archambault; Her sisters Mary Lou Steiner and Elaine Lauer. Along with many grand children, great grand children, daughters in law, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at Washburn-McReavy Hillside Chapel on Wednesday Aug. 9, 2017 at 2 p.m. Visitation one hour prior. Interment at Hillside to follow.

Thu
03
Aug

Gerald Smith, 91, of Winton, dies

Gerald Smith, 91, of Winton, passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Thu
03
Aug

Amelia (Gorshe) Novak, 98, a lifelong resident of Ely, dies

Amelia (Gorshe) Novak, 98, a lifelong resident of Ely, passed away on Thursday August 3, 2017 at Carefree Living in Ely. She was born on September 28, 1918 in Ely to Carl (Charles) Gorshe and Mary (Zabasnik) Gorshe. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School.
Amelia devoted her life to raising her family and making her delicious walnut and apple poticas. She loved making all the traditional Slovenian dishes which her family and friends enjoyed eating. She was a member of the Western Slavonic Association (WSA) and St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. .
She was preceded in death by her parents, son James, sisters: Mary Deyak, Caroline Likar, Frances Urbas, Jenny Mehelich, Angela Lobe, Julia Fink, her brother, Charles Gorshe, and her husband of 72 years, Charles Novak.

Wed
02
Aug

Angela Kay Stitt-Mackey, 44, of Las Vegas, NV, dies

Angela Kay Stitt-Mackey, 44, of Las Vegas, NV, formerly of Grand Rapids, MN, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Spring Valley Hospital in Las Vegas, NV.
Angela was born in 1973 to Caroline and Ray Stitt in Grand Rapids, MN. She attended grade school in Warba, MN and then attended Grand Rapids Middle School and graduated from Grand Rapids High School. Angela attended Itasca Community College where she studied accounting and later studied massage therapy in Roseville, MN.
Angela was united in marriage to Christopher Mackey on October 6, 2014 in Las Vegas NV where they made their home.
Preceding her in death was her mother, Caroline Stitt in 1999.

Sat
29
Jul

Kennedi Swanson, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017

Kennedi Mae Swanson born June 7, 2017, passed away peacefully in her Mommy and Daddy’s loving arms on July 28, 2017, at St. Mary’s Medical Center.
Kennedi is the daughter of Alexa Koponen and Austin Swanson.
Kennedi’s 7 short weeks here on earth were filled with so much Love and Happiness; she was a very happy and content little angel. She had her mommy’s beautiful big brown eyes and her daddy’s infectious smile. She was our family’s perfect little flower picked too soon. During her short time here, Kennedi gave us a lifetime of love.

Fri
28
Jul

Joye M. Soderberg, 88, of Ely, dies

Joye Marilyn Soderberg, 88, passed away on July 28, 2017 at Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely, Minnesota. She was born on January 27, 1929 in Ely, MN to Emil and Lillian Forsman.
Joye was a lifelong resident of Ely and graduated from Memorial High School in 1946. She attended Ely Junior College where she studied business services. Joye married Norman A. Soderberg of Soudan, Minnesota in November 1947. Joye and Norm lived in Ely throughout their marriage, raising four children.
Joye was a working woman all of her life, from jointly operating Sody’s Soda shop in the 1950s to various jobs in local businesses, from retail jobs to cleaning homes for people. She began working for Don Beland’s Canoe Outfitters in 1970 and stayed with the business as Office Manager as it changed to Tom and Woods’ Moose Lake Wilderness Canoe Trips, retiring in 1995.

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