Agnes Jo “Nez” Artisensi, 70, dies

Agnes Jo “Nez” Artisensi, 70, passed away on February 27, in Gilbert, AZ, with her devoted husband and loving sons at her side.
She was a beautiful, elegant, and compassionate woman whose priority in life was her family - her husband John and sons, John and James - who received and returned her never ending love.
Nez was born in April of 1944 to John and Jenny Sekula in Eveleth, MN. She graduated from Eveleth HS, attended Eveleth Junior College, and graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth with very high honors. She married John and together they formed their family. She taught in the Ely Public Schools and devoted her life to her family and her career. Always together, Nez and John enjoyed their family, the performing arts, world-wide travel, Corvettes, car shows, reading, winters in Arizona, and, most of all, their incredible grandchildren. She was active with Ely’s Friends of the Library, Ely Music and Drama, the American Association of University Women, and various charities.
She was preceded in death by her father John, her mother Jenny, and her sister Karen Kleven.
Nez leaves behind some very, very lost souls - her husband John, sons John (Jennifer) Artisensi and James (Anna) Artisensi. Already missing their grandmother are her grandchildren: Alexis, Nina, Ava and Evan. Other survivors include brothers-in-law: Bob Kleven and Bob (Heidi) Artisensi, sister-in-law Marie (Gerald) Hren, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of her life will be held in Gilbert, AZ on Monday, March 9 at the Val Vista Lakes Clubhouse. A second celebration will be held early in June in Ely on White Iron Lake. Sympathy cards and memorials can be sent to: John Artisensi at 1633 E. Lakeside Drive, Unit 61, Gilbert, AZ 85234.