Edward John Hernesmaa, 80, dies

Edward John Hernesmaa, 80, of Virginia, formerly of Ely, died Monday, May 11, 2015 in the Virginia Care Center. He was born in Ely on Nov. 17, 1934 to Toivo and Angela (Puzel) Hernesmaa. He was an Ely resident for most of his life, living in Virginia for the past ten years.
On Nov. 25, 1962, he married Bonnie Mosnik. Ed enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a young man and had worked maintenance as an employee of Ely Bloomenson Hospital and Vermilion Community College. He coached Ely Little League Baseball for many years, was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, enjoyed Notre Dame sports, polka music and dancing.
Ed was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia, the Ely Knights of Columbus and the Ely American Legion Post. He was preceded in death by his parents and a beloved son, Mark, in 1981.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie; a daughter, Jody Labernik of Virginia; a sister, Delores Peitso of Soudan; and a grandson, Joseph Labernik of Duluth. Visitation will be Friday, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony Catholic Church, Ely. Rev. Fr. Dennis Hoffman will officiate. Burial will be in the Ely Cemetery. Arrangements are by Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.