John A. “Chocs” Zbasnik, 100, dies

John A. “Chocs” Zbasnik, 100, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital. John was born in Ely, Mn., one of six children to Frank and Mary Zbasnik. John was a lifelong resident of Ely and a life time member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. John attended Ely schools and at the age of 17 joined the CC Camps. He worked in the Pioneer Mine until WWII broke out and was drafted into the Army in 1942. He spent two years at Minter Field, Ca. and two years in Germany. After the war ended in 1946 he returned to Pioneer Mine for 26 years. When Pioneer Mine closed in 1967 he went to work at Minntac for four years and then Reserve Mining for another 9.5 years. John’s family and his faith were most important to him. He really enjoyed time with his grandsons and great grandchildren. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, blueberry picking and driving up the Fernberg road. John was preceded in death by his wife Angeline and son Robert. John is survived by his sons Jon (Bette) Zbasnik of Pleasanton, Ca. and Jim Zbasnik of St. Paul, Mn. and his daughter Cindy (Jack) Lucking of Roseville, Mn., grandsons Nick Lucking (great grandson Nikko) and John (Stefanie) Lucking (great grandsons Logan and Gavin), grandson Dan (Laura) Lysher, Heather and McKenzie, nephews: John (Gloria) Seliga, Jerome (Paula) Seliga and Randy (Doreen) Zbasnik and niece Jean Seliga.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 11AM at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely with visitation being held one hour prior to the service at the church. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.