Obituaries

Sat
26
May

Jessica Schultz, 37, of St. Paul, dies

Jessica Schultz, 37, of St. Paul, passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2018 in Ely while vacationing with her mother at her side. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Fri
25
May

Janet M. Rhein, of Ely, dies

Janet M. Rhein, of Ely, passed away Friday, April 6, 2018 at Essentia Health in Virginia. Janet Marie Rhein was born to Anton and Katherine Kramar. She graduated from Ely High School. On July 14, 1956, she was united in marriage to George Rhein. The couple made their home in Ely, raising their three children, Sandy, Dave and Mike.
Janet enjoyed being outdoors, camping, fishing, gardening, berry and mushroom picking and spending time with her grandkids, Katie, April, Triston, Isabelle, Eric, Tyler, and her grand dogs.
She is survived by: sons: David (Julie) and Mike (Pat) Rhein, daughter: Sandy (Paul) Venne. Grandchildren: Triston, April (Leo), Katie, Eric (Sara), and Tyler (Joselyn); Great Granddaughter: Isabell; sisters: Francis and Norma Kramar; brother-in-law: Allen (Betty) Rhein; several nieces and nephews.

Thu
24
May

Charles (Pudgy) Kleemola, 82, dies

Charles (Pudgy) Kleemola, 82, died on Monday, May 21, 2018 in Denver, CO.
He is survived by his children: John, Mary, Thomas and Edward; step daughter Kari Solomon; grandchildren: Molly and Tasha,; his sister Mary E. Levander, nephew, nieces and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 15 years, Louise. Funeral services were held in Denver on May 24, 2018.

Thu
24
May

June Marie Johnson, 74, dies

June Marie Johnson, 74, passed away on Monday, May 21 at Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely, after a long battle with cancer.
June was born in Fairmont, MN on June 13, 1943, the daughter of Lester and Caroline Fritz. She grew up in Fairmont, graduating from Fairmont High School in 1962. June and Paul met while working at a summer job and later married at Immanual Lutheran Church in Fairmont in 1963, spending 55 years together.
She enjoyed doing all kinds of craft projects, such as quilting, sewing, making wall hangings , crocheting, knitting, etc. She also enjoyed playing cards and computer games.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, sister Valora Neuenschwander and brother Eldo Fritz.

Tue
22
May

June Marie Johnson, 74,

June Marie Johnson, 74, passed away on Monday, May 21 at Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely, after a long battle with cancer.
June was born in Fairmont, MN on June 13, 1943, the daughter of Lester and Caroline Fritz. She grew up in Fairmont, graduating from Fairmont High School in 1962. June and Paul met while working at a summer job and later married at Immanual Lutheran Church in Fairmont in 1963, spending 55 years together.
She enjoyed doing all kinds of craft projects, such as quilting, sewing, making wall hangings , crocheting, knitting, etc. She also enjoyed playing cards and computer games.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, sister Valora Neuenschwander and brother Eldo Fritz.

Mon
21
May

Christopher Lawrence Kerr, 52, dies

Christopher Lawrence Kerr, 52, died in his home on Friday May 11, 2018, in Waleska, GA.
He was born to Duncan and Janice (Seelen) Kerr on October 31, 1964 in Two Harbors, MN. He graduated from J. F. Kennedy High School in Babbitt, MN in 1983. He graduated from Staples Technical School in 1985 with a degree in Graphic Arts. Although he was an extremely talented artist, his passion for horses drew him to a career in the equine industry as a farrier. He became a well respected journeyman farrier and practiced his profession in Georgia, making this beautiful state his home. He was loved and will be missed very much by family and friends.

Mon
21
May

Marie J. Fink, 95, of Ely, dies

Marie Josephine (Dolly) Fink, 95, of Ely, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2018 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely.
Marie was born on March 19, 1923 to Jacob and Mary Strezishar. She attended Ely schools. On December 25, 1943 she married Frank Fink. She lived in Ely all of her life other than a brief stay in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1944. Marie worked various jobs but she was most recognizable as the candy lady at Parkside Milk Bar. She loved that job and generations stood in front of the candy counter with their nickels and dimes trying to decide what penny candy to buy. It helped her develop great patience just as long as you didn’t spin the stools.
Marie like gardening (flowers/vegetables), picking berries, volunteering and traveling to visit family. She also liked bowling, polka music and singing hymns and Christmas music. She participated in Women’s Catholic Council and KSKJ Lodge.

Sat
19
May

Diane Laura (Kukson) Zavodnik, 62, dies

Diane Laura (Kukson) Zavodnik, 62, of Eveleth, MN passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018.
Diane was born in Winton, MN on January 24, 1956 to Bernhart and Eileen Kukson. She married Anthony Zavodnik on December 17, 1977. Diane was a devoted wife and mother who loved raising her children and being with family and friends. Knitting, fishing, and going to the cabin were her favorite activities.
Diane graduated from Ely Memorial High School and the University of MN-Duluth. She worked as an eligibility specialist for St. Louis County Social Services Department for 36 years.
Diane was preceded in death by her father Bernhart Kukson, sister-in-law Dorothy (Pepper) Ersbo, and niece Sue Ann Krunkkala.

Wed
16
May

Eloise Lozar, 72, of Ely, dies

Eloise Lozar departed planet earth on May 16, 2018 with the strength and courage she displayed throughout her 73 years.
She was guided through the journey with overflowing human kindness and love from the most important people in her life. Life began on May 22, 1945 with the help of Betty Ann and Tony Jerich.
She is survived by Larry Lozar, husband and true companion for 52 years, brother Greg (Sally) Jerich of Eagle River, Alaska, two purring kids - Leo and Julia, and caring friends throughout the country.
A celebration of life is being planned for later this summer. Memorials should be directed to the Ely Veterinary Clinic.
Arrangements are with Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Tue
15
May

Fredric Thunhorst, 77, dies

Fredric Thunhorst, 77, beloved Grandpa, Father and Husband, and a 49-year resident of Ely passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, May 14, 2018, at Ely Bloomenson Hospital.

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