Obituaries

Mon
16
Jul

Molly A. Banovetz, 100 dies,

Molly A. Banovetz, 100, of Ely, passed away on Monday, July 16, 2018 at the Boundary Waters Care Center. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Mon
16
Jul

A memorial service for Amelia "Molly" Hill of Ely,

A memorial service for Amelia "Molly" Hill of Ely, will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Ely United Methodist Church at 11:00 A.M. with a gathering of family and friends taking place one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family prefers a donation to Northwoods Partners. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Fri
13
Jul

Elizabeth “Bette” Nelson, 86, dies

Elizabeth “Bette” Nelson, 86, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, took the Lord’s hand and passed away peacefully on the morning of July 1, 2018 at her home in Green Valley, AZ surrounded by the love of her five children to whom she was endlessly devoted.
Born October 18, 1931 in Oklee, Minnesota, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Evelyn Gibeau. Bette graduated from Oklee High School in 1949, and married Vearl Nelson (also of Oklee) in 1952. The Nelson’s raised their children in Duluth and Ely, Minnesota and began spending time in Green Valley in 1985.
Bette is survived by her loving children Nancy (Len), Berger Cherie Rozier, Mark (Dann), Scott (Roblee), Lisa (Joe), Klonne 10 grandchildren, Kristen Musich, Kyle and Brett Rozier, Dan Nelson, Kaitlyn and Paige Nelson, Josh, Zach, Nick, and Lucas Klonne, sister Jane Dufault, her very dear friend, Margot Beland, and many other great friends.

Thu
12
Jul

Augusta Meta Murphy, 79, of Ely, dies

Augusta “Meta” Murphy, 79, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 8, 2018. Meta was born April 9, 1939 in Hannibal, Wisconsin to Earl and Meta Cornwell. She was eleventh of 14 brothers and sisters. Meta married the love of her life, Wayne Murphy, May 21, 1955.
She truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; spending time with her large family, visiting with friends and baking. She always wore a smile on her face. She was a loving and caring person, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was always thinking of others first. To know her was to love her. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and all who knew her.

Mon
09
Jul

James (Jimmy) Howard Tuomala, 58, dies

James (Jimmy) Howard Tuomala, 58, passed from this world to his new home in heaven on July 5, 2018 at the Ely Bloomenson Hospital following a hard battle with cancer. He was born in Ely on June 25, 1960, to Michael and Violet (Korpi) Tuomala. He graduated from the Ely Memorial High School, served in the Army National Guard, worked as a manager of a sawmill, and working several capacities, most recently as a supervisor at the North Shore Mine. He spent his spare time studying. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Bachelor of Science (computer), and a Master of Applied Sciences (psychology). Jim’s unfulfilled dream was to become a counselor. He was a member of the Ely Baptist Church and the Masons organization. Jim was passionate about politics, making several bids for public office. Jim had a violin and taught himself to play.

Mon
09
Jul

Mildred Wirta, 98 of Wadena, dies

The memorial service for Mildred Wirta, 98 of Wadena, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 13, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Wadena with Pastor Meltzer presiding. Visitation with the family will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
Mildred was born to Walter and Mary (Mattela) Niemela May 21, 1920 in Biwabik, MN. Mildred Amanda Niemela was united in marriage with Eino Wirta March 8th, 1947 in Ely MN, where they resided for many years.
Mildred was a long time active member at First Lutheran Church of Ely, and she enjoyed serving on various committees. She found joy in spending time with her family, quilting, knitting, embroidering, baking, gardening, playing cards and Farkel.
In May 2015, Mildred moved from Ely to Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena, where she lived until July 7, 2018, when she died peacefully and entered into God’s Kingdom of Glory.

Thu
05
Jul

Lorraine Margaret Jaeger, 87, of Babbitt, dies

Lorraine Margaret (Snell) Jaeger passed away on July 3, 2018, surrounded by family.
She was born on August 15, 1930 to James and Clara Snell of Marcell, MN. She was the fifth of nine children. Lorraine was a graduate of Deer River High School in the spring of 1949.
She moved to the twin cities campus of the University of Minnesota where she worked as a waitress at the Stadium Cafe. She met Frank, a devoted customer, by serving him a piece of pie and striking up a conversation. This was the start of a life-long relationship that lasted over 61 years. They moved to Colorado Springs for a brief time as Frank served his time in the Army.
Afterwards, they moved to Babbitt, MN in 1959 where they raised their family and became active volunteers in their community.

Tue
03
Jul

Richard (Dick) Olson, 74, of Ely dies

Richard (Dick) Olson, 74, of Ely passed away on Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital.
Dick was born in Ely on December 16, 1943 to Eino and Mayme Olson. He grew up in Winton and graduated from Ely Memorial High School. In 1967, he married Phyllis Koschak and together they raised a son, Brad, and daughter Sarah. Dick retired from North Shore after 32 years in the mining industry as a welder.
He was quite an outdoorsman and spent his time snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and trapping. He enjoyed spending time at his hunting shack, often bringing his children or grandchildren along to share his love of the outdoors with them. He always looked forward to his annual fishing trips to Crooked Lake with his son Brad and grandson Nick.

Tue
03
Jul

Deon Lynn (Thomas) LaSart, 69, of Embarrass, dies

Deon Lynn (Thomas) LaSart, 69, of Embarrass, passed away June 29, 2018 at Miller Dwan in Duluth.
She grew up in Crosby-Ironton, MN. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Clayton LaSart, and their children: Clayton James of Spring Hill, KS; Lonnie Mathew of Babbitt; Craig Joseph of Gilbert; a sister, Eleanor Kahl of Deerwood, MN; brother Nolan Thomas of Mesa, AZ and many nieces , nephews and grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents: Arthur “Ralph” Thomas and Myrtle Eleanor Thomas, and sisters: Marilyn Seavey, Sharon Beddow,, Susan Leach and Leora Wynn.
The funeral will held at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Babbitt at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 6. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Tue
03
Jul

Roman John (John) Reichensperger, Jr., 82, of Ely, dies

Roman John (John) Reichensperger, Jr., 82, of Ely, Minnesota and San Antonio, Texas passed away peacefully in the arms of his wife on June 30, 2018 at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, Minnesota. John had battled Hodgkins Lymphoma for 20 years.
There will be a gathering to celebrate John’s life at their lake home on Eagles’s Nest Lake #3 on Sunday, July 8, at 12:30 PM. Formal funeral services will be held later in July in San Antonio, Texas. Burial will follow in late July at the Reichensperger family plot in St. Joseph, Minnesota.
John was born to Roman and Theresa Reichensperger on January 20, 1936 in Waite Park, MN. He graduated from St. Cloud Technical High School and furthered his studies at IBM, Honeywell, US Federal Emergency Management Institute and was a veteran of the United States Army Reserve.

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