Obituaries

Tue
12
Feb

Gertrude “Trudy” (Rydeski) Steiskal, 95, of Ely, dies

Gertrude “Trudy” (Rydeski) Steiskal, 95, of Ely, passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Memorial service at a later date as requested by family. To be held at the Polish National Catholic Church near Harding, MN. Survive by nieces, nephews and many friends. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Fri
08
Feb

Jack Lindgren, 92, of Oklahoma City OK dies

Jack Lindgren, 92, of Oklahoma City OK, passed away on Jan. 25. He was born in Ely Minnesota in 1926 and served in the U.S. Navy.

Fri
08
Feb

Patricia Jean (Palmer) Wickett, 87, of Virginia, formerly of Babbitt, dies

Patricia Jean (Palmer) Wickett, 87, of Virginia, formerly of Babbitt, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Patricia was born December 18, 1931, in Lanesboro, MN to Orrie and Alice (Palmer). In 1946, the family moved to Harmony, MN, where she graduated from high school in 1946. She then attended the Harding Beauty School in Winona and received her cosmetology license in 1950. She worked in shops in Austin and Preston and later was assistant cashier at a bank in Harmony. She was united in marriage to Richard E. Wickett on August 5, 1951. The lived in Harmony and Canton before moving to Babbitt in 1956.
She was a member of the Woodland Presbyterian Church, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, Babbitt Golf Association, Women’s bowling Association for over 35 years, Dance Club, Babbitt Knight Riders, Snowmobile Club, and was active in Cub Scouting for a number of years.

Wed
06
Feb

Carl Thomas Mistek, 75, dies

Carl Thomas Mistek, September 26, 1943 – February 2, 2019. It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Carl Thomas Mistek of San Jose. Carl peacefully entered into rest with his soulmate and loving wife, Gina, by his side. A strong man, fierce patriot and generous person, he believed in giving back and was frequently seen with a big smile and heard with a deep laugh. He greatly enjoyed visiting with too many friends to mention, spending time with his cherished and precious dog Brandi, working on a crossword puzzle or enjoying a quick-witted joke.
Carl leaves behind his adoring sister, Mary “Missy” Davis and brother, Jerome (Aneta) Mistek; cohort and brother-in-law, Philip (Marlene) Chantri; loving parents-in-law, Bruno (Gloria) Galli; cherished nephews, Joseph Mistek, Jonathan (Mary) Davis and Philip “Mickey” Chantri; adoring niece Jodi (Steve) Moore and precious great-nieces Jamie and Kristen Moore.

Sun
27
Jan

Don Chinander, 78, of Ely, dies

Donald G. Chinander, 78, of Ely, MN formerly from Marine on the St. Croix, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2019 at his residence where he wanted to be when he went home to be with his Heavenly Father.
Don retired from 3M in 1996 after 35 years of service. In 1999 Don became the owner of Stony Ridge Resort and Cafe with his son Marty. Don is survived by his children: Gordon Chinander, Robin Lee, Martin (Dawn) Chinander; grandchildren: Jacquelyn Chinander (Sergio), Joshua Chinander (Morgan), Taylor Lee, Trevor Lee, Zach (Angie) Debeltz , Jesse (Ayla) Debeltz; great grandchild Pricilla Mena; brother Roger (Cindy) Chinander. He was preceded in death by parents Glenn and Maxine Chinander, former spouse Bette Chinander and infant grandson, Dakota Lee. A memorial service will be held at The Gospel Church on Saturday, February 9 at 1 p.m. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sun
27
Jan

Gloria (Lassey) Starkman, dies

Gloria (Lassey) Starkman, died in Austin, TX, on Jan. 5. Graveside services will be held at the White Iron Cemetery this summer.

Thu
24
Jan

Betty Jane (Thomas) Page, 93, dies

Betty Jane (Thomas) Page, 93, passed away at Carefree Assisted Living in Ely, MN on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. She was born August 2, 1925 in Iowa City, Iowa to Helen (Means) and Dr. Wesley Thomas. The family later lived next door to artist Grant Wood’s family in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
She married Wesley M. Page, MD and they had two sons: Thomas M. and Michael J. The family moved from Montezuma, Iowa to Rockford, Illinois in 1958. Betty graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in social work. She was a member of the Alpha Beta chapter of Alpha Delta Pi (social sorority while in Iowa). Then an member of an Alpha Delta Pi alumnae group in Rockford.

Thu
24
Jan

Mary Jean Kriznar, May 6, 1941 – January 15, 2019, dies

Mary Jean Kriznar, May 6, 1941 – January 15, 2019. A friend of everyone she met, Mary Jean Kriznar of Ely, Minnesota passed away on January 15, 2019. Mary Jean could strike up a conversation wherever she went, and had friends and relatives across the country. She will be remembered as a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She is predeceased by her parents, Adolph and Francis (Globokar) Dolenshak, and husband, Frank Mathew Kriznar.

Wed
23
Jan

Janet F (Fritz) Kivisto, of Babbitt, 82, dies

Janet F (Fritz) Kivisto, 82, passed away January 17 from complication s of Primary Progressive Aphasia.
She was born August 16, 1936 in Bessemer Twp, MI to Donald and Ruby Fritz. Janet grew up in Hurley, WI. She attended nursing school when she met the love of her life, Jack and married him on August 2, 1958 in Waukesha, WI. Janet and Jack eventually moved to Babbitt where she worked for the Babbitt Weekly News and Babbitt Library. Her greatest joy was her kids and grandkids. She loved reading, walking and gardening.

Tue
22
Jan

Elizabeth “Betty” Povhe, 69. dies

Elizabeth “Betty” Povhe, 69, passed away on January 18, 2019. She was born on October 15, 1949 in Ely, Minnesota to Angela (Flake) and Rudy Scufsa. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School, attended Vermilion Community College, and then went on to beauty school in Duluth. She moved back to Ely and worked at Town and Country beauty shop and the Hairstyling Corner. After that, Betty and Carolyn Johnson owned and operated Guys n Gals beauty shop until she retired. Betty was known for her cooking, baking, sewing, and crocheting. Her favorite pasttime was driving around in the convertible with her beloved husband, Jim. Another favorite past time was bowling. In 1992 she bowled a perfect game and to the best of her knowledge, was still the only woman in Ely to have done so.

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