Obituaries

Thu
22
Jul

Robert (Bob) Joseph Champa Jr.

Robert (Bob) Joseph Champa Jr., 70, of Ely, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly at his home on July 20, 2021.
He was born to parents Robert and Helen Champa on October 30, 1950 in Winton, Minnesota.
He graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1969 and went on to study HVAC at Dunwoody Institute.
Bob worked as a Hvac Technician for 30 years in the Ely area. He retired from Starkman Oil Company in 1998.
He enjoyed hunting & fishing, splitting and stacking wood on his wood pile, morning coffee at the GEL, and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren who he especially loved sharing his outdoor passions with. Bob spent countless hours teaching firearms safety to the youth of Ely and was honored with an award for 40 years of volunteer instructor service by the MN DNR.

Fri
16
Jul

Donald O. Niska

Donald O. Niska, 85, of Ely, a proud U.S. Marine Corp Veteran, passed away at his residence on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Wed
14
Jul

Margaret “Marge” Swindlehurst

Margaret “Marge” Swindlehurst, 83, of Silver Bay died on Monday, July 12, 2021 at Carefree Living.
She was born on September 2, 1937 to Michael and Margaret (Matanich) Paun in Ely, MN where she grew up and graduated from Ely High School in 1955. Marge was employed as a secretary for Hunkin for a short time before her marriage to Robert Swindlehurst in 1959. She then worked for Lake Superior School District for over 20 years in various positions.
Marge was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a founding member of the Bay Area Artists. She enjoyed water-color painting, calligraphy, and was a renowned cook and baker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob in 2013; sister, Ann Levar; brother, Stephen Paun; and niece, Linda Levar Powers.

Wed
07
Jul

Joshua Orcutt

Joshua Orcutt, 57, of Ely, passed away on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at his residence. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Fri
02
Jul

Robert A. "Bob" Wilt

Robert A. "Bob" Wilt, 85, of Ely, passed away at M Fairview Hospital University of Minnesota Medical Center on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. He was born in Duncansville, PA to P. A. "Ted" and Beatrice (Moses) Wilt.

Throughout his life Bob was passionate about fishing, hunting, golfing and spending time in the outdoors. He became an avid poker player over the years and discovered an exceptional talent for oil painting at age 75.

Bob proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957.

He will be remembered as a kind, gentle man with a keen sense of humor, who loved his family and friends with all his heart.

Bob is survived by his son Jeffrey (Sandi) Wilt of Ely, daughter Lisa Inlow of Charlottesville, VA and grandchildren Michael Inlow of Washington, DC, Rachael Inlow and Clare Inlow of Charlottesville, VA, and Lucas Hoberg of Las Vegas NV; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Tue
22
Jun

J Michael Bowers

J Michael Bowers, Ph. D, of Kansas City, Missouri, died June 19, 2021, at his home. Mike was born November 12, 1943, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received his B.A. and M.A. Degrees from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and his Ph.D. from University of Oregon Medical School, Portland, Oregon. He was Dean of Administration at Lincoln College, Lincoln, Illinois, Sales Manager at Merrill Lynch, Clayton, Missouri, Branch Manager of UBS/Paine Webber, Clayton, Missouri, Carmel and Indianapolis, Indiana, and finally in Kansas City, Missouri. Mike enjoyed his friends at the Lodge on Spangler Prairie in Blairstown, Missouri and spending summers at the family cabin on Eagles Nest Lake in Ely, Minnesota. Mike is survived by his wife Mary Kay (Syndergaard) and children, Jeffrey Michael Bowers and Sarah Jane Bowers, all of Kansas City, Missouri.

Mon
21
Jun

Charles "Charlie" Jonas

Charles “Charlie” Jonas, 65, of Ely, passed away peacefully at his home on June 21, 2021.
Charlie ws born on November 7, 1955 to Marvin and Cecelia Jonas. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a very talented woodburning artist. His artwork can be seen in homes around the world.
Charlie was most proud of his children and the wonderful adults they have become. Being a “PaPa” filled his heart with a special love. Madison, Timothy and Braden brought endless joy to his life.
Charlie will be greatly missed by his wife of 40 years, Patsy, his children Greg (Sarah), Tina (Colin) as well as his brothers, nieces and nephews.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Fri
18
Jun

Albert O. Zupancich

Albert O. Zupancich, 74, of Virginia , passed away peacefully June 14, 2021, at his home after a courageous 16 month battle with cancer.
Al was born in Ely, MN on March 2, 1947, the first child of Albert and Margaret (Owen) Zupancich.
He was active in scouting, earning the rating of an Eagle Scout. Al played hockey throughout his high school years and grew up working in the family grocery store. He graduated from Ely High School in 1965 and attended Ely Junior College and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1969.
After owning several grocery stores, he eventually found his home in Eveleth. He proudly owned and operated Eveleth IGA for over 35 years. Al had a strong commitment to his customers and was well known for his generosity and kindness to all. He had many valued employees whom he considered family.

Tue
15
Jun

Clarence Joseph “Buzz” Boutelle

Clarence Joseph “Buzz” Boutelle, 94, of Lawrence, KS, formerly of Texas and Minnesota, passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2021.
He was preceded in death by his former wife, Evelyn; daughter, Linette; brothers, Dave, Dwight, and Clayton; sisters, Mary Alice, Louise, Martha, and Alma; son-in-law, Richard Brock.

Tue
15
Jun

Dolores R. (nee Stricula) Moen

Dolores R. (nee Stricula) Moen, 92 of Valparaiso In, formerly of Ely MN, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2021. She was born April 13, 1928 in Chicago IL to John and Mary (née Bulak) Urban. Dolores made her career for many years as a bookkeeper in the Chicago area, before moving to Ely with her husband Ronald. While in Ely she obtained her college degree and also worked with the Federal Forest Dept as a senior citizen employee. After moving to Valparaiso IN Dolores stayed busy with her senior friends with breakfast, bingo and travels all over the world. Dolores will be remembered for her friendly personality and generous nature. She is a beloved wife, mother and grandmother who is dearly missed.

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