Marsnik, Alice Nadine Chamberlain

Marsnik, Alice Nadine Chamberlain, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and friend, died at home November, 30, 2021. In her last weeks, she expressed that her greatest wish was to spend the end of her life surrounded by her beloved children, grandchildren, friends, and family.
Nadine was born September 5, 1931, the third of five children born to Ellard (Pike) and Alice (nee Johnson) Chamberlain in Clontarf, Minnesota. Nadine was an exceptional student who devoted her life to education. She graduated from Benson High School as co-salutatorian with her lifelong best friend, with whom she attended the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul. She was the first in her family to earn a college degree, graduating with honors and Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1974 and in 1985 completed all of her coursework for a PhD from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota.


Billy J. Andrews

Billy J. Andrews, 65 of Palm Springs, CA passed away Monday, November 1, 2021 in Palm Springs, CA.
Bill was born on August 13, 1956 in Pekin, IL to Jimmy D. and Amelia M. (Masnari) Andrews.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, one Uncle, John Masnari and one Aunt, Shirley Frank.
He is survived by: his Mother, Amelia, two brothers; Jerry of Peoria, IL and Scott (Joni) of Tremont, IL, his Uncle Gary Andrews of Pinkneyville, IL, Uncle Ray Frank of Morton, IL, his Aunt Sharon Mutchler of Pekin and many nieces, nephews and cousins.


James Richard Herberg

James Richard Herberg, 64, of Virginia, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2021 at Waterview Pines in Virginia.
Jim was born in Winton, MN on March 5, 1957.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce Roselle Herberg.
Jim is survived by his father, Lloyd G. Herberg of Babbitt; daughter, Tara Herberg of Virginia; 6 siblings: Linda Warnke of Emerado, ND, Gary Herberg of Babbitt, Janet Rasmussen of Ely, Barb Palmer of Babbitt, Lloyd B. Herberg of Ely, and Debora Bingham of Emerado, ND.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Babbitt. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or send condolences visit


Edward Lloyd Burg, Jr.

Edward Lloyd Burg, Jr., 90, of Daphne, Alabama passed away peacefully on November 14, 2021. Edward was born January 16, 1931, in Duluth, Minnesota to Edward Lloyd and Esther (Dahl) Burg, Sr. Ed attended Lake Forest Academy in Chicago, IL. and Lawrence College in Wisconsin. During the Korean War, Edward served in the United States Air Force, stationed at Nellis AFB. Thereafter, Ed returned to Duluth, MN where he joined his father to run Burg Hotel Supply Company. After the sale of the company in the 70s, Ed founded and ran Lakehead Safety and Equipment Company. Ed was a faithful congregant and deacon of Duluth Congregational Church, and was a member of many civic organizations including the VFW, Elks, Glen Avon Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, ADD Temple, and Rotary. Rotary held a very special place in his heart and life. He was very proud to be a third generation Rotarian.


Charles Peter (“Pete”) Hayek

Charles Peter (“Pete”) Hayek, 77, of Iowa City, died November 21, 2021, in his Iowa City home after an extended battle with cancer arising out of his service in the Vietnam Conflict.
Pete was born in Iowa City on October 26, 1944, to Will Jennings Hayek and Marjorie Bernice (Kurtz) Hayek. He grew up in the family home at 900 N Dubuque Street and attended University High (“U High”) through graduation.
Peter attended and graduated from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, after which he was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in March 1967 upon completion of Officer Candidate School in Rhode Island. He then completed multiple tours in Vietnam as the Executive Officer of the USS Cree and as the Navigator of the USS Sproston. In all Pete completed a total of 31 years (active and reserve) and retired as an O-6 (Captain) after receiving numerous awards including the Meritorious Service Medal.


John Huntbatch

John Edward Huntbatch, 48, of Ely, MN passed away at Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital on Friday, November 19, 2021, from complications related to Covid-19.
He was born on January 13, 1973, in St. Louis Park, MN to Gary and Kay (Hall) Huntbatch. He lived most of his childhood in Winona, MN. He graduated from Winona Senior High School in 1991 and went on to attend Vermilion Community College where he met his wife, Janelle Baier. They married on April 27, 1996, and made their home in Ely.


Jerome "Romo" Mestnik

Jerome "Romo" Mestnik passed away on November 10th, 2021 in Las Vegas, NV. He was born on December 3rd, 1946 in Ely, MN. A celebration of life will take place in the Spring.


Sharon Ann Geiger (Prahl)

Sharon Ann Geiger (Prahl) passed away on November 15th at the Virginia Hospital. Sharon was born January 18th, 1944 in Polar Wisconsin to Elmer & Bernice Prahl (Kluwe). Sharon graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1962. In 1965, she met the love of her life, Dallas Geiger. They lived in Michigan until 1991 when they relocated to Ely. They were married for 54 years. Sharon's whole world was her family and her dogs. She loved painting, sewing, baking and doting on her family.

She was preceeded in death by her husband Dallas Geiger, her mother Bernice Stuempges and her brother Ronald Prahl. She is survived by her sons Darin and Kevin Geiger and her daughter Candace (Jason) Weyrauch. She will be greatly missed by many.
The family will have a memorial for her at a later date. Because of her love of animals, the family asks that people make a donation to Contented Critters or a local animal shelter of their choice in lieu of flowers.


Julie Puzel

Julia “Julie” Puzel
May 1, 1921-November 7, 2021
St. Janz, Slovenia
Julie Puzel passed away on Sunday November 7, 2021 at CareFree Living in Ely, MN. She was born on May 1, 1921 in the country of Slovenia to Franc and Julia Zaman. Julie united in marriage with her husband John Puzel on December 26, 1945 during World War II in Germany. She later travelled to the United States entering through Ellis Island, NY and traveling by train to Ely, MN where they shared 51 years of marriage prior to John’s passing.


Lori F. Houle

Lori Faye (Hauglid) Houle born February 15th, 1955 passed away Sunday, November 7th, 2021.
Lori was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. She passed away doing what she loved most, deer hunting. Lori was a true legend in many ways, whether it was running a dog team in the Boundary Waters by herself, achieving her dream of having her pilots license, going back to college after 5 kids or shooting the monster buck by herself (or off Dan’s laps he always claimed). Lori Houle was fearless in all aspects of her life, tough as nails and a full-fledged outdoorsman. As a family we are convinced that she saw the biggest buck of her life and it sent her in shock. Lori will be forever loved and missed by many.
Survived by her husband of 33 years Daniel Houle, her children Drew (Lisa) Isle, Farrah (Jay) Hines, Sheena (Ron) Jensen and Michelle (Aaron Richter) Houle. Her beloved Grandchildren Isaak, August, Abraham, Adrian, Lucinda, Kamden, Ruby, and Oliver.


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