Obituaries

Fri
29
Mar

Terrence “Terry” Slogar, 66, of Ely, dies

Terrence “Terry” Slogar of Ely, MN passed away peacefully on the afternoon of March 26, surrounded by his beloved family. He was 66 years old.
Terry was a bold, tenacious man with quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor, who deeply touched the lives of everyone he knew. He was a light of hope, a voice of truth and an endlessly loving and compassionate man.
Terry was preceded in death by parents Robert “Bunny” Slogar and Irene Hunnicutt Slogar of Ely, MN. He is survived by his loving wife Merri Slogar; son Jason Slogar and his wife Christina Slogar, grandchildren Aaron Slogar, Erika Slogar, and Taylor Slogar; daughter Sheridan Slogar. He is also survived by his brother Robert “Bobby Jo” Slogar and his wife Carol Ann Slogar; brother Kim Slogar and his wife Jean Quist, niece and nephew, Jessica Slogar and Austen Slogar; nephew Bruce Kochevar, and nieces Lynn Perrey and Brenda Erjavec.

Fri
29
Mar

Paul Eugene Kyllonen, 57, of Fort Collins, CO dies

Paul Eugene Kyllonen, 57, of Fort Collins, CO passed away suddenly at Palmer Station Antarctica on October 23, 2018. He was born on June 11, 1961 to Eugene and Ellen Kyllonen in Ely MN. He graduated from Ely High School and Staples Vocational Technical Institute heavy equipment diesel mechanics program. Upon graduation he moved to W Palm Beach FL where he worked as a mechanic until 1991. His love of adventure and the environment led him to work for the next 27 years in Antarctica and Greenland supporting the work of scientists from around the world studying climate change and the effects of pollution. He had the unique distinction of working at every station on the continent of Antarctica and the nickname MacGyver for his ability to fix anything with little at hand. He crossed some of the most forbidding terrain on Earth as part of the traverse team that drove supplies to remote stations.

Fri
29
Mar

Celebrating The Life of Leroy Jenson

Leroy “Roy” Jenson of Embarrass joined this world on September 23, 1945. Son of Clarence Jenson and Clara Jenson. Brother of Delores, and Marvel.

Roy was drafted into the United States Army in 1965-1967. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War as a helicopter gunner. In later years he so enjoyed exchanges with other Veterans and those individuals who would approach him and thank him for his service.

Roy first met his sweety, Pam in 1986-1987 while in Law Enforcement. Life happened. Pam and Roy were able to reconnect in 1992 and blended their two families on April 18, 1998.

Mon
25
Mar

Robert "Bob" Kovall, 99, of Ely, a proud U.S. Army veteran, dies

Robert (Bob) Kovall was born December 5, 1919 to Steve and Margaret (Starcinich) Kovall. He died in the gentle, caring hands of Boundary Waters Care Center and Essentia Hospice on March 25, 2019 in his 100th year of life.

Sat
23
Mar

Leroy Jenson, 73, Embarrass, dies

Leroy Jenson, 73, Embarrass, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019 in Ely Bloomenson Hospital with wife Pam by his side. Arrangements and full obituary are pending with Kerntz Funeral Home, Ely.

Tue
19
Mar

Richard Dean “Rick” Tomsich, 61, of Tower, dies

Richard Dean “Rick” Tomsich, 61, of Tower, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.
He was born on August 8, 1957, in Ely, the youngest of seven children, to Leonard “Lanko” and Nelmi (Carlson) Tomsich. Rick was a lifelong resident of Tower. He attended Tower-Soudan High School, where he played basketball and football, graduating in 1975.
He learned the family business, Tower Bakery, first hand, alongside his parents and sisters and brothers. He worked at the bakery from age 14 until it’s closing in 1990. He then worked for Pep’s Bakery in Virginia for many years and then continued on to make the famous “Tower Bakery” pasties for everyone to enjoy.

Sat
16
Mar

Ladonna "Donna" Bramley, 88, of Babbitt, dies

Ladonna "Donna" Bramley, 88, of Babbitt, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Essentia Health- St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Mon
11
Mar

Albert "AL" J. Dietz Jr., 75, dies

Albert “Al” Dietz Jr., 75, a US Army Veteran passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the Boundary Waters Care Center. He was a devout Catholic and his faith sustained him as he lived courageously and hopefully with lymphoma.
Al was born in Sleepy Eye, MN April 7, 1943. He is preceded in death by his parents Mary (Sorensen) and Albert J. Dietz Sr. Al is survived by his sister Caroline Dietz-Carlson and Johan Carlson, and his brother Michael Dietz and special friend Tammy Sellner as well as many friends.
Albert served in the US Army, Fort Leonard Wood, MO, Fort Bliss, Texas, and South Korea from 1965 to 1967. He was proud of his service and enjoyed sharing that experience with others.

Fri
08
Mar

Robert W. Haapala, 84, of Babbitt, dies

Robert Haapala passed away on March 8, 2019 at the Boundary Waters Care Center. Robert was born on September 3, 1934 to August and Jennie (Herrala) Haapala. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 63 years, Clarice; siblings: Harry, Lauri, Bill, Leonard, Delores and Lilian; and grandson Neil.
Robert is survived by his children: Larry (Deb) Haapala, Ellen (Pat) Trancheff, Diane Ellis, Robin Haapala (Cory King), and Terri (Kevin) Pylka; brother in-law Alan (Rosemary) Maki, sisters-in-law: Ina Haapala and Jane Maki; grandchildren: John and Robert Ellis, Michael Shoden, Brian (Elina) Trancheff, Katrina Jensen (Adam Thole), Laura Trancheff, Jared Pylka, Trevor and Taylor King and Lily Pylka; step-grandchildren Brian, Thea Sheridan (Darren Tesser) and Matthew (Jessica) Sheridan; great-grandchildren: Lita Ellis, Tori Fleck, Zander Ellis and Ella Trancheff; special friend Joan Olson; and numerous family and friends.

Thu
07
Mar

Rita Beron Myntti, of Duluth, 92, dies

Rita Beron Myntti, of Duluth, 92, died on March 5, 2019 at the Hospice of St Luke’s Hospital from complications of a fall. She was born to Raymond and Gilberte (Lachance) Beron on April 7, 1927 at home in Proctor, MN. She graduated from Proctor High School in the class of 1945.
Rita married Donald C Myntti on November 26, 1947 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Proctor, Minnesota. Yvonne McDonald, of Proctor, and Sigurd Olson Jr, of Ely, were attendants. Over their married life Rita and Don had five children and moved 25 times, cross-crossing the United States following Don’s mining and naval careers.

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