Obituaries

Fri
31
Dec

Patricia "Pat" Marsnik

Patricia Jo “Pat” Marsnik, 72 of Ely passed away on December 30th, 2021 as a result of a tragic car accident near Ely.
She was born on February 18, 1949 in Austin, MN to Robert and H. Elyce (Swatosh) Baier. She and her family relocated to Ely, MN at the end of her senior year in 1967, in which she graduated from Austin High School but went through the commencement ceremony at Ely Memorial High School. She married Ray Marsnik on December 30th, 1982 and moved to Biwabik, MN; where she loved her job working with the handicapped students at Bray Elementary school. After Ray retired, they moved back to Ely where she worked at Zup’s grocery store and then for the United States Forest Service, retiring in 2014.
Pat never met a stranger. She loved meeting people, hearing their stories, and sharing stories of her family. She always had a smile and a hug to give.

Mon
27
Dec

Robert “Bob” Mathew Lassi

Robert “Bob” Mathew Lassi, 80, of Ely, died peacefully surrounded by those he loved on Friday December 24.

He was born to Onnie and Coral (Hillman) Lassi on April 10, 1941.

Bob was a graduate of Ely Memorial High School. He was a proud Vietnam era veteran after serving his country in the Army, stationed in Germany. Bob married the love of his life, Renee (Zupancich) in 1981. After retiring from Northshore Mine, Bob spent his time playing poker with his brother and nephew, chatting with neighbors, and being the best, most loving grandfather to his four grandchildren.

Sat
25
Dec

Gregory S. Mosher

Gregory Scott Mosher, age 58, of Ely, MN died on Friday, December 24th, 2021, in Ely. Greg was born in Harve, Montana on August 17th, 1963, to Bill and Bea Mosher of Baudette, MN. Their family, including sister Pam and brother Glenn, moved around the U.S. as a military family for many years before settling in Williams, MN. There he graduated from Lake of the Woods High School. In 1997 he married Jane Omerza and became a father to Kathleen. The family moved to Ely in 1999 where Greg spent the next 22 years camping, fishing, and riding the trails on his side-by-side. Greg was a helper and a hard-worker. He made friends everywhere he went; he was loyal, always taking care of the people and things he loved. Greg was preceded in death by his grandparents and father-in-law Ronald (Barbara) Omerza.

Sat
25
Dec

Robert "Bob" M. Lassi

Robert "Bob" M. Lassi, 80, of Ely , passed away on Friday December 24, 2021 at Ely Bloomenson Hospital. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sat
18
Dec

George J. Amitrano

George Amitrano 74, passed away December 16, 2021, in a tragic car accident.
George Joseph Amitrano was born on October 30, 1947, to John and Narcisa (Bondoni) Amitrano on a ship enroute to the United States from Italy. For his first six years he lived in El Paso, TX with his family on an army base. In 1953 he traveled by train with his mother and baby sister to Ely, MN, to live with relatives while his father served in the Korean War. In 1958 he moved to Babbitt and has lived here ever since, with a few years away for college, Vietnam, and work. Growing up in Babbitt, George loved sports. He would talk about his love for baseball and hockey through his high school years and beyond. He played hockey outdoors here in Babbitt before the arena was built, and he had so many fond memories of his coach and his fellow players. He spoke often of these memories.

Thu
16
Dec

Joseph Haasl, 101

Joseph Haasl, of Babbitt, MN, passed away peacefully on December 15th, 2021, just six days shy of his 102nd birthday. In his later years, the first thing that Joe would want you to know about him was that he was a World War II veteran who fought in the European theater at the end of that war. Of course, his family would tell you that there was much more to him.

Wed
15
Dec

Katherine Nyman

Katherine Nyman

Passed away peacefully on December 9, 2021 at the age of 93.

She was born in Ely, Minnesota on August 14, 1928 to Arvid and Josephine Larson. Katherine met her match, her prince and her best friend, Arthur Nyman, when he returned to Ely after serving in WWII. They married in Ely, then moved to Minneapolis where they graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in education, both enjoying long and rewarding years in the North St. Paul-Maplewood School District 622.

Katherine is survived by their two daughters, Cynthia Coon (Gary) and Marsha Larson (Eric); five grandchildren, Ryan (David), Evan (Julia), Jenna (Kouri), Alec (Lindsey), and Aron, and two great granddaughters. They miss her already. Katherine’s trademarks were her wit and her sense of humor. She was a bright light with endless energy for her family, her friends and her students.

Fri
10
Dec

Lorraine J. Campbell

Lorraine J. Campbell (nee Jackson), age 98 of Macedonia, formerly of Ely, MN, passed away Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Lorraine was the beloved wife of the late Joseph M. Campbell; loving mother of Karen Greenlee, Nancy (Charles) Zeisser and Billie Campbell; dear grandmother of Paul Campbell, Laura (John) Lathem, Jennifer (Christopher, deceased) Allgaier, Jonathan (Sarah) Zeisser and Amy; great grandmother of 8; beloved daughter of the late Einar and Emily (nee Fulford) Jackson; loving sister of the late Virginia Ahlin. A woman of enduring faith, Lorraine will be remembered for her gentle spirit, her generous nature, and her great kindness. The funeral service was held December 13, 2021 at the United Methodist Church of Macedonia, 1280 E. Aurora Rd., Macedonia, OH. She was laid to rest at Northlawn Memorial Gardens. The funeral service can be viewed on the Tribute Wall of her obituary at www.johnsonromito.com.

Fri
10
Dec

Lolita M. Schnitzius

Lolita M. Schnitzius, 83, of Ely, passed away on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at Carefree Assisted Living in Ely.
Lolita was born on June 9, 1938 in Evanston, Illinois on June 6,1938 to John and Betty Schnitzius. She grew up in Chicago, graduated from Alvernia High School and received a BA in art and English from Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa. Leet, as her family affectionally called her, worked in advertising in Chicago for 12 before coming to Ely in 1972.

Thu
09
Dec

Mae Kathryn (Tootsie) (LaTourelle) Loe

Mae Kathryn (Tootsie) (LaTourelle) Loe, beloved daughter, sister, wife, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and dear friend passed away on December 8, 2021 surrounded by family and loved ones at Ely Bloomeson Community Hospital.
Tootsie was born on August 31, 1939 in Minnesota Lake, MN to Hollis and Mae LaTourelle. The LaTourelles moved to a cabin north of Ely in 1940. Soon after her family moved to Winton, MN, where Tootsie grew up.
She graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1957. She went on to Airline school and worked in Chicago and Minneapolis for Capital/Pan Am before marrying Rod Loe in 1959. Tootsie lived in Ely the rest of her life where she and Rod raised Pam, Pat and Mike.

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