Milton H. Netzer, 80, of Ely

MILTON HARVEY NETZER, 80, of Ely, MN died Wednesday, December 25, 2019 on Christmas Day at Carefree Living in Babbitt, MN.
Milton was born on February 18,1939 at the family farm near Mikkelson, ND to Emil and Edna Netzer. His family moved to Jamestown, ND in 1945.
Milton went from a small farmhouse school in LaMoure County to Jamestown Lincoln Elementary School. He graduated from Jamestown High School in 1958. He attended Jamestown College in Jamestown, ND. Milton married Mary Catherine Tatarek on June 04,1960 at the St. James Catholic Church in Jamestown.
Milton delivered newspapers as a young boy. Then he worked at a tire shop. He also worked at the Jamestown Drive-in where he met his true love, Mary.


Bernard Passananti, 63, of Ely

Bernard Passananti, 63, of Ely, passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2019 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely.
Bernard is survived by his four siblings, John (Carole) of Tucson, Arizona; Stan (Joyce) of Ely, MN; Carol (Pat) Coffen of Lake Tomahawk, WI; Joan (Richard) Angiliri of Woodruff, WI.
Bernard was preceded in death by his parents, John and Rose Passananti and brother Frank.
He was a man with unparalleled carpentry skills and a brilliant mind. He was an inventor devising many inventions over his lifetime starting as a boy inventing a submarine.
A memorial will be scheduled for this coming summer.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


Katherine Scheuer, 88, of Ely,

Katherine Ann (Rauscher) Scheuer, 88, died peacefully on December 21, 2019 at home in Ely, Minnesota.
She was born October 1, 1931 in International Falls, Minnesota to Gretchen and Nicholas Rauscher.
She graduated from International Falls High School and attended the College of St. Teresa in Winona earning a B.S. degree in business.
Katherine met and married Robert Scheuer while working as a social worker for Aitkin County.
Katherine and Bob moved to Ely in 1957 where they raised eight children.
She worked as a social worker at Ely Bloomenson Hospital, was a fifty-year AAUW member, and enjoyed cooking, baking, and reading.
In retirement, she was a tutor for Homework Club and served as a Global Volunteer teaching English in China.


Kenneth Joseph Schlueter, of Babbitt

Kenneth Joseph Schlueter, of Babbitt, Minnesota, went home to be with his Lord and Savior at Carefree Living in Babbitt on Saturday, December 14, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 14, 1945 to Herbert and Mildred (Bomleny) Schlueter in Geneva, Illinois, graduating from West Chicago High School in 1963. After his first year of college, he was drafted into the U.S. Army as an infantryman in the First Division of the Imjin Scouts, serving in the DMZ in Korea.

“Sergeant Rock” attended University of Wisconsin at River Falls graduating with a major in Biology and a minor in Forestry. Ken worked for the MN DNR Fisheries in Bemidji, was a Game Warden in Wisconsin for one year, and retired in 2000 as a Conservation Officer in the Babbitt-Ely area with 24 years of service with the MN DNR. After retirement he pursued his passions of hunting, fishing, and trapping, and then started Game Warden Guide Service. Alaska was his favorite spot to visit.


Alan Raymond Kratz

Alan Raymond Kratz

Alan Kratz (73) passed away on 12/14/19 at his home, after a short, brave struggle with Pancreatic Cancer.

Al is survived by his loving wife and soulmate, Kay, brothers Keith (Jeanette) and Roger (Jennifer), sisters Susan Gruwell (Mark) and Sheri Kratz Brown.

He leaves four sons: Jason (Zoe), Cory (Sarah), Jeffrey (Tracy), and David Kratz, grandchildren: Rachael, Kyle and Daphne, and Mikomi Takaki who we love like our daughter.

Al was preceded in death by his Daughter, Rachael, and his parents, Raymond and Eileen Kratz.


Joyce Carlson

Joyce Carlson, Lake Havasu City, Arizona resident, passes away on November 29, 2019 at the age of 90.
Her daughters, Nicki Marines and Peggi Maki, lived with and cared for her since the passing of her devoted husband, Bernard Carlson, on July 4, 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Gladys Anderson and her brother, Donald Anderson.
The last year, battling Alzheimer’s disease, was under the loving care of Casa Grande Assisted Living Home and Beacon of Hope Hospice, where her daughters visited daily. She is also survived by her step-children Lynne and Gay Carlson of Arizona, 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Joyce was born and raised in Ely, Minnesota where she graduated from Ely Memorial High School and was a majorette in the Drum and Bugle Corp Marching Band. She worked in administration at Vermilion Community College.


Margaret Glinsek, 98, of Ely

Margaret Katherine Glinsek, 98, of Ely, passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely.
Margaret was born September 10, 1921 in Ely, Minnesota to John and Katherine (Valentich) Sotlich.
She loved her children and was a great mother. She enjoyed her winters in Hawaii.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Stanley, son David; two brothers, John and Joe; three sisters, Katherine, Mary and infant sister Nan.
She is survived by her son Patrick (Shirley) Glinsek of Ely, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


Franklin “Frank” Preshiren, 72

Franklin “Frank” Preshiren, 72, of Hoyt Lakes died on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at his home.


Anthony “Tony” Rudolph Orazem, 74, of Ely

Anthony (Tony O) Orazem of Armstrong Lake, passed away on December 4, 2019.

He was born in Biwabik on January 12, 1945 to Anthony J. (Tony) and Anne (Kolak) Orazem. He grew up and graduated from Aurora-Hoyt Lakes High School, Eveleth Area Vocational Technical School and Bemidji State University with an Industrial Arts Degree. He also served in the Army in Germany.

He loved hunting and fishing with family and friends. Tony was a member the Aurora American Legion for 50 years and a member of the Aurora On Call Fire Department for 28 years. He was a past member of the All Slav Club and Slovenian Union of America.


Karl Rukavina, 88, of Winton

Karl Rukavina, 88, of Winton, a proud Korean War Veteran, passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


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