Obituaries

Wed
17
Jun

Autumn Grace Nielsen passed away

Autumn Grace Nielsen was with us for only a few short hours, but she will remain in our hearts for always. She passed peacefully in her parents’ arms. She had her sister’s nose and her brother’s cheeks. She was sweet, perfect and beautiful. She is missed more than words can describe.
She was born in Duluth, MN on June 11, 2015 at 9:55 p.m. and passed away at 11:50 p.m. She is survived by her parents, Mike and Stephanie Nielsen of Ely, her sister Charlee, her brother Cael; her grandparents: Ted and Lynne Nielsen, Mike Powell and Donna (Dan) Wolf; her great grandmother, Doris Dianoski, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sun
14
Jun

Melfred O. Rasmussen, 88, of Babbitt dies

Melfred O. Rasmussen, 88, peacefully went to meet his Lord and savior surrounded by his loving family at his home in Babbitt on June 12, 2015. Melfred was born to Alfred and Alma (Anderson) Rasmussen February 6, 1927 in Cooperstown, ND. He attended school in Detroit Lakes, MN and graduated in 1945. He married Ruby Weum January 28, 1951, celebrating 64 years together this year at Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Mel worked as a silo foreman, sign painter and truck driver. Mel and Ruby moved to Babbitt and he worked for Reserve Mining on the Babbitt end for 30 years retiring as foreman in 1987.

Thu
11
Jun

John C. Elioff Jr., 85, of St. Paul, MN, dies

John C. Elioff Jr., 85, of St. Paul, MN, died peacefully at home on June 11, 2015 surrounded by family. He was born in Ely.
He was preceded in death by siblings: George, Evelyn Prijatel and Rickie.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mary; children: Denise (David Murphy) Zechmann and Michael (Shelah); grandchildren: Jay Bird, Mutty Scooloo (Julie), Danny (Jenny), Chooch (Cordel) and Nicker (Jordyn); great grandchildren: Audrey, Roan, Noah and Logan; niece, Kristin (fiancé Raj Sarpal) Woody; nephew, Dominic Schlump; siblings: James (Caroline), Dominic (Josie), Mary Anne Johnson, Carol Jean (Jim) Perry and Ronald (Dené); sister-in-law, Mary Jean Elioff; and many loving relatives and friends.

Wed
10
Jun

Margaret Ellen Garske, 88, dies

Margaret Ellen Garske, 88, died at the Annandale Care Center on June 9, 2015. She lived a long and happy life surrounded by family and friends.
Margaret had many interests. She loved to play bridge and golf. She enjoyed knitting, embroidery and petit point. Her favorite hobbies were gardening, watching birds, reading, and listening to music from the big band era. She loved the companionship of her favorite dog Bogart. Margaret enjoyed traveling and her last trip was in 2013 to visit family and friends during Langdon, North Dakota’s 125th Celebration.

Tue
09
Jun

Raymond Housey, 65, dies

Raymond Housey, 65, lost his battle with cancer Friday, June 5, 2015 at his home in Thief River Falls, MN with his family by his side.
A memorial service to celebrate Ray’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, MN, with Reverend Frank Ehling officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service and burial will follow at the St. Hilaire Community Cemetery in St. Hilaire, MN.
A prayer service and visitation will be on Friday, June 12, 2015 from 5-8 p.m. with the prayer service at 7 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Service.
Raymond Louis Housey was born July 10, 1949, the son of Alvin and Lucille (Debroux) Housey, in Antigo, WI. They lived in a small logging camp, called Forest Center, where his father was a logger. In 1965 the logging camp closed and the family moved to Isabella, MN. Ray attended school in Silver Bay, MN where he graduated in 1967.

Sat
30
May

Aune M. Bobence, 92, of Ely, does

Aune Bobence passed away peacefully at the age of 92, at Carefree Living on Saturday, May 30, 2015.
Aune was the daughter of August and Sofia (Erving) Jokela and was born and raised in the Section 30 mine community near Ely.
She graduated from Ely Memorial High School and the Ely Junior College. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Grace Lutheran Choir and the Women’s Guild. She married Frank Bobence in 1947 and they made their home in Ely.
Aune worked as a legal secretary for Peter Moscatelli and Hall, Phillips and Newman law firms, loving every minute of her career.
Other activities over the years included league bowling, Ladies of Kaleva, Women’s Life Association, the Finnish-Nordic Choir and Ely - Winton Historical Society. Aune was especially proud of her Finnish Heritage and of helping her husband Frank establish their summer log home on the South Kawishiwi River.

Fri
29
May

Service June 6 for Delores Bulinksi

Dolores P. Bulinski, 86, of Ely, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, just before a magnificent sunset at her home overlooking Shagawa Lake in Ely, Minnesota, in the presence of her loving family and devoted caregivers.
Born in Chicago in 1928, she met Emery, the love of her life and husband of 67 years, after World War II, while working as a soda jerk at a corner drug store on Chicago’s near north side.
On one of the many adventures of her life, she and Emery left Chicago behind in 1956, when they purchased Snowbank Lodge, the first of a number of resorts and other businesses they purchased and developed in the Ely area. Dolores trained dozens of then-called “cabin girls” on the art of making beds and cleaning cabins, baked a mean blueberry pie and, despite her diminutive stature, managed the hard-drinking men on Emery’s work crews with an iron fist.

Wed
27
May

William J. Zupancich, 73, dies

William John Zupancich, 73, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015 surrounded by his loving family in Ely. He was born July 29, 1941 to William and Frances Zupancich.
Billy loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and looking for moose horns. Billy met the love of his life Carol, and they were married November 29, 1969. In their 46 years of marriage they had three children: two daughters (Shannon and Kimmy) and one son, Billy.
Billy cherished every moment with his family. Always involved in activities from sports to school, he was everyone’s number one cheerleader.
Billy worked for the Zup’s corporation in Tower, Babbitt and Ely for many years before retirement. Retirement brought him many happy times with his wife, children, grandchildren and great granddaughter.
He loved life to the fullest and never complained or took anything for granted. Billy will be sorely missed by all, and will continue to guide and take care of us throughout the rest of our lives.

Wed
27
May

Lillian E. Pouchnik, 99, dies

Lillian E. Pouchnik, 99, former resident of Virginia, Eveleth, Ely, Minnesota and Scottsdale, AZ, passed away on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015 in Menagha, MN.
She was a social person right to the end. She loved to laugh and smile. Her favorite saying was “Never give up.” Lillian was preceded in death by her husband John J. Pouchnik (former Ely Pioneer Mine Captain/Superintendent), her sisters: Winnie Jacobs and Hazel Carlson.
She is survived by her daughters: Bonnie Dargis and Judy (Tom) MacPherson, as well as her son: John (Mary Jo) Pouchnik. She also leaves six grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and two great great granddaughters.
A private graveside service will be held later this summer.
Memorials are preferred to the Ely Greenstone – Pioneer Mine Restoration Project. Send to Ely Greenstone - Pioneer Mine, 401 North Pioneer Road, Ely, MN 55731.

Mon
18
May

Valerie JoAnn Moats, 80, of Ely, dies

Valerie JoAnn Moats, 80, of Ely, died peacefully on Friday morning, May 15, 2015, surrounded by her loving family in her home on Burntside Lake.
Born in Bemidji, Minnesota, on February 28, 1935, to Edna and Paul Finckbone. Preceded in death by her parents and four sisters: Carol, Arvilla, Amy and Kathy; two brothers, Mervin and Bruce.
Valerie met her soulmate, Arthur G. Moats, at a high school dance in Ely and had been happily married for 62 years. For 30 of those years Valerie and Arthur owned and operated Moats Resort on Burntside Lake, established by Arthur’s father and mother, Robert and LaNetta in 1951.
Besides managing the resort full-time, Valerie’s pastimes included league bowling, snowmobiling, skiing, crocheting, playing cards and bingo. Her favorite free time was spent fishing in her secret fishing holes. Many vacations were spent with her husband and friends down South, along with several adventurous excursions on Lake Superior.

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