Obituaries

Tue
02
Sep

Donna M. Georges, 85, of Ely, dies

Donna M. Georges, 85, of Ely, passed away at the Ely Bloomenson Communmity Hospital on Monday, September 1, 2014. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Wed
27
Aug

Brice Dale Bundy, 23, dies

Brice Dale Bundy, 23, passed away August 23, 2014 in a boating accident.
He was a graduate from Vermilion Community College and was employed at Wells Fargo in Ely. He was loved by many for his big heart and his ability to fill any room with laughter. His contagious smile will continue on through the years on the faces of his friends and family who will never forget the joy his life brought to us all. Brice was an avid hunter and fisherman who was living out his dream in northern Minnesota.
He is survived by his sister Sarah of Ely, parents Kevin and Tami of Zumbro Falls, grandmother Bonnie of Northfield and many aunts, uncles and cousins
A Celebration of Life for Brice Dale Bundy will be at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday August 30, 2014 at the River Park Chapel, Macken Funeral Home in Rochester with Pastor Lester Horntvedt officiating. The visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Memorials are preferred to the family.

Sat
23
Aug

James Patrick Buske, 91, former resident, dies

James Patrick Buske, 91, of Two Harbors, passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Ecumen Scenic Shores. He was born in Ely.
A private family service will be held.

Thu
21
Aug

Steve Tome, 61, dies

Steve Tome, 61, passed away August 16, 2014.
He is deeply missed by his wife, Mary; sons: Jack (Tessa), Joe and Brian (Helen); grandchildren: Madelyn, Summer, Ethan and Jake; father Bernie (Vi); sister Randi (Dave) Tacheny; mother-in-law Ruth Lunquist and sister-in-laws: Renee (Rick) Martin and Jenny (Bruce) LaChance; nieces and nephews and many friends. Also missing him is his best friend and constant companion Ginger.
A celebration of Steve’s life will be held on Friday, August 22, 1:00 p.m. at the Longbranch in Winton.

Wed
20
Aug

Richard (Dick) (Bucky) Grahek, 73, of Coon Rapids dies

Richard (Dick) (Bucky) Grahek, 73, of Coon Rapids, formerly of Silver Bay, MN passed away August 18, 2014 after a brief battle with cancer.
Born October 26, 1940 in Ely, MN to Joseph and Christine Grahek. Served in US Air Force 1958-1968. Later employed at Reserve Mining and Fridley School District.
Survived by loving wife, Joann, of 50 years; children: Jim (Dana), Tom (Tina), and Laura (Andy) Dunaway, and eight grandchildren; sister: Susan (Steve) McNattin; a niece and several nephews. Preceded in death by parents, and brother Dennis (Toni).
Memorial service Friday, August 22, 11 a.m., Washburn-McReavy Seaman Chapel, 1827 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN. Visitation one hour prior to service. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family or donor’s choice.
www.Washburn-McReavy.com Coon Rapids Chapel 763-767-1000
 

Tue
19
Aug

Carol J. (Rautio) Mack, 66, dies

Carol J. (Rautio) Mack, 66, of White Bear Lake and Ely, passed away suddenly at home August 18, 2014. Full notice to follow.

Fri
15
Aug

John Elwood Mackey, 86 of Hudson, WI, dies

John Elwood Mackey, 86 of Hudson, WI, died August 14, 2014 at his home.
John was born on August 16, 1927 in Cass Lake, MN. He grew up in Cass Lake. After school he joined the Navy and served on the U.S.S Iowa during WWII. After he completed his duties with the Navy, he worked as a heavy equipment operator and helped build several dams including Garrison Dam in North Dakota and Oahe Dam in South Dakota. He married Mary Zimmerman on November 6, 1954. After attending Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, IL, they moved to northern Minnesota, eventually settling in Biwabik, where they raised their family in a house that John himself built.

Fri
15
Aug

Helen M. Latva, 78, dies

Helen M. Latva, 78, of Ely, passed away on Thursday, Aug.14, 2014, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. She was born on April 30, 1936, in Ely to Louis and Esther (Roiko) Loushin. Helen married Edwin Latva on Aug. 14, 1954, in Virginia and they raised four children. Helen was a lifelong resident of Ely and First Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years: Edwin, their children: Luann (Keith) BaDour of Glenwood City, WI, David Latva of Fairbault and Joel (Veronica) Latva of Mantua, OH; four grandchildren; one great- grandchild; and sister-in-law: Jean Loushin of Babbitt.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her sister and brother-in-law: Doris (Edgar) Dorn; brother and sister-in-law: Robert (Sandra) Loushin and brothers: James and Robert Loushin.

Thu
14
Aug

Rose (Shega) MacMasters, 96, dies

Rose MacMasters, 96, a longtime resident of Franklin, MN died Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Olivia.
Rose was born in Ely, MN on August 13, 1917 to John and Johanna (Drobnich) Shega. After attending school here, she worked cleaning houses. She then worked at The Chocolate Shop in Ely, where she met her future husband, Marvin, who was working in northern Minnesota for the U.S. Forest Service as a Radio Operator. They were married on July 7, 1938 at St Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely. In 1941 they moved to Bismarck, ND where Marvin worked at the Fort Lincoln Internment Camp as a Radio Dispatcher. In 1942 they moved to Dayton and later Fairborn, Ohio where he worked as an Electronics Engineer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. While Marvin was the breadwinner, Rose kept house and took care of their children. In 1972 they left their home in Fairborn and retired to Marvin’s home town, Franklin, MN.

Wed
13
Aug

Ross Harmon Buffington, 55, formerly of Ely, dies

Ross Harmon Buffington, 55, formerly of Ely, MN and Algona, IA, passed away in his hometown of Omaha, NE on July 26, 2014. He was born Sept. 9, 1958.
He was president of Boundary Waters Bank from 1988-2003. During his time in Ely he was involved in the Dorothy Molter Foundation and served on the Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital board and other civic organizations.
He is survived by his two sons and many other relatives in Iowa and Nebraska. Services were held on August 9 in Algona.

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