Obituaries

Wed
25
Mar

Daniel Armstrong, 43, of Ely, dies

Daniel Armstrong, 43, of Ely, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely.
Daniel Joseph Armstrong, 43, of Ely went to heaven early Tuesday evening, March 24, 2015. He was born and grew up in Lindstrom, MN area. He attended Vermilion Community College for Waste Water Management. After graduating and working in a couple metro communities, he returned to Ely, the community he loved. Dan has happily been with the Ely Water Department since 2000. He and his wife, Jennifer and children: Keisha, Anthony and Angel have been active members of the Ely community. Dan loved his family, the outdoors, his dogs and had a special interest in shooting sports and conservation. He loved everything that allowed him to be outside, especially gardening, fishing, and hunting.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Charlene and Gerald (Jerry) Armstrong.

Sun
22
Mar

Joseph Smoley, 89, of Ely, dies

Joseph Smoley, 89, of Ely, died Sat. March 21, 2015 in Boundary Waters Care Center, Ely. Joe’s wish was for a simple private Inurnment, which will be honored later this spring. Arrangements are with Kerntz Funeral Home in Ely.

Sun
22
Mar

Lavern M. Gorecki, 82, of Babbitt, dies

Lavern M. Gorecki, 82, of Babbitt, died Fri. March 20, 2015 in Boundary Waters Care Center, Ely. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Thursday in Kerntz Funeral Home, Ely and Friday from 10 AM until the 11 AM Mass of Christian Burial in St. Pius Catholic Church, Babbitt.

Sun
22
Mar

Kathleen C. Schultz, 65, of Babbitt, dies

Kathleen C. Schultz, 65, of Babbitt, died Saturday, March 21, 2015, in her home. Mass of Christian Burial 11:AM Saturday, March 28, in St. Pius Catholic Church, Babbitt. Visitation begins at 9:30 AM Saturday in the church.

Wed
18
Mar

Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Zollar, 78, dies

Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Zollar, 78, of Ely, died Monday, March 16, 2015 in the Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital.
She was born in Ely, where she lived most of her life and attended the Ely schools. She graduated from Ely Memorial High in 1954. She also attended Minnesota School of Business and worked at Northland Greyhound in Minneapolis.
In May of 1958, Elizabeth married Robert J. Zollar. They had two children. She also worked at the First National Bank of Ely, Zenith Mining Company, Independent School District #696, and Vermilion Community College where she earned her Associate of Art Degree in 1989. She retired from Vermilion in December of 1993.
Betty was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Woman’s Life Insurance Society, American Fraternal Union, and Ely Golf Assn.

Wed
18
Mar

Mary (Franich) Mrack, 98, dies

Mary (Franich) Mrack passed away peacefully at her home at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Mountain Iron on Sunday, March 15, 2015. She was 98.
She was born Mary Magdelene Franich on December 23, 1916, the second of eight children to parents Nick and Amanda (Devich) Franich in Mountain Iron, MN. She graduated from Mountain Iron High School in June of 1934. She attended Northwest Institute of Medical Technology in Minneapolis in 1940 and was employed as a medical laboratory technician.
She married Frank Mrack of Ely on September 20, 1955 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mountain Iron. They lived in Ely for 39 happy years. Her husband Frank died in November of 1986. She moved to Virginia, MN in 1993.
Her family and friends will always remember her sweet nature and quiet determination. She was cared for and admired by those who knew her.

Thu
12
Mar

Jonathan Michael Maki, 28, dies

Jonathan Michael Maki, 28, of Roseau, Minn. died on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. He went home to the Lord.
Jonathan was born in Ely, on April 24, 1986, to Michael V. Maki and Deborah N. (Maki) Prahl. He grew up in Winton. Jonathan was a star baseball player during his school years and a loyal Minnesota Twins fan. He enjoyed fishing, camping, golfing, and especially hanging out with his best friend, Brent Goodin. He dearly loved his friends and cat, Xerxes.
Jonathan was a proud employee of Polaris Industries. For all who knew him, it wasn’t just a job, it was where he made many treasured friends. He will be remembered as a gentle and kind man. He would always think of others instead of himself; and was always there to lend a helping hand. Blessed be his memory.

Mon
09
Mar

Gino Giannoni, 89, of Ely, dies

Gino Giannoni, 89, of Ely, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2015 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Tue
03
Mar

Margaret M. Grahek, 78, of Ely,

Margaret M. Grahek, 78, of Ely, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2015 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Mon
02
Mar

Agnes Jo “Nez” Artisensi, 70, dies

Agnes Jo “Nez” Artisensi, 70, passed away on February 27, in Gilbert, AZ, with her devoted husband and loving sons at her side.
She was a beautiful, elegant, and compassionate woman whose priority in life was her family - her husband John and sons, John and James - who received and returned her never ending love.

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