Obituaries

Mon
19
Oct

Ronald P. Cadari of Ridgecrest, CA, dies

Ronald P. Cadari of Ridgecrest, CA, died September 10, 2015, in Bakersfield Heart Hospital of multiple health issues at age 80 with family and clergy at the bedside. Ridgecrest was his home for 43 years.
He was born in Ely to Caesar and Christine Cadari on October 24, 1934. College and working in an underground iron ore mine for one year was not appealing. The Navy came calling in 1954 and became his 20-year career, retiring in 1974 at NWC China Lake, CA, then he began employment at NWC as a system analyst. He served in various squadrons, ISS Coral Sea (CVA43) with deployment to Vietnam, Naval Air Facilities including NAS Kenitra, Morocco.

Mon
19
Oct

Edna Murto, 90, longtime resident of Ely, dies

Edna Murto, longtime resident of Ely, died on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at the age of 90.
All 12 of her brothers and sisters preceded her in death and she is survived by three children, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A brief memorial service followed by dessert will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Ely Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Sat
17
Oct

Edna Ann Kibbe, 95, of Ely, dies

Edna Ann Kibbe, mother and grandmother, passed away Saturday, October 17, 2015 just two weeks before her 96th birthday. She died at her home with her family near Ely, MN.
She was born in Buffalo, NY on October 30, 1919 in a family of seven. She grew up and attended school in Buffalo NY and was elected class president. She was also class valedictorian. She married Harold E. Kibbe I, February of 1944, moved to Ohio and lived there for 60 years. They were married for many years until Harold passed away 25 years ago. She worked for over 30 years for the NY and Penn Central railroads and was a very intelligent business woman and loving mother. She loved to travel and go to Railroad Business Women’s conventions. She visited all 50 states.

Wed
14
Oct

Marian M. Drummond, 97, of Babbitt, dies

Marian M. Drummond, 97, of Babbitt, passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at Carefree Assisted Living in Babbitt. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Tue
13
Oct

Harold D. Randol, 82, dies

Harold D. Randol, 82, died Friday October 9, 2015.
He was born in Creighton, Missouri, the son of Guy Gibson and Etta Ruth (Jones) Randol. He was married to Rosia Lea Bell on December 29, 2012.
He is preceded in death by his first wife of 53 years, Carolyn J. (Trively) Randol; parents, Guy and Etta Ruth Randol; two brothers: Don Randol and Charles Randol; and three sisters: Lois Boyle, Norma Baldwin and Margie Shanks; a nephew Brad Baldwin.

Mon
12
Oct

Sharon A. Dolentz, 71, of Ely, dies; Funeral Thursday

Sharon Ann (Johnson) Dolentz, 71, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Sunday morning, October 11, 2015. She was surrounded by her five children.
She was the rock of her family; her faith and five children were her two great passions in life. She will be greatly missed.

She was born June 3, 1944 in Ely to Wilfred and Betty (Skeens) Johnson. She married Robert Dolentz, January 2, 1965.
She is survived by her sisters: Sandra (Bill) Lakner and Deborah Johnson; her five children: Julianne (David) Rohr, Marrielin (Jonathan) Ofstad, Daniel Dolentz, Joelynn (Brian) Schroeder, and Sueanne Dolentz; and five grandchildren: Alexander, Elizabeth, Kaden, Kellan and Emily. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Funeral services will be held at First Lutheran Church of Ely on Thursday, October 15 at 3:00 p.m.

Mon
12
Oct

Jean A. Arnold, 94, of Ely, dies

Jean Winette (Aylsworth) Arnold, 94, of Ely passed away on Monday, October 12, 2015 at Ely Bloomenson Hospital. Born June 4, 1921 in Libertyville, Ilinois to Harold and Ethel Aylsworth, she had been a resident of Ely since 1971, most recently at Carefree Living Center.
Jean married Fred Arnold in 1946 and resided in Libertyville, Illinois before moving to Gurnee, Illinois. In 1971, Jean and Fred bought Coral Ridge Resort in Babbitt, MN. Ten years later Jean and Fred built a home on Little Long Lake and later moved to a home on Garden Lake.
Jean loved sewing, knitting, needlepoint, hunting, fishing and spent many hours fishing the wonderful lakes of Minnesota.

Tue
06
Oct

Richard “Rick” L. Whiting, 64 of Ely, dies

Richard “Rick” L. Whiting, 64 of Ely, died peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Richard Lee Whiting was born Dec. 30, 1950, in Winton, to Joseph and Helen (Niemi) Whiting. Rick graduated from Tower High School in 1969. He proudly served our country in the Vietnam War from 1970-1972. Rick worked as a logger and miner, retiring from LTV.

He had a passion for camping, fishing, trapping, and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed music, dancing, and gardening.

He is survived by wife, Kelly; daughters: Jennifer Shusta, and Marissa Whiting; grandchildren, Robert Shusta Jr., Jade Starkman and Amaris Scheirer; mother, Helen Whiting; sisters, Sharon (Bill) Dimich, Diane (Paul) Myers, and Julie (Dave) Rhein; brother, Jerome (Brenda) Whiting; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, relatives, and many friends.

Thu
01
Oct

Paul Arnold Vollom, 71, dies in California

Paul Arnold Vollom, 71, explorer-adventurer, free forward thinker, gemologist-earth agent, inventor-designer, storyteller-screen writer, father passed away unexpectedly September 22, 2015 at his home in Campo, California. His family and friends think of Paul with fondness and memories of adventures. He is missed.
Paul was born in Jamestown, ND September 7, 1944, grew up in Ely, MN and graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1962. He completed a BS in Physics at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 1966 and an MA in Philosophy at the University of Oregon in 1972. In 1978 Paul passed his Gemmology Diploma and was a member of The Gemmological Association of Great Britain for 30 years.

Thu
01
Oct

Douglas D. Drechsler, 79, of Ely, dies

Douglas Dale Drechsler (Decker), 79, Ely, died on Thursday, October 1, 2015 in the Ely Bloomenson Hospital. He was born on January 11, 1936 in Cloquet, Minnesota.
Doug served in the U.S. Army in the 77th Special Forces Group, 4th Armored Division. Educated at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, he was an English teacher and head librarian at the Ely Memorial High School, retiring in 1994. He was an avid outdoorsman and golfer, and a long-time golf coach for the Ely Memorial High School golf team.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grace (Stueck) Decker and Robert Decker; his brothers, Frederick “Dick” Drechsler and Terry Drechsler; and his sister, Judy Vogen.
He is survived by his wife, Denise Drechsler; his three children: Steven Drechsler (Tracy), Scott Drechsler, and Amy Rutten (Luke); his seven grandchildren: Thaddeus, Zachary, Bailey and Brooke Drechsler, Jonathan Buckingham, and Sadie and Gillian Rutten, and three great grandchildren.

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