Betty Jeane (Donahue) D’Achille, 88, dies

Betty Jeane (Donahue) D’Achille, 88, passed away on May 4, 2015 in her home with her family by her side.
She was born June 25, 1926 in Sisseton, South Dakota. Betty lived a long life and enjoyed living on her ten acres, feeding and watching the wildlife. She was a storyteller and very funny, along with being a voracious reader.
She was raised in Ely, MN, moved to Detroit, MI with her mother during WWII and graduated from East Detroit High School in 1944. Betty married Frank in Detroit, MI on August 24, 1946.
She is predeceased by her parents, Carrie (nee Tarvin) and Daniel Donahue; husband, Frank; son, Frank Daniel; and sister, Lois Burke. She is survived by her son, Mark; daughters: Mary Ann and Janet; son-in-law, Rick Richards; grandson, Nathan D’Achille; and many nieces and nephews.
In honor of her wishes, a private family ceremony will be held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Emmett, MI.


Joann Mae (Rikhus) Brown, 88, service May 23 in Ely

Joann Mae (Rikhus) Brown, 88, passed away peacefully on December 21, 2014 in Billings, MT with her children close. She was the third of four children, born on May 1, 1926 to John and Laufey Rikhus in Ely. She attended local schools and graduated with honors from Ely Memorial High School in 1944. She was also a member of the National Thespian Dramatic Honor Society. Joann continued her education in business at Ely Vermilion Community College while working for her father in the family business. She then completed her studies at the Mpls. School of Business.


Harold Wallace “Wally” Warren, 85, dies

Harold Wallace “Wally” Warren, 85, of Embarrass, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at home with his wife of 57 years, Bunny, and his family by his side.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at Range Funeral Home at 12 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. Jeff Iisakka will officiate. Burial will take place at Embarrass Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by VFW Post 1539 and American Legion Post 535.
Wally was born on November 26, 1929, in Minersville, WI, the second of ten children. After school, he joined the Merchant Marines. When he would come home from working on the boats, he always had surprises for all his family. Wally served in the Army from October 1952 and was honorably discharged in October 1954. He then moved on to the Iron Range, securing a job at Reserve Mining Company in 1955.


Daniel Peter Mealey, 77, of Babbitt dies

Daniel Peter Mealey, 77, of Babbitt died Tuesday April 28, 2015 at his home after a long battle with COPD. He was born May 15, 1937 to William and Margaret (Carrell) Mealey of Wales, MN.

Dan served in the United States Army in Germany as a truck and tank mechanic, which led him to his career as a heavy equipment operator and mechanic in the mining, logging and road construction industries.

He served on the Embarrass Town Board, volunteered for the Peter Mitchell Committee, was VP of the MidKnight Riders Snowmobile Club and groomed many miles of snowmobile trails in the area.

Dan’s hobbies included fishing, 4 wheeling, telling jokes and sharing stories while having a cold one, making lighted bottles for friends and cooking large batches of his famous vegetable soup to share with others. He was a very good handyman and had the rare magical skill of “witching a well”.


Carol Fernlund, 79, of Ely, dies

Carol Fernlund, 79, of Ely, passed away at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.
Carol was born on February 23, 1936 in Portage Township, Buyck, MN to John and Bertha (Lustig) Sokoloski. Carol graduated from Orr High School in 1953 and worked in Virginia as a phone operator. She married Edward “Dick” Fernlund May 25, 1957 in Virginia. Carol enjoyed family and life. No one’s cooking is as good as mom's-grandma's. She is Missed Dearly.
Carol is survived by her husband Edward, daughter Corry Frentz (Roy Bester); sons: Ed Fernlund (Robin Amolins) and Tom (Veronica) Fernlund, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Clifford, sisters Alice and Donna.


Dolores P. Bulinski, 86, of Ely, dies

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.


Thomas W. Page, 65, of Yuba City, CA, dies

Thomas Wesley Page, 65, of Yuba City, CA, passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2015.
He was the beloved husband of 32 years to Deborah Page; loving father of Mike Page, Josh Stevens and Chris Holbrook; dear grandfather of Emerson Stevens and Hailey Holbrook; and the cherished son of Betty Jane Page of Ely, MN.
He was preceded in death by his father Wesley and his brother Michael.
A native of Iowa, he was a frequent summer visitor to the family’s cabin on Moose Lake near Ely since the early 1970s. Most recently he had resided in Yuba City working as a labor relations representative for the California State Employees Association for the past 10 years.
Friends are welcome for a memorial service on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at East Lawn Memorial Park, 4300 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento.


Ava Marie Krings, 70, of Grand Rapids, MN, dies

Ava Marie Krings, 70, of Grand Rapids, MN, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Kylar Glen. Ava was born in 1944 to Harold and Lucille Cronquist in Rhinelander, WI.
She was united in marriage to David W. Krings on March 19, 1966. They have lived in Grand Rapids since 2000.
Ava was the best wife, mother, grandmother, friend, nurse and patient advocate!
Preceding her in death were her parents and brother, Harold Cronquist, Jr.
Ava is survived by her husband of 49 years, David; two sons: David Krings II of Kenyon, MN and Daniel Krings of Roseau, MN; three grandchildren, Elaina, Mia and Wyatt; sister, Juanita Housey of Two Harbors, MN; brother, Davis Cronquist of Forest Lake, MN; and several nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
A Memorial Service will be at a later date in Beaver Bay, MN with Pastor Jim Smith officiating. Inurnment will be in Ely Cemetery, Ely, MN.


Joshua Aaron Mathson, 29, services in Embarrass May 2

Joshua Aaron Mathson, 29, died Saturday, April 4, as a result of injuries from a motor vehicle accident in Van Horn, Texas.
Josh was born on September 13, 1985 in Robbinsdale, MN. He moved to Embarrass in 1988. He attended school in Babbitt and graduated in 2004. While in school, he played football, basketball and his favorite sport, baseball. Josh was named to the all-state team in baseball and hit 32 home runs, more than any other player in Minnesota high school baseball history. He was part of two state tournament high school baseball teams for the BEST Beavers and four state tournament Ely Legion teams, and was a Minnesota Lions All Star and a two-time recipient of the Mark Hernesmaa-David Chelesnik Memorial Award.


John R. “Jack” Warren, 83, of Winton dies

John Richard “Jack” Warren, 83, of Winton, MN passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 24, 2015 in his home. Lois “Jean” Warren, his loving wife of 56 years, was by his side.
Jack was born on the family farm, as the third eldest of nine siblings, in Highbridge, WI on August 21, 1931. He graduated from the Ashland High School in 1949. A short stint on the ore boats in Superior, WI followed.
Jack then enlisted in the US Army and served his country in Korea. During his service he spent nine months on the front line. Jack left the Army as a Corporal on December 22, 1953. He was awarded the following: the Korean Service Medal, two Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, an Overseas Bar, a Good Conduct Medal and “The Meritorious Unit Commendation” along with his brothers of the C Battery, 235 Field Observation Battalion.


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