Michael Weinzierl, 74, of Ely, dies

Michael Weinzierl, 74, of Ely, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2015 at Fall Lake in Winton. Mike was born in Soudan, MN on September 20, 1940 to Michael and Stephanie Weinzierl.
Mike was a man of many interests. As a pilot he was current with multi-engine, instrument and float plane certifications. He walked six miles a day and pulled his boat across the portages to Basswood hundreds of times.
An accomplished musician, Mike was one of the original Bopcats and played banjo with the Barich Brothers. He was an avid fisherman, even tying his own flies for trout fishing. Mike was famous for his fish fries.
He was a lifelong friend and co-owner of Mike Motors in Ely with his brother Jim. Mike was just 13 when he started working at the business his father started in 1951. Mike worked there for 45 years, retiring when he and Jim sold Mike Motors in 1999.


Delores (Dolly) Lorraine Karasti 89, dies

Delores (Dolly) Lorraine Karasti 89, the oldest member of Winton, MN came to the end of her incredible journey at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital on Wednesday September 9, 2015.
She was born February 12, 1926 to Toivo and Mary (Honkala) Levander in Ely. Her childhood years were spent mostly on her grandparents farm in Embarrass. At the age of 16 she mustered her sisu, ventured out to California where her mother was working in the shipyards. On April 14, 1944 she was reunited with and married Frank F. Karasti in San Fransisco, California. After their marriage, they spent a year in Hawaii which she always felt was paradise.


Marjorie Ann (Kerntz) Germscheid, 68, of South St. Paul dies

Marjorie Ann (Kerntz) Germscheid, 68, of South St. Paul passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at her home on Sept 12, 2015. She was born Feb. 10, 1947, in Virginia, MN.
Marj taught first grade for 42 years in District 833 and also worked part-time at Kohl’s for 15 years.
She was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Margaret Kerntz; in-laws, Francis and Margaret Germscheid; brothers-in law: Robert Germscheid and James Korman. She is survived by loving husband of 36 years, Maurice “Maury”; daughter, Kristin (Tim) Selander; son, John “Johnny”; granddaughters, Ingrid and Eloise Selander; brother, Charles Kerntz; sisters-in-law, Margaret Korman and Diane (Alan) Macho; brother-in-laws, Thomas and Wayne (Paula) Germscheid; also numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.


Jim Myers, 46, of Ely, dies

Jim Myers, 46, of Ely, passed away on Monday, September 7, 2015 at his residence in Ely surrounded by family and friends. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


Robert (Bob) James Brin, 81, dies

Robert (Bob) James Brin, 81, went to be with the Lord on August 9, 2015.
Robert was born on his family’s homestead near Damar, Kansas. He began driving his younger siblings to school at the age of 14. His siblings remember some exciting rides. When his cousin bet him he couldn’t get a date with the new school teacher, Frances Bremmer, Robert won the bet. They were married on his twenty-first birthday. Frances and Robert raised five children (all still living): Becca Brin (Michael) Manlove of Ely, MN; Bob (Michele McEllistrom) Brin of Oakdale, MN; Charlotte Brin (Charles) Bigler of Chillecothe, MO; Sharon Brin (Lee) Hathaway of New Jersey; and Yvonne Brin (Dr. Alan) Marcotte of Winfield, KS. Robert and Frances also served as foster parents for several teenagers.


Gabriel Gruba, 79, dies

Gabriel Gruba, 79, died on August 18, 2015. He was born on March 9,1936 in Gilman, MN to John and Sally (O’Konek) Gruba. Gib, as known by all who knew him, grew up near Gilman on their family farm.
He worked construction and worked for many area farmers. He moved to Ely and worked for his brother, John Gruba, at the resort he owned. He also lived in Sauk Rapids and Brainerd, Minnesota.
He is survived by his brother, John (Patricia) Gruba, Brainerd and many nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Terry Gruba.
The Funeral Service was Saturday, August 22, 2015 in Foley, MN. He was laid to rest in the Gilman Cemetery near his departed family members.
Gib will be remembered for his big smile, his mild manner, his love for polkas, and most of all the kindness he showed to all he knew. He is sadly missed by his family and friends


Audrey Nadine (Howard) Anderson, 86, of Babbitt, dies

Audrey Nadine (Howard) Anderson, 86, of Babbitt, passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at Carefree Assisted Living in Babbitt.
Audrey was a girl from southwestern Missouri, the youngest child of a large family. She was a cheerleader and class officer in her high school years in Granby, MO.
As part of the greatest generation, she corresponded with a young Marine from Duluth, Minnesota while he was overseas. When the war ended these two met and married. The southern girl and the Yankee boy, as Audrey later stated, “compromised” on where to live and ended up in Minnesota. Milt and Audrey were married for 50 years before Milt’s passing. They raised three sons: Byron, Roger and Karl.


Dennis Gerald Barich, 64, dies

Dennis Gerald Barich, 64, died in his residence in Two Harbors.

He is preceded in death by his father, Gerald Barich.

Dennis is survived by his mother, Celine Barich of Eveleth; and twin sister, Deborah (Clay) Worthley of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Per Dennis’ request, no services will be held.


Floyd Ivor Kent, 80, of Gibbon dies

Floyd Ivor Kent, 80, of Gibbon died Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm.
Floyd was born January 22, 1935 in Ely to Stanley and Lillian (Hosking) Kent. He was a 1952 graduate of Ely High School and completed college at Ely Junior College, U of M and St. Cloud State. Floyd work in the iron mines with his dad in the summer. He arrived in Gibbon in December, 1956 to start his one and only teaching job. Floyd taught high school math at Gibbon and later Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop for 35 years until his retirement in 1991. In addition to teaching, he taught motorcycle training and driver’s education behind the wheel training. Floyd met Elaine Bode, another Gibbon teacher and they were married June 9, 1962 and enjoyed 53 years of marriage.


Leonard R. Nappa, 89, of Ely, dies

Leonard R. Nappa, 89, of Ely, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2015 in Aurora.

A US Navy veteran, he worked for the DMIR Railroad as a conductor for 37 years. He was active in the Ely ski jumping program, co-founder of the Hidden Valley Ski area and was inducted into the Ski Jumping Hall of Fame in Red Wing Minn.

Survivors include his children, Gary (Jean) Nappa of Aurora, Tracy Speldrich of Gaylord, Minn., Nancy Nappa of Ely, and Mark Nappa of Ely; grandchildren, David, Adrian, Nicole, Misty, Michael, Heather and Ella; six great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service for Leonard will be held at Veteran’s on the Lake, 161 Fernberg Road, in Ely, at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015.


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