Rosemarie P. Buchner, 85, of Ely dies

Rosemarie P. Buchner, 85, of Ely, passed away on Thursday, September 4, 2014. She was born March 17, 1929 in Ely to Agatha (Carr) and Simon Marolt. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School. She married Joseph E. Buchner on July 14, 1951 in Ely.
She was a homemaker and member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, American Legion Auxiliary and Slovenian Women’s Union.
Rosemarie was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed hosting family gatherings where her apple potica was her specialty, a tradition that was passed down from her mother and she passed down to grandson Scott and niece Shannon.
Rosemarie worked with her husband Joe in the family aircraft repair business and was well known in the aviation community for her quality fabrication work.
She was an avid sports fan and never missed a game her grandchildren played. She loved to watch the Minnesota Twins, Vikings and Green Bay Packers.


Ruby M. Tomlinson, 86, of Ely, dies

Ruby Margareta (Pearson) Tomlinson, 86, was born in Chicago, IL on October 25, 1927 and passed away at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely on September 4, 2014.
She was preceded in death by her parents Folke and Elsie Pearson.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Walter; sons and daughters-in-law, Jay and Jeanne, Don and Margie, Scott and Jackie, Gordon and Sue; grandchildren, Ben (Erin), Laura (Wilhelm) Harm, Amy, Kent, Erik, Kyle, Christine, Julie; and five great-grandchildren.


Ray Stephen Lassi, 66, of Mounds View, dies

Ray Stephen Lassi, 66, of Mounds View, died August 31, 2014.  He was born June 22, 1948 to Toimi and Mary (Gorshe) Lassi.  
Ray graduated from Ely High School and Ely Junior College.  UMD class of 1971.  After graduating from college, he went to work for Berger Transfer/Allied Van Lines in the Twin Cities and worked numerous positions for over 40 years.  His last 10 years were with their Logix Transportation Division.  
Ray was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by his beloved daughter, Kathryn; her mother, Joyce; brother, Ralph; sister, Kathleen (John) Eaton; aunt, Geraldine Johnson; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Memorial Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, September 8 at Grace Point Church, 2351 Rice Creek Rd., New Brighton  (651-633-7515).  Ray was a wonderful father and his spirit will live on in the hearts of those who knew him.


Marian Lois Virginia Erickson Hiner, 88, of Annandale, dies

Marian Lois Virginia Erickson Hiner, 88, of Annandale, died peacefully Sunday, August 31, 2014, at the Annandale Health Care Center.
Marian was born in nearby Buffalo, Minnesota on November 21, 1925 to Arthur and Hilda (Gunnarson) Erickson. She graduated from Annandale High School as Valedictorian at the age of 16 with the Class of 1941. She received her Master’s Degree in Business and French from the University of Minnesota and taught Business, Model Office and French in Orr, Wadena, and Nashwauk, Minnesota High Schools from the late 1960s through the mid 1990s. She married James Hiner on November 24, 1946 and they eventually settled on One Pine Lake near Ely, where they raised their two children: Susan (1953) and Eric (1954). In 2006, Marian decided to return to her childhood hometown of Annandale.


Ellen M. Hartshorn, 99, of Ely, dies

Ellen Mortson Hartshorn passed away on August 30, 2014. She was born November 19, 1914 in Rochester, Minnesota to Gertrude and Rasmus Mortson. On December 31, 1936, she married Wallace Hartshorn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Dale Hartshorn, Ely; daughter-in-law Linda Hartshorn, Wrangell, Alaska; sisters, brothers and a grandson.
Ellen is survived by her loving children: Maynard (Lois) Hartshorn of Iron, Minnesota; Lloyd (Peggy) Hartshorn of Plains, Montana; Paul (Margie) Hartshorn of Finland, Minnesota, and daughter-in-law Peggy Hartshorn of Ely; grandchildren; great grandchildren; great great grandchild; three sisters: Ethel Daniels, Siren, Wisconsin; Edna Greeson, Waco, Texas; Elaine (Charles) Scott, Napa, California; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and special friends.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. Coon Rapids Chapel 763-767-1000


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