Obituaries

Fri
04
Jun

Frank M. Jaeger

Frank Mathew Jaeger, passed away at the age of 86 on June 3rd at his home in Babbitt. He was born on October 23rd, 1934 to Frank and Mary (Musich) Jaeger in Ely, MN. He was a 1952 graduate of Ely High School, attended Vermilion Junior College, then graduated from the University of MN School of Pharmacy in 1956.

Frank married Lorraine (Snell) on September 29, 1956 in Ely. They moved to Babbitt in 1959 where he owned Babbitt Drug and worked as the pharmacist for 52 years until his retirement in 2011.

Wed
02
Jun

Vondalee Schreffler

Vondalee Schreffler, 81, of Ely, passed away at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth on Monday May 31, 2021.
She was born in Danbury, Wisconsin to Ernest and Margaret Carpenter on July 10, 1939.
On July 16, 1955 she married the love of her life, Theodore Schreffler, and spent 65 years together. Together they raised six children.
Vonda cleaned for the Ely Clinic for many years until her retirement.
Vonda loved raising cows and chickens. She also liked to berry pick and trout fish.
Vonda is survived by her children, Shelby (Greg) Hochman of Bloomington, MN, Ted Jr. (Heather) Schreffler of Eveleth, MN, Glen (Melodee) Schreffler of Babbitt, MN, Eugene (Robbie) Schreffler of St. Paul, MN, Roger Schreffler of Ely, MN, James (Tricia) Schreffler of Ely, MN; grandchildren, great-grandchildren; niece and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted, and her parents Margaret and Ernest.

Tue
01
Jun

Gretchen Ann Ahlquist

Gretchen Ann Ahlquist, 69, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Monday, May 31, 2021.
Gretchen was born to Edwin and Leora Harder on October 30, 1951. She graduated from Wayzata High School and Mankato State University. On August 26th, 1978 she married the love of her life, Kevin Walter Ahlquist. Together they raised two children, built their own successful auto repair business, and shared many adventures.
Gretchen lived the majority of her life on Long Lake in Mahtomedi, MN, while enjoying many trips to her cabin in Babbitt, MN on beautiful Bear Island Lake where she has permanently resided since her retirement in 2018.
She loved water skiing, berry picking, fishing, boating, relaxing on the beach, a good laugh, gardening and reading a good book. She was happiest on the waters of her favorite Minnesota lakes or the sunny beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Tue
01
Jun

Vondalee Schreffler

Vondalee Schreffler, 81, of Ely, passed away on Monday May 31, 2021 at Essentia Health- St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sat
29
May

Geraldine Rose (Kochevar) Foster,

Geraldine Rose (Kochevar) Foster, 81, of Ely, passed away at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Hospital Thursday, May 27, 2021 in Minneapolis.
She was born in Duluth, Minnesota to Frank and Rose Kochevar on June 12, 1939. She graduated from St. Jean's Baptiste Catholic High School before receiving her BA in Home Economics Education at the College of St. Scholastica and her MA in Counseling from Bemidji State University.
Geraldine moved to Ely, Minnesota where she taught Junior High Home Economics. It was here where she met Eldon Foster, the love of her life. Geraldine and Eldon were married in 1970 and spent 45 years together.

Fri
21
May

Sharlene Ann Detzel (Wight), 55, of Isabella

Sharlene Ann Detzel (Wight), 55, of Isabella, MN passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2021, after a tough battle with lung cancer.
She was born in St. Louis, Missouri on July 12, 1965 to Wayne and Lizabeth Wight, deceased.
Sharlene will be sadly missed by her husband, Cody Detzel, her three children, Brian, Gary, and Shawn Whithaus, sisters Shirley, Sharon and Shannon, three grandchildren, and extended family & friends.
Sharlene attended Lincoln University in Missouri and graduated with a Bachelors Degree for a Registered Nurse. Later in life she moved to Minnesota and married her soulmate, Cody Detzel, of Isabella. Sharlene worked as Director of Nursing at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely where she was a big influence to many.

Wed
12
May

Bunny Masurka-Wiersema

Bunny Masurka-Wiersema, 74, of Glen, Minnesota passed away unexpectedly on Friday May 7, 2021 at Riverwood Healthcare, Aitkin, MN.

Bunny was born April 7, 1947 in Minneapolis, MN to Maxine and Clancy Orred. She grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and graduated from Columbia Heights High School. She married Dale “Bo” Wiersema in 2002 and they spent 18 years as husband and wife before his passing in 2020.

Mon
10
May

Mildred Agnes Lundsten, 91

Mildred Agnes Lundsten, 91, of La Crosse, WI, passed away Monday, May 3, 2021, at the Benedictine Villa Assisted Living facility in La Crosse. She was the mother of Patricia Steger of Ely.

Sat
08
May

Elsie Madeline Wiermaa, 96

Elsie Madelaine Wiermaa, 96, died peacefully at home surrounded by her children on Saturday May 8th, 2021.
Elsie was born to Emma and Joseph Lahtonen on February 22, 1925. She graduated from Embarrass High School and the Duluth Business School after which she worked for Travelers Insurance in Duluth. On November 22, 1947 she married the love of her life, Julien Wiermaa. Together they raised six children and shared many adventures.
Elsie lived the majority of her life on beautiful Joseph Lake in Babbitt, MN. She loved caring for her stunning flower gardens, picking berries, fishing, cross country skiing. She was the happiest in her north woods and tending her land. We will forever remember her competitive card playing and puzzle solving.
She welcomed everyone into her home with her kind words, genuine interest in other’s stories along with sharing amazing meals and her famous homemade bread and cinnamon rolls. Her open arms touched many lives.

Thu
06
May

Barbara Ann (Rozman) Thoren

Our beloved mother Barbara Ann (Rozman) Thoren passed away at the age of 94 on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely, MN.
She was born in Ely, MN (Section 26) on April 4, 1927 and was the daughter of George and Barbara (Milec) Rozman. She was preceded in death by her first husband Fred V. Rozman and second husband Maynard Thoren. She was also preceded in death by her brothers Anton, George, Joseph and John and sisters Antonia (Elsie) Malisheske and Mary Klobuchar.
She is survived by her two daughters Dorothy (Tom) Kauppi and Susan (Rozman) Loughead as well as her grandson Michael (Wanda) Kauppi. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

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