Obituaries

Tue
24
Apr

Jerome Baudek, 61, of Chandler, AZ, formerly of Ely, dies

Jerome (Jerry) Baudek, 61, of Chandler, AZ died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, April 19, 2018.
Jerry was born March 24, 1957 in Winton, MN. He graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1975. Jerry was always involved in athletics and was a letterman in swimming and golf. After high school he worked briefly at Erie Mining.
Jerry’s deep-rooted love of Minnesota did not waiver, but his passion for golf and warm climates led him to Florida in the early ’80s and then to Arizona in the mid-’90s. Jerry was an ardent golfer. He worked in food preparation and bartending at T.G.I. Friday’s for ten years, in sales for several years, and then found satisfaction as a house painter the rest of his working years. In his spare time he enjoyed refinishing furniture, and his attention to detail and craft precision were apparent in all his works.

Mon
23
Apr

Katherine A. “Kay” Klabe, 100, of Ely dies

Katherine A. “Kay” Klabe, 100, of Ely died peacefully on March 27, 2018 at her home.
She was born on November 30, 1917 in Ely to Steve and Katherine (Jaketic) Golobich and attended school there. Following high school graduation, she moved to Chicago to visit friends and search for a job. Kay quickly found work in the big city and began her career in the corporate insurance and administrative field.
On September 29, 1952 she married Milton L. Klabe of Chicago, where they made their home. Kay worked at the National Can Corporation from which she retired in 1978 with over 25 years of service. Upon retirement, Kay and Milt moved to Ely, where she enjoyed gardening, walking, reading, traveling, and meeting and conversing with people.

Thu
19
Apr

Raymond E. Bohm, 78, formerly of Ely, dies

Raymond E. Bohm, 78, formerly of Ely, passed away on Wednesday, April 18. 2018 at Carefree Assisted Living in Babbitt. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Mon
16
Apr

Kay Olson, 73, of Pine City, MN and Ely dies

Kay Olson, 73, of Pine City, MN and Ely passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Northern Pines Assisted Living. Funeral service at 2 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Pine City.

Sun
15
Apr

Gordon Sheddy, 77, of Ely, dies

Gordon Sheddy, 77, of Ely, passed away at his home with his wife and friends at his side on Saturday, April 14, 2018. A date for Gordon’s celebration of life gathering will be announced at a later date. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Fri
13
Apr

Edward A. “Ed” Klancher, 91, Hibbing, dies

Edward A. “Ed” Klancher, 91, Hibbing, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018 in the Guardian Angels Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hibbing, under the compassionate care of Fairview Range Hospice and loving family members. Ed was born in Ely, MN on March 21, 1927 to Anton and Frances (Urbas) Klancher. He was a 1945 graduate of Ely Memorial High School, served in the US Army and graduated from St. Cloud Teacher’s College in 1953. He taught in Hibbing, first at Washington school in North Hibbing and then at the Greenhaven school. While teaching he was also the sporting goods manager for Gibson’s, Shopko and then Pamida. He retired from teaching in 1992. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

Tue
10
Apr

Wilma Ruth (Bierbaum) Zimmerman, 82, of Brownsville, TX, dies

Wilma Zimmerman
Wilma Ruth (Bierbaum) Zimmerman, 82, of Brownsville, TX, formerly of Litchfield, entered into Heaven on Apr. 7, 2018. She was born on Sept. 1, 1935 to Charles W. and Minnie (Hartke) Bierbaum. A 1953 graduate of Litchfield High School, she married C. L. (Kelly) Zimmerman on Feb. 20, 1954. She enjoyed spreading God’s word, spending time with family, sewing, baking, travel and bringing joy to everyone she met. Wilma loved classical music.  She was very active in the church, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She is survived by: her loving husband of 64 years, C. L. Zimmerman; daughters, Lynne Zimmerman; Julie (Mike) Meier; Susan (Glen) Cornman; Nancy (Rick) Nunez; a son, Michael (Mari) Zimmerman; brother, Charles (June) Bierbaum; sister-in-law, Joan Jones; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

Thu
05
Apr

Angela W. Godec, 101, of Hibbing and formerly of Ely, dies

ANGELA W GODEC
October 20, 1916 - April 3, 2018
Angela W. Godec, 101, of Hibbing and formerly of Ely, passed away on Tuesday, April

Wed
04
Apr

Jean M. Larson, 82, of Ely, dies

Jean M. (Dolly) Larson, 82, passed away April 3, 2018, at the Boundary Waters Care Center (BWCC) in Ely. Dolly’s last actions were to blow kisses of goodbye. She had a sweet and laughing spirit and often gave kind words to people she met.
Dolly is survived by her husband Clary Larson, children Gary (Margie), Robert (Barbara), Diane, and Mary Kay. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; her brother Robert Grant; numerous nieces and nephews along with cherished friends Helen Huovinen and Janice Harris.
She was born March 21, 1936 to George and Mary Grant. The last child of 17 and had a wonderful life. Her hometown was Bayfield, WI where she met her future husband at the skating rink. Dolly and Clary were married 64 years.

Tue
03
Apr

Rudolph James (Jim) Schuler of Cinnaminson, NJ, dies

Rudolph James (Jim) Schuler of Cinnaminson, NJ, died peacefully at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018, surrounded by his three sons and loved ones. He was 87.
Jim was born in St. Paul, MN, on January 15, 1931, and raised in Ely, MN. He was married to his beloved wife Janice L. (Johnson) for 46 years until her death in 1998. Jim is survived by his sons James K. Schuler (Surbjit) of Concord, NH, Jeffrey D. (Cathy) Schuler of Delran, NJ, and John W. (Tammy) Schuler of Cinnaminson, NJ. Jim adored his seven grandchildren: Sonia, Bradley, Dylan, Matthew, Ethan, Blair and Nicholas. Jim is also survived by his sisters: Sharon Lax Hughes of Ely, Marlene Lax Benson of Superior, WI, and Geraldine Schuler Tornfelt of Carlton, MN.

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