Obituaries

Mon
13
Jul

Jane L. Johnson, of Ely

Jane L. Johnson, 92, of Ely, passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Carefree Living in Ely.

Jane was born January 26, 1928 in Alida, MN, daughter of Ernest and Jennie (Wicken) Lundin. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School class of 1946. Jane married Arthur W. Johnson on April 29, 1950 residing in Ely MN. Retiring in 1991, she worked 22 years at the U.S. Forest Service office in Ely in various office support positions having a career she very much enjoyed. Her longtime local memberships include the Grace Lutheran Church and Ely Business Women.

Wed
08
Jul

Kenneth "Ken" Barby, 75, of Ely

Kenneth “Ken” Wayne Barby passed away July 8, 2020, at his home in Ely of natural causes.

Ken was a devout son, loving brother, and beloved father and uncle. He was born and raised in International Falls by Charles and Dorothy Barby. He loved living in northern Minnesota and remained here his entire life, retiring after a hard-worked, full career as a lead lineman with Minnesota Power. He later settled in Ely with his significant other, Linda.

Ken enjoyed hunting, fishing, and sports, especially hockey. He enjoyed family and many friends and was a clever conversationalist and skilled sportsmen. He will be greatly missed.

Mon
06
Jul

Patrick (Pat) Steven Mahoney Sr.

Patrick (Pat) Steven Mahoney Sr. passed away July 1, 2020 after a lengthy, hard-fought, battle with cancer.
Pat was born on July 13, 1963 in South Bend, Indiana to Marvin and Janice (Fowler) Mahoney.
The Mahoney family moved to Ely, MN in 1964 where they resided on White Iron Lake.
Pat attended Ely Memorial High School. Pat was an avid Vikings fan who spent most of his working life tending to the care of others, working as an aide at local homes for adults with developmental disabilities. Pat enjoyed puzzles, spending time outside, riding his four-wheeler, and campfires in the backyard. His favorite role was grandpa. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Mon
06
Jul

Patric J. Purdy, 63, of Ely,

Patric J. Purdy, 63, of Ely, passed away Monday July 6, 2020 at the Boundary Waters Care Center.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sat
04
Jul

Ervin Minier, 91, of Ely

Ervin Lee Minier, 91, of Ely, died Friday, July 3, 2020 in Wakefield Michigan.
He was born April 27, 1929 in Wakefield to James and Eloise (Hopkins) Minier.
He was married to Kathryn Zuidmulder on November 21, 1953. She preceded him in death on December 16, 1995.
Ervin was a proud veteran of the armed services of the US. He worked at LTV and was a lifetime logger. He enjoyed traveling, restaurants, gardening and making firewood. Spending time with his family, relatives and friends is what he enjoyed the most.
Survivors include his daughter, Debra Minier of Floodwood, his four sons, Daniel, Michael, Dennis and Edward all of Ely, his sister Karen Wedenoja of Ironwood Michigan, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ervin was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his two brothers and three sisters.

Thu
02
Jul

Jerry E. Blackmore

Jerry E. Blackmore was born August 19, 1940 in Great Falls, Montana. The only child of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Blackmore. He grew up as a young child in Duluth and Ely, Minnesota. The family moved to Castro Valley, CA when Jerry was a freshman in high school. Jerry graduated from Castro Valley High in 1958. Jerry has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from San Jose State and an MBA in Taxation. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at San Jose State. He was a member of the California Society of CPA and American Institute of CPA. Jerry lived in Livermore since 1964 with his former wife Dona Fraser Blackmore. He has two sons, Andy of Arizona and Tyler of New Jersey. He served in Viet Nam in 1962 and 1963. Jerry is a past Board of Director and Treasurer of Junior Golf Association of Northern CA. Past President of Northern California Golf Association and a Past Board President and member of Castlewood Country Club.

Tue
30
Jun

Carol Landa, 91

Carol Landa, 91, originally of Ely died Friday June 19, 2020 of natural causes in Delano, MN.
Carol was born to Frank and Esther Gustafson. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School and was active in orchestra and cheerleading. After high school she went on to Ely Junior College (VCC) for their secretarial program and later worked for the Oliver Mine.
She was a majorette in the Ely Drum and Bugle Corp where she met her future husband, Joe Landa. She loved music, cross-country skiing, Saturday night sauna with family, and dark chocolate. Carol was a member of the Class of ’47 Sewing Club.
Survivors include her children, Michael, Janice, and Carolyn and spouses; grandchildren, Chris, Craig, Clayton, Amy, Albert and Christofer and spouses; great grandson, Connor; and brother Harvey.
Service will be in Ely at a later date.

Tue
30
Jun

Schmidt, Dennis Alfred “Smitty,”

Schmidt, Dennis Alfred “Smitty,”
Age 80

Fri
26
Jun

Natalie "Sis" Chinn, 70, of Babbitt

Natalie "Sis" Chinn, 70, of Babbitt, MN, passed away Friday, June 26th, 2020 at her home in Babbitt.
"Sis" was born June 12th, 1950 to Wayne "Bud" & Joyce (Tibbetts) Baird in Minneapolis. MN.
"Sis" grew up in Babbitt, MN. graduating from John F Kennedy High School. She attended Cosmotology school in the cities after graduation.

Wed
24
Jun

Donald Leroy Beseman, 94

Donald Leroy Beseman, 94, of Bemidji, Minnesota, died on March 23, 2020, in Bellevue, Iowa at Mill Valley Care Center.

Memorial Services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Immanuel Lutheran Church 349 3rd Street N.E. in Case Lake, Minnesota, conducted by Pastor James Sorenson. Family will greet friends 10:00 am until service time at the church prior to services. Inurnment will be in Argo Cemetery in Babbitt, Minnesota.

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