Elsie Bernice Covich, 89, dies

Elsie Bernice Covich, nee Vander Kamp, died Jan. 7 in Naperville, Ill., surrounded by family. She was 89. Elsie was the beloved wife of the late George Covich, loving mother of: Sandra Peterson of Chicago, Pamela (Phillip) Toleikis of Downers Grove, Ill, and Bruce Covich (Elizabeth Oplatka), of Racine, Wis. She was the devoted grandmother of Brian Peterson (Cristina Cozzone); fond sister of Grace (Ben) Essenberg of Naperville, Ill.; and was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters. She was aunt to many nieces and nephews.


Helen Kuehlman, 8/28/1932 – 12/29/2015, A life remembered

Helen Kuehlman
8/28/1932 – 12/29/2015
A life remembered
On Tuesday, Dec 29 at 9:10 a.m. Helen left her suffering on this earth and went to be with God for all eternity. Helen didn’t need much and asked for less. Her life seemed to revolve around “What can I do for others.”
Helen was a role model for young and old alike. Never did she issue a harsh word and had a love and understanding for everyone she met.


Angela T. Pruse, 97, Silver Bay, dies

Angela T. Pruse, 97, Silver Bay, died Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at the Minnesota Veteran’s Home in Silver Bay.
She was born March 20, 1918 to Victor and Angela (Strukel) Janezich in Ely, Minnesota, where she grew up and graduated from high school. After graduating from Young and Hersch Business College in Cleveland, she went to work for Chrysler Corp. During World War II she was employed by General Motors as a riveter, and later inspector. She married Albert Pruse in 1947, and they moved to Babbitt in 1954 and to Silver Bay in 1955, where she has since made her home.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Silver Bay, and the American Fraternal Union, Ely. Angela was an avid reader and volunteer for the Kitchen Circle at St. Mary’s Church.


Elizabeth Marie Sever, 93, of Ely, dies

Elizabeth Marie Sever, 93, of Ely, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely.
She was born on October 14, 1922 in Ely, MN to Joseph and Barbara (Kochevar) Sever. She was a graduate of Ely Memorial High School and later worked as an office secretary.
Elizabeth was a member of AFU Lodge 120, KSKJ Lodge 112 and the Ely Council of Catholic Women.
She is survived by several nieces and a nephew.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Joseph Jr., Frank, John, Anton, Matt and Rudolph and sisters Mary Samson and Anna Sever. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely with visitation being held one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church of Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


Bernice E. Anderson, 102, of Ely, dies

Bernice E. Anderson, 102 years and 7 months, of Ely, MN, formerly of Hermantown, MN and Lake Worth, FL passed away December 21, 2015 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital in Ely.

She was born in Duluth, MN on May 27, 1913 to parents August and Jennie Width. She married Carl L. Anderson in January of 1933.

While living in Hermantown she was very much involved in 4-H Groups, Study Club, Garden Club, PTA and the Jackson Club. She was a big fan of Hermantown basketball and football teams.

She was much into bowling when her son owned the Two Harbors Bowl.

She worked at Duluth Target before moving to Florida in 1979. She did volunteer work for the West Palm Beach Museum. She loved her 25 years in Florida. She moved back to Minnesota in 2004 for health reasons and to be closer to family.

Bernice loved gardening, embroidery, knitting and crocheting lap robes which are on the laps of many area residents.


Long time Ely resident Leo Simon dies

Long time Ely resident Leo Simon died December 3, 2015 in Bakersfield, CA following debilitating illnesses. Mr. Simon and wife were Ely residents for some 50 years. He was an active outdoorsman and could be found fishing and hunting and enjoying all that the wilderness offered.
He was a long-term employee of Reserve Mining Co., retiring as president of the local and regional steelworkers union. Mr. Simon is survived by his son James in Atlanta, GA and two grandchildren. He follows his wife of 65 years who died in June. 2014.


Maynard Hartshorn, of Iron, dies

Maynard Hartshorn, 77, of Iron, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at the Virginia Regional Medical Center.
He was born Feb. 18, 1938 in Frederic, WI to parents Wallace and Ellen Hartshorn. He attended Webster High School.
Maynard married Lois Cornwell on Nov. 5, 1960 in Ely, MN. He worked as a logger, at Reserve Mining, at Lampert Lumber and part-time for Mike Motors, Kuehl’s Logging and Britton Construction. He retired from Starkman Oil in 2001.
Maynard served in the Army from 1956 to 1958 and with the Army Reserve until 1963.


William Lee Hotaling, 74, dies

William Lee Hotaling, 74, of Snowbank Lake, Ely, passed away Wednesday, December 16, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Originally from the East Coast, Lee came to Ely in the 1960s as a forester. He fell in love with the country and its hard-working residents. Soon he found himself the owner of a remote resort property on Snowbank Lake where he happily spent the majority of his life.
Lee was a passionate, hard-working man who met the challenges of life head on. He was a husband, father, teacher and an inspiration to the many who knew him. From building cabins to wrenching on the old “Model-A”, Lee was a jack of all trades who taught his kids that they could do anything they put their minds to. He was a good man who had a soft spot for the underdog and a deep respect for honesty and hard work. He will be sorely missed.


Karen Marie Pecha, 63, of Clear Lake-Ely, dies

Karen Marie Pecha, 63, of Clear Lake-Ely, died Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.


Mary Miller Johnson, 53, dies

Mary Miller Johnson, 53, beloved soul of Ely, passed away on November 25, 2015. She was born on February 21, 1962 in St. Paul. She is survived by her husband Dave of Ely; son Mike (Regina) of Lake Elsinore; daughters, Sarah (Ryan) of Mason, OH and Clarissa (Parker) of Eagan; grandchildren, Sydney, Nolan and Luke; brothers, Joey (Cindy), Tommy (Jan), Charlie (Kathy), Paul (Kathy) and Tim; sister Jayne (Bill); stepmother, Betty Miller and many nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Tom Miller and Carol Coates and grandma Harriet Miller. Services will take place on December 28 at 10 a.m. at St. Casimir’s Church, 934 Geranium Ave E., St. Paul, MN 55106. Memorials preferred to St. Paul Police K-9 Foundation. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


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