Obituaries

Sun
22
Mar

Kathleen C. Schultz, 65, of Babbitt, dies

Kathleen C. Schultz, 65, of Babbitt, died Saturday, March 21, 2015, in her home. Mass of Christian Burial 11:AM Saturday, March 28, in St. Pius Catholic Church, Babbitt. Visitation begins at 9:30 AM Saturday in the church.

Wed
18
Mar

Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Zollar, 78, dies

Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Zollar, 78, of Ely, died Monday, March 16, 2015 in the Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital.
She was born in Ely, where she lived most of her life and attended the Ely schools. She graduated from Ely Memorial High in 1954. She also attended Minnesota School of Business and worked at Northland Greyhound in Minneapolis.
In May of 1958, Elizabeth married Robert J. Zollar. They had two children. She also worked at the First National Bank of Ely, Zenith Mining Company, Independent School District #696, and Vermilion Community College where she earned her Associate of Art Degree in 1989. She retired from Vermilion in December of 1993.
Betty was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Woman’s Life Insurance Society, American Fraternal Union, and Ely Golf Assn.

Wed
18
Mar

Mary (Franich) Mrack, 98, dies

Mary (Franich) Mrack passed away peacefully at her home at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Mountain Iron on Sunday, March 15, 2015. She was 98.
She was born Mary Magdelene Franich on December 23, 1916, the second of eight children to parents Nick and Amanda (Devich) Franich in Mountain Iron, MN. She graduated from Mountain Iron High School in June of 1934. She attended Northwest Institute of Medical Technology in Minneapolis in 1940 and was employed as a medical laboratory technician.
She married Frank Mrack of Ely on September 20, 1955 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mountain Iron. They lived in Ely for 39 happy years. Her husband Frank died in November of 1986. She moved to Virginia, MN in 1993.
Her family and friends will always remember her sweet nature and quiet determination. She was cared for and admired by those who knew her.

Thu
12
Mar

Jonathan Michael Maki, 28, dies

Jonathan Michael Maki, 28, of Roseau, Minn. died on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. He went home to the Lord.
Jonathan was born in Ely, on April 24, 1986, to Michael V. Maki and Deborah N. (Maki) Prahl. He grew up in Winton. Jonathan was a star baseball player during his school years and a loyal Minnesota Twins fan. He enjoyed fishing, camping, golfing, and especially hanging out with his best friend, Brent Goodin. He dearly loved his friends and cat, Xerxes.
Jonathan was a proud employee of Polaris Industries. For all who knew him, it wasn’t just a job, it was where he made many treasured friends. He will be remembered as a gentle and kind man. He would always think of others instead of himself; and was always there to lend a helping hand. Blessed be his memory.

Mon
09
Mar

Gino Giannoni, 89, of Ely, dies

Gino Giannoni, 89, of Ely, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2015 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Tue
03
Mar

Margaret M. Grahek, 78, of Ely,

Margaret M. Grahek, 78, of Ely, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2015 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Mon
02
Mar

Agnes Jo “Nez” Artisensi, 70, dies

Agnes Jo “Nez” Artisensi, 70, passed away on February 27, in Gilbert, AZ, with her devoted husband and loving sons at her side.
She was a beautiful, elegant, and compassionate woman whose priority in life was her family - her husband John and sons, John and James - who received and returned her never ending love.

Fri
27
Feb

Ilona Maria (Mills) Banovetz, 88, dies

Ilona Maria (Mills) Banovetz, 88, died Monday, February 23, 2015. She was born in Ely, MN, on Oct. 4, 1927, and was a gregarious Finn who appreciated respites of solitude. With her boisterous laugh, gift to gab, and sincerity she taught others to laugh often, stoke their intelligence, and reflect with depth.

As an adolescent, Ilona held great pride in her family’s business, Mills Clothing. She was devoted to her family, studies, swimming and cheerleading. She received her bachelor’s degree in zoology from St. Olaf College, and attended Mount Holyoke College for graduate studies.

Thu
26
Feb

John “Jack” M. Kivisto of Babbitt dies

John “Jack” M Kivisto, 79, of Babbitt MN passed away February 24, 2015 at home with his wife and children by his side. Jack was born September 15, 1935, in Deerwood MN to John Jacob Kivisto and Flora Clara (Palmer) Kivisto. He was the only son out of four children.
He graduated from Crosby-Ironton High School in 1954. After graduating, he served with the National Guard and United States Army for a total of five years. He married Janet (Fritz) Kivisto on August 2, 1958 in Waukesha Wisconsin. They lived in Crosby, MN for a few years while Jack worked in the Cayuna Iron Range Mines. When the job there ended, they moved to Babbitt, where he worked in the Mesabi Range Mines before retiring in 1984.
Jack loved his wife and best friend Janet very much. They did everything together and enjoyed traveling. Jack was a big tease and was loved by many.

Tue
24
Feb

John R. Montgomery, 77, of Ely, dies

John R. Montgomery, 77, of Ely, passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital in Ely.
John or “Jack” as we all knew him, was born on October 12, 1937 to Edwin and Virginia Montgomery in Hill City MN. Jack married Phyllis Lamke on June 3, 1961 in Hill City. He passed away at home from a heart attack on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 after having a fun day trip out with his wife. This came unexpectedly as he had been feeling good and was excitedly making plans on “going to where it’s warmer” within the next few weeks for a vacation!

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