Dennis Gerald Barich, 64, dies

Dennis Gerald Barich, 64, died in his residence in Two Harbors.

He is preceded in death by his father, Gerald Barich.

Dennis is survived by his mother, Celine Barich of Eveleth; and twin sister, Deborah (Clay) Worthley of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Per Dennis’ request, no services will be held.


Floyd Ivor Kent, 80, of Gibbon dies

Floyd Ivor Kent, 80, of Gibbon died Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm.
Floyd was born January 22, 1935 in Ely to Stanley and Lillian (Hosking) Kent. He was a 1952 graduate of Ely High School and completed college at Ely Junior College, U of M and St. Cloud State. Floyd work in the iron mines with his dad in the summer. He arrived in Gibbon in December, 1956 to start his one and only teaching job. Floyd taught high school math at Gibbon and later Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop for 35 years until his retirement in 1991. In addition to teaching, he taught motorcycle training and driver’s education behind the wheel training. Floyd met Elaine Bode, another Gibbon teacher and they were married June 9, 1962 and enjoyed 53 years of marriage.


Leonard R. Nappa, 89, of Ely, dies

Leonard R. Nappa, 89, of Ely, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2015 in Aurora.

A US Navy veteran, he worked for the DMIR Railroad as a conductor for 37 years. He was active in the Ely ski jumping program, co-founder of the Hidden Valley Ski area and was inducted into the Ski Jumping Hall of Fame in Red Wing Minn.

Survivors include his children, Gary (Jean) Nappa of Aurora, Tracy Speldrich of Gaylord, Minn., Nancy Nappa of Ely, and Mark Nappa of Ely; grandchildren, David, Adrian, Nicole, Misty, Michael, Heather and Ella; six great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service for Leonard will be held at Veteran’s on the Lake, 161 Fernberg Road, in Ely, at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015.


Wilbert Raymond Heikkila, 86, of Babbitt, dies

Wilbert Raymond Heikkila, 86, of Babbitt, passed away Thursday, August 13, 2015 at his residence.
Wilbert was born April 5, 1929 on the family homestead in Babbitt to John and Aliina (Ylinentalo) Heikkila. After graduating from Embarrass High School, he worked on the family farm before entering the military. He worked at Reserve Mining until his retirement as a shovel operator.
Wilbert was very good with animals, loved to garden and grow his potatoes. Wilbert was known as the “Potato Man.” He also loved to hunt. Wilbert will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
He was baptized and confirmed at Apostolic Lutheran Church in Embarrass and was an active member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Wilbert was also a member of the Babbitt American Legion.
Wilbert was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wilho and John; and sister, Mayme.


Margaret Ann Somrock, 100, dies

Margaret Ann Seliga Somrock, 100 years old, formerly of Ely, died Saturday, August 15 at WillowWood Memory Care in Eveleth, MN.
She is survived by son John (Barb), Edina, the twins: Bill (Jill), Forest Lake and Dan (Judy), Bemidji. Grandsons and wives Barry (Shelly); John (Sarah); Jason (Rochelle), Jeff; granddaughter Lindsay (Jonathan) Hill, bonus grandson Jason (Lora) Jury and bonus granddaughter Linde Sayen; great grandchildren Sam, Summer, Sawyer, Sylas, Sidney Somrock, Sienna and Savina Somrock, Grace Hill and Padah Sayen. She is also survived by her sister Ethel (Roy) Sjoberg, Elk River; many nieces and nephews, and dear friends from the West End of Ely, as well as the many kind and loving caretakers at WillowWood.
She was born March 3, 1915 to Slovakian immigrants Steve and Anna (Vasko) Seliga who preceded her in death, as well as sisters Ann Rogers, Helen LeDonne, Dorothy Sutherland and infant sister Rose, brothers Steve, John, Joe, Daniel and Albert.


Helen Elizabeth “Bunny” Warren, 77, dies

Helen Elizabeth “Bunny” Warren, 77, of Embarrass, passed away suddenly, but peacefully on Sunday, August 9, 2015, at the Virginia Hospital with her family by her side. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Range Funeral Home at 12:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. Burial will be at Embarrass Cemetery. Memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit


Florence G. Schlender, 98, dies

Florence G. Schlender passed away on August 3, 2015 at Carefree Living in Ely. She was born on Jan. 27, 1917 and lived to be 98 years old.
Funeral services were held on Friday, August 7, 2015 at the United Methodist Church in Litchfield, Minnesota.
Florence is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Mark) Luthens, daughter-in-law Janet Schlender, sister Helen Madden, grandchildren: Pamela (Mark) Palm, Barbara (Tim Nordgaard) Schendler, Brady (Devon) Luthens, Andy (Kate) Luthens; great-grandchildren: Tori Palm, Luke Palm, Lucy Luthens, Clara Luthens and Jack Luthens.
The family would like to thank Michelle Kosnitch and the staff at Carefree Living, East Range Hospice and Lori Dubbin for their kindness and dedication to Florence’s care.


Stephen Howard Carlson, 63, of Deland, Florida, dies

Stephen Howard Carlson, 63, of Deland, Florida, passed away on August 9, 2015 at Ella Hall Lake in the BWCA. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


Lila Marie Bartell, 57, dies

Lila Marie Bartell, 57, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on August 4, 2015. She was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 19, 1957 to Lawrence and Mavis Rosett. Her family moved to Babbitt, MN in 1958 where she resided until 2007. She then moved to the Interim Vent Care Residence in Duluth MN and resided there until her passing.
Lila was an avid outdoors person. Her love was fishing, camping, four wheeling and hunting with her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Allen (Bert) Bartell, her father Lawrence Rosett, daughters Brenda (Lonnie) LaSart and Shanna (Carl) Sundblad, brother Larry (Punk) Rosett, sister Lois Hujanen and grandchildren Paige, Brandon, Carl, Danica and Maizy all of Babbitt.
She was preceded in death by her mother Mavis Rosett.


Henry Fitzgerald Mighell Loomis, 17, of Duluth, MN, dies

Henry Fitzgerald Mighell Loomis, age 17, of Duluth, MN, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015. Henry was born April 7, 1998, in Minneapolis, MN, to Patrick and Wendi Loomis.
Henry attended Duluth East High School and was a member of the Daredevils Robotics Team. He enjoyed family, friends, his poodle Stella, photography, movies, reading, programming, computers and being a part of the Robotics team. Henry was an exceptional student with a great sense of humor and a kind heart.
He is survived by his parents Patrick and Wendi, grandparents Tom and Pat Mighell, grandfather Leo Loomis, uncle Fr. Tom Loomis, aunts: Lisa (Dan) Janisch, Laurie (Al) Bursiek, Jennifer Williams, Amy (Andy) Altenburg, Lisa (Mike) Mastey; cousins: Claire, Erin, Katherine, Thomas, Sam, Ben and Blake and a large extended family. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Ann Loomis.


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