Obituaries

Tue
24
Nov

Marjorie Carol (Dallmann) Rebrovich, 69, dies

Marjorie Carol (Dallmann) Rebrovich, 69, born July 21, 1946 passed away on November 18, 2015 peacefully with her family by her side. She was born in Duluth, MN, graduated from Ely HS (1964). She married Stephen Rebrovich November 20, 1965. She was generous and kind to all she met. She loved to go walleye fishing, drink beer and camp with her grandkids. She loved to slip the grandchildren cash unbeknownst to her husband. She was an avid collector of loons and Minnesota Vikings. She was known for her long hair which she donated to Locks of love.
She is preceded in death by her father Ewald.
She is survived by her mother Lucille, six siblings and her children: Bruce Kochevar, Mt Iron, MN, Connie (Troy) Mager, Lewiston, ID and Shelly (Darin) Buckholz, Liberty Lake, WA; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her celebration of life will be held at a future date.

Fri
20
Nov

Phillip Edward Kinney, 81, of Ely, dies

Phillip Edward Kinney, 81, of Ely, passed away in his sleep Friday, November 20, 2015. He was born in St Clair, Michigan and lived in Washburn, WI until age 12. He graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1952. He spent eight years in the Naval Reserve. He worked for the DMIR Railroad in Proctor until his retirement.
In 1954, he married JeanAnne Mass. While living in Duluth they had been foster parents for 18 years. At retirement they moved to Ely.
During his life he enjoyed and played country western and bluegrass music. He fully enjoyed living on Burntside Lake with JeanAnne while boating, taking naps on the deck, working with his children and grandchildren on lots of projects. He always had a twinkle in his eye when he made his family laugh.

Fri
20
Nov

Rose B. (Belehar) Baker, 97, Kettering, Ohio, dies

Rose B. Baker, 97, Kettering, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly at her home Sunday, November 15, 2015.
Rose was born in Ely, Minnesota to Florian and Mary (Zlabir) Belehar and was the youngest of five children. She was a 1936 graduate of Ely Memorial High School and in 1939 she graduated with a degree in Business and Accounting from Ely Junior College where she took part in plays, the glee club, and the synchronized swim team. She was one of two majorettes in the Minnesota State Champion Drum and Bugle Corps. This allowed her to travel around the country performing. She appeared in a Paramount News Reel marching down Chicago’s Michigan Avenue and performing for the crowd at the opening of Soldier Field.

Mon
16
Nov

Leone May Hayes, 90, dies

Leone May Hayes, 90, formerly of Winton, MN, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 16, 2015 in Bozeman, MT. She was born in Ely, MN on August 22, 1925, the only child of Oscar and Marie (Grahek) Johnson. Her father and uncles owned Johnson Brothers Fishing camp on Bayley Bay of Basswood Lake.
Here as a teenager she met the love of her life, Robert Kenneth Hayes, who was working a summer job as an assistant ranger on the Canadian side of Bayley Bay. Toward the end of WWII, Bob said goodbye to Leone and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, serving as a flight engineer with a Lancaster bomber crew out of England.
Leone married Leonard Pete and had a son, Russell Lee. Leonard died at age 33, and after the war Leone and Bob met again on Basswood Lake. They married in 1948 and lived briefly in Emo, Ontario before returning to Winton, MN where they lived together for over 60 years.

Fri
13
Nov

Dennis (Denny/Den) Frank Petek, 80, dies

Dennis (Denny/Den) Frank Petek, 80, passed away peacefully at home in the presence of family on October 31, 2015.
He was preceded in death by his son, Timothy Dennis Petek, who passed after a battle with cancer 29 years prior on October 31, 1986. His younger sister, Nancy Sullivan, and parents Gertrude (Koffica) and Frank John Petek also preceded him.
He is survived by his daughters: Debra Stafford and Julie Colliton; son, Michael Petek, and grandchildren: Rachel, Dylan, Bethany, Brenna, Timothy, Mathew, Kyla, and Cynis.
Denny was born on June 19, 1935 in Ely, Minnesota. His maternal grandparents were Finnish and his paternal grandparents were Slovenian.
Black powder headaches related to mining caused his father, Frank, to relocate the family to Spokane, Washington, leaving beloved Ely, family and friends behind prior to Denny’s senior year of high school.

Tue
10
Nov

Donald Crottier, 62, of Babbitt, dies

Donald Crottier, 62, of Babbitt, MN died Tuesday November 10, 2015 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN. He was born September 30, 1953 in Hibbing, MN to Jerome John Crottier and Pauline Winifred (Swanson) Crottier.
Don was a lifelong resident of Babbitt, MN who enjoyed the time he spent outdoors fishing and hunting with his many friends. He cherished supporting the community through Peter Mitchell Fun Days events, including fireworks and Walleye Whamma, and the Winter Blast. He was very proud of his participation in these activities and the celebrities he was able to meet due to his involvement.

Sat
07
Nov

Mary Theresa Loushin, of Ely, dies

Mary Theresa Loushin, 89, of Ely, beloved wife, mother, and friend to all who knew her, died peacefully at home on November 6, 2015 soon after an early October diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Mary was born on March 24, 1926 in Ely to Simon and Ivana (Brinc) Zupin. She was a 1944 graduate of Ely Memorial High School and a lifelong resident of Ely.
June 18, 1949 was the magical day when she married Theodore “Ted” G. Loushin at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church where she was always an active parishioner. Mary and Ted had 54 wonderful years together before he was called by Our Lord in 2003. Mary enjoyed volunteering for several church and hospital activities, and especially looked forward to thecomradery and her contributions as a member of the Ely Council of Catholic Women, KSKJ Lodge #112, the WSA Lodge, the Ely Hospital Auxiliary, and the Ladies VFW Auxiliary #2717.

Fri
06
Nov

George Russell Swieringa, 81, of Helsinki, Finland, dies

George Russell Swieringa, 81, of Helsinki, Finland, passed away on October 21, 2015.
George was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on July 12, 1934, to George and Emma Swieringa; graduated Embarrass High School and the University of Minnesota.

Wed
04
Nov

Carol M. (Doney) Dollar, 54, of Afton, dies

Carol M. (Doney) Dollar, 54, of Afton, passed away on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Tulsa, OK. She was born Sept. 23, 1961, in Wakefield, Mich., the daughter of Richard and Ethel (Stoole) Doney.
Carol grew up in Wakefield and graduated from Wakefield High School in 1979. Throughout her life she moved with her military family all over the world. In 2010, she met her soul mate, Jim, and moved to Afton to be with him. Together she and Jim would spend summers in Wakefield and return home for the winter. Carol’s zeal for life was infectious. She knew what life had to offer and took advantage of every minute. Carol was an amazing friend to many and will be missed dearly by all.

Wed
04
Nov

Gary Lee Nelson, 59, of Babbitt, dies

Gary Lee Nelson, 59, of Babbitt, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was born in Winton to Marvin and Marjorie (Preblich) Nelson. He attended Ely Memorial High School. He was a gaming technician at Fortune Bay.
He was preceded in death by his brother Dale and father Marvin Nelson and step-father Roy Ojala. He is survived by his children: Cherish Kachmarzinski of Babbitt and Garry Nelson Jr of Michigan, ND; mother Marjorie Ojala of Ely; granddaughters: Braelynn and Haven Chavers of Babbitt.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. with visitation an hour prior at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

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