Obituaries

Mon
13
Apr

Baudouin F. De Marcken, 74, dies

Baudouin (Butch) F. de Marcken, 74, of Babbitt, died Sunday, April 12, 2015.
Born on October 21, 1940 in Louvain, Belgium as a U.S. citizen, Baudouin was the youngest of nine children of Alix de Kerchove d’Exarde and Gustave Richard Theodore de Marcken de Merken. He spent his early childhood during World War II in Belgium, and moved to the United States at the age of 12. He moved first to Brule, Wisconsin, then joined his family in 1953 at their home, Stonehouse, outside Lakeville, CT.
Baudouin earned a B.S. in Government in 1962 from Colby College, and a M.A. in Political Science in 1964 from the University of Michigan. After graduation, he joined as one of the first U.S. Peace Corps volunteers from 1964-1967 in Sarawak, Malaysia, where he worked as a teacher in the jungle towns of Saratok and Belaga, and where he met his wife Gail, a Peace Corps volunteer from Minnesota, when she traveled up-river to visit Belaga to buy food and supplies.

Mon
13
Apr

Benjamin John Kaatiala Jr., dies

Benjamin John Kaatiala Jr., formerly of Babbitt, passed away at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely, on Friday, April 10, 2015. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sat
11
Apr

Clara Lee Starkman, 75, dies

Clara Lee Starkman, 75, died peacefully Friday, April 10, 2015 at White Pines Senior Living in Blaine, MN. Clara was born on September 17, 1939 to Theodore and Katherine (Rozman) Patka of Winton, MN. She was a longtime resident of Ely before moving to Virginia, MN in 1974 and then moved to Blaine in 2011.
Clara is survived by her children: Scott (Mary) Starkman of Duluth, MN, Brian (Jill) Starkman of Inver Grove Heights, MN, Stephanie Starkman of South St. Paul, MN and Stacy (Brad) Hanson of Lino Lakes, MN; grandchildren: Nichole, Michaela, Erik Starkman and Skylar Hanson; siblings: Milton Patka of Blaine, MN and Jan (Joanne) Patka of Inver Grove Heights, MN; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Curtis Starkman, and brother, Robert Rozman. At Clara’s request, a private family service will be held. www.cremationsocietyofmn.com

Sat
11
Apr

Mason Storm DeRosier, 21, of Silver Bay dies

Mason Storm DeRosier, 21, of Silver Bay died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 9, 2015.
He was born on April 12, 1993 to Richard and Lisa (Berglund) DeRosier in Two Harbors. Mason graduated from William Kelley High School in 2011 and served in the Air National Guard as a firefighter for the 148th Fighter Wing. He had recently returned from a deployment in Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He earned many awards and certifications to include; the Air Force Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He was recently promoted to the rank of Senior Airman. Mason was a certified EMT and had just recently enrolled in the Paramedic program at St. Cloud State University.
Hockey, golfing and spending time in the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing were among his favorite hobbies. More than anything, Mason loved being a fire fighter for the 148th Fighter Wing.

Thu
09
Apr

Richard C. Mahal, 87, of Babbitt, dies

Richard "Dick" Mahal, 87, of Babbitt passed away peacefully on April 9, 2015 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely.

He was born October 5, 1928 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin to Frank and Rosalinda (Seichter) Mahal. After graduating from Hannibal High School in 1946, Dick studied at River Falls College for a short time prior to serving with the U.S. Army in Japan from 1946 to 1948. He then worked as a welder for Haasl Brothers in Sheldon, Wisconsin, where he met and married Grace Haasl in March, 1951.
In 1956 they moved to Babbitt, Minnesota, where he worked for Reserve Mining Company as a welder and supervisor for 30 years.

Wed
08
Apr

Cody A. Olson, 23, dies

Cody Allen Olson, 23, of Waconia, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 6, 2015 (the day after Easter). He was involved in a 4-car tragic accident as he drove home from work.
Cody was born July 1, 1991 in Waconia, the son of Bruce and Wendy (Rogers) Olson. He lived and attended school in both Ely and Waconia. He was united in marriage to Ashley Monk in Minneapolis on September 21,2012. He loved Ashley with all his heart!
Cody was a people pleaser and always had a smile on his face. He loved being with his family and friends. He enjoyed the outdoors - fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and just being in the woods. Due to a temporary lay off from his job in the Twin Cities this winter, Cody and Ashley moved to Ely until he was called back to work. During the 2 1/2 months they were here, Cody was able to spend quality and memorable time ice fishing and snowmobiling with his Dad, which was a blessing from God!

Wed
08
Apr

James H. Hiner, 93, dies

James H. Hiner, 93, of Belmont, Wisc., passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2015 as he was transported by ambulance to Upland Hills Health, Dodgeville, Wisconsin.
Jim was born on June 18, 1921 in Brownwood, Texas, the son of James and Cleo (Munden) Hiner. He graduated from Davenport High School and attended Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in May 1941. He played in the Marine Corps band and served as a stretcher-bearer during his campaigns in Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in 1944.

Tue
07
Apr

Rose Mary Jiacik, 87, dies

Rose Mary Jiacik, 87, of Eveleth, formerly of Ely, died Monday, April 6, 2015 in Essentia Care - Virginia.
She was born on May 14, 1927 in Ely to Joseph and Mary (Leustek) Prijatel, and was a lifelong Ely resident until moving to Eveleth in July of 2014.
She married Peter Jiacik on June 13, 1949 in Ely.
Rose was employed as a cook at the former Vertin’s Cafe and Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital. She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church of Ely; Council of Catholic Women; and the VFW Auxiliary.
Rose enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, fishing, dancing, picking blueberries, cooking, crocheting, knitting and reading. In earlier years, she enjoyed traveling to visit relatives.

Tue
07
Apr

Katherine (Kay) Glavan, 95, dies

Katherine (Kay) Glavan, 95, formerly of Villa Grove, IL, passed away on Friday, April 3 at Tuscola Health Care Center.
Kay (Dolly) was born on February 5, 1920, in Ely, a daughter to Matt and Frances (Shega) Moravitz.
She married John Glavan in 1945 in Ely. Kay was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Altar and Rosary Society and Sacred Heart Quilters. Aside from her love for birds and flowers, her interests included attending her grandson’s sporting events, Illini football and basketball games, and was an avid Cubs fan.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother Theodore Moravitz and her sister Marge Bonnier.
Survivors include her daughter, Karen (Roger) Schweighart of Camargo, IL; two grandsons: John (Amber) Schweighart and Greg (Jodi) Schweighart; three great-grandsons and a great-granddaughter.

Fri
03
Apr

Thomas F. Tomsich, 77, of Ely dies

Thomas F. Tomsich, 77, of Ely passed away on March 27, 2015 at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, MN after suffering a pulmonary embolism and an aggressive T-cell lymphoma.
Tom, who served in the U.S. Army, was an exceptional brother and uncle, a highly intelligent and gifted man with a gentle, quiet, compassionate and generous spirit who loved nature and animals and will be lovingly cherished and deeply missed by his family and friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Agnes Tomsich. He is survived by his brother Franklin (Judy) Tomsich of Hemlock, MI; sisters: Nancy Flynn of Meadowlands, MN, and Florence Strickland of Ely; niece Kate Kalan of Shoreview, MN; nephews: John Thomas (Kay) Flynn of Edwardsville, IL; Chief Master Sgt. (retired) Frank Tomsich Jr. of Hemlock, MI; Steve (Debbie) Tomsich of Sanford, MI; Michael (Lisa) Tomsich of Midland, MI; numerous grand nieces and nephews, cousins and cat Callie.

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