Obituaries

Wed
07
Mar

Mary M. Mavetz, 92, of Ely, dies

Mary M. Mavetz, 92, of Ely, passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Carefree Assisted Living in Ely.
Our precious mother and grandmother Mary Margaret Mavetz would like you to know that her work here is done.
Born in Elcor, Minnesota on August 14, 1925, Mary at 92 kept her spunky outlook on life until the end.
She was the oldest of four children. She was preceded in death by her mother Mary Petritz Junke and father Marco Junke; brothers: Ed (Dorothy) Junke and Bob (Betty) Junke. She is survived by her sister Jean (Gary) Johnson.
Mary was also preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years Albin “Binky” Mavetz.
She is survived by her beloved children: Beckie (Whitney Meddaugh) Lobe, Mary Jo (Ric) Toman, Darlene (Brian) LaFrenier and Al Mavetz; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Our family would like to thank our angels (the aides and nurses) at Memory Care in Carefree Living. They cared for her in the most loving way.

Sun
04
Mar

Susan Marie Saari-Karasti, 76, dies

Susan Marie Saari-Karasti died at home in Winton, MN, on Saturday, March 3, 2018, having just completed her 76th journey around the Sun, after her long struggle with the mental and physical deteriorations caused by dementia.
Susan was born in Ely, Minnesota on March 3, 1942, where she and her family lived on “Finn Hill” until they moved to Los Angeles when she was nine. They lived in Torrance where Susan most loved spending time on the beach and in the ocean. Every summer, Susan, her mother and brother would return to Minnesota for extended visits. Susan graduated from Torrance High School and from Pacific Lutheran University in the state of Washington, after which she taught high school English in the LA area.

Fri
02
Mar

Patrick Brian Magie, 56, dies

Patrick Brian Magie, 56, of Cordova, Alaska died in an aircraft accident on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 in Florida. He was born in Ely on October 31, 1961 and was a 1980 graduate of Ely High School. Pat was a lifetime bush pilot who loved to fly and was a great instructor. His flying career started early in life. Pat traveled the globe flying, instructing, and building a global network of friendships.

Patrick was preceded in death by his mother Ferol Magie(Olsen) in December 27, 1999 in Duluth, MN. He is survived by his father William “Pat” Magie, 87, of Honolulu, Hawaii; sisters Kathryn “Katie” (Thomas) Prijatel of Cordova, Alaska and Kelly (Thomas) Grahek of Atlanta, Georgia and their daughter and two sons; and brother Scott Magie (Carol Hayes) of Park City, UT and Ely, and their two sons and daughter. The family will have a celebration in memory of Pat this spring.

Fri
02
Mar

Frederic (Fritz) Cherne, 90, dies

Frederic (Fritz) Cherne, 90, passed away on March 1, 2018. He was born in Ely, Minnesota on July 9, 1927. His parents were Frances and Mike Cherne of Ely. Fritz grew up in Ely and spent most of his life there in “God’s Country.”
Fritz was preceded in death by his parents and daughter-in-law Cindy K. Cherne.

Tue
27
Feb

Joan A. “Sandy” Defenbaugh, 90, of Peoria, IL dies

Joan A. “Sandy’ Defenbaugh, 90, of Peoria passed away on Monday, February 26, 2018.
She was born on January 10, 1928, the daughter of Chris Daniel and Irene Frank Allenbach. She was married to William Ellwood Defenbaugh Sr. on June 17, 1949.
She graduated from Ferry Hall in Lake Forrest, Illinois, and Mt. Vernon Junior College in Washington, D.C., and worked at the Peoria Credit Bureau. She was a member of the Junior League of Peoria and she performed volunteer work at Forrest Park Foundation and Institute of Medicine and Rehabilitation and was a past member of Methodist Hospital Service. She was a member of and taught Sunday school at First Federated Church of Peoria. In recent years she was a champion at playing Bridge.
She is survived by Bill Defenbaugh Jr. of Ely and Ann Defenbaugh, and two grandchildren: Elise and Hannah Defenbaugh.
. She was preceded in death by son Chris and her husband.

Sat
24
Feb

Carl Blair, 85, of Ely, dies

Carl Louis Blair, 85, born on February 21, 1933, to Jess and Mary (Droel) Blair, passed away on Friday, February 23,2018, at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely, MN.
Carl enjoyed playing guitar, singing with the choir, bowling, watching sports, and calling Bingo.
Survivors include his daughter Cindy (David) Dahl of Duluth; son Bryon (Jamie) Blair of Hastings; grandchildren: Miranda, Alexandra, and Jacob; brother Rick (Janet) Blair of Cedar, MN; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife and best friend Carol; siblings: Jeanette, Jessie, Beverly, and Mary Ann.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m. at Kerntz Funeral Home.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Thu
22
Feb

Patricia A. (Koschak) Deyak, 82, of Ely, dies

Patricia A. (Koschak) Deyak, 82, of Ely, passed away on February 22, 2018 at Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital.
Patricia was born on January 17, 1936 to John and Theresa (Ferderber) Koschak in Ely. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1954. Pat was married to Edward C. Deyak on September 6, 1958.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings: Theresa Fink and John Koschak.
Patricia is survived by her daughter Renee (Todd) Thompson of Wyoming, MN and their children, Christian, Hunter and Emily; her son Edward “Bill” (Kimberly) Deyak of Ely, and their children, Edward, Marissa and Thomas; as well as her sister, Veronica Koschak.

Thu
22
Feb

Royleen Marie Tipton , 72, dies

Royleen Marie Tipton passed away Sunday, February 11, 2018 at her home in Hot Springs Village, AR. She was born in Kalamazoo MI on May 31, 1945.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Kathleen (Tolle) Tipton.
Royleen demonstrated leadership, strength, a love for life and all it entailed. She graduated from Illinois State University in 1967 and began a very successful career as a teacher, coach, Athletic Director and Department Chairperson in Maine Township District 207. Her 33-year career consisted of many memorable events including the development of an outstanding physical education curriculum, with a strong staff of teachers and activities to meet the needs of all students. She was inducted into the Maine West Coaches Hall of Fame and the Illinois State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Wed
21
Feb

Todd W. Bergerson, 55, of Ely, dies

Todd W. Bergerson, 55, of Ely, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at his residence. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sat
17
Feb

Stephan Raymond (Ray) Schally, 80, of Ely, dies

Stephan Raymond (Ray) Schally, 80, of Ely, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely.
Ray was born on October 29,1937 to Anne and Stephan Schally in Falcon Heights, Mn. He attended grade school in Falcon Heights, Junior High at Murray High School and was a member of the first graduating class of Alexander Ramsey High School in St. Paul. He learned the piano during these years from a Sister at the local Catholic Church.

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