Margaret A. Haasl, 89, of Ely

Margaret A. Haasl Reed/McLaughlin
Marge was born April 27, 1931, Sandy Township, MN to Robert and Rose Reed.
She graduated from Tower-Soudan High School in 1950. Married Robert J. McLaughlin August of 1950. Robert passed away in 1977.
Married Russell Haasl August 1082. Rusty passed away in 2006.
Marge enjoyed remaining years living in Ely at Grahek Apartments.
Gardening, cooking, sewing and feeding the birds and animals were favorite times.
Survived by daughter Patricia (Keith) Trembath, son Robert (Susan) McLaughlin, five step-children Robin Kirkman (deceased), Toni (Lyn) Haasl, Keith (Carol) Haasl, Ann (Duke) Bambas, Eve (Haasl) and Matthew Haasl; eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Deceased June 22, 2020.
A celebration of life will be held on August 1, 2020 at the Winton Community Center in Winton, Minnesota from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for family and friends.


Sandra L. Mackie, age 74

Sandra L. Mackie, age 74, of Spooner, WI passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at her home.


Marian E. Koschak, 87

Marian E. Koschak, 87, passed away under the wonderful care of Caring Edge Hospice at her residence in Edgewood Vista Assisted Living in Virginia on May 29, 2020.
She was first born on November 18, 1932 at her grandmother’s home in Section 30 in Ely and grew up at the Koschak Farm on Hwy 88 until moving to Spaulding Location.
She graduated from Ely High School in 1950 and Ely Jr. College in 1952.
She had many jobs including telephone operator and working at Basswood Lodge before entering the Navy.
She moved to LA California and worked for the Tappen Company as a computer programmer for 17 yrs before her company moved her to Mansfield, Ohio.
When they folded she moved to Columbus, Ohio to work at the Nationwide Insurance Company until she retired.
She then moved back to Minnesota where she lived in the Virginia Midway area until health reasons limited her and she moved into the Edgewood Vista Assisted Living.


Richard J. Jaeger, 49, of Victoria

Richard J. Jaeger, 49, of Victoria, passed away Friday, June 12, 2020. A memorial mass will be held Monday, June 22, 2020 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely at 11:00 am with visitation one-hour prior. Deacon Greg Huter will officiate. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit


Herbert “Herb” Joseph Akins Jr.

Private family Mass of Christian Burial for Herbert “Herb” Joseph Akins Jr., will be held at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Hoyt Lakes with Fr. Peter Lambert as celebrant. Visitation and reviewal for family and friends will be held Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 3:00-6:00pm at Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Aurora. Burial will be in the Hoyt Lakes Memorial Cemetery.

Herb lost his battle with Parkinson’s Disease on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at his home in Hoyt Lakes.

He was born May 4, 1935 in Duluth, Minnesota to Herbert and Angela (Deyak) Akins Sr. Herb attended school in Two Harbors and Ely and graduated from Ely High School in 1954. He attended Ely Jr. College and later received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Moorhead State College.


Leonard Katauskas, 85, of Ely

Leonard Katauskas, an only child, was born to Lithuanian immigrants, Terese Zviblis and Antanas Katauskas on April 7, 1935 in Chicago. He passed away peacefully at home on June 15,, 2020 surrounded by his family. He graduated from St. Rita’s High School and attended Lewis College in Romeoville, Illinois where he studied aviation and earned a degree in powerplant and airframe mechanics.
His interest and skills in aviation continued to 1956 when he enlisted in the US ARMY and served as a helicopter crew chief in the 2nd US Army missile command at Fort Hood, Texas until 1959. After boot camp, while in flight school, he asked and was granted permission from his commanding officer for a 3-day pass to leave the 125-mile radius of Fort Eustis, Virginia Army base to marry Patricia Burckhardt on March 2, 1957 in Berwyn, IL. In March, 2020 Len and Pat celebrated 63 years of marriage.


Joseph E Jamnick, age 60

Joseph Edward Jamnick, 60, died on June 12th 2020 at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, MN after a two month battle with cancer.

Joe was born to Joseph and Theresa (Zupancich) Jamnick in Ely on March 24th, 1960. Joe graduated from Ely Memorial High in 1978 and in 1980 moved to Silver Bay, MN. He married the love of his life Denise Monson March 21, 1987.

Joe was employed by Zups Store for 40 years, working in Silver Bay, Aurora, and Ely. Joe loved hunting, working with his hands, and spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. Joe was a man of few words but was always willing to lend a helping hand. Joe was always an early riser and sometimes was up to grind polish for making meat potica on Holy Saturday before his children, nieces and nephews had gone to bed.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife Denise, father Joe, siblings Michael and Patricia Jean Jamnick.


Judith "Judy" Johnson, 78, of Babbitt

Judith K. Johnson, 78, of Babbitt, passed away Sunday June 7, 2020 in her home surrounded by family and friends.

Judy was born January 30, 1942 in North Hibbing Minnesota to Clemens (Clem) and Ellen Fredrickson. She grew up in Kelly Lake, Minnesota and attended Hibbing High School. Judy went on to cosmetology school and owned and operated Judy’s Beauty Salon in Babbitt. She married the love of her life, Darrel Johnson February 11, 1961. Judy was an active member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Babbitt. She was involved in Peter Mitchell Days, the Babbitt Fun Run, youth hockey and the Babbitt-Embarrass Women’s Club.

Judy was preceded in death by her father and mother, Clem and Ellen Fredrickson. Judy is survived by her beloved husband Darrel; son, Christopher (husband Hal Lebo); sister Marlyn Allen; sister Christine (Robert Monetti); and many nieces and nephews.


Peter "Pete" Serson, 76, of Ely

Peter (Pete) J. Serson, 76, of Ely, MN passed way on June 5th in the early morning while heading up to Basswood to enjoy a day of fishing.
Peter was born on July 3, 1943 to Peter A. and Maybel (Harper) Serson.
After serving in the Vietnam War, Pete came home to marry the love of his life Judith (Bydlon), who he adored. Pete and Judy were married for 51 years and raised four children, David, Jean, Liz and Kate.
A jack of all trades, Pete supported his family working at Warner/Marcus Communications, LTV Mining and Northshore Mining throughout his life.
Pete retired from NorthShore Mine in 2007, and spent many years with his grandchildren, teaching them many life lessons.


Flora G. Johnson, 96

Flora G. Johnson, 96 went peacefully in her sleep April 27, 2020. She is survived by her husband Roy, two sons Randy and Ron, twin daughters Sandra Wright and Susan Teale, 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Rusty, her twin sister Fern Waldron, Winnie, and brother Bill.


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