Obituaries

Mon
18
Jul

Lon Ernest Lamppa

Lon Ernest Lamppa, age 73, of Virginia and formerly of Tower, Lake Vermilion, and Embarrass, left this life after ‘the long goodbye’ on Saturday, July 16, 2022. Lon was the second born to Ernest and Lyna (Niemi) Lamppa on April 19, 1949. He was a graduate of Embarrass High School, Bemidji State University, and the University of Minnesota where he graduated and shortly thereafter began a long-life career as a Physical Therapist at the Ely Bloomenson Hospital. Lon married the love of his life, Ann Bee, June 19, 1971 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

Tue
12
Jul

Jake Hodgkinson

Jake Hodgkinson
May 24, 1953 - July 6, 2022
Edward Jacob “Jake” Hodgkinson passed away peacefully at the age of 69 in his home in Hayward, WI. Jake was born May 24, 1953 in Petoskey, MI the son of Harry and Loretta (Rogers) Hodgkinson. At a young age Jake’s family moved to St. James, MN where he grew up and graduated from high school. This is where he established many of his lifelong friendships. In his adult life he settled in Hayward, WI.
Jake was an incredible student and athlete. He was vice president of his class and on the wrestling team that won the Minnesota State Championship in 1972. Jake himself was the state runner up individually. That summer he qualified for the International AAU wrestling team and traveled to Europe to compete. Among his other accomplishments Jake earned the highest award of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. Later becoming Scout Master as an adult in Park Falls, WI.

Tue
12
Jul

Leona Perushek

Leona “Lee” Perushek passed away on Tuesday July 12th at the Ely Bloomenson Hospital at the age of 96. Funeral services will be held Thursday evening, July 21st at 7:00 pm, a visitation 1 hour prior, at Kerntz Funeral Home in Ely.

Sun
10
Jul

Timothy A. Warpula

Timothy A. Warpula, 60, of Babbitt, MN passed away on July 9, 2022 at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home.

Sat
09
Jul

Dorothy Budris

Dorothy Jewel Crawford Budris passed away on Saturday July 9, 2022 at Solvay House in Duluth, MN at the age of 93. She was born August 31, 1928 in Waverly, Minnesota to Reuben and Julia Crawford.
Dorothy grew up in Loman, Minnesota and attended Indus High School, graduating in 1946. On August 16, 1947 she married John William Budris and they established a home in International Falls where they lived for many years raising their family. Dorothy made a career in the banking industry eventually retiring as Vice President of First National Bank in International Falls. After retirement she moved to Ely to be closer to her grandchildren and was a daily part of their lives.
Dorothy and her husband enjoyed traveling the United States visiting almost every state. They also enjoyed square dancing, often hosting couples for dancing parties in their basement. They spent the summers gardening and canning vegetables to enjoy throughout the winter.

Sat
02
Jul

Donald E. (Don) Maki

Donald E. (Don) Maki passed away on Thursday, June 30th at the Cook Hospital at the age of 81. He was born on January 8, 1941 in Ely, MN to Wilho and Ailie Maki. Don attended Embarrass High School, graduating in 1959 and attended vocational school which would lead to his profession as a master electrician. Don married his wife of 57 years, Carole Pinola, on January 16, 1965. For the majority of his career, Don worked as an electrician at Reserve Mining and later as a foreman at LTV Steel and owned his own contracting business.

Fri
01
Jul

Myrtle June Feroni

Myrtle June Feroni, 96, of Virginia passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at Edgewood Vista in Virginia.
Myrtle was born on June 11, 1926 in Ely to Fredrick and Mabel Bunney where she grew up and attended school. She met Albert Feroni while she was in high school. Since that day she always said “I am going to marry that man one day”, and then waited for the love of her life to return from the war and married him on September 26, 1946. They later moved to Virginia in 1968.
Those who will miss her dearly are her three sons; Albert (Beverly), Gilbert (Kimberley) and Scott (Mary Shustarich); grandchildren, Todd (Heather), Kim (Shanna), Nikki, Sammi, Nico and Kaitlen; great-grandchildren, Vinny, Sophia, Jack and Alex; and other dear relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and siblings, Alfred, William and Doris.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Fairview Range Hospice and Palliative Care.

Fri
01
Jul

Dennis “Jake” Jacobsen

Dennis “Jake” Jacobsen, 77, died on Thursday, June 30, 2022 of injuries suffered in a fall in 2018. He was a lifelong resident of the Iron Range. He grew up in Ely, graduating from Ely Memorial High School in 1963. He spent 3 years in the Navy, serving in Mobile Construction Battalion 58. His service included 2 tours in Vietnam during that war. He was very proud of his service and was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He worked as a meat cutter and butcher for most of his post navy life; first for Joe’s IGA in Ely and then for Zup’s in Hibbing and Aurora. He most recently resided at the Waterview Woods assisted living facility in Eveleth.

Wed
29
Jun

Harold "Sonny" Frank Leustek

Harold F. Leustek died on June 29th, 2022 doing what he loved to do…moving dirt. He was born in Ely, MN on August 1, 1944 to Mary and Louis Leustek Sr. and was a lifelong resident of Ely. After attending Ely High School, he served in the Army and spent three years in Germany. Upon his return home, he joined the family business, Leustek & Son’s Construction. On January 7th, 1967 he married the love of his life, Mercedes (Cissy) Thompson and they had two sons, Aaran Leustek and Mark Leustek. Harold was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Harold loved to work and to be the boss. He was an avid golfer, loved animals and enjoyed fishing.
If you knew Harold, he always had the best intentions and put his heart and soul into everything, even if you didn’t always agree.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Louis Jr. and Albert Leustek, and his brother-in-law Tony Thompson.

Tue
28
Jun

David (Dave) Kochendofer

David (Dave) Kochendofer, 78, passed away peacefully at home on June 24, 2022. Dave had a 5+ year journey with a form of Parkinson’s Disease. He was the loving husband of Carol (Novak), and father of Kim & Mike.
Dave made many trips to Ely with his wife, Carol though the years; as she was a native of Ely, and the beautiful lakes supported his life-long passion for fishing. This year marked their 55th wedding anniversary.
Born on October 24, 1943 in South Bend, Indiana, Dave was a fan of all Notre Dame teams. He worked at Mid-Continent Engineering in Minneapolis for 44 years. He was first a welder, then worked as tool and die maker as he was a great trouble-shooter. Dave picked up these skills in the United States Air Force where he served from 1962-1966.

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