Doris J. Bothun, 88, of Babbitt

Doris M. Bothun, 88, passed away peacefully on November 23, 2019, at Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely.
Doris was born, July 5, 1931, in Rushford, MN, to Elmer and Marilla (Skrukrud) Jacobson. She lived her early life in Rushford and Lanesboro. Her family eventually settled in Chatfield where she graduated from high school in 1950. She married Elroy Bothun on June 13, 1952, and lived there until moving to Babbitt, MN, in 1956.


Mary Ann Pulis of Ely

MARY ANN GOTCHNIK PULIS, 92, of Ely died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. She was born on August 7, 1927 in Ely to Joseph and Mary (Stefin) Gotchnik. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School. She married George Pulis on Feb. 9, 1948 in Ely.
Mary Ann was involved in many church activities and with her love of music starting in Virginia, the “Sweet Adelines” barbershop quartet, community theatre musicals and many choirs that continued in Ely over 70 years.
She started her career in food service as a baker at Britton’s Cafe then went on to Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital to become head cook from 1973 until retiring in 1989.
Realizing that retirement wasn’t for her, she became the very early morning biscuit lady at Hardee’s from its start in Ely. After 5 years, she needed a change and, closer to home, found work at Lucky Seven in their delicatessen for several years.


Lawrence D. Irving, 75

Lawrence Dale Irving died unexpectedly in his home on November 18, 2019 in Ely, MN at the age of 75.

Dale is survived by his sons Lawrence ‘Chic’ Irving of Ely, MN and Lawrence ‘Bouncer’ Irving, daughters Frances ‘Nikki’ Irving of Nett Lake, MN and Winona ‘Baby Girl’ Smith of Isle, MN, sister Josette Irving of Ft. Thompson, SD, and brother Randy Shields of Ft. Thompson, SD. He is preceded in death by Mother Malvina, Father Lawrence, Brother Schmo and sister Ramona.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1pm, November 26, 2019 at the Kerntz funeral home in Ely, MN. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dale’s life.


Stephanie (Grahek) Boffa, of Ely

Stephanie Jean (Grahek) Boffa, 59, of Ely, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Essentia Health- St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth with her husband Pat by her side.Stephanie was born on May 1, 1960 to Steve and Frances (Loushin) Grahek in Ely.

Stephanie was a graduate of Ely High School and was employed by the Duluth News Tribune as a secretary. Stephanie was a very caring person,with a great sense of humor, was an excellent cook and baker with pies being her speciality who also loved her pets unconditionally, she also enjoyed gardening and word puzzles. Stephanie married Pat Boffa on February 11, 2017.

She is survived by her husband Pat , her siblings: Steve (Patty), Mary(Jim), Sharon (Jerry) and Damian (Ericka), sisters-in-laws: Roxanne (Brad) Sader and Jill (Dave) Lossing, brother-in -law: Joseph (Patty) Boffa II and numerous nieces and nephews.


Bonnie Joy Adams, age 63, of Ely

Bonnie Joy Adams, age 63, of Ely and formerly of Virginia, Duluth, and Wright, MN and Litchfield, AZ, died Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Essentia Health – St. Mary’s in Duluth. She was born August 28, 1956, in Virginia, MN the daughter of Merle and Beverly (Hanson) Adams. She was a 1974 Graduate of Virginia High School and went on to receive her LPN degree from Eveleth Vo-Tech.
Bonnie worked as a Business Support Analyst for the Federal Reserve through Sato/Carlson Wagonlit. She had also worked as a nurse for several years at St. Mary’s in Duluth. She attended the Heritage Trail Bible Church. Bonnie was a member of the Eagles Nest Lake Association and Fireflies. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, swimming, reading, and games.


Don Roger Ortley

Don Roger Ortley finished his final portage on November 2, 2019, after living a full and rich life filled with adventure and nourished by a passion for the outdoors and water. Don is survived by his children, Barbara Jacobs (Randy), David (Lori Jo), Linnea Ortley- Yetter, Rebecca Haley (Joe); 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; his sister, Donna Bonello; and friend, Sara Gilliam.


Jeanette Mattson, 90

Jeanette Mattson, 90, of Virginia died October 30, 2019 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely, Minnesota.
She was born Nov 14, 1928, to Henry and Hilma Sipola, in Embarrass, Minnesota. On June 1, 1946, Jeanette married Robert Mattson and was happily married for 64 years. They lived in Embarrass, Grand Rapids, Virginia and Ely. They enjoyed their lake home at Eagles Nest Lake for over 35 years entertaining family, youth and friends before retiring to Virginia. An important part of Jean’s life was her family, cooking, serving, caretaking, hosting missionaries and prayer meetings. She was a wonderful homemaker, an avid reader and had a love for the Word.


Thomas “Tom” Henry Smith II, 57

Thomas “Tom” Henry Smith II, 57, passed away in his home with family by his side, on October 26, 2019.

Tom was born on January 3, 1962 to Thomas and Carolyn (Seopa) Smith in Bigfork, MN. Tom graduated from Ely High School and North Hennepin Technical College. He worked as a machinist for 30 years; the last 10 years at DSI, proudly machining gun parts for Remington. Tom was a steadfast provider for his family.

Tom was most happy in Togo, MN at the Seopa homestead, enjoying the outdoors and family. He was passionate about deer hunting every fall. Even though his heart was in the country, he found excitement and pleasure exploring the city. Tom loved the science museum, history center, big libraries, regional parks, Mississippi River Lock and Dams, fishing and car racing. Tom’s greatest pride and joy was his daughter Kaitlyn and granddaughter Tovi.


Barbara Flebbe-Anderson, formerly of Ely

Barbara Flebbe-Anderson, formerly of Ely, died on November 2, 2019 in Columbia,Missouri at the age of age 100 years, 5 months and 2 days. Barb was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Roy and Zella Flebbe on May 30,1919. She was the eldest of three children. Her sister Claire and brother David proceeded her in death. She graduated from Omaha North High School, received received a Bachelor of Science in1942 from the University of Nebraska and her Masters from New York University in 1950. Following graduation she taught at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Barb taught physical education in Wyoming and Hastings, Nebraska before returning to Omaha as the women's physical-education teacher and coach at Tech High School for over 30 years. Barb loved teaching, sportsmanship and adventure, all of which flourished throughout her life.


Chimzar, Lucas A. "Luke", Age 89

CHIMZAR, Lucas A. "Luke", Age 89, of Woodbury, MN, formerly of Babbitt, MN.

Passed away peacefully at the New Perspective Senior Living on October 27, 2019. Luke was born to Luka and Katarina (Rehberger) Chimzar on October 18, 1930 in Ely, MN. He served in the US Army as a sergeant from 1953 to 1955. Luke worked at Reserve Mining Co. from 1955-1986 in Babbitt, MN. He married Dorothy Jane McBride on June 22, 1957 and was married for 31 years.

Luke was survived by his children, Paul (Linda) Chimzar of Woodbury, MN; Mary (Joe) Shaughnessy of Lindstrom, MN; and Cecilia (Mark) Cullum of Nashville, TN. His grandchildren, Ryan Chimzar (Christa Hahn) and Miranda Chimzar. His great-grandson, Jasper Chimzar and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Luka and Katarina Chimzar and his siblings, Joseph, Catherine, Julie (Mavetz) and Frank.


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