Obituaries

Thu
26
Nov

Bonnie Zupancich, 80, of Ely

It is with heavy hearts that we share that Bonnie (Veronica) Zupancich, 80, passed away November 25, 2020. Born February 26, 1940 to Louis and Mary Deyak. She was the youngest of nine children and was a lifelong resident of Ely, MN. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many. She loved to serve others with her hospitality. Anyone who came into Bonnie’s home or cabin were welcomed with open arms and love. She enjoyed reading, playing cards, traveling, cooking and baking. Walnut potica and apple strudel were her specialties. She loved to spend time with her family and friends. She was a gift to many. Her faith, family and friends were everything to her.
Bonnie is survived by her loving husband, James of 60 years, son James Jr. (Andrea), daughters Stacy (Steve) Nelson, and Kelly (Mike) Mavetz; her sisters: Marge Mich and Helen Koschak.

Wed
25
Nov

Sheryll A. Baier, 73, of Ely

Sheryll Ann (Sjoberg) Baier, born on July 27th, 1947 to John “Willie” and LaVerne “Lovey” (Ranta) Sjoberg, passed away peacefully on November 24th, 2020 at the Boundary Waters Care Center, after eight plus years of battling cancer.
She graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1965, and married Robert Baier Jr. on October 9th, 1965 in Austin, MN. Sherry resided in Ely, MN for most of her life. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband Bob of 55 years, her four children Bob (Sandy) Baier of Ely, MN, Janelle (John) Huntbatch of Ely, MN, Dan Baier of Moose Lake, MN and David (Lissa Roberts) Baier of Hibbing, MN; her seven grandchildren, Janae, Bryan, Jordan, Brittany, Sydney, Jace and Blake and her two great-grandchildren Bennett and Henry; and her two brothers Greg (Anna) Sjoberg and Gerald Sjoberg.

Tue
24
Nov

Andrew Baker Sr., age 88

Andrew Baker Sr., age 88, passed away on November 21, 2020. He was born in Columbus, Ohio on August 3, 2020 to the late Andrew Jackson Baker and Mary Josephine Posnanski. He was a US Army veteran who served in the Korean conflict. He is survived by his children, Andrew and Cynthia; grandchildren, Andrew, Derrick, Josh, Angie, Brandi, Michael, Christina, Misty, Kevin, Kyle, T.J.; great grandchildren, Peyton, Alyssa, Gary, Bralny, Josiah, Naomie, Jersey, Logan, June, Penelope, Landen, Carson, Ashlee, Aiden, Careena, Deanna, Gia, Calie, Carter, Melia, and Chase; many other friends and family.

Tue
24
Nov

Bryan L. Hoffmeister, age 60

Bryan L. Hoffmeister, age 60, of Wyoming, Minnesota, passed away, Monday, November 16, 2020 at his home. Bryan was born January 9, 1960 in Elmhurst, IL to William and Ann (Schelde) Hoffmeister. He graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1978 and completed his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University and University of Minnesota. Bryan enjoyed many aspects of mechanical engineering with a strong interest in the field of aerospace engineering.
In 1978, Bryan enlisted in the MN Army Reserves and spent three years in Germany where he was in the position of military police. In 1991, he re-enlisted and then attended Officer Candidate School for the Army Reserves and became a Second Lieutenant.

Mon
23
Nov

Robert William Bentz

Robert William Bentz, 95 years old, formerly of Richfield, MN,
Passed away peacefully on October 27th, 2020, at St. Therese in New Hope, MN

Bob was Born May 22nd, 1925 in Minneapolis, MN, to Albert Rae and Gladys Bentz, and united in marriage to Phyllis Jean Freeburg on February 22, 1952.

Sat
21
Nov

James Wayne Kultala, 86

James Wayne Kultala, 86, passed away on November 18, 2020 in Silver Bay, Minnesota. Jim was born in Tower, Minnesota to Wayne and Lila (Hannula) Kultala on March 20, 1934. He married Jeanette Niemi; they were married 25 years and raised six children. He served as Military Police in the Army, stationed in Fort Sheridan, IL. In his early years, Jim drove truck for Erie Mining Company. For many years, Jim was a car salesman for metro area dealerships; later in life he pursued his real estate license and became a real estate agent. Jim loved to dance and explore; he was happiest on the dance floor and going for a long drive. Jim is preceded in death by his parents Wayne and Lila Kultala, and step-father Robert White; his sisters Doris Carlon and Lucille Galbraith; his spouse Jeanette Niemi and their daughter Cheryl.

Sat
21
Nov

Robert E. Niewierowski, 82, of Ely

With great sadness, Robert Niewierowski passed away, after a brief illness on November 20, 2020 at the age of 82.

He was born in Chicago on December 13, 1937 to Edward and Mabel Niewierowski.

He proudly served in the Marines before starting his 40 year career in the soft drink beverage industry.

In 2000, Bob retired to enjoy his love of fishing, hunting, and the outdoors of Ely.

Not one to retire and sit idle, you would find Bob educating and entertaining visitors with his stories at the Dorothy Molter museum as a tour guide for 10 years.

In 2010 he took a job with the census bureau, and in more recent years, he greeted boaters and canoers at various boat landings as a watercraft inspector for the Clean, Drain, Dry program.

He enjoyed sharing his love of fishing with the family and was always eager to instruct his grandchildren as soon as they were old enough to hold a fishing pole.

Fri
20
Nov

Emily Elaine Wahlberg, 81

Emily Elaine Wahlberg, 81, died peacefully at home on November 19, 2020.

Emily was born on Nov. 24, 1938, in Ely, to Reino and Rachel (Rosdet) Wahlberg. She was a graduate of Memorial High School, Ely Junior College, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Illinois.

She taught high school science in Illinois for 31 years, and retired to her summer property on Burntside Lake. Emily built her dream house, operated Burntside Heritage Tours, and established beautiful flower gardens and welcoming habitat for humans and critters.

Emily was active in the community, especially supporting the arts, the DFL, the winter festival, VCC, and the Town of Morse. Her last determined act was to get out to vote on November 3rd.

Fri
20
Nov

Erik Lindskog, age 70

Lindskog, Erik Marshall age 70
Erik died recently of an apparent heart attack at his home on Burntside Lake. He was an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman. After retiring from his surveying career in South Dakota, Colorado and Minneapolis, he moved to his beloved Minnesota Northwoods. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Marsha and Joe Rokke, nephew Chris Rokke, niece Jennifer Wennerberg (Adam), grandniece Charlotte Wennerberg, grandnephew James Rokke, aunt June Remme and many much loved cousins and friends. The last line of his will - "leave to all my family and friends my Eternal Love and best wishes."

Fri
20
Nov

Tom Marvin Erkkila, age 60

Tom Marvin Erkkila, age 60 of Sandstone, MN lost his courageous battle with cancer November 7th 2020 surrounded by his loved ones.
Tom was born on September 6, 1960 to Marvin and Grace Erkkila. Tom grew up in Babbit, Mn and later moved to Sandstone where he lived with the love of his life, Ramona O’Donnell for the past 25 years.
Tom was an avid outdoorsman and loved being in the woods and feeding the deer. He loved spending time with the grandkids; taking them on tractor rides, going to college hockey games. Tom also loved sharing his knowledge of the outdoors with others. He worked for Donald Selander as a Machinist at Snobike Machine for 38 years. Cooking breakfast for his family brought him great joy! Tom was a great man and loved by many.

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