Obituaries

Fri
18
Feb

Dean Newton

Dean Newton, 73, of Ely, passed away on Friday, February 18, 2022 at Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Thu
17
Feb

Teresa Beaudry (Harvat)

Teresa Beaudry (Harvat)
Passed away on February 7, 2022 in Maui,Hawaii.
Terry was born on May 14,1951 to Albert James Harvat and Joan Harvat/Dragavon in Ely, Minnesota.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Joan, and sister, Katy Harvat.
She ids survived by her children, Rose Beaudry/Delgado, son Daniel Beaudry, sisters Merrie, Polly, Alberta, Jojo, Liesl, and brother John.
Terry was an English teacher at Maui High.
She will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and all the students who have walked in and out of her classroom.
A ceremony celebrating her life will be held on February 22 at her favorite beach near her home.

Wed
16
Feb

Josephine E. Reed

Josephine E. Reed who resided in Winona, MN and had a summer home in Ely, MN passed away on February 10, 2022 in Winona.
She was born on May 8, 1942 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is survived by her sister, Roberta R. Woods and niece, Roberta E. Woods. She was preceded in death by her parents Robert R. Reed and Eunice Ruth Most of Winona.
Josephine attended Winona High School and Carleton College, Northfield, MN. She was a professor at the University of Chicago. She was gifted with many talents, including being a very accomplished musician, playing the piano, pipe organ, and guitar and also had a beautiful soprano voice. She was an avid reader, loved to travel, a seamstress, an outdoor photographer, and enjoyed the wilderness and loved the wild animals. She made the best blueberry pies which she always shared with her neighbor friends.

Mon
14
Feb

Paul Eugene Scheuer

Paul Eugene Scheuer of St. Paul, Minnesota, died on February 14th, 2022 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
Paul was born December 31, 1960 in Ely, Minnesota. He was a 1979 graduate of Ely Memorial High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University of Collegeville in 1983.
Paul was employed as an analyst with Prudential and Hartford insurance companies for over 35 years, retiring in the fall of 2020.
Paul’s kind nature was extended to all, and he had a special interest in youth. Paul was involved in the Big Brother program, and throughout the years, he enjoyed coaching eighth grade girls’ basketball in Maple Grove, Osseo, and Wayzata. Paul was active in tennis leagues, enjoyed golfing, and spent many hours collecting post cards.

Sat
12
Feb

FRANCES MARIE LARSON

FRANCES MARIE LARSON, 89, died peacefully in her sleep on February 8, 2022, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

She leaves her son David and wife Melody; grandchildren Chelsea and Andrew; and sister Denne’ and husband Ronald.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell H. Larson in 2019.

Born June 17, 1932, to Blaz and Frances Zakrajsek, she was the oldest grandchild of Frances and Joseph Gregorich. Frances was raised in the hamlet of Spaulding by the waters of Shagawa Lake, graduating from Ely Memorial High School in 1950.

Sat
12
Feb

Sandra Leslie Zupancich

Sandra Leslie Zupancich, 78, of Silver Bay, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at Carefree Assisted Living in Silver Bay.
Sandy was born July 1, 1943 to Oliver and Eileen (Hoppa) Elfving in Duluth. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1961, and married Bernard “Bernie” Zupancich on July 13, 1963. They moved to Silver Bay in 1964.
Sandy was an avid bowler and golfer in her early years. She was a wiz at crossword puzzles, and enjoyed reading books, her favorite writers being Nora Roberts and Danielle Steele.
Sandy was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Bernie.
She is survived by a son, Brian (Theresa) Zupancich of Silver Bay; and a brother, Timothy Elfving of Ely.
Brian and Theresa would like to say THANK YOU to Katie, Kelly, and the RA’s at Carefree Living and the Ecumen Hospice Team for the care, support, and compassion that they provided Sandy in the last couple weeks of her life.

Fri
11
Feb

David M Koschak Sr.

David M Koschak Sr.
Passed away unexpectedly on February 8, 2022 at the age of 61. Preceded in death by mother, Mary Ann Ofstad (Tom); father, Thomas Jerome Koschak.
Survived by children, Constance (Jerome)Koschak-Nelson and David (Justine) Koschak Jr; grandchildren, Victoria, Logan, Zeke, Owen, Ashton, Brecken, Andie; sisters, Danette Carlson, Debra Bergman; and extended family and friends.
He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling. He was a handyman, who would always help neighbors and friends with anything that needed fixing. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30am on Thursday, February 17, 2022 with a Visitation beginning at 10:30am at Williams Lobermeier Boettcher Funeral Home, 3208 W. 3rd Street, Duluth. Interment at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery.

Sat
05
Feb

Gary R. Quigley

Gary R. Quigley, 71, of Ely, passed away on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at his residence. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sat
05
Feb

Caryn L. Cook

Caryn Lee Cook passed away in her home in Winton, Minnesota on February 4, 2022 at the age of 47. She was born at the Colorado Springs Air Force Base. The view from the room was spectacular and the deer would peer in often, probably awakening her love of nature early on.
Anyone who ever met Caryn understood the intensity of her presence. Her smile could light up a room. She was kind, caring, compassionate and always wanting to help others. She brought light to everyone she came across, making their world just a little bit brighter, a little more meaningful. She lived an incredibly full and adventurous life, supported by family and friends from all corners of this earth.
She was a natural as a Tour Manager, a position she held for many years with Collette Vacations; guests would feel like they were traveling with a friend.

Fri
04
Feb

Robert Lynn Furnal

Robert Lynn Furnal, 59, of Babbitt, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, February 1st, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota.
Funeral service will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at Rising Sun Church of Christ, 6390 NE Rising Sun Dr., Pleasant Hill, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday at the church. Cremation will take place following the funeral service.
Rob was born September 3, 1962, to Bob and Sandy Furnal in Des Moines, Iowa, on Labor Day; his mother left a tractor pull competition to give birth to him. He was raised on the family farm outside Hartford, Iowa, and attended Carlisle High School. A talented wrestler and football player, Rob graduated with the class of 1980.

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