Obituaries

Mon
26
Apr

Todd Richard Przybylski, 54

Todd Richard Przybylski, 54, of Thief River Falls, MN passed away after a 3 year battle with brain cancer on Sunday April 25th 2021, at the Thief River Care Center. His loving family was by his side.

The Memorial Service to celebrate Todd’s life will be at 1:00 PM on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Todd was born August 15th 1966 to Nick and Carol Przybylski in Winton, MN. He was the youngest of seven siblings. He graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1985. Todd later joined the U.S. Air Force and served from November of 1987 – May of 1991.

Mon
19
Apr

Pauline Mae (Shervold) Johnson

Pauline Mae (Shervold) Johnson, age 77, from Babbitt, MN and formerly of Thief River Falls, MN, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at Essentia-St. Mary’s in Duluth, MN with her husband David and daughter Delaine by her side.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Evangelical Free Church in Thief River Falls, MN, with Pastor Pastor Kevin MacLean officiating. Burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery after the funeral.
A visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM, with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Johnson Funeral Service. Visitation will also take place one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday at the church.

Mon
19
Apr

Estelle Eileen Harri

Estelle Eileen Harri, age 90, died at home April 9, 2021. Born Estelle Eileen Kollin, in Breitung Township (Soudan). Estelle is survived by her sons Gene (Cecilia), Mike (Mary), Charles, and Andy (Heather). Grandsons Mikey and Lenny Harri. She was preceded in death by her husband Milton and daughter Holly.
A private family burial in Ely Cemetery will be at a later time.

Fri
16
Apr

Wood Walter Phares

Wood Walter Phares, or Woody as he chose to be called later in life, decided to shuffle off this mortal coil and go “Off to see the Wizard” (Which was one of his favorite expressions when-ever he would leave us) on November 8th 2020.
Born in the month of December in Cincinnati OH, he left this world just shy of his 77th birthday. Tallahassee FL was his journey’s end, the sun and ocean always called him back. Always doing things on his own terms, this final journey was no exception.
Wood graduated from Rollins College and from there entered the US Army. He served in Berlin at the Wall, where he, as he would like to say, was “watching the spooks.” While Wood was not very sentimentally attached to objects, and a fairly law-abiding citizen, pieces of the original Wall were found as his family sorted through his things.

Thu
15
Apr

Wayne L. Murphy, 91, of Ely

Wayne LaVerne Murphy, age 91, passed away with his loving family by his side on April 14th, 2021 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital in Ely, MN.
Wayne was born on November 6th, 1929 in Christie, Wisconsin to Fred and Leota (Howard) Murphy. Wayne proudly served his country during the Korean War in the Army Airborne Division as a paratrooper. He later served many years in the Army Reserves. Wayne married the love of his life, best friend and soulmate, Augusta Meta Cornwell, on May 21st, 1955.

Wed
14
Apr

Nancy A. Flynn

Nancy A. Flynn passed away peacefully at The Hummingbird of Meadowlands Minnesota on April 14th 2021. She was 79 years old. Nancy A. Flynn was born on December 16th, 1941 in Ely, Minnesota to the late Frank and Agnes (Shustarich) Tomsich.
Nancy grew up in Ely, Minnesota and attended Ely Jr. College and is a United States Navy Veteran. She later went on to Eveleth Area Technical School.
Nancy enjoyed photography, classical music and never met a stranger. With her love of all the animals in the world, Nancy contributed funds to many world organizations as well as the local APA’s. Nancy was of the Catholic Faith.

Mon
12
Apr

Darell Bartell, 85, of Babbitt

Darrell Eldon Bartell, age 85 of Babbitt, MN, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Saturday April 10, 2021.

Darrell was born to Norma (Rowe) and Eldon Bartell on October 27, 1935 in Remer, Minnesota. He was united in marriage to Barbara Miller on October 28, 1951. Darrell worked for Reserve Mining Company for 31 years until he retired. He also worked part time for Phil Clark Cabinetry and remodeled cabins at the Escape Resort in Babbitt.

After retirement Darrell began relief woodcarving. He made several pictures, clocks, bird houses, whirly gigs and wooden toys for his grandchildren. Darrell loved playing the harmonica and going to jams in Arizona. He and Barbara were snowbirds and resided in Yuma, Arizona for 29 years.

Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, Norma and Eldon Bartell, sister Vivian Bennett and grandson Shawn Parker Bartell.

Sat
10
Apr

Lee Tessier, 83, of Winton

Lee Tessier, 83, of Winton, MN died in Duluth on April 9, 2021 of complications following vascular surgery.

Fri
09
Apr

Earl Stanley (Stosh) Bulinski

Earl Stanley (Stosh) Bulinski, age 72, of Ely died Saturday, April 3, 2021 in South Padre Island, TX.
The stories about the life of Earl could fill a book! He thrived on danger and adventure. It started in 1948 when Earl was a precocious five year old living on Diversey Avenue in Chicago on the ground floor of his Polish grandparents apartment building. He demonstrated his skill as an escape artist by climbing down the brick wall using only his fingers.
As he grew up, Earl developed the reputation of being able to fall asleep anywhere at the drop of a hat. One time Earl drove a dump truck 50 yards into the woods adjoining the Snowbank Road before he woke up. Another time Earl rolled his Corvette on the Fernberg Road, although speed more than sleepiness might have caused this accident.

Tue
06
Apr

Margaret Elaine “Peg” Edel, 70

Margaret Elaine “Peg” Edel, 70, of Excelsior, formerly of Goodhue and Red Wing, died Friday, April 2, 2021, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. She was born on February 23, 1951, in San Antonio, TX to Kenneth and Dorothy (Haider) Brown. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1969 and then attended St. Cloud State University. On May 23, 1971, she was united in marriage to Richard J. Edel. They later divorced. For many years she worked in the office for Santa Fe Railroad in Fort Madison, Iowa. She later moved to Minnesota to be closer to her sister and children and resided in Goodhue and then moved to Red Wing in 1996. In her younger years she was a member of the Jaycees where she always enjoyed helping with the Tri-State Rodeo along with many other community projects and events that they hosted. She enjoyed painting, gardening and animals, especially her puppy dogs. She was affectionately known as “Puppy Grandma” to her grandkids.

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