Obituaries

Mon
05
Jan

Donald “Don” E. Koski, 85, dies

Donald “Don” E. Koski, 85, of Mesa, AZ, and Cass Lake, MN, died Saturday, January 3, 2015 at the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Bemidji, Minnesota. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery in the Spring under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.
Donald was born in Ely, on December 7, 1929, the youngest child of Robert and Hilda (Palo) Koski. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War, stationed in Germany as a military police officer. Don worked at the Zenith Mine in Ely and on May 19, 1956, he married Arlene Anderson. He was a lifetime member of the Iron Range Retriever’s Club and enjoyed training his dogs for field trials.

Thu
01
Jan

Ray Planton, of Ely, dies

Raymond Peter Planton, 72, of Ely, Minnesota passed away Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN after a brief illness. 

Mon
29
Dec

Eleanore J. Kosmach, 88, of Ely dies

Eleanore J. (Nekich) Kosmach passed away quietly on Monday, December 29, 2014 at the Chris Jensen Nursing Home in Duluth, Minnesota.
She was born on June 2, 1927 in Gilbert, MN to Robert and Margaret Nekich.
During WWll, she worked for a period in Washington DC as a secretary, then  returned to Ely where she married and focused her life on being a wife and mother of eight children.
Eleanore enjoyed reading, listening to music and doing crossword puzzles.

Mon
29
Dec

Caroline Musich, 93, of Ely, dies

Caroline Musich, 93, died peacefully and with dignity at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely, Minnesota, and was warmly embraced by her Lord Jesus Christ on December 28, 2014.
 Caroline was born March 28, 1921, the beloved daughter of Enrico and Maria Buraglio. She was a life-long resident of Ely and one of the last living members of the Class of 1939 of Ely Memorial High School.
Caroline was a devoted wife and mother who instilled in her three sons the small-town values of caring for, and charity to, those in need, a personal attribute for which she will forever be cherished.

Fri
26
Dec

Robert F. Murray, 72, of Babbitt, dies

Robert F. Murray, 72, of Babbitt, passed away Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, at his residence.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Tue
23
Dec

Stanley Landa of Ely dies

Stanley J. Landa, 88, of Ely, died Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at Carefree Living in Ely surrounded by his family.
He was born on July 24, 1926 in Norway, Michigan to Albert and Mary (Bal) Landa.
Stan married Pauline Feroni on June 27, 1953. Stan was devoted to his family and active in the community. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He sang as a tenor in the church choir and in the Ely Barbershop Quartet.
Stan enjoyed music, painting, golfing and being around people. He lit up a room with love and laughter.
He served in the Navy, graduated from St. Cloud State with a teaching degree, managed the Ely Theater and worked for Reserve Mining as a Supervisor of Employment and Insurance.

Mon
22
Dec

Margaret J. Keller, 86, of Ely dies

Margaret Johanna (Engels) Keller, 86, of Ely, passed away at her residence at Carefree Assisted Living in Ely on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014.
She was born in Dusseldorf, Germany on August 13, 1928 to Christian and Johanna Engels.
She married Joseph Sutrich in 1947; he died in 1957. She later married Robert Keller until his death in 2001.
She is survived by daughters: Joanne Osterbauer of Eagle River, Alaska; Patty (Mick) Shusta of Ely; and Vivian Bush of Valdese, North Carolina; brothers:  Willy (Steffie) Engles and Josef (Inga) Engles; sister Anne (Manfred) Jux and numerous nieces,nephews,and grandchildren.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.
 

Mon
22
Dec

Roger (Fuzz) Luehrs dies

Roger (Fuzz) Luehrs was born on April Fool’s Day, 1940 and kept the world laughing for 74 years. All who met and knew him loved him. He left us on Friday, December 19, 2014 in hospice care at Retama Manor Nursing Home in Harlingen, TX. He joins his son Jay, sister Betty, his parents, in-laws, family and many friends who were waiting for him.
Missing him greatly will be his wife of 50 years, Sue, daughter Christina and her five children, brothers Tom and Virgil, brother-in-law Lee, sister-in-law Jane, fishing buddy Mike and wife Lana and all the guys he served with as a volunteer firemen for 20 years, colleagues from his 33 years at 3M, neighbors up north, nieces and nephews, cousins, and all the great people in his condo complex. He has moved on to do his mischief elsewhere. We know angels have a sense of humor.
Many thanks to all the neighbors at Golf Crest, caregivers at Retama Manor and all our friends and relatives for your support, prayers and love.

Wed
17
Dec

Fayth Ann Littler, 89, Detroit Lakes, MN, dies

Fayth Ann Littler, 89, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Monday, December 15 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, December 20 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, Fr. Todd Arends, officiating. Interment will be in the Argo Cemetery, Babbitt, MN.
Friends may call 5– 7 p.m. Friday with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at David-Donehower Funeral Home. The visitation will continue one hour prior to the mass at the church on Saturday.
She was born July 31, 1925 in Duluth, MN to Fabian and Elsie (Arseneau) Bonk. She was raised and educated in Duluth.
Fayth was united in marriage to Clifford Littler, August 31, 1956 in Hermantown. During their married life, they made their home in Duluth, Two Harbors, Silver Bay, Ely and Babbitt. She worked for many years for Elliot Meat Packing Company in Duluth. She moved to Florissant, MO in 2000 and to Detroit Lakes, MN in 2006.

Wed
17
Dec

Ruby E. Marleau, 93, of Ely dies

Ruby E. Marleau, 93, of Ely passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Carefree Assisted Living in Ely.
She was born April 14, 1923 in Toledo, Ohio to Henry and Oma Pearl (Forth) Mayes.
On March 17, 1940 she was married to Chester Joseph Marleau in Toledo, Ohio where they lived until moving to Ely in 1968 and building Garden Lake Resort. They operated the resort until 1976.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a sister.
Ruby is survived by her children: Dale (Marlene) Marleau of Ely; Eric (Judy) Marleau, Stacey, MN; grandchildren:  Renee Sand of St. Joseph, MN, Dale (Gail) Marleau Jr of Deer River, MN, Kelly (Daren) Berglund of Becker, MN, Kirk (Karen) Marleau of Duluth, Joel (Kristy) Marleau of Champlin, MN and Benjamin, Zachary and Hope of Stacey, MN; 19 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and two nephews.

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