Obituaries

Tue
27
May

Robert J. Zgainer, 84, of Ely dies

Robert J. Zgainer, 84, of Ely passed away at the Virginia Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Fri
23
May

Joseph G. Svetin, 92, dies

Joseph G. Svetin passed away peacefully on May 3, 2014 at the Lower Keys Medical Center at the age of 92.
He was born in Ely, MN in 1921 to a large family of eight. Enduring the great depression, Joe went on to join the Navy in World War II. He became a radio officer and served on various ships in the North Atlantic. Receiving an honorable discharge after the war, he relocated to Lynn, MA where he met and married Eleanor his wife.
Joe lived in Lynn, MA, Middleton, MA, Ely MN, and finally in Big Pine Key, FL. After retiring from AT&T, he and Eleanor traveled extensively throughout Europe, Russia and the United States until she passed away in 2004.

Thu
22
May

Aloysius "Al" Kachmarzinski, 88, of Babbitt, dies

Aloysius "Al" Kachmarzinski, 88, of Babbitt, passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 30 with visitation at 10 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Babbitt. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.
 

Wed
21
May

Margaret B. Hotaling, 99, of Ely, dies

Margaret B. Hotaling, 99, of Ely, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Mon
19
May

Aloys Ralph Chiabotti, 88, dies

Aloys Ralph Chiabotti, 88, of Eagles Nest died Sunday, May 18, 2014 in the Essentia Health-Virginia Care Center. He was born November 25, 1925 in Tower the son of Louis and Louise (Yapel) Chiabotti and attended Tower-Soudan Schools. Ralph joined the United States Navy and served during WWII in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. He married Lorraine “Sue” Suska on June 16, 1952 in Sobieski, MN and was a lifelong resident of Tower and Eagles Nest. Ralph was the owner/operator of Ralph’s Standard Service; co-owner of Tower LP Gas; and was a school bus driver for 37 years. He was a member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower, a charter member of the Tower Lions Club, a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Nelson-Jackson American Legion Post # 245 in Tower, the ROMEO coffee club, a retired member of the Eagles Nest Fire Department, a member of the Eagle’s Nest Seniors and the Eagles Nest Lake Association. He also enjoyed woodworking.

Mon
19
May

Patricia A. Donnick, 75, dies

Patricia A. Donnick, 75, passed away at the Seasons of Life Hospice House in Woodruff, Wisconsin on May 6, 2014.
She was born on May 27, 1937 in Superior, Wisconsin. After graduating from LaCrosse University in 1959, she taught in the Ely school system as a physical education instructor until she was married in 1963 to Paul Smith.
After living in Oregon for a year and then in Two Harbors, she returned to Ely and continued to teach in the Ely schools and Vermilion Community College, as well as coach the high school ski team and girls’ tennis team. In the 1970s she wrote a column: X-C Skiing for the Ely Echo.
In 1978 she moved to Duluth, where she worked as a principal for several years. Pat then moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where she taught special ed students for several years, eventually retiring and moving to Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin around the year 2000.

Sun
18
May

Bonnie Callender, 82, services

Bonnie Callender, 82, of Ely, passed away on March 28, 2014 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 19, at 11 a.m.. at Praise Fellowship Church. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.
 

Sun
18
May

Rose Cersine, 92, services

Rose Cersine, 92, passed on away on February 19, 2014 at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 31, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely.  Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home.
 

Sun
18
May

Ruth Marian LeRoy Markovich, 93, services

Ruth Marian LeRoy Markovich, 93, of Ely, passed away December 11, 2013  at her residence in Ely. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 24, at 11 a.m. at Praise Fellowship Church in Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home.
 

Tue
13
May

Robert J. Priyatel, 80, dies

Robert J. Priyatel, 80, of Elko/New Market, passed away on Sunday, May 11, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Mildred; children: Robert (Holly), Elizabeth (Jerry) Tubbs, Mary (Russ) Fox, Dianne (Dave) Okes, Julie (Jeff) Lutz and Lisa (John) Thole; grandchildren: Derek, Brittney, Jake, Alyssa, Daniel and Shyla; also by his beloved great grandchildren and other loving relatives and friends. Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 16, 2014 at White Funeral Home, 20134 Kenwood Tr, Lakeville, MN. Memorial visitation 5-8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers to the American Cancer Society. Interment: Ft. Snelling National Cemetery

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