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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Florence Paynter, 95, dies

Florence Paynter, 95, passed away on December 11, 2014 at Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. Before moving to Sauk Rapids, she lived in Aurora and Ely, Minnesota.
A service will be held in Ely at a later date.
Florence was born in Erhard, MN, the only child of Andrew and Alma Tweet. She attended the Pelican Rapids Public Schools and Moorhead State Teacher College where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
She married Warren Paynter on June 6, 1940 in Fargo, North Dakota.
Florence thoroughly enjoyed spending time at her cabin on Bear Island Lake near Ely. Cross-country skiing and hiking were favorite pastimes along with books and crossword puzzles. She loved music and was as much at home on the dance floor as she was at the bridge table.


Mike Hillman, 62, of Ely, dies in Illinois; funeral set for Dec. 30 in Ely

Mike Hillman, 62, of Ely, passed away in a peaceful slumber on Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Woodstock, Illinois.
Ely’s loss was Heaven’s gain on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, when God opened up his gates for Iron Mike Hillman.
Michael loved Ely and all of its history. He will be forever remembered for his many talents and contributions as a writer,  storyteller, singer, actor, radio personality and local politician.
Michael was greeted in Heaven by his parents, Checker and Alice Hillman, niece Susan Wagner and grandson Aiden Meskill, along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Michael is survived by daughter and son-in-law Allison Hillman and Larry Meskill of Babbitt; son Zach Hillman of Ironwood, MI.; sister Judy Wagner of Duluth; brother Tom Hillman of Hoyt Lakes, MN; grandsons: Hunter, Logan, Andrew, Zach Jr., Gavyn and Connor.


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