Patricia (Smith) Willman North, 77, of Ely, dies

Patricia (Smith) Willman North, 77, of Ely, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Side Lake. She was born in Perham, MN on August 20, 1940 to parents: Harry M. and Hester I. (Aldrich) Smith. She attended schools in Eveleth, MN and Moorhead State University
She is survived by sons: Jack (Kirsten) Willman,of Detroit Lakes, MN, Patrick (Lori) O’Toole, Side Lake, MN and Randy Willman of Ely; daughter Sandra Willman of Ely; Sister Dorothy (Duane) Thunstrom of Detroit Lakes, MN; grandchildren: Gerry Willman, Rianen Willman, Nathon Willman, Tony (Kristen) Farley,and Misty Willman.
Preceded in death by her parents: Harry and Hester Smith, son Robert Willman, brother Ted Smith and half brother Milo Meyer.


Diann G. “Sweets” Cecich (nee Benson), 78, of Crown Point, IN dies

Diann G. “Sweets” Cecich (nee Benson), 78, of Crown Point, IN, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018, at Franciscan St. Anthony Hospital in Crown Point, IN.
Diann is survived by two sons; David (Elizabeth) Cecich and Steve (Kathleen) Cecich; six grandchildren: Shannon (Walter) Wieczorek, Kyle (Nicole) Cecich, Zachary (Caitlyn) Cecich, Zarah (Kevin) Fogler, Zane Cecich, and Katelyn (Fiancé John Greaney); one great-grandson, Kamden Cecich; and two brothers: Wayne (Arlene “Big A”) Benson and Warner (Darlene) Benson. She was preceded in death by her parents: Harry and Leona Benson, and her husband of 61 years, John Cecich.


Patricia Leah Sterbenk, 86, Babbitt, dies

Patricia Leah Sterbenk, 86, Babbitt, passed away Saturday March 10, 2018. She was born March 16, 1931 in Ely to Eddie and Mary (Milkovich) Edwards.
Pat graduated from Ely Memorial High School, class of 1949 and attended Ely Community College. She was married Feb. 16, 1951 to Rudy Sterbenk, they moved to Babbitt in 1952. They were charter members of Woodland Presbyterian Church in Babbitt. As a church leader, she shared her generous spirit and compassion for others. Pat was a Sunday School teacher, sang in the choir, served several terms on the Session and was an active member of Presbyterian Women’s Association. Pat was also involved with Order of the Eastern Star and Women’s Life Insurance.
Pat had numerous hobbies including gardening, cooking, camping and fishing, folk art painting and needlepoint. She was an avid fan of HER Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings.


Kenneth C. Johnsen, 69, of Ely, dies

Kenneth C. Johnsen, 69, of Ely, “All is Well”
Ken Johnsen of Ely, Minn., began his next journey on March 9, 2018 at home, surrounded by his family. Ken came to us on April 22, 1948 and by all accounts was a curious and active child, positive traits he never lost. Ken practiced living in the present, generosity, and optimism. His advice to us all is to: “Be happy and enjoy life just as it comes, one day at a time.”
Ken was in Ely for only two years, but in that time, he touched the lives of all whom he met. He loved schmoozing with everyone at the Front Porch, discussing books at Chapman Street Books and at the Ely Public Library, foraging for samples at Zup’s, and finding good deals at the Goodwill store. He loved taking his grandchildren to Miners Lake for exploration and fishing. A frequent picker and tour guide for out-of-towners at the dump, Ken could see the potential in all things and in all people.


Beatrice Louise Brophey, 95, formerly of Ely, MN dies

Beatrice Louise Brophey, 95, formerly of Ely, MN died on March 5, 2018 in Columbia, Missouri. One of the two “B’s Wilderness Paddler’s” in Ely from 1979 until 2012, she is survived by her business partner and best friend of 39 years, Barbara Anderson.
Bea was born August 13, 1922 to M. Frank and Aletha (Mullin) Spencer in New York Mills, N.Y. She attended Cony High School in Augusta, Maine and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1947 from the Baptist Missionary Training School in Chicago, which later merged with the Chicago campus of the Colgate Rochester Crozer School of Divinity. Following graduation, Bea ministered in the field of Christian Education for 10 years with a focus on camp and church school experiences for children and youth. From those seeds her love of nature, adventure, camping and canoeing grew deep roots that continued to flourish and thrive for the rest of her life.


George E. Miller, 89, of Embarrass, dies

George E. Miller, 89, of Embarrass, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


George J. Dusich, 85, dies

George J. Dusich, 85, of Virginia, formerly of Babbitt, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Chris Jensen Nursing Home in Duluth.
He was born on April 4, 1932 in Ely to Marko and Anna (Schellinger) Dusich and graduated from the Ely High School. He was a U. S. Army veteran.
On September 15, 1956 he married Patricia Ann Kastelic in Ely and they resided in Babbitt since 1960; and then they moved to Virginia at a later date. George worked for Reserve Mining Company for 32 years as an Inventory Control Analyst and for North Shore Mining for 7 years.
George was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church and Maki-Pinola American Legion Post 535, both of Babbitt.


Roger Anderson, 65, of Ely, dies

Roger Dale Anderson, 65, passed away unexpectedly Thursday March 1, 2018, in Ely MN.
He was born on August 14,1952,to Milton and Audrey Anderson. He was one of three brothers.
He graduated from JFK, Babbitt, MN, in the class of 1970. He attended St. Cloud State and Vermilion Community College. He married LaDonna Kim (Steenerson) on September 4, 1976.
Roger worked for the Frontier Telephone Co. for 32 years before retiring in 2007. He loved to play guitar and harmonica sharing his gift of music with his family and wonderful circle of friends. He coached Little League and hockey for many years before becoming a snowboard enthusiast at age 40, with his son, Aaron. His love of sports was known to all. His favorite pastimes included reading, snorkeling on Burntside Lake and caring for his one-and-only, special grandson, Noah Wallace. Roger was a wonderful husband and fun loving person whose mere presence touched so many lives. He is not gone - just gone ahead.


Mary M. Mavetz, 92, of Ely, dies

Mary M. Mavetz, 92, of Ely, passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Carefree Assisted Living in Ely.
Our precious mother and grandmother Mary Margaret Mavetz would like you to know that her work here is done.
Born in Elcor, Minnesota on August 14, 1925, Mary at 92 kept her spunky outlook on life until the end.
She was the oldest of four children. She was preceded in death by her mother Mary Petritz Junke and father Marco Junke; brothers: Ed (Dorothy) Junke and Bob (Betty) Junke. She is survived by her sister Jean (Gary) Johnson.
Mary was also preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years Albin “Binky” Mavetz.
She is survived by her beloved children: Beckie (Whitney Meddaugh) Lobe, Mary Jo (Ric) Toman, Darlene (Brian) LaFrenier and Al Mavetz; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Our family would like to thank our angels (the aides and nurses) at Memory Care in Carefree Living. They cared for her in the most loving way.


Susan Marie Saari-Karasti, 76, dies

Susan Marie Saari-Karasti died at home in Winton, MN, on Saturday, March 3, 2018, having just completed her 76th journey around the Sun, after her long struggle with the mental and physical deteriorations caused by dementia.
Susan was born in Ely, Minnesota on March 3, 1942, where she and her family lived on “Finn Hill” until they moved to Los Angeles when she was nine. They lived in Torrance where Susan most loved spending time on the beach and in the ocean. Every summer, Susan, her mother and brother would return to Minnesota for extended visits. Susan graduated from Torrance High School and from Pacific Lutheran University in the state of Washington, after which she taught high school English in the LA area.


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