Obituaries

Wed
29
Jun

Zane Ruark Kenig, 22, dies

Zane Ruark Kenig, 22, daughter of Laura Ruark Kenig and Joey Kenig of Ely, bringer of light, artist, dancer, writer, devoted friend, deep thinker, asker of questions, lover of beauty, singer of music, and beautiful soul, passed away on May 13, 2016. Life will never be the same without her loving presence.
Family and friends gathered in her honor in St Louis, MO, Philadelphia, PA, Santa Rosa, CA, Scotty Creek Beach, CA, Santa Barbara, CA and Ely.
A scholarship fund has been established in Zane’s name at State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, CA, 2285 Las Positas Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Mon
27
Jun

Louis P. Marinello, 81, Thief River Falls, MN formerly of Babbitt, MN dies

Louis P. Marinello, 81, Thief River Falls, MN formerly of Babbitt, MN died peacefully on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at his home with his family at his side.
A gathering time for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, June 29,2016 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Memorial Service at 7:00 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Burial will be at the Ely Cemetery in Ely, MN. Military honors will be provided by the Ecklund-Holmstrom American Legion Post #117, Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post #2793 and Minnesota Army National Guard Honor Guard.
Louis Paul Marinello was born November 12,1934 in Buhl, MN to Louis J. and Margaret (Lambert) Marinello. He graduated from Keewatin High School in 1953 where he participated in football, basketball and baseball and was named Best Athlete, Iron Range Conference and was named to the North-South All Stars.

Fri
24
Jun

Margaret J. Zgonc, 93, of Ely, dies

Margaret J. Zgonc, 93, of Ely, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016 in Ely.
Margie was born in Ely on September 19, 1922, the 13th child of Joseph and Barbara Markovich and was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely.
She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law Olga Markovich.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Frank Zgonc and special friend John Marinsek. Also by her sisters: Joan Buccowich, Barbara Dineen Schonheider, Millie Griffin, Mary Rebol and Annie Cherne; brothers: Steve, Joseph, Albert, Matty, Julius and John. As the youngest and last survivor of her siblings, Margie became the heart that her family called home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Essentia Health East Range Hospice. Condolences may be sent to Kathy Nieman, 383 Sunset Road, Ely, MN 55731.

Thu
23
Jun

Susan Marie (Mikolich) Armack, 58, dies

Susan Marie (Mikolich) Armack, 58, of Grapevine, TX, passed away on June 14, 2016 in Grapevine, TX. She was born on October 15, 1957 in Ely, Minnesota to Donald and Caroline Mikolich. She gradutaed from Ely schools.
Susan is survived by her husband, Joseph J. Armack and one daughter, Amanda (Michael) Kennard; her parents; brother Mark Mikolich and two sisters, Cheryl Brown and Peggy Mikolich and her four dogs, Lizzy, Buster, Max and JJ. Funeral was held June 20, 2016 at the Flower Mound Family Funeral Home.

Wed
22
Jun

Eunice H. Ayers, 96, of Ely, dies

Eunice H. Ayers, Ely, died on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the age of 96. Eunice was born on July 7, 1919 to Euclid and Lillian Lamarsh in East Orange, New Jersey. She was graduated from William Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut, attended Colby Jr. College in New London, New Hampshire, and was a legal secretary for a number of years. On February 10, 1945 Eunice was married to C. Stanford Ayres, Jr. and one daughter was born. The family moved to Simsbury, Connecticut where they were charter members of Covenant Presbyterian Church. After her husband’s death in 1973, Eunice moved to Florida where she eventually resided at the Village Retirement complex. In 2009 Eunice moved to Iowa and resided with her daughter Heather and son-in-law Rev. Marshall Monthei; when the couple retired to Ely in 2012, she accompanied them, moving into the Boundary Waters Care Center.

Wed
22
Jun

Mary Maki of Winton dies

Mary Maki of Winton died Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the Ely-Bloomenson Hospital surrounded by family.
Mary was born in Soudan, MN on May 30, 1943, the second child of John and Angela Akins.
She graduated from Tower High School in 1961. On June 17, 1961 she married James Maki of Winton in Fairbanks, AK when he was in the Army.
She enjoyed the outdoors, winter and summer fishing, ricing and loved being at her Paradise Point on Fall Lake. Mary was a compassionate gal who loved kids, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Everyone looked forward to her wild rice hotdish and Geneva fluff dessert.

Wed
22
Jun

Christine Clare Zakraisek, 102 ½ , dies

Christine Clare Zakraisek, 102 ½ , of Bloomington, MN, formerly of Alhambra, CA and Ely, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, June 18, 2016.
She was born December 13, 1913 in Ely to Anton and Theresa (Berlec) Zakrajshek and grew up with her eight siblings on the family farm in Greaney, MN. She enjoyed high school years in Ely. After nine years in Des Moines, IA doing office work, having studied comptometry, she traveled West for war work in Las Vegas, NV offices of the magnesium mining operations new Boulder Dam and in Vernon, CA offices of the Naval Repair Station inventorying damaged American WWII equipment. On August 6, 1945, she had her final communication with her fiance’ just prior to his return ship departure back to the U.S. Hundreds aboard were lost at sea. She never married.

Tue
21
Jun

Joan F. Salo,79, of Vermilion Lake Township, dies

Joan F. Salo,79, of Vermilion Lake Township, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016, at her home, with her family by her side.
She was born January 20, 1937, the eighth child of Waldimar and Anne (Beodena) Carlson of Tower. She attended the local school and graduated from Tower-Soudan High School in 1955.
In September 1955, she entered nurses training at Hennepin County General Hospital in Minneapolis and graduated in September 1958’
Joan was united in marriage to Ronald Lindsoe in June 1958 and they made their home in Minneapolis until 1979 when they moved to Ely. Ron worked for Mike Motors and Joan worked at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital. Ron passed away in July 1983.
Joan remarried to Gerald Salo in 1988 and moved back to Tower in 1992.

Tue
21
Jun

Robert “Bob” LeBlanc, 78, of Wakefield, MI dies

Robert “Bob” LeBlanc, 78, of Wakefield, MI passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at McLaren Hospital in Lansing, MI.
Bob was born in Newberry on July 1, 1937. His mother passed away when he was born. When he was a year and a half his father moved him to Ramsay to live with his mother’s sister and her husband, Mary and John Chlebowski.
His father passed away when he was just four years old. Bob continued growing up in Ramsay, raised by his aunt and uncle.
A frequent visitor to Ely. after retiring from teaching he spent his winters in Arizona.
Bob is survived by his beloved Nancy; two sons: Craig (Katie) LeBlanc of Kohler, WI and Jim (Michelle) LeBlanc of Lansing; several grandsons; a brother: Thomas Chlebowski and a sister: Barbara Deyak of Ely; nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother John.

Tue
21
Jun

Jeffrey Duane Barsness, 48, of Babbitt dies

Jeffrey Duane Barsness, 48, of Babbitt died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in his home. He was born July 10, 1967 in Babbitt, and was a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School. Jeff grew up in Babbitt, moved to Minneapolis to find work and returned to Babbitt.
He liked to fish, hunt, play horseshoes and holey board.
Jeff is survived by a son: Zachary Barsness; parents: Ilene and Herb Young of Embarrass; siblings: Nancy (Erik) Hjelm of Andover, Dave Barsness of Babbitt, Brian Barsness of Rosemount, Mike (Gina) Vanderflute of South Carolina, Kim (Lloyd) Thole of Austin, TX, Teri (Dale) Benoit of Milaca, Jenny (Steve) Sass of Arizona, Gene (Beebee) Young of Round Rock, TX and Brent (Shannon) Westerberg of Mesa, AZ; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

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