Obituaries

Thu
21
Sep

Angeline Mary Andrew, 88, of St. Paul, formerly of Ely, dies

Angeline Mary Andrew, 88, of St. Paul, formerly of Ely, died Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Northfield Hospital in Northfield, MN.
Angeline was born August 11, 1929 in Bovey, MN to George and Julia (Adlesich) Velcheff Sr. She was a graduate of Ely High School. She worked as a Job Service Coordinator for the State of Minnesota for many years in Ely and later in St. Paul. On February 14, 1998 she married William Andrew and resided in Temple, TX. After William passed, she moved back to St. Paul.
She was a member of St. Louis King of France Church in St. Paul. She enjoyed helping others, spending time with her friends and Velcheff family barbecues. Golfing, working crossword puzzles and listening to polka music were some of her favorite pass times.
Survivors include her sister, Helen Grivette of Hoyt Lakes and numerous nieces and nephews.

Thu
21
Sep

Kenneth Charles Starkman, 90, dies

Kenneth Charles Starkman, 88, died peacefully on Tuesday September 19, 2017 at Southview Senior Living Center in West St. Paul, MN.
Ken was born in Ely, MN to Charles and Lillian “Aiti” (Rajamaki) Starkman on October 23, 1928.
He married Alice (Keeling) Starkman on February 15, 1958 in St. Paul, MN.
Ken was a past owner of The Chain Saw Shop, Starkman Oil and the Tamarack Resort on Burntside Lake all located in Ely as well as Starky’s Convenience Store in Babbit, MN.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Masons, Shriners and the American Legion.
Ken enjoyed hunting and fishing and had a passion for all things horse racing. He spent many hours in his retirement handicapping thoroughbreds.
Ken is survived by his wife Alice Starkman, sons: Ken Starkman and Jeff (Jessica) Starkman, sisters: Laverne Kuzma and Karen (Rich) Jiacik and grandsons: Hunter Starkman and Garrett Starkman.

Thu
21
Sep

Warren E. Esterberg, age 68 of Greenfield, MN, dies

Warren E. Esterberg, age 68 of Greenfield, MN passed away Monday, September 18, 2017. Warren was born and raised in Ely, MN and received his BME from the U of M. Preceded in death by parents, Werner and Aune. Survived by Laura, his wife of 45 years; 3 sons, Erin (Niki), Erik (Megan) and Adrian; grandchildren, Emma, Tyler, Blake, Zaya, Tanner and Lainey; brothers, Warner, Allen, Everett, Norman, Larry and Dean; many other loving family members and friends.
Memorial Service 11 am Saturday at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 5005 Northwest Blvd., Plymouth. Visitation 1 hour prior to service at church. Continue to celebrate Warren’s life with family and friends at the Medina Ballroom from 2-6 pm Saturday. Interment Ely Cemetery at a later date.
Gearty-Delmore Plymouth Chapel, 763-553-141, www.gearty-delmore.com

Fri
15
Sep

Sister Mary Hope Novak, OSB, age 93, dies

Sister Mary Hope Novak, OSB, age 93, was called home by God on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. May she rejoice forever in the fullness of life with God, all the angels and saints, her family members, and Sisters of her Community.

Her funeral will be:

Saturday, September 23, 2017

10:00 a.m. Wake Service / Morning Prayer
- Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel

Visitation until 10:45 a.m.

11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, Fr. Brian Schultz presiding
- Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel

Mon
11
Sep

Edward Richard “Dick” Fernlund dies

Edward Richard “Dick” Fernlund died peacefully on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital. Edward was born Feb. 12, 1930 near Cook, MN to Frank and Cordelia (Ecklund) Fernlund. He married Carol Sokoloski on May 25, 1957 in Virginia, MN.
Edward graduated from Cook, MN High School, was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps in 1951 and honorably discharged in 1953.
He is a 15-year paid-up for life member of the Waite Park Post 428 American Legion. He retired from the U.S. Forest Service as an engineer in 1985 after 27 years. Edward “Dick” was a man of few words but known for his dry humor that kept you laughing. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, collecting agates and watching football and westerns.
Edward is survived by his daughter Corry Frentz (Roy Bester); sons Ed Fernlund (Robin Amolins) and Tom (Veronica) Fernlund; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

Fri
08
Sep

Henry Harger, 83, of Ely, dies

Henry C. Harger, 83, of Ely, passed away at St. Raphael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Eveleth on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Henry C. Harger, 83, of Ely, Minnesota, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, September 7, 2017.
Born in Elmhurst, Illinois, Henry (“Hank”) served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He met and was married to Virginia Tyler shortly after his return from military service. They raised two daughters.
Hank loved the outdoors and especially fishing. He retired from his job with the electric company of northern Illinois after nearly 40 years of service and then moved to Ely. He had a lifelong passion for singing that began in his school days. Hank sang with the Navy Blue Jacket Choir while in the service and continued singing in the choirs of the churches where they lived, most recently in the Grace Lutheran Church choir, Ely, for the past twenty-five years.

Mon
04
Sep

Elizabeth L. Lolling, 74, of Embarrass, dies

Elizabeth L. Lolling, 74, of Embarrass, passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2017. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Mon
04
Sep

Carol “Jeanne” (Goodwin) McDougall, 77, dies

Carol “Jeanne” McDougall, 77, of Naytahwaush, MN, died Friday, September 1, 2017, at Essentia Health Systems in Fargo, ND.
Carol Jean Goodwin was born on December 21, 1939, to Florence (Turner) and George Goodwin Sr. She attended school in Cass Lake, MN, before moving to Naytahwaush, MN, in the third grade. Jeanne was united in marriage to Leonard “Sonny” McDougall on November 9, 1957, in Naytahwaush. They made their first home in Grand Portage, MN, followed by Thief River Falls, MN. The couple later moved to Ely, MN, where they would spend the next 20+ years before returning to Naytahwaush in 1987. Sonny became ill and passed away in November of 2015; Jeanne remained in their home. In May of 2016, at the age of 76, Jeanne graduated from the White Earth Tribal and Community College with an Associates of Arts Degree with emphasis in Humanities, Arts and Social Science.

Thu
31
Aug

Marianne Schwule, 79, of Babbitt, dies

Marianne Schwule, 79, of Babbitt, died August 10, 2017 at Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely.
Marianne was born in Zwingenberg, Germany. After marrying her husband Warner Schwulke, a U.S. serviceman, they moved to the U.S. They lived in Des Plaines, Illinois until after his death. Marianne then moved to the Isabella area and later to Babbitt.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Central Manor in Babbitt on Saturday, September 9 from noon to 2 p.m. for all of her friends.

Fri
25
Aug

Richard L. Rosett, 83, of Embarrass, dies

Richard (Dick) Lloyd Rosett, 83, of Embarrass, MN, passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, August 25, 2017, with his children by his side.

Dick was born on July 11, 1934 in Marshall County/Grand Plain Twp, MN. He graduated high school in Goodridge, MN. He worked on a farm in Goodridge. He married the love of his life, Dolly Gutterud, at the Silver Creek Church in Thief River Falls, MN before moving to Farmington, MI to begin building their family. They moved back to Goodridge for a time, and eventually made their home in Embarrass, MN where he worked for Erie Mining/LTV Steel until his retirement.

Dick loved the outdoors, avidly hunting on his land and fishing local waters. He enjoyed playing cards with his family and friends, gardening and farming on his property.

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