Obituaries

Tue
23
Aug

Kenneth G. Berger, 79, of Ely, dies

Kenneth G. Berger, 79, of Ely, passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Tue
23
Aug

David E. Hokkanen, 75, dies

David E. Hokkanen, 75, passed away August 21, 2016 at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, MN. He was preceded in death by his mother Mamie Hakko Hokkanen, his father Urho Hokkanen, and a sister Karen Hokkanen. He is survived by sisters Eileen Hokkanen and Mary Kay Mclinn. Landmark Funeral Home

Thu
18
Aug

Shirley A. Niskala, 84, of Ely, dies

Shirley A. Niskala, 84, of Ely, passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Shirley was born on February 13, 1932 in Winton to John and Mary (Arvola) Ranta. She attended Ely High School and was married to Russell Niskala on August 30, 1948.
Shirley, in her younger years, delivered milk for a local dairy and also worked in retail at Schultz Brothers Department Store. After her children were grown, she enjoyed being an “Avon Lady” for over 20 years. She also worked for the Grand Ely Lodge for several years. Shirley enjoyed crocheting, sewing and making many kinds of arts and crafts. She had a special place in her heart for animals.
Shirley was a member of First Lutheran Church in Ely. She sang with the Sweet Adelines and was a member of the Ladies of Kaleva and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Mon
15
Aug

Marion Kainz, 87, of Ely, dies

Marion Kainz, 87, of Ely went to be with her beloved husband Raymond on Saturday, August 13. She was born June 29, 1929 and married Raymond in 1949. Together they had six children.
Marion spent countless hours cooking and baking for her family and friends. Nobody would ever leave her home at Kainzville on an empty stomach. One of her many talents was quilting and even when she could barely hold her scissors anymore because of her arthritis, she still managed to supply her grandchildren and great grandchildren with a quilt.
Nothing could stop her and when she was told she was being stubborn she would look at you with a grin on her face and say that she was determined not stubborn. Her determination showed when she was out with Ray painting their truck with rollers instead of taking it into the shop to be done, or when she was up on a ladder painting her house when she could barely walk let alone be on a ladder.

Fri
12
Aug

Anna C. Horgas, 92, dies

Anna C. Horgas, 92, of Ely, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Mon
08
Aug

Shannon (Fettes) Farha, 43, dies

Shannon (Fettes) Farha, 43, passed away on Tuesday August 2, 2016 surrounded by family. Shannon was born on November 10, 1972 to Gary and Sharon (Erickson) Fettes in Fargo ND. Shannon was a graduate of Fargo North High School and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota in psychology and criminal justice then went on to earn her master’s degree in vocational rehab from the University of Wisconsin (Madison). Shannon was employed by the VA regional office as the VR&E Officer for the Dakotas. Shannon enjoyed outdoor activities, reading, spending time at her parent’s lake home and camping with family.

Tue
02
Aug

Richard Lee Grugal, 69, dies

Richard Lee Grugal, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2016 at the age of 69 after a fifteen month battle with pancreatic cancer.
He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Darlene; loving mother-in-law, Janet Grahek; brother-in-law, Jon (Eileen) Grahek; and sister-in-law, Ana Grugal. He is also survived by special nieces: Ashley Grahek, Jill Grugal, and Jodi Thostenson; and nephews Andy Grahek and Steven Grugal. In addition, Rich is survived by a caring circle of cousins and friends, and his brother Knights of Columbus.
Rich was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, David and Floyd; and father-in-law, John Grahek.
Rich was a proud Army veteran of Viet Nam and a member of IBEW Local 292. He loved German Shepherds, family, fishing, winters in Fort Myers and traveling the world. The family would like to thank Rich’s oncology staff at the University of Minnesota and the Fairview hospice team for their support and compassion.

Tue
26
Jul

James Allen Hanson, 79, dies

James Allen Hanson was born on April 24, 1937 to Ivy (Christensen) and Orrie Hanson on the family farm near Round Lake, MN. He died peacefully after a short illness on Friday July 22, 2016 surrounded by his family at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, MN.
Jim graduated from Round Lake High School in 1955. He attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis before joining the Minnesota National Guard, embarking on a military career that would extend for over 28 years. His military duties enabled him to proudly serve his country.
He married Carol Rossow on January 12, 1957. They lived in Round Lake initially, and later relocated to Marshall, MN where he served as the Administrative Sergeant at the Marshall National Guard Armory. After retiring, he worked in the construction trade until buying Duane’s Canoe Outfitters in Babbitt in 1995 and beginning a second career. He actively participated, in the outfitting business with Carol and later son Bret up until his recent illness.

Mon
25
Jul

Shirley Niskala, 84, of Ely, dies

Shirley A. Niskala, 84, of Ely, passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Shirley was born on February 13, 1932 in Winton to John and Mary (Arvola) Ranta. She attended Ely High School and was married to Russell Niskala on August 30, 1948.
Shirley, in her younger years, delivered milk for a local dairy and also worked in retail at Schultz Brothers Department Store. After her children were grown, she enjoyed being an “Avon Lady” for over 20 years. She also worked for the Grand Ely Lodge for several years. Shirley enjoyed crocheting, sewing and making many kinds of arts and crafts. She had a special place in her heart for animals.
Shirley was a member of First Lutheran Church in Ely. She sang with the Sweet Adelines and was a member of the Ladies of Kaleva and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Mon
25
Jul

John Frederick Lindroos Sr. of Ely, 98, dies

John Frederick Lindroos Sr., 98, of Ely, died July 24, 2016 at Carefree Living Ely, one month shy of his 99th birthday.
John was born August 25, 1917 in Winton, MN to John and Ida (Brander) Lindroos. He married Lila (Servio) Lindroos on May 24, 1941.
He served as a machinist in the U.S. Army from October, 1942 to December , 1945. He worked at the Zenith Mine in Ely and as a machinist at Reserve Mining in Babbitt. After retirement John and Lila spent many winters in Green Valley, AZ.

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