Obituaries

Fri
02
Feb

Claude David Kronfuss, 68, dies

Claude David Kronfuss, 68, peacefully passed away on January 30, 2018, at his home in Bozeman, MT. He was born on October 27, 1949, to Denis and Carol Kronfuss. Claude is the second oldest of 12 children in the Kronfuss family. He is preceded in death by his father, Denis and his ex-wife, Evelyn.
Claude grew up in Babbitt, Minnesota, graduating from JFK High School, class of ‘68. Shortly after graduation, he was in a tragic accident that left him physically and mentally impaired. Despite his disabilities, he loved life, was always positive and never complained. He was famous for telling jokes, beating most everyone in Chess and Checkers, and playing 500 Rummy at a “professional” level. Claude was very proud of his job with the City of Babbitt and prominently displayed his Years of Service Award. He was a member of St. Pius Catholic Church, faithfully attending Mass most every Sunday.

Wed
31
Jan

Leona Stewart, 87, of Ely, dies

Leona Stewart, 87, of Ely, passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Tue
30
Jan

Eleanor Caroline Anderson, 89, of Ely, dies

Eleanor Caroline Anderson died peacefully at Carefree Living in Ely, MN with her family by her side on January 30, 2018. Eleanor was born on April 25, 1928 in St. Paul, MN to Eric and Eleanor (Severin) Berg. Eleanor attended Washington High School in St. Paul, MN and Ely Junior College where she met her future husband John.

Mon
29
Jan

Michael Erzar, 59, of McGrew Nebraska, dies

Michael Erzar, 59, of McGrew Nebraska, is resting in the arms of our Lord, January 17, 2018.
Mike was born July 8, 1958 in Ely, Minnesota to Frank Erzar and Diane Durelle.
Mike was a self taught guitar player who loved nothing more than to jam with his friends. As a Glenrock resident in the ’80s he worked for the Glenrock Coal Company. While living in Ronald, WA in 1991, Mike and his truck had an appearance on the TV show “Northern Exposure”.
He will be missed by all and we will miss his infectious smile.
Mike is survived by his mother, Diane “Dee” Lounsberry, sisters Marcy (Greg) Clement, Toni (Mitch) Muzzey, brothers Frank Erzar, Tim (Raynel) Erzar, Bill (Karen) Lounsberry, and Terry (Anie) Lounsberry. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. His Uncle Dave Durelle, dear friends that are family, Kassia Atkinson, Amber George, Bill England and Scotty Mack. And his dog, Lucky.

Sat
27
Jan

John G. “Bud” Holmstrom, 90, of Babbitt, dies

John G. “Bud” Holmstrom, 90, of Babbitt, passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital.
He was born May 21, 1927 in Greaney, Minnesota to Oscar and Bessie (Paulson) Holmstrom. Bud attended Orr High School and Duluth Vocational Institute. He served in the US Army at the end of World War ll, 1945-47, in Korea and again in Korea from 1950-51 in active duty.
Bud married Jeanne Novak December 26, 1953 and they were married 64 years. They resided in Babbitt since 1959.
Following his military service he worked for several mining companies on the Iron Range. In 1955 he was employed by Reserve Mining Company and became a Foreman retiring in 1986.
Bud was a member of the St. Pius X Catholic Church of Babbitt, Maki-Pinola American Legion Post 535 and VFW Post 1539 of Babbitt, and was a former Respite Care Volunteer.

Tue
23
Jan

Sally Ann Kjorsvig, 86, of Ely dies

Sally Ann Kjorsvig, 86, of Ely passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Tue
23
Jan

Ann Mobilia, 101 of Ely, dies

Ann J. Mobilia, 101, of Ely passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on January 22, 2018 at St. Michael Rehab Center in Virginia, MN. She was born on November 26, 1916 in Ely to Jacob (Jack) and Rose (Scufsa) Chepelnik.
Ann was a graduate of Ely Memorial High School and after graduation was employed by Dr. J. Call as a dental assistant. Ann married Anthony (Tony) Mobilia on June 20, 1942 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely.
She took pride in being a homemaker and being there for her three daughters and husband. She was a wonderful cook and took pride in cooking and baking her family’s favorite ethnic foods, such as apple strudel and walnut potica.

Fri
19
Jan

Al Podominick, 83, of Ely, dies

Al Podominick, 83, of Ely, passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely.
Al was born Sept. 15, 1934 in Keewatin, MN to Albert and Signe (Lindberg) Podominick. Al graduated from Keewatin High School in 1952 and from Dunwoody Institute in 1954. He worked at Bennett Mining Company until 1964, at Reserve Mining from 1965 to 1984 and for Waste Management from 1984 to 1996.
Al was a third generation miner and enjoyed watching sports. His family was the most important thing to him and he loved visiting them.
He is survived by his sons, John (Margie) Podominick of Lakeville and Ray (Kari) Podominick of Ely; and his daughter Vicki Podominick of Ely; two grandchildren, Liz Podominick of Colorado Springs, CO and Ashley Coombe of Duluth, MN.
He was proceeded in death by his wives Joanne and Rose and grandson Johnny.

Thu
18
Jan

Dina Hill, 70, of Ely, dies

Bernardine “Dina” Hill, 70, of Ely passed away at her home on January 11, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Dina was born on Dec. 2, 1947 to Bernard and Dorothy (Kobe) Hutar in Ely MN. She graduated from Ely Memorial High, Class of 1966.
Dina married Richard “Dick” Hill on January 19, 1968. On the day of her passing they were 8 days shy of their 50th wedding anniversary.
Together they raised three children: Sandy, Cory and Rich.

Tue
16
Jan

Mae Dehnhoff, 70, of Isabella dies

Mae Dehnhoff, 70, of Isabella died on Monday, January 15, 2018 and is finally at peace after a lengthy illness.
She was born to Richard and Mabel (Bathke) Singleton in Medford, Wi. Mae moved with her family to Isabella at a young age, where she resided until her death.
On November 19, 1966, she married Kenneth Dehnhoff Jr. at Zion Lutheran Church in Finland. Mae was active in the church, was Treasurer of Isabella Township and head cook at Camp Buckskin for over 30 years.
Spending time with family meant everything to Mae. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, knitting, and crocheting.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Dwight and Raymond.

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