Obituaries

Tue
24
Oct

Arlene Ann Branwall, age 75, White Bear Lake, dies

Arlene Ann Branwall, age 75, White Bear Lake, passed away peacefully and gracefully with family by her side after an 18 year courageous battle against breast cancer. Survived by her loving husband and best friend, Lee, and children, Eric (Jill), Davin, daughter-in-law Michelle Branwall Harty, sisters-in-law, Donna (James) Hill and Tina Chiabotti; brother-in-law Jack Achterberg and special cousin Joann Grahek. Grandchildren: Lindsey Branwall, Nathan Branwall, Lane Branwall, Tyra Branwall and Tristan Branwall and the three neighborhood Greene boys who adopted her as their grandma. She was preceded in death by her parents Carl and Esther Espland, son Lee Branwall, Jr. and sisters-in-law Nancy (Jack) Achterberg and Rita (Steve) Sunsdahl.

Tue
24
Oct

Robert Hargadine, 68, of Ely, dies

Robert Hargadine, 68, of Ely, passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. He was born October 2, 1949 in St. Paul, MN to Ruth and Robert Hargadine.
He was a fishing guide for Moose Bay Company, Ely. He was preceded in death by his parents and good friend Joanne Johnson.
He is survived by siblings: Shannon, Noreen, Bridgit, Michael, Kate, Keith and Meegan; nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 at Kerntz Funeral Home
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Wed
18
Oct

Helen Jeanette Whiting, 85 of Ely dies

Helen Jeanette Whiting, 85 of Ely died Sunday, October 15, 2017 in Ely Bloomenson Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 30, 1932 in Embarrass, the daughter of Richard and Fannie (Pulkinen) Niemi; and married Joseph Whiting on June 17, 1950 in Ely. Helen grew up in Embarrass, lived in Ely, and on Armstrong Lake prior to returning to Ely in 1969.
She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star; enjoyed dancing (especially polkas), crossword and jig saw puzzles, knitting, crocheting, traveling, camping and fishing. She cherished time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Tue
17
Oct

Lynne Hill, 65, of Ely, dies

Lynn (Mellette) Hill left her home on Bumtside Lake to be reunited with loved ones in Heaven on October 17,2017. She was born in Batavia, IL on May 31, 1952.
Lynne lived most of her life in Scottsdale, AZ where she was a partner in an insurance adjusting company. After retiring she realized her dream and moved to Ely five years ago, becoming active in the arts.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Elaine (Lindskog) Mellette and her father, Clare Mellette.
Lynn is survived by daughter, Katie Hill and a son, Erik Hill, both of Arizona; partner Rich Hill of Ely and sister and brother-in-law, Jerry and Claire Taylor of Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Mon
16
Oct

Merle Lunceford, 82, of Ely, dies

Merle W. Lunceford, 82, of Ely, passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at his residence. Merle Lunceford was born in Long Prairie, MN on May 2, 1935, third of five children of Alma and Lyle Lunceford. He was a graduate of Long Prairie High School who went on to earn his teaching degree from St. Cloud State University.
He taught mathematics at Ely Memorial High School in the same room for 34 years. While teaching, he earned a Master’s degree from Purdue University by traveling to West Lafayette, Indiana during the summer.

Mon
16
Oct

Linda Louise (Levar) Powers, 69 of Esko, dies

Linda Louise (Levar) Powers, 69 of Esko entered God’s Kingdom Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth surrounded by family after a year-long battle with Type AL Amyloidosis.
Linda was born on December 1, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois. In 1952 her parents Lenard and Ann (Paun) Levar moved to Babbitt, MN where Linda attended school. She graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1965 and in 1967 received an AA degree from Ely Junior College.

Mon
16
Oct

Martin Rodich of Eagan, 66, dies

MARTIN RODICH, of Eagan, 66, passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017 after a year long struggle with recurring pneumonia and weakened lungs. Marty was born in St. Paul on March 2, 1951 and grew up rifle and bow hunting, fishing, canoeing, and working alongside his dad learning the tricks of most every trade. His favorite was that of electricity. Much of his free time was spent up in Ely, MN with family and friends where he loved the woods.

Wed
04
Oct

Carol Jean (Oberstar) Debeltz, 74, dies

Carol Jean (Oberstar) Debeltz, 74, of Hutchinson, MN moved the polka party to heaven on September 29, 2017. A celebration of her life will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Hibbing, MN on October 21, 2017 at noon. A traditional Catholic mass will be followed with a joyous celebration of Polka music, balloons, noisemakers and her favorite foods of tacos and ice cream.

Tue
03
Oct

Katherine Patricia Ann Carlson, 84, of Ely, dies

Katherine Patricia Ann Carlson, 84, of Ely, passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely, surrounded by her family.
She was born on December 4, 1932 in Ely to Paul and Katherine Preblich and married the love of her life, Roy Clarence Carlson on August 30, 1952.
Pat was one-of-a-kind. There was never a dull moment when she was around. She created endless belly laughing with her terrific sense of humor. She was loving, generous, and brutally honest; had a warm embrace, a sassy attitude, a big smile, and made funny faces. Pat was very stubborn, but that stubbornness taught us to fight for what we believe in.
Family was the most important thing to her.

Tue
03
Oct

Anna Evelyn (Schick) Fuhrmann, 76, of Ely, dies

Anna Evelyn (Schick) Fuhrmann, 76, of Ely, formerly of St. Paul, went to heaven on October 1 2017 at Boundary Waters Care Center after a nine month struggle with a hemorrhagic stroke. Her devoted husband was at her side. Her grand-dog Stella, among others, welcomed her into heaven.
Born in Beaulieu, MN on September 13, 1941 to Henry and Clara (Becker) Schick, she graduated from Mahnomen High School in 1959. She went on to graduate with an RN from The Ancker School of Nursing in St. Paul in 1962, married Gerald C. Fuhrmann August 7, 1963 in St. Paul and graduated from the U of MN School of nursing with a BSN in 1971. Anna worked at War Memorial Hospital in Michigan, Hawaii State Hospital, Denver General Hospital in Colorado, and St. Paul-Ramsey, Highland Chateau, and the VA Medical Center in Minnesota.

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