Obituaries

Fri
21
Apr

David Lee (Dave) Veranth, 68. Of Zimmerman, MN, formerly of Ely dies

David Lee (Dave) Veranth, 68, of Zimmerman, formerly of Ely, passed away peacefully of a serious illness on Wednesday, April 19 at the University of Minnesota hospital.

Dave was born on Sept. 14. 1948. He went to Ely schools, attended Vermilion Community College, and graduated from DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago in 1969 with a degree in electrical engineering technology. He then moved back to Minnesota, and started his career with Litton Microwave. When Litton moved to South Dakota, he elected to stay in Minnesota, so that he could be near his family, which by that time included two sons.

Mon
17
Apr

Thomas G. Walton, 86, of Ely, dies

Thomas G. Walton, 86, of Ely, passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at St. Raphael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Eveleth. He was born July 2, 1930. There will be no services at his request. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sat
15
Apr

Edward F. Rozman, 69, of Virginia, dies

Edward F. Rozman, 69, of Virginia, passed away suddenly Thursday April 13, 2017 at home. He was born December 23, 1947 to Daniel and Alice (Volk) Rozman.
Ed was raised in Ely and was a 1966 graduate of Ely High School. He married Jan Caskey in Ely, October 24, 1970. Ed initially worked for Reserve Mining in Babbitt. In 1972 he went to work for Minntac as a production truck driver and worked until retiring in 2003.
Ed enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. He loved to watch the MN Vikings and Nascar. Ed had a lifelong passion for music that he passed on to his son. He was active in his Midway neighborhood assisting anyone who needed help. Ed was a man of his word and his handshake was his bond. He was a master of the grill and considered the meat man. Most of all he loved his wife, kids and grandkids.

Fri
14
Apr

Walter Alan Tomlinson, 92, of Ely, dies

Walter Alan Tomlinson, 92, of Ely, was born in Harvey, IL on October 21, 1924 and passed away at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely on April 14, 2017.
Walter served in World War II and was seriously injured in November 1944, for which he received the Purple Heart. After the war, he worked for Chicago Federal Savings and Loan for many years, advancing to Executive Vice President. He and his wife were both active members of the Apollo Music Club of Chicago, the St. Paul Community Church choir and were both avid golfers. They joined and were active members of the Olympia Fields Country Club.
They began vacationing in the Ely area in 1962 on the recommendation of some friends and enjoyed it so much they returned every year with family to enjoy the fishing and nature. In 1990, they retired and moved to Ely. They continued their golfing at the Ely Golf Club and singing in church and community choirs.

Fri
14
Apr

Helvi E. Dojan, 99, of Mahtomedi, MN, dies

Helvi E. Dojan, 99, of Mahtomedi, MN, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2017.
Preceded in death by husband, Arnold; and daughter, Joan Hadley. She will be sadly missed by children: Donna (Warner) Esterberg, Russ, Phyllis (Rich) Tillit, Harold (Jeannie), and Paul (Kellie); 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Melia Korpi; numerous nieces and nephews.
Helvi was raised on a farm and was fond of her cows, chickens, dogs and cats. As a young woman, she loved to play baseball and was quite good at it. She was an accomplished knitter and cook. She particularly enjoyed cooking Finnish foods. She worked as a cook at the Ely Hospital and Stillwater Hospital. After she retired from the Stillwater Hospital, she baked apple pies at the Pine Tree Apple Orchard until she was 89 years old.

Thu
13
Apr

Lt Col. Theodore J. Labernik, USAF, Ret. 83, of St. Cloud, MN dies

Lt Col. Theodore J. Labernik, USAF, Ret. 83, of St. Cloud, MN - June 8, 1933 - April 7, 2017.
Lieutenant Colonel Theodore (Ted) John Labernik passed away peacefully with his beloved wife by his side, Friday, April 17, 2017 at the St Cloud Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St Cloud, MN. Ted was born to Rose (Veranth) and John Labernik in Ely, Minnesota. He was married to Mary Sue Fay on July 5, 1958 in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely.
Ted is survived by his wife, Mary, of 58 years and five living children and their spouses: Debra (John) Curry (Colorado Springs, CO), Linda (Tom) Himmelberger (Puyallup, WA), Laura Fay, Colonel USAF, Ret. (Alexandria, VA), Daniel (Carol) Labernik (Fargo, ND) and Steve (Karla) Labernik (Spencer, IA). He is also survived by ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Ted was preceded in death by his parents, brother Kenneth, and daughter Susan North.

Thu
13
Apr

Shirley M. Tournat, 87, formerly of Brainerd, dies

Shirley M. Tournat, 87, formerly of Brainerd, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Wed
12
Apr

Marvel L. Klimek, 87, of Babbitt, dies

Marvel L. Klimek, 87, of Babbitt, died Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Carefree Living in Babbitt after her determined battle with dementia.
She was born April 10, 1929, in Long Prairie, MN, to Louis and Olive (Maland) Patzoldt. She grew up in Long Prairie and graduated from Long Prairie High School. On Nov. 1, 1947, she was united in marriage to Elwin Klimek in Millerville, MN. Marvel spent her life operating businesses that she owned with her husband; Al’s Bus Lines in Babbitt, Klimek Enterprises, Red Carpet Motel and Klimek Mail.
Marvel was a volunteer and active in her community, was a previous board member at the Ely Hospital, a past Trail Administrator for Taconite Spur Snowmobile Trail System, a Cub Scout and Brownie leader, and a devout Christian. At the age of 65, she obtained her pilots license. She enjoyed painting, being at the cabin at Birch Lake, visiting the guests who stayed at the motel and especially spending time with her family.

Mon
10
Apr

Helen Mary (Skufca) Sampson, 88, of Fridley, dies

Helen Mary Sampson, 88, of Fridley, passed away on Sat., April 8, 2017. Helen is preceded in death by daughters Emily and Amy; parents, Joseph and Mary Skufca; brothers: Don and Joe. She is survived by children: Mark (Diana) Sampson and Carolyn Sampson (Kathy Connelly); grandsons, Adam and Judd (Jessica); 3 great-granddaughters. Memorial service will be held on Sat., 4/22/2017, at Miller Funeral Home, 6210 Hwy 65 NE, Fridley, MN, at 11 AM with a visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Fairview Hospice or the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

Mon
10
Apr

Kathryne A. Lind, 82, of Babbitt, dies

Kathryne A. Lind, 82, of Babbitt, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Carefree Assisted Living in Babbitt. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

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