Obituaries

Sat
08
Apr

Arcell E Huseby, 91, of Babbitt dies

Arcell E Huseby, 91, of Babbitt passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Carefree Assisted Living in Babbitt.
Arcell was born January 22, 1926 in Gary, MN to Arthur and Elvira Stephenson. Arcell married Almer Huseby on January 15, 1947. They moved to Babbitt in January of 1956. She was an avid snowmobiler and enjoyed camping with her family and even an occasional elk hunting trip.
She enjoyed her grandchildren and being a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her four sons, Mark (Julie) of Babbitt, MN; Lynn (Diane) of Lake Charles, LA; Dale of Rosemount, MN; and Gary of Roberts, WI. Five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother and sister.
Due to her wishes, no service will be held. Burial will take place at a later date.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Fri
07
Apr

Rhoda Anderson, age 99, of Ely, dies

Rhoda Georgine Anderson, 99, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2017, at the Carefree Living Center in Ely, MN, surrounded by family.
Rhoda was born on December 9, 1917, in Hawley, MN to Anna and Oscar Askelson. She attended country school and worked on neighboring farms until her marriage to Gordon Anderson on June 15, 1941, in Borup, MN. They farmed in the Twin Valley area until 1956 and then moved to the Iron Range where Gordon worked for U.S. Steel until his retirement in 1975. After Gordon’s death in 1986, Rhoda returned to Twin Valley where she lived for several years before moving to Ely to be near family.
Rhoda enjoyed homemaking and was known for her excellent breads and rolls. She and Gordon enjoyed gardening, fishing and picking blueberries together and loved spending time with their grandchildren.

Fri
07
Apr

Georgine Frances (Larson) Koschak, 83, of Ely, dies

Georgine Frances (Larson) Koschak, 83, of Ely, passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Carefree Living in Babbitt, MN.
She was born September 29, 1933 in Ely to George Axel and Frances Elizabeth (Peyla) Larson. She attended school here. She married John Robert (Bob) Koschak on September 19, 1953.
She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved flower arranging, gardening, crafts, sewing - she sewed quilts for all her grandchildren. She loved entertaining in her home and was very welcoming, cooking and feeding many. She was a devoted member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Gerald Larson and grandson Jarred Hinzmann.

Thu
06
Apr

Peggy Lee Beyer-Anderson, 55, of Winton dies

PEGGY LEE BEYER-ANDERSON, 55, of Winton passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Peggy was born on January 7, 1962 at the Ely Bloomenson Hospital in Ely, MN. Her first years were spent living with her family at Bob Holden’s logging camp off of the Old Tomahawk Road. In 1966 the family moved to Winton, where she spent the rest of her life.

Peggy was a member of one of the largest classes from Ely High School, graduating in 1980. Many classmates will remember her as the Ely Timberwolf mascot during her time there.

Peggy was an avid outdoors woman. She loved to fish, hunt, pick berries, anything and everything that had to do with being one with nature. It is well documented amongst all in her family that she nearly always was the first to catch a fish, and usually the one who caught the most. Just this previous deer firearms season, with cancer ravaging her body, she got her buck hunting with brother Milt.

Thu
06
Apr

Funeral service for Betty Loretta Morris Cripps May 13

Funeral service for Betty Loretta Morris Cripps, formerly of Ely, will be held May 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Lakeside Baptist Churck in Backus, MN. She died Feb. 23, 2017 in Dove Creek, CO at age 86.

Wed
05
Apr

James L. Foster, 73, of Elk River, dies

James L. Foster, 73, of Elk River, passed away on Monday, April 3, 2017 at Guardian Angels Care Center in Elk River. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Wed
05
Apr

Rev. Evert Erling Tornfelt, 90, dies

Rev. Evert Erling Tornfelt, 90, went to be with the Lord April 2, 2017 at his home in Redmond, WA. Born in Cleveland, OH on October 13, 1926 to Erling R. Tornfelt and Anna Marie (Tiderman) Tornfelt. He moved with his parents to Ely, MN, where he attended elementary school. Graduating from Ely Memorial High School in 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force. After WWII he attended Minnesota Bible College, University of Minnesota (champion springboard diver and swim team captain). Then worked for General Electric in the field of atomic energy in Richland, WA. There he met Margaret Moe of East Stanwood, WA. They married in 1952. Evert felt called to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ and with Margaret as supportive companion, he began ministry with the Assemblies of God fellowships. He taught Sociology at Northwest College in Kirkland, Jersey City State College and Chapman College in Anchorage, in addition to working for the U.S.

Sun
02
Apr

Helen L. Champa, 89, of Ely, dies

Helen Louise Champa, 89, died Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely surrounded by her family. Helen was born March 9, 1928 in Ely to Louis and Josephine (Melovasich) Ravnikar. Helen grew up and went to school in Ely. She married Robert Champa Sr. on October 5, 1946. They met at Vertin’s after Bob came home from the war and after seeing her working there he knew he was going to marry her. They made Ely their home and raised a family there.
Helen was a wonderful mother and loved being a mom and grandma. She was a great cook and loved to bake. She made potica which was a favorite at the hunting shack and she shared her talent with her children and taught a few of her grandchildren as well. She loved polka music and dancing. She worked at Vertin’s, catering for Zup’s and as a cook at Veteran’s on the Lake, Vermilion Community College and the Senior Citizen Center.

Sun
02
Apr

Fredric Matthew Johnson, 78, dies

Fredric Matthew Johnson, 78, passed away on March 31, 2017. He was born Oct. 31, 1938 to Toivo and Helen (Nevala) Johnson of Embarrass, MN. Fred attended Ely Junior College and went on to the University of Minnesota where he completed his degree in education. Fred taught in the St. Paul Schools and coached football and track. He enjoyed living in his home on Burntside Lake with family and friends, canoeing in the BWCA, traveling to many countries and walking in his Embarrass woods.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Toivo and Helen.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Moroni) Johnson, his two sons, Christopher Johnson, S.J, and Benjamin (Adrienne) Johnson, three grandchildren: Andrew, Sophia and Leo Johnson, a brother, Michael (Nancy) Johnson, and a sister, Shannon (James) Hannigan.
He was a wonderful husband, father, brother and grandfather. We miss him.

Thu
30
Mar

Anton “Joel” Rogenes, 91, of Ely, dies

Anton “Joel” Rogenes, 91, of Ely, MN passed away on March 28, 2017 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely, MN. Funeral services will be held at NY Stavanger Lutheran Church, Buxton, North Dakota, on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. To leave online condolences please visit www.ceasefuneralhome.com

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