Ronald A. Omerza, 76, dies

Ronald A. Omerza, 76, of Ely, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.


Michael Berglund, 56, dies

Michael Berglund, 56 passed away at his home in Gheen, MN, on Friday, December 2, 2016.
Michael was born December 10, 1959 in Ely, MN, to the late Bert Berglund and Joan (Zupec) Berglund Leustek.
Mike attended Ely Memorial until completion of high school, and joined the Army in August of 1978. He earned the rank of SP4, received an Expert Badge M-16, worked for the Army Corps of Engineers, and completed a Materials Quality Specialist Course. He was honorably discharged in 1981. He then worked in South Dakota for Braun Engineering for a few years, before moving back to Ely and working for his step-father Al Leustek in road construction.
Mike united in marriage to Dolores (Tomczak) Berglund on November 27, 1987 at his parents’ residence.


Clifford H. Georges, 95 of Ely, dies

Clifford H. Georges, 95 of Ely, a World War II Marine veteran passed away at his residence on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of


Stefani Strezishar, 84, of Babbitt, dies

STEFANI (SCHAGER) STREZISHAR 84 passed away July 8that the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital after a short illness. Stefani was born July 20, 1932 to Johann and Rosa (Roschitch) Schager in Maierle, Slovenia. While living in various displacement camps in Austria with her mother and siblings, her aunt and uncle, Mary and John Rom, sponsored her to come to Ely, Minnesota. She arrived in New York aboard the USNS General Harry Taylor on August 7, 1951. She married Thomas Strezishar April 25, 1953 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and began their family. They moved to Babbitt in 1964. She was employed by Babbitt State Bank and then as a baker for Zup’s Store. Steffi put her family and God above everything. She was an active member of St. Pius Catholic Church.


Frederick M. Janezich, 91, of Ely, dies

Frederick M. Janezich , 91, passed away June 10, 2017 at Boundary Waters Care Center, Ely.
Fred was born April 3, 1926 to Louis and Ana (Matelic) Janezich in Ely.
He graduated from Ely Memorial High School and from Ely Junior College. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II having served in Germany.
Some of his favorite activities were hunting deer, moose, and small game, reading, woodworking, making various wines and cooking delicious Slovenian cuisine.
Preceding Fred in death were his parents, a very young sister Annie and his brother Louis.
Surviving Fred is a sister, Leona Janezich, and many cousins and special friends.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Kerntz Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


Stanley Starkman, 87, of Ely, dies

Stanley Starkman, 87, of Ely, passed away on June 28, 2017. He was born on June 5, 1930 to Richard and Erma (Dyhr) in Ely. He was a 1948 graduate of Ely Memorial High School. Stan answered his country’s call and was sent to fight in the Korean War where he earned 3 Bronze Stars for Valor in combat. Stan married the love of his life, Marianne Olsson, in 1967 and had two children together. Stan spent most of his working career in the mining industry. He worked in the Zenith Mine in Ely and then at Reserve in Babbitt until 1983. Stan sold firewood for many years until his retirement. In his younger days he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a humble and soft spoken man with a great sense of humor.


Amy J. Adams, 55, of Minneapolis dies

Amy J. Adams, 55, of Minneapolis died of cancer on July 1, 2017. She was the daughter of Fred and Jeanne Adams of Cedar Falls, IA.
Amy studied painting at the School of Associated Arts in St. Paul where she earned her BFA. She began her career in the Virgin Islands painting murals for resorts. In FL, Amy opened a beach gift shop of her art creations and wrote an astrology column for the local paper. In AZ, she developed her oil technique, painting southwest landscapes and discovered her affinity for Native American culture. Amy was happiest spending summers at the family cabin near Ely, MN and canoeing in the BWCA. All these locales became subjects of her many paintings and revealed her reverence for the natural world.


Sigrid A. (Rein) Nelson, formerly of Babbitt, dies

Nelson/Rein Sigrid A (Matteson)
Age 96, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the home of her daughter Susan in Brooklyn Park, under the care of Allina Hospice and April Swanson, caregiver & friend.
Born on Sept. 8, 1920 in Hawthorne WI, she was the youngest of Charles and Josephine Matteson’s 13 children. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands (Orvald and Martin), all 12 siblings, step-son Jerry, many in-laws, several nieces and nephews as well as dear friends. She is survived by her loving children and their spouses, daughter-in-law Janny, grandchildren, family, and friends.
Tootie grew up in the rural neighborhood of Bear River MN with most of her siblings. In 1940 she married Orvald Rein and welcomed four children, Orvald (Marcie), Perry (Carolyn), Judy (Sean) Clerkin, and Susan (Terry) Loushin to their family.


Verna Mae Thomas Spalj, 91, of Crosby, MN dies

Verna Mae Thomas Spalj, 91, of Crosby, MN passed away on June 21, 2017. Preceded in death by husband, George T Spalj. Survived by daughter, Kaye (Tim) Igo and son, Greg (Colleen) Spalj; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Brother, Don Thomas, Sisters-in-Law: Natalie Spalj and Nancy Spalj; many nieces and nephews. Verna loved her family, singing, dancing, golf, and winters in AZ.
A Memorial Mass will be 11 a,m, Friday, July 7 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Crosby with visitation at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions preferred to brain tumor research – Humor to Fight the Tumor Foundation. Many thanks to the staff at CRMC for their care of Verna for over 19 years. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.


Stan Starkman, 87, of Ely, dies

Stan Starkman, 87, of Ely, passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Carefree Assisted Living in Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


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