Obituaries

Thu
16
Mar

Don (Herm) Zorman, 63, of Remer dies

Don (Herm) Zorman, 63, of Remer passed away at home surrounded by his family and friends on March 12, 2017.
Herm was born in Ely, MN on July 25, 1953 and moved to Remer in 1989. Herm made a living driving semi-truck as either an owner/operator or company driver and was a member of the Teamsters Union. When he wasn’t driving, Herm enjoyed fishing on the pontoon, bonfires, cutting firewood, spending time with family and friends and having a few Black Labels to relax.
He was preceded in death by his father Arthur Zorman; brother, Gene, and sister Peggy Povhe.
He is survived by his wife Faye; son, Tony (Angie Brausen); daughters, Randi (Ron) Robison and Kayci Rae. Grandsons, Frank and Skippy - AKA Kaleb and Logan, and his special little buddy, Ryker; Mother Betty Ann Zorman; brothers, Sam (Marlene) Zorman, Dale (Patty) Zorman, Jack (Nancy) Zorman, Glen (Lynn) Zorman; sister, Donna Zorman, and many nieces and nephews.

Wed
15
Mar

Minnie Vandervest, 95, dies

Minnie Vandervest, 95, formerly from Ely/Babbitt.
We lost our beloved mom, Minnie, age 95, known to her friends as Snappy and Corky, on March 7, 2017.
She was a woman of great strength, love, generosity and most of all humor. She is loved and missed by many.
She was preceded in death by husband, Earl (Curly). She is survived by her brother Sonny and her four children: Susan, Annie, Colleen (Craig), Merle (Sandy) five grandchildren, and four great grandchildren and special friend Karen.
A Celebration of Life will be on June 10, 2017 in Babbitt, Minnesota.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Health East Hospice St. Paul and the St. Paul Deaf Club.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home.

Wed
15
Mar

Lucille E. Carlson, 78, of Ely, dies

Lucille (Lucy) Ellen Carlson, age 78, of Ely, MN passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the Boundary Waters Care Center. She was born on June 9, 1943 in Duluth, MN to Waino and Vieno (Simola) Walkama. She spent her youth on the family homestead in Makinen and graduated from Cotton High School in 1956 as valedictorian.
Not long after graduation she married Bob Carlson and moved to New York and started her family. A few years later they moved back to the Iron Range, living in Aurora and finally settling in Tower-Soudan. After raising her children, now single, she went on to continue her education in business and the majority of her working career was spent as a professional seamstress, owning her own business in Virginia and Ely. If she could not sew it, you probably didn’t need it! Her specialty custom sewing included draperies and wedding gowns. She worked as a cook in a number of different restaurants and hand addressed cards for Irresistible Ink in Ely.

Tue
14
Mar

Paul A. Jauhola, 61, of Ely, dies

Paul A. Jauhola, 61, of Ely, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017 at his residence. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Ely at 1:30 P.M. with visitation being held one hour prior to the service at the church. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Tue
14
Mar

Thomas J. Strezishar, 85, of Babbitt, dies

THOMAS JAMES STREZISHAR, 85, passed away peacefully in his sleep during the early morning of Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Tom was born in Ely on January 8, 1932 to Jacob and Mary (Melovasich) Strezishar. He attended Ely High School and enlisted in the US Army. On April 25, 1952 he married Stefani Schager at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely, moving to Babbitt in 1964. Tom retired from Reserve Mining in 1983 and later found employment with TireCycle and the Babbitt School District. He loved spending time with family and friends, hosting backyard parties, entertaining everyone with his button box accordion, and winning at cribbage. For many years, he donned a white beard and red suit as Santa Claus to bring cheer to children of all ages. He was a member of St. Pius Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and American Legion.

Mon
13
Mar

Rose Ferderber, 100, of Ely, dies

Rose Ferderber, 100, passed away in Duluth March 13, 2017 after a long life. She was born in Eveleth on January 13, 1917.
Rose married George Ferderber in 1940 in Eveleth and moved to Ely.
She was a bartender at the Moose Club, Vet’s and Elna’s. She was a member of the Women of the Moose, Slovenian Women’s Union and the Slovenian Chorus.
She enjoyed baking and making Potica. She was the second person to bowl a 600 series in Ely and went to many tournaments and received many awards for her bowling. She also spent much of her younger days at the cabin on Farm Lake. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gambling.
She is survived by her grandchildren: Mark Jandrey (Ely, MN) Raelyne Jandrey (Spring, TX) and Paul Jandrey (Ely, MN) Sisters: Helen Settimi (Hoyt Lakes, MN), Frances Kramar (Duluth, MN) and Mary Stanich (Auburn Hills, MI) Great-grandchildren: Jeramiah Fuller (Spartanburg, SC) and Ashley Fuller (Spring, TX) along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Wed
08
Mar

Tom Richards of Winton, dies

Tom Richards, 74, of Ely passed away on March 8, 2017. He was born on January 29, 1943 in Ely Minnesota. He proudly served his country in the Navy during the Bay of Pigs crisis. Tom had many adventures in his life but was most remembered for his “junk yard.” He was a great man who always had a story to tell. Anybody who knew Tom has a favorite memory of him.
He is survived by his wife Joan, of 53 years; his daughter Rosemary (Richie) Johnson of New Jersey, Kevin of Virginia, and Kelly Ann (Megan) of Ely; grandchildren: Kevin, Magen, Cory, Amy, Jessica, Shawn, Brendan, Taryn, Amanda and Christian, great grandchildren along with his sister Edie, nephews Gary and Pete Tedrick, and close personal friends Mike and Dan.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lillian and Tom, his sister Mary Ann, and his son Tommy.

Mon
06
Mar

Catherine Joan Chimzar, 93, of Woodbury, formerly of Ely, dies

Catherine Joan Chimzar, 93, of Woodbury, formerly of Ely, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017.
Catherine or Katie, as her family called her, passed peacefully into eternal life surrounded by her family on March 5, 2017 at the Woodbury Nursing Home in Woodbury, MN. She was born in Ely, Minnesota to Lucas and Katarina Chimzar on March 14, 1923 – the first generation Slovenian in this country. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Joseph and Frank, sister Julia Mavetz, brother-in-law John Mavetz and sister-in-law Dorothy Chimzar.

Fri
03
Mar

Gerald (Jerry) Henry Filson, of Cottage Grove, MN, formerly of Ely, dies

Gerald (Jerry) Henry Filson, of Cottage Grove, MN, formerly of Ely, MN, passed away at the age of 77, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s on January 26, 2017.
Jerry was a kind and gentle man with unwavering integrity and an exceedingly brilliant mind. After receiving his civil engineering degree from the University of MN, he left the state to begin his professional career on the Seattle freeway with the State of Washington. He proposed to Esther Jackola of Buhl, MN, to come to Seattle. They married and had two daughters, Jennifer and Julie. After five years in Seattle, they came back to MN and settled in their home for the next 50 years in Cottage Grove where Jerry served the MN Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) as the Chief Design Engineer for 30 years. Just a few of his DNR projects include the DNR fish pond at the MN State Fair and the High Bridge at Tettegouchee State Park.

Thu
02
Mar

Paul Lahti, 71, of Payson, Arizona dies

Paul Lahti, 71, of Payson, Arizona passed away on February 24, 2017 at his residence. He was born August 16, 1945 to Oscar H. and Mary (Sever) Lahti in Ely, Minnesota.

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