Obituaries

Wed
26
Nov

JoAnn Merlyn Bradley, 84, dies

JoAnn Merlyn Bradley, 84, of Duluth, passed away on Monday, Nov. 17 at Edgewood Vista after a courageous seven month battle against breast cancer. She is survived by three daughters including Leslie (Bob) Hamilton of Ely and five grandchildren including Ryan and Kyle Kratt of Ely. Services were held Wednesday, Nov. 26 in the Faith Baptist Church in Hermantown.

Tue
25
Nov

Gene Hartfield, 102, of Babbitt, dies

Gene Rae Hartfield, 102, died peacefully at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely, Minnesota, on November 24, 2014.
She was born on February 27, 1912, in St. Francesville, Illinois, to Mike and Irene Lockman. Gene’s mother died soon after giving birth and Gene and her brother Don were raised by their grandparents who were tragically killed in a train accident when Gene was 13. Gene then went to live with her father and step-mother in Hammond, Indiana, where, years later, she would meet her husband of 67 years, Carl Hartfield.
Gene and Carl owned two businesses together: Hartfield’s Superette grocery store in Lansing, Illinois, and Wolf Lake Resort near Ely.
Gene was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansing, Illinois, First Lutheran Church in Ely, West Linn Lutheran Church in West Linn, Oregon, and Oak Knoll Lutheran Church in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Mon
24
Nov

Sharon L. Johnson, 67, of Babbitt, dies

Sharon L. Johnson, 67, of Babbitt, passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Mon
24
Nov

Ronald Mavetz, 78, of Ely, dies

Ronald Mavetz, 78, of Ely, passed away Monday, November 24, 2014 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely.
Ron was born in Ely to Frank and Frances (Scufsa) Mavetz.  He worked for the Ely Post Office for 35 years, retiring as Postmaster. He served in the U.S.Army from 1959 to 1960. Ron was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and the Ely Kiwanis Club. He loved to hunt, fish, travel and spend time with his family.
He is survived by his wife Mary Jo (Lobe) Mavetz;  children: Kim (Doug) Sanders of El Dorado Hills, CA, and their children: Austin and Skyler Sanders; Ron (Carol) Mavetz Jr. of Eagan, MN, and their child: Brady Mavetz;  Mike (Kelly) Mavetz of Lino Lakes, MN and their children: Brooke, Morgan and Taylor Mavetz; and Connie Jo (Pat) Coughlin of Orono, MN and their children: McKenna, Rachel and Kate Coughlin; brother: Edward Mavetz of Chicago and sister: Julia Calhoun of Milwaukee.

Thu
20
Nov

Violet May Aldrich, 80, of Ely, dies

Violet May (Wadsworth) Aldrich, 80, of Ely, passed away on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born July 2, 1934 in Coldwater, Michigan. Her parents were Ralph Wadsworth, Allie May Williams, and stepfather Matthew Offenbecher.
Violet graduated from Union City High School with the Class of 1952. On April 16, 1955 she married Douglas L. Aldrich. She had lived in Ely since January 1973. Prior to living in Ely, the Aldrich family resided in Athens, Michigan where Violet raised her three children and worked as a legal secretary for Transamerica Insurance. She was very active in her children’s lives, serving as a Cub Scout den mother and working with her daughter Catherine in the 4-H organization. Throughout her life, Violet was active in her church and taught Sunday school for many years.

Mon
17
Nov

Charlene Anne (DeToffol) Pope, 73, of Ely, dies

Charlene Anne (DeToffol) Pope, 73 of Ely, was called to Heaven on November 16, 2014 at Boundary Waters Care Center after enduring a long battle with numerous illnesses. She was born October 12, 1941 in Joliet, Illinois. She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank Pope; her parents Fred and Anne DeToffol; brother Gary DeToffol and great-grandson Owen Proznik.
She leaves behind a loving family she had a tremendous impact on. Her family includes: Laurie (Bill) Slaughter, Mike (Ellen) Pope; granddaughter Christy (Aaron) Garcia; Mary (Bill) Proznik; Kevin (Jessica) Pope; Samantha Dodd; Anthony Pope; granddaughter Michelle (Oliver) Cervantes; Teresa (Dave) Archer; great grandchildren: Austin Garcia, Madalyn Pope, Naomi Archer, Olivia Proznik, Landon Pope and Ava Proznik.

Mon
17
Nov

Rosemary Richards Colby, 75, dies

Rosemary Richards Colby passed away peacefully in her home on October 31, 2014. She was born on November 23,1939 to Mary (Pechaver) Loisel and Edward Richard.
Rosemary is survived by her daughter Kathy; special friend Deke Adams; grandchildren: Alexandra, Mason, Tyler and Breeanna; son-in-law Mike Selka; sister Charlotte (Tony) Colarich; brothers: Joe Loisel, Mike (Connie) Loisel; nephews: Peter, Ben and Joe Colarich, Erik and Todd Loisel; niece: Allyson Murray; a very special cousin Darinka Sodja and special friend Roberta Stepan.
She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather Joe Loisel and Kathy’s father Frank Sjolie. A service will be held in Lakewood, CO and then she will be brought home to be interred with her parents in the Ely Cemetery.

Fri
14
Nov

Bernice E. Thompson, 91, dies

   

Bernice E. Thompson, 91, of Virginia and formerly of Ely and Duluth, died Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at Edgewood Vista Memory Care in Virginia. She was born September 21, 1923 in Clarion, IA, the daughter of Otto and Anna (Hannasch) Munn. She graduated from high school and went on to attend the University of Dakota where she received a Food Service Degree. She was united in marriage to Harold Thompson in 1949 in Iowa.
Bernice and Harold owned and operated the Timber Trail Resort in Ely. She also worked as a Food Service Supervisor for Vertin’s in Ely, the Ely Bloomenson Hospital, and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. She was a member of St. Mary’s Auxiliary, VFW Post # 137 Auxiliary, and the West Duluth Women’s Club. She enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing.

Thu
13
Nov

Rudolph “Rudy” A. Marolt, 85, dies

Rudolph “Rudy” A. Marolt, 85, of Virginia, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. He was born on Sept. 24, 1929 in Gilbert to Matt and Frances (Perme) Marolt. He graduated as Valedictorian of his Gilbert High School class and also graduated from Eveleth Junior College and St. Cloud Teacher’s College. He taught school in Rush City for four years and lived in Ely for 38 years where he was a teacher and athletic director.
He had been a Virginia resident since 1996.
Rudy retired from teaching and worked as a funeral director for many years. He was a U.S. army veteran of the Korean Crisis.

Thu
13
Nov

Calvin C. “Jr.” Edstrom, 62, of Tower, dies

Calvin C. “Jr.” Edstrom, 62, of Tower, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, at his residence. He was employed at Ely Auto Service as a master technician. Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Virginia.

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