Obituaries

Thu
25
May

Mary E. May, 91, of Ely, dies

Mary E. May, 91, of Ely, passed away on May 24, 2017 at Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital.
She was born on September 24, 1925, to Joseph and Sylvia (Dolenshak) Zgainer of Ely. Mary graduated from Ely Memorial High School, Class of 1943. Following her graduation, she moved to Detroit to work as a “Rosey” at the Cadillac Tank Arsenal factory until the end of WWII. She then worked for Common Wealth Brass in Detroit. Mary returned to Ely to take care of her mother with failing health. Mary is a former member of the Ely VFW Auxiliary.
She is survived by a granddaughter, Michelle (Dale) Rever of Ely, special nephew, Joey Zgainer; numerous other nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her son, Edward “Bob” May; daughter Marilyn Jo May; brothers, John, Joseph and Robert; sister Emily Fordham.
Burial will be in the Ely Cemetery. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Tue
23
May

Peter Karberg Pestalozzi, 64, dies

Peter Karberg Pestalozzi, 64, passed peacefully in his home in Ely on May 20, 2017, surrounded by family and friends.
Peter was born November 19, 1952 in Roslyn, New York. He moved to the Twin Ports, where he raised his children, set the stage for grandchildren, and fell in love with the creative energy of Lake Superior and the Northwoods.
Peter was known for his creative talent and love of fine woodworking-- from photography, building organs, sea kayaks and canoes, cabinetry, and finally his most acclaimed artwork-- the design and creation of fine wood furniture.

Tue
23
May

Judith Vollom, 72, of Babbitt, dies

Judith Vollom, 72, of Babbitt, passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Carefree Assisted Living in Babbitt. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Fri
19
May

Richard (Dick) W. Maki, 82, dies

Richard (Dick) W. Maki, 82, born May 21, 1934 - died May 12, 2017.
His life revolved around music, playing in the MN Brass Drum & Bugle Corps for over 60 years and in the Zuhrah Shrine Drum Corps & Band. He was inducted into the World Drum Corps hall of fame. He liked schnauzers and singing in church. He enjoyed traveling in the US, South America & Europe, and spending time at his lakehome in Ely, MN. He was a Vikings season ticket holder for 50 years.
He is survived by wife of 53 years, Bunny (Margaret); children: Richard T. Maki and Sara Marcatto; grandchildren: Kaarina Maki and Dalton Thibodo; nephews Brett and Scott Esterberg. Preceded in death by his parents and sister. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 3 at St. Michael Lutheran Church, 1660 W. County Rd B, Roseville with visitation 1 hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to MN Brass Drum & Bugle Corps, PO Box 7341, St. Paul, MN 55107.

Fri
19
May

Joseph A. Kastelic, 62, of Chippewa Falls, dies

Joseph A. Kastelic, 62, of Chippewa Falls, died Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his loving family under the care of St. Joseph’s Hospice.
Joe was born May 29, 1954 in Ely, MN, the son of Joseph G. and Mary Ann (Arola) Kastelic.
On June 9, 1984, Joe married Kristi Sellon at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely, MN.
Joe graduated from St. John’s College in 1977. He then taught Social Studies, History and Civics at St. Cloud Cathedral from 1977-1978, he was an computer programmer at AFU in Ely and substitute teacher and coach at Ely High School, and then moved to Chippewa Falls to teach at McDonell from 1986-1988 where he was an assistant football coach and golf coach, and later taught Social Studies and was a class advisor at New Auburn from 1988-2004 until early retirement due to health issues.

Thu
18
May

Lindsey E. Lien, 68, of Excelsior, Minnesota and Ely, dies

Lindsey E. Lien, 68, of Excelsior, Minnesota and Ely, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017, at his home as a result of cancer diagnosed in 2015 and, after a short remission, returned. His wife, Mary Ellen, was at his side.

Lindsey was born November 16, 1948, in Princeton, Minnesota, the son of Elton and Mildred (Schultz) Lien. At a young age, he moved with his family to Northfield where he was raised and graduated in 1967. He then attended the University of Minnesota where he met his future wife, Mary Ellen Gardner. Lindsey and Mary Ellen were united in marriage on June 25, 1971 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Minneapolis. Lindsey worked as a carpenter and built their dream home near Lake Minnetonka and their cabin in Ely.

Wed
17
May

Robert Karasti, of Ely, dies

Robert Karasti, of Ely, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Mon
15
May

Floyd K. Bach, 79, of Ely, dies

Floyd Kingsley Bach, 79, of Ely, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 15, 2017, surrounded by his family at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. He was born in 1937 in Walker, MN to William and Dorothy (Kingsley) Bach.
Floyd was raised on a farm with cattle, horses, pigs and crop farming. He enjoyed playing musical instruments; his favorite was his trusty harmonica. As he was growing up he became a jack of trades, he also was a trapper, mechanic, over the road truck driver, heavy equipment operator, logger and settled on becoming a licensed contractor, which truly was his passion for over 65 plus years. He truly enjoyed teaching the building trade and was very generous with anyone down on their luck.
In his spare time, he enjoyed tinkering in just about anything, but enjoyed his garden, horseshoes, Elvis – music, dancing, was the governor of the Ely Moose Lodge for a short time in the early ’90s.

Sat
13
May

Earlene M. O’Brien, 83, of Ely, formerly of Chicago, dies

Earlene M. O’Brien, 83, of Ely, formerly of Chicago, passed away at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Fri
12
May

Elias James Cersine, 26, dies

Elias James Cersine, 26, of McKinley, formerly of Babbitt passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

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