Obituaries

Fri
04
Aug

Marcella Agnes (LaBelle) Archambault, 95, dies

Marcella Agnes (LaBelle) Archambault, 95, born Sept. 95, 1921, passed away on July 29, 2017. Anyone who knew her benefited from her kindness and generosity. She loved caring for her family and no one left her home empty handed. There are no words adequate enough to express the loss we all feel. She is preceded in death by her parents Wilfred and Teresa LaBelle (Murphy); husband Chuck; children, David, Dick, Jim and Steve; grandson Brian Lyke; granddaughter Jamie and great granddaughter Jessie. Her siblings James (congressional medal of honor recipient), Norman, Howard, Evelyn Roo and Virginia Carpentier.
She is survived by her children Barb Lyke and Charlie Archambault; Her sisters Mary Lou Steiner and Elaine Lauer. Along with many grand children, great grand children, daughters in law, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at Washburn-McReavy Hillside Chapel on Wednesday Aug. 9, 2017 at 2 p.m. Visitation one hour prior. Interment at Hillside to follow.

Thu
03
Aug

Gerald Smith, 91, of Winton, dies

Gerald Smith, 91, of Winton, passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Thu
03
Aug

Amelia (Gorshe) Novak, 98, a lifelong resident of Ely, dies

Amelia (Gorshe) Novak, 98, a lifelong resident of Ely, passed away on Thursday August 3, 2017 at Carefree Living in Ely. She was born on September 28, 1918 in Ely to Carl (Charles) Gorshe and Mary (Zabasnik) Gorshe. She graduated from Ely Memorial High School.
Amelia devoted her life to raising her family and making her delicious walnut and apple poticas. She loved making all the traditional Slovenian dishes which her family and friends enjoyed eating. She was a member of the Western Slavonic Association (WSA) and St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. .
She was preceded in death by her parents, son James, sisters: Mary Deyak, Caroline Likar, Frances Urbas, Jenny Mehelich, Angela Lobe, Julia Fink, her brother, Charles Gorshe, and her husband of 72 years, Charles Novak.

Wed
02
Aug

Angela Kay Stitt-Mackey, 44, of Las Vegas, NV, dies

Angela Kay Stitt-Mackey, 44, of Las Vegas, NV, formerly of Grand Rapids, MN, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Spring Valley Hospital in Las Vegas, NV.
Angela was born in 1973 to Caroline and Ray Stitt in Grand Rapids, MN. She attended grade school in Warba, MN and then attended Grand Rapids Middle School and graduated from Grand Rapids High School. Angela attended Itasca Community College where she studied accounting and later studied massage therapy in Roseville, MN.
Angela was united in marriage to Christopher Mackey on October 6, 2014 in Las Vegas NV where they made their home.
Preceding her in death was her mother, Caroline Stitt in 1999.

Sat
29
Jul

Kennedi Swanson, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017

Kennedi Mae Swanson born June 7, 2017, passed away peacefully in her Mommy and Daddy’s loving arms on July 28, 2017, at St. Mary’s Medical Center.
Kennedi is the daughter of Alexa Koponen and Austin Swanson.
Kennedi’s 7 short weeks here on earth were filled with so much Love and Happiness; she was a very happy and content little angel. She had her mommy’s beautiful big brown eyes and her daddy’s infectious smile. She was our family’s perfect little flower picked too soon. During her short time here, Kennedi gave us a lifetime of love.

Fri
28
Jul

Joye M. Soderberg, 88, of Ely, dies

Joye Marilyn Soderberg, 88, passed away on July 28, 2017 at Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely, Minnesota. She was born on January 27, 1929 in Ely, MN to Emil and Lillian Forsman.
Joye was a lifelong resident of Ely and graduated from Memorial High School in 1946. She attended Ely Junior College where she studied business services. Joye married Norman A. Soderberg of Soudan, Minnesota in November 1947. Joye and Norm lived in Ely throughout their marriage, raising four children.
Joye was a working woman all of her life, from jointly operating Sody’s Soda shop in the 1950s to various jobs in local businesses, from retail jobs to cleaning homes for people. She began working for Don Beland’s Canoe Outfitters in 1970 and stayed with the business as Office Manager as it changed to Tom and Woods’ Moose Lake Wilderness Canoe Trips, retiring in 1995.

Wed
26
Jul

Judy Mackie, 76, Ely memorial service Saturday, July 29

Judy Mackie, 76, Ely, MN, passed away Feb. 9 at Babbitt Carefree Living.
There will be a gathering of friends and family at the Grace Lutheran Church in Ely from 2-3 p.m., followed by a memorial
service at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 29. In lieu of flowers, please consider a small donation to Northwoods Partners. Arrangements by Kerntz Funeral Home.

Thu
20
Jul

Alice Ann Kovall, 99, mass in Ely August 4

Alice Ann Kovall passed away peacefully at Brownswick Village Assisted Living Facility in Grass Valley, California on Nov. 7, 2016. She was 99 years old.
Alice was born in Ely, Minnesota on June 4, 1917, one of seven children born to immigrant parents Steven Kovall (Austria/Hungary) and Margaret Staresinich Kovall (Slovenia). Her father Steven was in the dry goods business in Ely until his untimely death at age 42. At that time the family was dispersed to friends and relatives until her mother married John Chelesnik and the family was reunited and relocated to a farm outside of Ely. Alice attended public schools in Ely through the ninth grade until the hardship of winter travel ended her formal education.

Thu
20
Jul

Ronald A. Omerza, 76, dies

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

Wed
19
Jul

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.

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