Obituaries

Sat
25
Feb

Alice Ann Kovall, 99, of Grass Valley, Calif., formerly of Ely, dies

Alice Ann Kovall, 99, of Grass Valley, Calif., formerly of Ely, passed away in Grass Valley on Nov. 7, 2016.
Alice was born June 4, 1917, the daughter of immigrants Steve Kovall (Austria/Hungary) and Margaret Staresinich Kovall Chelesnik (Slovenia). Alice attended the Ely schools and moved to California in 1936 to join her husband who had found work in the restaurant business. It was in California where Alice raised her family, although through the years she made regular return visits to the Ely Area to visit family members.
Alice spent much of her working life in Palo Alto, where she worked from 1960-1985 as clinic coordinator at Stanford University Medical Center.

Fri
24
Feb

Albert Veranth, 99, of Ely, dies

Albert Jerome (Al, Abba) Veranth, 99, of Ely, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Ely Bloomenson Hospital.
Al was born on May 9, 1917, the second of four children born to Joseph and Mary Veranth. He was a lifelong resident of Ely.

Wed
22
Feb

Angela (Robich) Barich, 94, of Ely, dies

Angela Louise (Robich) Barich, 94, of Ely, passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Angie was born on January 9, 1923 in Ely to Joseph and Mary (Zema) Robich. She was married to George J. Barich on May 2, 1968 for 28 years She was a lifetime resident of Ely who enjoyed canning peppers, making poticas, loved her polka music and for entertainment she liked to gamble. She worked for many years as a barmaid at the VFW Club and the Legion Building, as well as catering at Barbara Ann Bakery. She was a member of the Woman’s VFW Auxiliary, the Moose Club and St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Angie was a great woman who worked hard all of her life but also was wonderful loving mother who will be gratefully missed but remembered in our hearts.

Tue
14
Feb

Ryan Stahl, 38, of Ely, dies

Ryan Stahl, 38, of Ely, passed away in Eveleth, MN on Monday, February 13, 2017.
Ryan was born on April 21, 1978 in Ely to Burnie and Carol Stahl. He attended Ely Memorial High School. He lived the majority of his life in Ely. He also lived in Virginia, MN for about four years and lived for a time in Colorado Springs, CO.
Ryan worked in the blacktop business doing sealcoating. He also worked construction with his father and brother. He also worked at Stony Ridge Restaurant.
He is survived by his wife: Amy (Grembowski), daughter: Jade Stahl of Newport, MN, son: Tyler Stahl of Royalton, MN, his parents: Burnie and Carol of Ely, his brother: Jason (Jessie) Stahl of Duluth, nephews: Andrew and Troy Stahl; first wife: Shannon Perry, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Alisha Jenn, maternal grandparents Andrew and Mary Jaworski, paternal grandparents Samuel and Evelyn Tuomala.

Fri
10
Feb

Judith Mackie, 76, of Babbitt, formerly of Ely, dies

Judy Mackie, 76, technically of Babbitt’s Carefree Assisted Living, but in her heart always Ely, passed away on February 9, 2017, after battling a long illness.
Judy took great pride in being a citizen of Ely, the faculty secretary for many years at Vermilion Community College and a member of the Grace Lutheran Church. The family gives heartfelt thanks to all that helped Judy during her long illness, especially our mother’s other half and cousin Luana Riikola, who orchestrated, arranged and attended everything single thing with our mother. It was because of Luana and the wonderful people of the Ely area that our mother was able to stay up in the area she loved so much.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents Toumi Ahola and Aune Ahola Gheen, her husband Paul Mackie, her brother Richard “Slim” Ahola, sister and brother-in-law Paula and Frank Zupec, and nephew Rory Vesel.

Fri
10
Feb

Shirley Markovich, 70, of Ely, dies

Barbara Shirley Markovich, 70, passed away February 9, 2017 surrounded by family at Boundary Waters Care Center.
Shirley was born December 14, 1946 to John and Julia Puzel. She married Jim Markovich in February of 1964 and had two daughters. She spent her entire life in Ely and enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling and antique cars, but later in life she and Jim enjoyed spending time together at their hunting shack until Jim passed away in 2010 and Shirley’s health declined.
She is survived by daughters: Michelle (Dan) Carlson of Bemidji and Patricia Velcheff of Ely; mother Julia Puzel of Ely; brothers: John Puzel of Florida and Jim Puzel of Ely; grandchildren: Billy Taylor of Bemidji, Dylan Haas of Ely and Lacey Velcheff of Ely; great-grandson Logan Haas of Florida; nieces and nephew: JJ (Rhonda) Puzel of Ely, Becky (Nathan) Moyer of St. Michael and Hailey (Ryan) Ring of Florida.

Thu
09
Feb

Patricia “Pat” Kinzer, 86, of Babbitt, dies

Patricia “Pat” Kinzer, 86, of Babbitt, Minnesota, died peacefully February 8, 2017, surrounded by her children.

Pat was born in Cicero, Illinois, June 15, 1930. She had a wonderful childhood in Buckman, Minnesota, with her mom, dad and seven siblings. Pat graduated from Royalton High School in 1946 and furthered her education by getting an elementary
education degree from St. Cloud Normal School in 1948. Pat taught in rural elementary schools throughout Minnesota in the 1950’s.

Tue
31
Jan

Robert Edwin Paavola, 71, dies

Robert Edwin Paavola, 70 passed away on Tuesday, January 24 surrounded by his loving family. He lived in Chula Vista CA. He was born on May 20, 1946. He was proud to have served his country in the U. S. Navy retiring as a Senior Chief after 24 years. He enjoyed riding his dune buggy with friends in the desert and spending time with family. His warm, thoughtful, kind heart and sense of humor lives on through all who knew him.
Robert is survived by his wife Gloria, of 52 years; daughter Michelle Alderete (Ignacio); grandchildren: Haley, Hannah and Hayden, sisters: Jane Vukelich (David) of Babbitt, Cathy Coombe (Brian) of Ely, and Judy Paavola (Ken McAndrew) Jacksonville, Florida, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by parents, Edwin and Frances Paavola. His memorial service will be on February 15 at MCAS Miramar, San Diego, CA with full military honors.

Tue
31
Jan

Patti Lee Koschak, 65, of Ely dies

Patti Lee Koschak, 65, of Ely passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital.
She was born and raised in Ely and had been a life-long resident. Patti ran an electrical contracting company with her husband until his passing.
Her joys in life included anything to do with her grandson, music, Greek and Roman history and animals.
Patti is survived by her grandson Alexander, daughter Jacki and her son-in-law Brent; her furry animals and four siblings, Jack, Martha, Marjorie and Paul.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Margaret and her husband Thomas.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.

Fri
27
Jan

Conrad J. Franz, 73, formerly of Babbitt, dies

Conrad J. Franz, 73, formerly of Babbitt, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

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