Obituaries

Tue
06
May

John Leo “Trooper” Yadlosky, 69, of Ely, dies

John Leo “Trooper” Yadlosky, 69, of Ely, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Essentia Health- St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.
He was born on June 2, 1944 in Ely to Paul and Antonia (Mayerle) Yadlosky. He attended school in Ely, graduated from the Ely Junior College and from UMD. He was united in marriage to Sharon Maddern on May 28, 1977. He then worked as a custodian in the Ely School District for 34 years. After his retirement in 2009, he enjoyed helping care for the children at his wife’s daycare.
John is survived by his wife of 36 years Sharon (Maddern) and his daughter Stacy Yadlosky (fiance Chad Weigel) of Elk River, MN; his siblings, Barb (Yadlosky) Buck of Babbitt; Larry Yadlosky of Duluth, and Paul (Shirley) Yadlosky of Desert Hot Springs, CA, and several nieces and nephews.

Sun
04
May

John L. Yadlosky, 69, of Ely, dies

John L. Yadlosky, 69, of Ely, passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Essentia Health- St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Thu
01
May

Eugene “Geno” H. Nelson, 77, Ely, dies

Eugene “Geno” H. Nelson, 77, Ely, died Monday, Apri1 28,2014 at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, MN after a year-long cancer battle.
He was born July 22, 1936 in the Shipman Hospital in Ely, the son of Harold and Frances (Mavetz) Nelson.
Gene began his hard-working mining career at Pioneer Mine in Ely; then was employed with Reserve Mining Company in Babbitt. Later, he enjoyed a senior employment program position at the U.S. Forest Service airplane hangar on Shagawa Lake, his favorite place since youth. He enjoyed fishing trips with his buddies, a ham radio hobby, and his many years with his special friend and partner Sandra “Sandy” Stenvik and their dachshund dogs.
Gene is survived by his two daughters, Peggy Nelson and Anna James; granddaughter Jill Cruz, all of St. Paul; and Sandy’s children: Owen Stenvik, Thief River Falls, Mark Stenvik, Minneapolis, Cheryl Stenvik, Blaine, Elissa Lindsoe, Shoreview, and Ralph Stenvik, Plymouth.

Tue
29
Apr

Evelyn O. Hande, 97, of Minneapolis dies

Evelyn O. Hande, 97, of Minneapolis passed away on Monday April 28, 2014. Evelyn taught school for 25 years in Willmar and Minneapolis Southwest High School. She was a long time member of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church.
She was preceded in death by husband, Edwin; parents. Oscar and Dora Ogrosky; and brother, Harold Ogrosky. She is survived by her children: Dr. Kenneth (Mary) Hande of Nashville, TN, Patricia (Ray) Hartman of Eagan, MN and Carol (Ross) Petersen of Ely, MN; grandchildren: Scott, Carolyn. Katherine, Reed. Sally, Beth and Andy; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral Monday, May 5 at 1:00 p.m. at Mount Olivet Careview Home, 5517 Lyndale Ave S., Minneapolis with interment in Fort Snelling National Cemetery. www.Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996  

Tue
29
Apr

Leigh J. Dockendorf, 63, dies

Leigh J. Dockendorf,  63, of Brooklyn Center, MN died peacefully at home surrounded by family, on April 20,2014.
Leigh is survived by her husband Mark Dockendorf; brothers: Barry, Pete, and Lief; mother-in-law Mary Rozman of Babbitt, MN; sister-in-laws: Carol (Rob)Frost, Paula (Marvin) Jonas and Gwen Dockendorf; nieces; Brianna, Ana, Caitlin  and Elizabeth; nephews; Lief IV, Paul, Peter (Susan), Ryan (Becky) and Seth.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents and sister-in-law (Roxanne Dockendorf).
In keeping with Leigh’s wishes...no services will be held.
When tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart, for every time you think of me, I’m right there
in your heart.

Fri
25
Apr

Joseph Mathew Kovall, Jr., 86, dies

Joseph Mathew Kovall, Jr., 86, of Babbitt passed away Monday, April 21,  2014 at Carefree Living.
Joseph worked for Reserve Mining Company and was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict.
He is survived by his loving wife Muriel; daughters: Ramona (Ron) Jokela and Dianne (Harold) Breffle; grandchildren: Justin (Ryan), Mathew (Tara), Kyle (Jessica) and Celeste (Zac); and great-grandson Hayden.
Private services and burial will be on May 9, 2014 at the Ely Cemetery.  Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.

Fri
25
Apr

Dr. Paul Roy Leon, 85, dies

Dr. Paul Roy Leon, 85, died April 11, 2014 in Aberdeen, SD. He attended Ely schools in childhood. He is survived by six children, 28 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a sister, Barbara. He enjoyed camping in the Boundary Waters with his family. He had a life-long enjoyment of music, hunting, reading, snowmobiling, skiing, lakeside living and traveling. His wife Therese preceded him in death.

Wed
23
Apr

Brenda Molly Bobence, 50, dies

Brenda Molly Bobence, 50, went home to meet her savior on Easter Day, Sunday April 20, 2014. Brenda was born in Minneapolis, MN to Robert Nadeau and Mary Gresly on April 17, 1964. Brenda grew up in Ely and she graduated from Ely Memorial High School. She has lived on her own in Fergus Falls, MN for many years. She was previously married to Paul Koski and later married Mike Bobence.
She enjoyed making people laugh. She was always the first to tell a joke or try to lighten your mood. Brenda loved animals and for the past several years, she volunteered at the Fergus Falls Human Society. She adopted a dog named Milo and he was very special to her.
Brenda is survived by her children: Katherine Koski, Scott Koski and Daniel Bobence; three granddaughters; two grandsons; sister Gena (Gresly) Rees, brother Erick Gresly, many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mon
21
Apr

Clarice Irene Haapala, 78, of Babbitt, dies

Clarice Irene Haapala, 78 of Babbitt, died peacefully at home, surrounded by her family on Sunday, April 20, 2014.
She was born in Ely to Ralph and Lilian (Waisanen) Maki.  Clarice was preceded in death by her parents, step-father Rudy Rom, brother Clyde Maki, sister-in-law Margie Maki and grandson Neil Haapala.

Mon
21
Apr

James (Jim) David Loushin, 76, of Babbitt dies

James (Jim) David Loushin, 76, of Babbitt went to his heavenly home Friday, April 18, 2014 at Carefree Living Memory Care in Babbitt.
Jim was born and raised in Ely, delivered papers and worked for the Standard gas station. Following graduation, he worked in Pioneer Mine and served in the US Army in Heidelberg, Germany. Upon his return, he worked for many years as a mechanic for Reserve Mining Company, Aysta Dairy and LTV.
Jim married Jean (Schmid) in Tower in 1963. They made their home in Babbitt where they raised their six children.
Jim had a strong trust in the Lord and was a faithful member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd for nearly 50 years.

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