Obituaries

Sat
23
Aug

James Patrick Buske, 91, former resident, dies

James Patrick Buske, 91, of Two Harbors, passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Ecumen Scenic Shores. He was born in Ely.
A private family service will be held.

Thu
21
Aug

Steve Tome, 61, dies

Steve Tome, 61, passed away August 16, 2014.
He is deeply missed by his wife, Mary; sons: Jack (Tessa), Joe and Brian (Helen); grandchildren: Madelyn, Summer, Ethan and Jake; father Bernie (Vi); sister Randi (Dave) Tacheny; mother-in-law Ruth Lunquist and sister-in-laws: Renee (Rick) Martin and Jenny (Bruce) LaChance; nieces and nephews and many friends. Also missing him is his best friend and constant companion Ginger.
A celebration of Steve’s life will be held on Friday, August 22, 1:00 p.m. at the Longbranch in Winton.

Wed
20
Aug

Richard (Dick) (Bucky) Grahek, 73, of Coon Rapids dies

Richard (Dick) (Bucky) Grahek, 73, of Coon Rapids, formerly of Silver Bay, MN passed away August 18, 2014 after a brief battle with cancer.
Born October 26, 1940 in Ely, MN to Joseph and Christine Grahek. Served in US Air Force 1958-1968. Later employed at Reserve Mining and Fridley School District.
Survived by loving wife, Joann, of 50 years; children: Jim (Dana), Tom (Tina), and Laura (Andy) Dunaway, and eight grandchildren; sister: Susan (Steve) McNattin; a niece and several nephews. Preceded in death by parents, and brother Dennis (Toni).
Memorial service Friday, August 22, 11 a.m., Washburn-McReavy Seaman Chapel, 1827 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN. Visitation one hour prior to service. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family or donor’s choice.
www.Washburn-McReavy.com Coon Rapids Chapel 763-767-1000
 

Tue
19
Aug

Carol J. (Rautio) Mack, 66, dies

Carol J. (Rautio) Mack, 66, of White Bear Lake and Ely, passed away suddenly at home August 18, 2014. Full notice to follow.

Fri
15
Aug

John Elwood Mackey, 86 of Hudson, WI, dies

John Elwood Mackey, 86 of Hudson, WI, died August 14, 2014 at his home.
John was born on August 16, 1927 in Cass Lake, MN. He grew up in Cass Lake. After school he joined the Navy and served on the U.S.S Iowa during WWII. After he completed his duties with the Navy, he worked as a heavy equipment operator and helped build several dams including Garrison Dam in North Dakota and Oahe Dam in South Dakota. He married Mary Zimmerman on November 6, 1954. After attending Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, IL, they moved to northern Minnesota, eventually settling in Biwabik, where they raised their family in a house that John himself built.

Fri
15
Aug

Helen M. Latva, 78, dies

Helen M. Latva, 78, of Ely, passed away on Thursday, Aug.14, 2014, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. She was born on April 30, 1936, in Ely to Louis and Esther (Roiko) Loushin. Helen married Edwin Latva on Aug. 14, 1954, in Virginia and they raised four children. Helen was a lifelong resident of Ely and First Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years: Edwin, their children: Luann (Keith) BaDour of Glenwood City, WI, David Latva of Fairbault and Joel (Veronica) Latva of Mantua, OH; four grandchildren; one great- grandchild; and sister-in-law: Jean Loushin of Babbitt.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her sister and brother-in-law: Doris (Edgar) Dorn; brother and sister-in-law: Robert (Sandra) Loushin and brothers: James and Robert Loushin.

Thu
14
Aug

Rose (Shega) MacMasters, 96, dies

Rose MacMasters, 96, a longtime resident of Franklin, MN died Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Olivia.
Rose was born in Ely, MN on August 13, 1917 to John and Johanna (Drobnich) Shega. After attending school here, she worked cleaning houses. She then worked at The Chocolate Shop in Ely, where she met her future husband, Marvin, who was working in northern Minnesota for the U.S. Forest Service as a Radio Operator. They were married on July 7, 1938 at St Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely. In 1941 they moved to Bismarck, ND where Marvin worked at the Fort Lincoln Internment Camp as a Radio Dispatcher. In 1942 they moved to Dayton and later Fairborn, Ohio where he worked as an Electronics Engineer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. While Marvin was the breadwinner, Rose kept house and took care of their children. In 1972 they left their home in Fairborn and retired to Marvin’s home town, Franklin, MN.

Wed
13
Aug

Ross Harmon Buffington, 55, formerly of Ely, dies

Ross Harmon Buffington, 55, formerly of Ely, MN and Algona, IA, passed away in his hometown of Omaha, NE on July 26, 2014. He was born Sept. 9, 1958.
He was president of Boundary Waters Bank from 1988-2003. During his time in Ely he was involved in the Dorothy Molter Foundation and served on the Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital board and other civic organizations.
He is survived by his two sons and many other relatives in Iowa and Nebraska. Services were held on August 9 in Algona.

Wed
13
Aug

Eleanor Alice Bird, 91, dies

Eleanor Alice Bird, 91, of Virginia went to be with her Lord on August 5, 2014.
She was born on September 28, 1922, in Ely,  MN to Wesley and Dolly (Hintz) Beel.  Eleanor lived in Ely for 45 years and moved to Virginia in 1967 when her husband Clifford “Kippy” Bird was transferred after the mine in Ely shut down.
Eleanor graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1940 and for many years was known for her speed in taking shorthand; she held the high school record for a long time and still used it once in a while to see how much she could remember about it.
She loved to play cards with her friends at her apartment complex and at the Virginia Senior Center. She also had a love of learning and her favorite program to watch on TV was Jeopardy.  She watched the MN Twins games whenever she could.

Mon
11
Aug

Eldon J. Hall, 67, dies

Eldon John Hall , 67, died August 11, 2014 peacefully in his sleep at his home on Birch Lake in Ely, after an eight year battle with COPD.
He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Alvin and Mildred (Fredlund) Hall on October 26,1946.
Eldon grew up in Ely and graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1965 where he played high school basketball and football. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1969 and graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School where he received his degree in law. He moved back to Ely where he opened his private practice on April 1, 1973. He also worked in the Mn. Judicial system for 30 years. He was an Assistant St. Louis County Attorney from 1974-1982, a Judge for the 6th Judicial District, 1982-1988 and an Assistant St. Louis County Public Defender from 1989 until he retired in 2004.
Eldon was a proud member of the Mn. Air National Guard, 148th Division in Duluth MN, retiring as a Master Sergeant after 22 years of service.

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