Obituaries

Wed
10
May

Walter Anzinger, 90, of Babbitt, dies

Walter Anzinger, 90, of Babbitt, passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Carefree Assisted Living in Babbitt.
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1926 to Helen (Fobler) and Marion Anzinger. He graduated from Mankato High School and left the next day for the U.S. Navy. While in boot camp he studied in electrical school. He served on DE49 Doneff in the Pacific based in Guam until 1946 when he returned to Littlefork, MN. He married his wife Beth in 1950.
Later that year he was recalled into the Korean Conflict, serving again as an electrician on an LST and was based in Inchon, Korea. In the fall of 1952 he returned to Littlefork, MN.

Wed
26
Apr

Samantha Lundstrom of Anoka, MN, formerly of Ely, MN, dies

amantha Lundstrom, 29, of Anoka, MN, formerly of Ely, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Samantha was born on December 22, 1987 in Stoughton, Wisconsin to James and Susan (Butler) Lundstrom. She enjoyed art and music and loved being around her niece Emmi.
She is survived by her mother Susan Lundstrom; her siblings: Shawn Butler, Zachary Lundstrom and Savannah Lundstrom, one niece Emmi and one nephew Jamison, grandmother Darlene Butler, and numerous aunts, uncles and other relatives and special friends: Rachel, Cassie and Shauna.
She was preceded in death by her father Jim Lundstrom and grandparents: Carol Lundstrom, James Lundstrom Sr., and Rudolph Butler. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 1 at Kerntz Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Wed
26
Apr

Mary E. Wineski, 75, of Winona, MN, dies

Mary E. Wineski, 75, of Winona, MN, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017, at Lake Winona Manor, surrounded by family.
Mary was born on March 28, 1942, in Ely, to Joseph and Agnes (Koval) Jenko. She was united in marriage with Jerry Wineski on April 14, 1967, and they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
She will be remembered for her love of reading, trips to the casino, and how she enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren at their sporting events. Mary was a member of the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka.

Fri
21
Apr

David Lee (Dave) Veranth, 68. Of Zimmerman, MN, formerly of Ely dies

David Lee (Dave) Veranth, 68, of Zimmerman, formerly of Ely, passed away peacefully of a serious illness on Wednesday, April 19 at the University of Minnesota hospital.

Dave was born on Sept. 14. 1948. He went to Ely schools, attended Vermilion Community College, and graduated from DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago in 1969 with a degree in electrical engineering technology. He then moved back to Minnesota, and started his career with Litton Microwave. When Litton moved to South Dakota, he elected to stay in Minnesota, so that he could be near his family, which by that time included two sons.

Mon
17
Apr

Thomas G. Walton, 86, of Ely, dies

Thomas G. Walton, 86, of Ely, passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at St. Raphael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Eveleth. He was born July 2, 1930. There will be no services at his request. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Sat
15
Apr

Edward F. Rozman, 69, of Virginia, dies

Edward F. Rozman, 69, of Virginia, passed away suddenly Thursday April 13, 2017 at home. He was born December 23, 1947 to Daniel and Alice (Volk) Rozman.
Ed was raised in Ely and was a 1966 graduate of Ely High School. He married Jan Caskey in Ely, October 24, 1970. Ed initially worked for Reserve Mining in Babbitt. In 1972 he went to work for Minntac as a production truck driver and worked until retiring in 2003.
Ed enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. He loved to watch the MN Vikings and Nascar. Ed had a lifelong passion for music that he passed on to his son. He was active in his Midway neighborhood assisting anyone who needed help. Ed was a man of his word and his handshake was his bond. He was a master of the grill and considered the meat man. Most of all he loved his wife, kids and grandkids.

Fri
14
Apr

Walter Alan Tomlinson, 92, of Ely, dies

Walter Alan Tomlinson, 92, of Ely, was born in Harvey, IL on October 21, 1924 and passed away at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely on April 14, 2017.
Walter served in World War II and was seriously injured in November 1944, for which he received the Purple Heart. After the war, he worked for Chicago Federal Savings and Loan for many years, advancing to Executive Vice President. He and his wife were both active members of the Apollo Music Club of Chicago, the St. Paul Community Church choir and were both avid golfers. They joined and were active members of the Olympia Fields Country Club.
They began vacationing in the Ely area in 1962 on the recommendation of some friends and enjoyed it so much they returned every year with family to enjoy the fishing and nature. In 1990, they retired and moved to Ely. They continued their golfing at the Ely Golf Club and singing in church and community choirs.

Fri
14
Apr

Helvi E. Dojan, 99, of Mahtomedi, MN, dies

Helvi E. Dojan, 99, of Mahtomedi, MN, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2017.
Preceded in death by husband, Arnold; and daughter, Joan Hadley. She will be sadly missed by children: Donna (Warner) Esterberg, Russ, Phyllis (Rich) Tillit, Harold (Jeannie), and Paul (Kellie); 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Melia Korpi; numerous nieces and nephews.
Helvi was raised on a farm and was fond of her cows, chickens, dogs and cats. As a young woman, she loved to play baseball and was quite good at it. She was an accomplished knitter and cook. She particularly enjoyed cooking Finnish foods. She worked as a cook at the Ely Hospital and Stillwater Hospital. After she retired from the Stillwater Hospital, she baked apple pies at the Pine Tree Apple Orchard until she was 89 years old.

Thu
13
Apr

Lt Col. Theodore J. Labernik, USAF, Ret. 83, of St. Cloud, MN dies

Lt Col. Theodore J. Labernik, USAF, Ret. 83, of St. Cloud, MN - June 8, 1933 - April 7, 2017.
Lieutenant Colonel Theodore (Ted) John Labernik passed away peacefully with his beloved wife by his side, Friday, April 17, 2017 at the St Cloud Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St Cloud, MN. Ted was born to Rose (Veranth) and John Labernik in Ely, Minnesota. He was married to Mary Sue Fay on July 5, 1958 in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely.
Ted is survived by his wife, Mary, of 58 years and five living children and their spouses: Debra (John) Curry (Colorado Springs, CO), Linda (Tom) Himmelberger (Puyallup, WA), Laura Fay, Colonel USAF, Ret. (Alexandria, VA), Daniel (Carol) Labernik (Fargo, ND) and Steve (Karla) Labernik (Spencer, IA). He is also survived by ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Ted was preceded in death by his parents, brother Kenneth, and daughter Susan North.

Thu
13
Apr

Shirley M. Tournat, 87, formerly of Brainerd, dies

Shirley M. Tournat, 87, formerly of Brainerd, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

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