Obituaries

Mon
14
Apr

Gunilla M. (Johnson) Hautala, 90, dies

Gunilla M. (Johnson) Hautala, 90, of Virginia, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center.   Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Range Funeral Home in Virginia at 1:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Donald Norr will officiate. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.
Gunilla was born in Ely on January 30, 1924 to Victor and Sophia Johnson.  On December 6, 1941, she was united in marriage to Ernest Hautala.  They lived in Hutter from 1956 before moving back to Virginia in 1984.  She work at VRMC in her earlier years and also volunteered for various senior programs.  

Thu
10
Apr

Robert S. Merhar, 98, dies

Robert S. Merhar, 98, passed away peacefully Wed., April 9, 2014 at the Kinnic Nursing Home facility in River Falls, WI. At the request of the deceased there are to be no services or viewing.
His remains will be cremated and his ashes interred in his son, Robert Brian Merhar’s family plot.
Robert was born and raised in Ely. His father, a miner, died when he was 10 years old, leaving his mother Anna with three children, aged 10, 8 and 6 years old with no source of income or assets except for their home in Ely.
Robert was a graduate of Ely Jr. College and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in business administration and accounting and was then the third person from Ely to attain a college degree. His tuition, room and board were paid for from the jobs he held while attending classes.

Thu
10
Apr

Donna M. Hess, 81, of Embarrass, dies

Donna M. Hess, 81, of Embarrass, died on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at her home.
She was born on Nov. 10, 1932, in Peever, S.D.
Donna married David L. Hess on April 18, 1953, in Webster, S.D., and they had been Embarrass residents since 1955.
She is survived by her husband of almost 61 years, David Hess of Embarrass; son, Daniel Hess of Pike Township; three granddaughters, Nicole Hess of Chisholm, Tiana Hess of Wadena and Naomi Hess of Virginia; three great-grandchildren; brother, Bud Rustand of Montevideo, Minn.; three sisters, Wilma Szabo of Woodbridge, Va., Arvilla Schaub of Durham, N.H., and Illa Matheson of Oklahoma City, Okla.; special friends, Leta Dolph of Embarrass, Harold Mastin and family, and Herb Young and family; special person, Paula Lowe; and adopted grandchildren by heart, Heather Mesa and Holly Lowe.

Tue
08
Apr

Denise J. (Melovasich) Carey, 55, dies

Denise J. (Melovasich) Carey, 55 – Beloved Wife, Mother and Grandmother.
Denise passed away on April 7, 2014 in Eagan, Minnesota at the age of 55. She was born in Ely, Minnesota. Preceded in death by father, John D. Melovasich.
Survived by husband, David Carey; daughter, Katie Carey (Tony) Lochner; son, Andy Carey (Denise); grandsons: Bennett, Brighton and Cooper Lochner and Landon Carey; mother, Violet Melovasich; sisters: Cheryl Klun, Bonnie Orak and Lynne Vesel; other relatives and friends. A Memorial Service was held on Friday, April 11, 2014.
Klecatsky Eagan Chapel
651-454-9488

Tue
01
Apr

Laverne L. Marolt, 91, of Ely, dies

Laverne L. Marolt, 91, of Ely, passed away at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely on Monday, March 31, 2014. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at First Lutheran Church with visitation being held one hour prior to the service at the church. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Mon
31
Mar

Robert Eugene Sharp, 94, of Ely, dies

Robert Eugene Sharp, 94, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. He was born on Oct. 23, 1919 to Sam and Chloe Sharp in Nappanee, IN.
He proudly served in WWII as an Army sargeant. He came to Minnesota and was a lab and x-ray tech for Dr.Snyker at the Winton Hospital for four years. In 1955 the family moved to Duluth where he worked for the St Louis County Health Dept as a Sanitarian for 12 years and then transferred to Ely until his retirement in 1982.
Besides his love for God and his family, his greatest joy was fishing, hunting and berry picking which he did into his 90s. His ability to express his loves was evident through the many poems he wrote.

Fri
28
Mar

John Paul Ackerman, 82, of Ely, dies

John Paul Ackerman, 82, of Ely, passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014.
He was born on July 1, 1931 in Willmar, MN to Russell and Martha (Berg) Ackerman. He graduated from Willmar High School in 1949. He excelled in sports throughout college. He attended St. Olaf College. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and served four years aboard the USS Lake Champlain CVA-39. He then graduated from St. Cloud University and began his career as a physical education/health teacher and coached football, basketball, track and wrestling at Pillager and Ellendale with two football championships.
He was married to Shirley (Christopher) for 57 years. They lived in Buffalo, MN then settled in Ely where they raised their children and he continued teaching and coaching. He enjoyed many outdoor activities.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ivan and Robert, sister Margaret and beloved son Bill.

Fri
28
Mar

Bonnie Callender, 82, of Ely, dies

Bonnie Callender, 82, of Ely, passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Praise Fellowship Church in Ely. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Fri
28
Mar

Dayne Garrett Paul, 60, of Ely, dies

Dayne Garrett Paul, 60, of Ely, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Kerntz Funeral Home with a gathering of family and friends taking place one hour prior to the service at the church. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Wed
26
Mar

Margaret Ann (Novak) Rozman, 63, dies

Margaret Ann (Novak) Rozman, passed away on March 14, 2014 at the age of 63, in Reno, NV.
She attended Vermillion Community College to earn an Associate of Arts degree.
On February 25, 1970, she married Daniel Rozman in Ely, MN. Marge and Dan worked and lived in the Ely area until 1988, when they moved to Spring Creek, NV.
Survivors include her two children; siblings: Patsy Purkat of Gilbert, MN, Sue (Lloyd) Jones of Virginia, MN, Bill (Vicki) Novak of Gilbert, MN, Bob (Rosie) Novak of Lakeville, MN and Cookie (Ed) Lemke of Brooklyn Park, MN; and others.
She was preceded in death by Dan, her husband of 43 years who passed away on July 23, 2013.

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