Obituaries

Sun
08
Jan

Sharon L. Hartshorn, 69, of Babbitt, dies

Sharon L. Hartshorn, 69, of Babbitt, passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at her residence with her family by her side. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Fri
06
Jan

Edith Annette (Kennedy) Sommer, 83, of Ely, dies

Edith Annette (Kennedy) Sommer, 83, of Ely, passed away on January 5, 2017 with her family by her side. Edie was born June 13, 1933 and grew up in West Lafayette, IN. She graduated from Purdue University and held several job titles for the next few years, including Executive Secretary, Fashion Model, & Finishing School Instructor. She married Robert K. Sommer in the 1950s and re-located to MN, where they raised their family; Her most favorite career was Homemaker. After her husband passed in 1996, she married her best friend Robert H. Cary of Ely, remaining his loving wife until his death in 2006. Edie loved so many activities & especially loved winter & being outdoors. One of her greatest pleasures was spending time with her two grandsons and her beloved dog Cookie. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister, Rosemary Blechschmidt, and husbands.

Fri
06
Jan

Karin M. Scholz, 75, of Ely, formerly of Babbitt, dies

Karin Maria (Nilsen) Scholz passed away peacefully at Boundary Waters Care Center, January 6 at the age of 75. Karin was born in Bergen, Norway on July 14, 1941.
Karin was proceeded in death by her husband Eugene Scholz, her father Ole Nilsen, her mother Ruth Nilsen, and her special friend Fauna Aho.
Karin is lovingly remembered by son: Kirby (Beth) Scholz, daughters: Laura (Randy) Fredlund, Sonja (Jim) Pintar, grandchildren: Dustin (Jordan) Scholz, Lindy (Nick) Witzman, Dylan Scholz, (Kristin Raub), Jessica (Chris) Hanson, Joel (Jessica) DeMaris, Jamie (Jesse) White. Great grandchildren: Nicholas and Connor, Jabin, Austin and Kylee, Emmett & baby boy in May. Siblings: Jan (Joanne) Nilsen and Edwin (Mary Jean) Nilsen. Sister in-laws and Brother In-laws: Rosie, Helen, Thomas (Betty), Hugo Jr. (Linda), Donald (Marie), Annie, Gilbert, John (Susan) and Susan. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Thu
05
Jan

Jean Elaine Lonne, 87, of Babbitt, dies

Jean Elaine Lonne, 87, of Babbitt, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Carefree Assisted Living in Babbitt. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Wed
28
Dec

Edward “Ed” R. Mantel, 90, of Tecumseh, MI dies

Edward “Ed” R. Mantel, 90, of Tecumseh, MI passed away on December 22, 2016, the last of his original family.
He was born on May 31, 1926 in Ely MN, the son of the late Joseph and Mary Mantel, who migrated to the USA from Slovenia.
Ed attended Ely Schools, and worked in his father’s store at times, then he volunteered for the US Forest Service at the age of 16. After high school, he joined the US Naval Air Force in 1944 and honorably discharged in 1946. Ed graduated with honors from the U of MN, in Metallurgical Engineering. He retired from GM Research Lab in Detroit after 38 years. After retirement, he built a house in Attica, MI where he enjoyed golfing and fishing. Ed was a member of the American Legion in Lapeer, MI. In 1993 he moved to Tecumseh and then married Joan Hart. In his last years, he loved to go to the casinos where he enjoyed gambling and being with people.

Fri
16
Dec

Elizabeth J. Kinsey, 61, longtime resident of Ely and Babbitt dies

Elizabeth J. Kinsey, 61, longtime resident of Ely and Babbitt died Wednesday, December 14, 2016, in her home. She was born June 1, 1955, in Robbinsdale, MN, the daughter of Edward and Dorothea (Chase) Dougherty. She graduated from High School in New Hope, MN.
Elizabeth was self-employed as a Massage Therapist. She enjoyed fishing and writing poetry.
Elizabeth is survived by her sons: Ryan (Cassandra) Keppel of Osceola, WI, and Adam O’Doherty of Sartell, MN; her mother: Dorothea Dougherty of New Hope, MN; her brothers: Tim (Nita) Dougherty of St. Paul, MN, and Patrick Dougherty of St. Paul, MN; and her granddaughter: Kyla Keppel.
She was preceded in death by her father.
A memorial gathering will be planned for a later date.
Family services are provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home, in Virginia. To express condolences on-line please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com.

Fri
16
Dec

Donald Duane Condiff, 83, of Park Rapids, MN dies

Donald Duane Condiff, 83, of Park Rapids, MN passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016 at Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji, MN from a heart attack.
Survivors include, daughters, Cheryl (Dale) Anderson of Ely, MN, Patti (Neal) Nelson of Mesa, AZ, daughter-in-law, Debbie Condiff of Baxter, MN and stepson, Terrance (Christie) Peters, of Wheaton, MN. Arrangements are through Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids, MN

Sat
10
Dec

Viola W. Newton, 91, dies

Viola W. Newton, 91, formerly of Babbitt, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at Kerntz Funeral Home in Ely with visitation being held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Wed
07
Dec

William Francis LeBeau, formerly of Ely, dies

William Francis LeBeau
June 21, 1924 - October 26, 2016
Bill LeBeau of Windsor, Colorado passed away at the age of 92 on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Bill was born in Ely Minnesota on June 21, 1924 to Elias and Ruth LeBeau. Bill grew up on Conan Street and graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1942. After High School he proudly served our country as a United States Merchant Marine aboard oceangoing merchant ships in service to the United States during World War II.
Bill was married in 1950 and graduated from St. Cloud State Teachers College in 1951 going on to achieve his Masters of Arts in December 1958 from the University of Minnesota. His life’s work was teaching 6th grade in the Minneapolis Public School system for 30 plus years.

Sun
04
Dec

Rita E. Baudek, 83, of Babbitt, dies

Rita Elvira Baudek, 83, Babbitt, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 at St Mary’s Hospital in Duluth.
Rita was born Oct.18, 1933 and in lived in Ely, graduating from Ely Memorial High School in 1951. She was a cheerleader in high school and active in club activities.
She currently lived in Babbitt. Rita married Mathew Baudek on May 12, 1952 and they were together for 64 years. Rita was a dedicated wife and mother and raised six children in Ely before moving to Babbitt in 1979. She adored her grandchildren. Rita was active in bowling, golf, ceramics and time with her lady friends. She was very generous and at times the life of the party. She was also active at St. Pius X Catholic Church as a reader, choir member and worked and served on many special committees.

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