Obituaries

Mon
12
Jun

Matilda M. Novosel, 92, of Ely, dies

Matilda M. Novosel, 92, of Ely, passed away on Monday, June 12, 2017 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital. She was born to Joseph and Frances (Leskovich) Gregorich on March 12, 1925 in Ely, MN.
She was a graduate from Ely Memorial High School in 1943. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Women's Life Insurance, SNPJ Lodge, Silver and Gold Club.
She married Joseph Frank Novosel Sr. on June 24, 1949.
She was a homemaker and enjoyed knitting, cooking, watching old movies, sharing jokes and dancing in her younger days.
Matilda was preceded in death by her husband Joseph on June 25, 1985, her parents, Joseph and Frances Gregorich, brothers Frank, Anthony and Edward; sisters Frances Zabrajsek, Mary Starkovich, Rose Karashec and Sophie Zavadnick, nephews Albin Karashec, Gerald Karashec and Edward Gregorich; niece Theresa Stefanich.
She is survived by her son Joseph Frank Novosel Jr. and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sat
10
Jun

Bernard “Sugar” Kuzma, age 87, dies

Bernard “Sugar” Kuzma, age 87, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely.

Sugar was born, the youngest of nine children, to Anton and Katherine (Mehelcic) Kuzma on October 28, 1929. He graduated from Ely Memorial High School and entered the U.S. Army in 1951 and served his country proudly as a forward observer during the Korean Conflict until his honorable discharge in 1953.

In 1954, Sugar married LaVerne “Tootsie” Starkman and together they raised three children in Ely. Sugar started his mining career at the Pioneer Mine in Ely and continued working at Reserve Mining Company and later Cyprus/Northshore Mining as a member of the “bull gang” repairing heavy equipment until his retirement in 1992.
Sugar was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and the VFW.

Sat
10
Jun

Frederick M. Janezich, 91, of Ely, dies

FREDERICK M. JANEZICH, 91, passed away June 10, 2017 at Boundary Waters Care Center, Ely MN. Fred was born April 3, 1926 to Louis and Ana (Matelic) Janezich in Ely. He graduated from Ely Memorial High School and from Ely Junior College. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II having served in Germany. Some of his favorite activities were hunting deer, moose and small game, reading, woodworking, making various wines and cooking delicious Slovenian cuisine.
Preceding Fred in death are his parents, a very young sister Annie and his brother Louis.
Surviving Fred is a sister, Leona Janezich, and many cousins and special friends.
Funeral Services are pending. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Wed
07
Jun

BRIAN LEWIS ARNOLD, 49, dies

BRIAN LEWIS ARNOLD, 49, died June 3, 2017 at St. Mary’s Medical Center Duluth MN, after a brief illness.
Born december 28, 1967 in Fort Frances Ontario Canada to Ivan and Rosalie Arnold. He lived in Ely MN till moving to International Falls two years ago. He held many jobs but his heart belonged to the Morse/ Fall Lake Fire and Rescue Department.

Wed
07
Jun

Philip A. “Phil” Hogan, 85, dies

Philip A. “Phil” Hogan, 85, passed away peacefully on June 2, 2017. Born December 25, 1931.
Phil grew up in Michigan graduating from Ludington HS and from the University of Michigan. After serving in the Army, he moved with his wife and family to the Twin Cities working 30 years at Honeywell. Phil and Jan then moved to Ely where he built a lovely home in the North Woods on the edge of the BWCA.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents Lila and Frank. He is survived by wife Janet (Gast), son Mike (Anna), son James, daughter Terri Copps (Rip), and grandchildren Matthew, Emilie Purvine (Sam), Laura, Joe, Paul, Andrew, Jim and Katie.

Sun
04
Jun

Judith L. Vollom, of Ely, dies

Judith L. Vollom, of Ely, passed away May 22, 2017 surrounded by her family at the Babbitt Carefree Living Center. She was born on August 20, 1944 to Gaylord and Ellen Bailey. Judy graduated from St. Paul Central High school and college from Vermilion Community College and Bemidji State University with a degree in American Indian studies and Ojibwe language. Judy taught the Ojibwe language at Vermilion and Mesabi Community Colleges and authored the book Ojibwemowin which was nominated for the 1995 Northern Minnesota Book Award. She had a passion for the Ojibwe language and culture that was shown through her teaching. Judy also owned and operated a greenhouse and floral business in Ely. Judy loved spending time with her 12 grandchildren baking, crafting, gardening and loving them dearly. Judy was married to Douglas Vollom August 3rd, 1963 and they enjoyed 54 years together. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Tue
30
May

Johanna (Novosel) Baltich dies

Johanna Baltich passed away on May 24, 2017 in Edmonds, Washington.
Known as Joanne or Babe to her many friends, she was an Ely native born on January 24, 1932 to Helen and Frank Novosel. With her four older brothers and a sister, she grew up in Ely and graduated from Ely Memorial High School. In 1952 she married Frank Baltich, also of Ely. Frank’s job as a game warden moved the young couple to Forest Lake and Cloquet before they returned to Babbitt to raise their family in a home they built together on Birch Lake. Frank passed away in 1998 and eventually Joanne moved to California to be near her son, Frank, and later to Washington state where she was cared for by her daughter, Mary Ann, and son-in-law, Scott Donahue.

Mon
29
May

Lynette M. Huovinen, 76, of Babbitt, dies

Lynette M. Huovinen, 76, of Babbitt, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital.
Lynette loved sewing and was very active in her church. She taught Sunday School, was active in the Krazy Quilters group and was always volunteering. Lynette was active in the American Legion Auxiliary, Babbitt Golf Course and the Babbitt Women Bowlers.
She was the first person in Babbitt to get a hole in one on the Babbitt Golf Course.
She had so many wonderful friends and when you saw her she made you feel like you mattered.
She married Reynold Huovinen on June 26, 1957 in Ely, MN.

Thu
25
May

Mary E. May, 91, of Ely, dies

Mary E. May, 91, of Ely, passed away on May 24, 2017 at Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital.
She was born on September 24, 1925, to Joseph and Sylvia (Dolenshak) Zgainer of Ely. Mary graduated from Ely Memorial High School, Class of 1943. Following her graduation, she moved to Detroit to work as a “Rosey” at the Cadillac Tank Arsenal factory until the end of WWII. She then worked for Common Wealth Brass in Detroit. Mary returned to Ely to take care of her mother with failing health. Mary is a former member of the Ely VFW Auxiliary.
She is survived by a granddaughter, Michelle (Dale) Rever of Ely, special nephew, Joey Zgainer; numerous other nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her son, Edward “Bob” May; daughter Marilyn Jo May; brothers, John, Joseph and Robert; sister Emily Fordham.
Burial will be in the Ely Cemetery. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Tue
23
May

Peter Karberg Pestalozzi, 64, dies

Peter Karberg Pestalozzi, 64, passed peacefully in his home in Ely on May 20, 2017, surrounded by family and friends.
Peter was born November 19, 1952 in Roslyn, New York. He moved to the Twin Ports, where he raised his children, set the stage for grandchildren, and fell in love with the creative energy of Lake Superior and the Northwoods.
Peter was known for his creative talent and love of fine woodworking-- from photography, building organs, sea kayaks and canoes, cabinetry, and finally his most acclaimed artwork-- the design and creation of fine wood furniture.

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