Gertrude Jensen, 90, of Babbitt, dies

Gertrude R. Jensen, 90, passed away at home on December 2, 2016, with her family by her side. She was born on August 20, 1926, to Albert and Mary (Thielen) Herold at the family farm in Elkton, SD.
She married Melvin Jensen on February 27, 1954, in Elkton where they farmed until they moved to Babbitt, MN, in 1957, and then to Madison, WI, in 1971 and returned to Babbitt in 1990.
Gert enjoyed sewing, quilting, reading, gardening, baking, crossword puzzles, playing cards, cheering on the Minnesota Twins and was always ready to take a drive to the casino. Her faith was very important to her and she hardly ever missed a mass on Sunday. Gert was a homemaker and devoted her life to her four children and helped to raise her grandchildren.


Rev. Alfred Donald ‘Father Al’ Kaster, 85, originally from Long Lake, MN dies

Rev. Alfred Donald ‘Father Al’ Kaster, 85, originally from Long Lake, MN, passed away peacefully at the home of his brother Bill, in Long Lake, Mn. on Nov. 28, 2016.
Born 11/25/31 to German parents, Fredrich and Martha, Alfred was the third of seven children: Bernard, Gertrude, Robert, Paul, William and Stephen.
Father Al’s education included both public and parochial schools. After graduating high school in 1949, Alfred went on to graduate from the Crosier Seminary in 1952. Under the supervision of the Duluth Mn. Diocese. Al completed his Philosophy and Theology education at the Benedictine Seminary. Alfred was then ordained a Priest by Bishop Francis Schenk of the Church of St. George in Long Lake, Mn.


Nina Sparks Haaversen, 51, dies

Nina Sparks Haaversen, 51, died in a car accident Nov. 23 outside of Ely. She and her family have been Ely residents for 15 years.
Nina was born on June 30, 1965 in New Brighton, PA, and grew up there. She attended Geneva College in the area then headed for Colorado in 1986. That’s where she met her husband, Carl Haaversen, on the second day after she arrived. They were married in Colorado Feb. 10, 1990, and then moved to Coon Rapids, MN in April ’93. They and their four children moved to Ely April, 2001, where she home schooled her children.
Nina was very active in the community. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the Nordic Ski Team. She was well known for her cooking skills and supplied the food for countless ski team banquets, events and races over many years.


Barry Williams, 75, of Ely, dies

Barry Edward Williams, 75, of Ely, died peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, November 26, 2016 at home.
He was born on March 20, 1941 in Ely to Edward and Hannah (Klobuchar) Williams
Barry was a proud veteran having served in the U.S.Air force
Barry was an active member of Ely United Methodist Church for over 60 years.
He was a devoted family man and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. An avid outdoorsman, Barry loved fishing, hunting, camping, and being outdoors anytime he could.


John Alden Hendrickson, 35, dies

John Alden Hendrickson, 35, of Chisholm died unexpectedly Monday, Nov. 14, 2016.
He was born April 13, 1981 in Ely. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis and earned his registered nursing degree from Hibbing Community College. John was a traveling RN throughout the country, and more recently was employed at the Delta Airlines Reservation Center in Chisholm. John was known for his quick wit, his generous heart and his infectious smile.
John is survived by his parents, Jayne (Keith) Peterson of Cotton and Marty (Jean) Hendrickson of Embarrass; siblings, Amy, Allison, Joseph, Benjamin and Isaac; grandmothers, Jean Suomi of Babbitt and Geraldine Koski of Ely; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Alyssa Hendrickson; his nephew, Tracker; aunt, Janelle Poderzay; and grandfathers, John Suomi, Alden Hendrickson and Howard Koski.


Amelia “Molly” Grahek, 96, of Ely, dies

Amelia “Molly” Grahek, 96, of Ely, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely at 11:00 A.M. with visitation taking place one hour prior to the service at the church. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.
Amelia “Molly” Grahek, 96, of Ely, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 18, 2016. Molly was born on June 26, 1920 in Ely to Frank and Ursula Tratnik. She married Stanley Grahek on January 17, 1949.
Molly worked as a bank teller for Norwest Bank until her retirement. Molly was a lifelong member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, the Council of Catholic Women, she also was a member of the KSKJ Lodge and the VFW Auxillary.


Helen Stefin Erickson, 92, of Crosby dies

Helen Stefin Erickson, 92, of Crosby died at Heartwood Senior Living in Crosby on November 4, 2016. She was born in Ely, MN to Matthew and Mary (Miksha) Stefin.
Helen graduated from the Crosby-Ironton High School as valedictorian from the class of 1942. Helen married Walter Erickson on June 3, 1968 in Crosby. She was a retired employee of the Central Lakes Clinic in Crosby. She also had prior employment with Hanna Mining and Butler Brothers Mining Company. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Crosby and was a member of the National Society of Catholic Foresters, St. Mary’s Court 854. Helen was an avid sewer and reader. She enjoyed doing needle-work and playing bridge.
Helen is survived by one son, Dennis (Patricia) Petrich of Lakeville; three daughters: Mary (Steve) Carlson of Cuyuna, Cathy (Leon) Witter of Hutchinson and Barbara (Allen) Dobson of Northwood, IA; eleven grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.


Lillian Marie Moscatelli, 89, of Aurora dies

Lillian Marie Moscatelli, 89, of Aurora died Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at the Essentia Health-Northern Pines in Aurora.
Lillian was born on March 11, 1927 to Wilfred and Selma Chivers in Minot, ND. She graduated as the Valdectorian from Minot High School, class of 1945. Following high school, Lillian continued her education at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Cadet Corp Program of Nursing during WWII. Lillian was united in marriage to Arthur Renald Moscatelli on June 30, 1948 in Minot.


Margaret A. Mauser, 87, of Ely, dies

Margaret (Margie) A. Mauser, 87, of Ely, passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Carefree Assisted Living in Ely. Margie was born on January 9, 1929 in Soudan, MN to Frank and Mary Russ. She married the love of her life, Frank Mauser, on July 9, 1949 and they were married for 67 years. They lived in the Cities for awhile where Frank went to school before they moved back to Ely to start their family.
Margie always had a smile on her face, had a great sense of humor, loved to laugh and had a zest for life. She enjoyed her summers at the cabin where she spent her days reading and doing jigsaw puzzles in the screen house. She dearly loved spending time with her family. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.
She is survived by her husband Frank, son Tom (Kathy), daughters: Monica (Louie) Pechek and Sue Mauser, nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and her beloved Cookie.
She was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.


Edward J. Kramar, 90, a life-long resident of Ely dies

Edward J. Kramar, 90, a life-long resident of Ely passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at Ely Bloomenson Hospital.
He was born on March 22, 1926, to Anton and Katherine (Jerman) Kramar of Ely. He attended schools in Ely and upon graduation worked for the Oliver Mining Company. He enlisted in the Army and served from 1950 to 1953, returning to Ely upon his honorable discharge.
In 1959 he married Norma Eckholm, enjoying 57 years with the love of his life. For the next 30 years he worked for Reserve Mining Company, retiring in 1983.
He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Ely. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, berry picking, cross country skiing, and a passion for airplanes. He is remembered as a patient, compassionate man, with a great commitment to his family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Helen and Katherine and brother Anton.


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