Joseph “Smuzzy” Erland Guyer July 18, 1952 ~ October 22, 2020

    After a courageous fight with Small Cell Lung Cancer, Joseph “Smuzzy” Erland Guyer, 68, of Coleraine, passed away Oct. 22, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family.

    He was born July 18, 1952, to Dale “Doc” and Elma (Jokinen) Guyer in Grand Rapids. His early years were spent in Taconite, Trout Lake, and Holman Location. As a very young child, he believed he was a member of the Taconite Fire Department because they gave him his own hook for his jacket. He attended their meetings regularly. He was also the first to know when the donut man came to restock the Taconite Grocery Store; he would often help unload the truck while getting paid in donuts. Smuzzy graduated from Greenway High School in 1971 and from the Bemidji Area Vocational Technical Institute carpentry program in 1973.

    He worked as a carpenter until 1978, when he then became employed as a maintenance millwright for Minnesota Power. Following his 2008 retirement from MP, he worked part-time with Guyer Business Services, Lakeview Cemetery Association, and Martin Gager Plumbing & Heating. Smuzzy also served 20 years as a Coleraine Fire Fighter/First Responder, was an Itasca Ski & Outing Club member, and was a proud Elder of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

    In 1979, he married Holly (Hansen) Guyer. They made their home in Coleraine “Mesabi Nation” where they raised Jennie Marie, Dale William, and Trevor Lauren Guyer. He was a loving, supportive husband and father. With all he enjoyed in life, he most highly valued his family time. He worked hard and always made it possible for Holly to work part-time around the kids’ schedules. He was always ready for a challenge, whether it was all-star wrestling in the living room, teaching the kids to fish and hunt, wiping the rust off his skates for either a father-son hockey game or a figure skating show, or strapping on jumping skis and flying like “Eddie the Eagle” at an end-of-the-year ski jumping tournament. His strong work ethic, kind and giving nature, sense of humor, and wit are evident in each of the kids. One accomplishment of which he was especially proud was spending time with family and friends while building Dale’s home – including the three diamonds, catwalks and all. 

    He was a kind man with many friends. Over the years, he enjoyed sitting around the campfire, fishing with his brother Peanut, picking wild blueberries, spending time with the “Friends of the Whitetail”, being a part of the LOW guys weekends, his and Holly’s most recent travels including combing the beaches with his metal detector for pieces of sunken ships, and working on Sudokus. He loved canning and cooking, especially holiday dinners and old family favorites. He excelled at the Thanksgiving pie making contest against his sisters. As a skilled carpenter, Smuzzy was also known for his excellent problem-solving skills. When asked where he stored all of his knowledge and his various ideas, he would reply, “It’s in the ‘vault’” (while pointing to his head). He was a saver; if you needed it, he probably had it.

    Smuzzy is survived by his wife of 41 years, Holly; sons Dale “Doc” of Lawrence Lake and Trevor (JayLee) of Bovey; his sisters Trika (Ken) Smith and Cricket Guyer, both of Coleraine; niece Kendra (Dustin) Arthur (and children Aurelia Marie, Warren, and Abram); and nephew Corey (Amber) Smith and children (Ethan and Carson), along with many others that lovingly called him “Uncle”; brother-in-law Mike Hansen of Crystal Lake, IL; numerous Guyer/Jokinen cousins; and many close friends. 

    He will forever be in our hearts, and his humor will always color our world. We weren’t ready to let him go, but we find comfort knowing he is now reunited with Jen, his parents, his brother James “Peanut” Guyer, his grandparents, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. 

    Our family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Provatus and Smuzzy’s exceptional nurses and staff turned friends (telling each he/she was his “favorite”) at the Grand Itasca Infusion Center, Itasca Hospice, Hibbing Radiation Center, and St. Mary’s 8th floor medical team, as well as all who were recently able to visit or call just to check in on him. In lieu of flowers, donations in Smuzzy’s memory to Blandin Employees for Life at GRACF, 350 NW 1st Ave, Suite E, Grand Rapids, MN 55744 would be greatly appreciated. 

    Arrangements by Peterson’s Funeral Home. Due to COVID-19, a private interment for immediate family will take place at Lakeview Cemetery.

    To leave an online message of condolence please visit our website at www.petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com.

Donna Marie Ranger 1933 ~ October 19, 2020

    Donna Marie Ranger, age 86, of Bovey, MN passed away Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 at her home surrounded by family.

    Donna was born in 1933 to Arnold and Gladys Jacobson in Park Rapids, MN. Donna graduated from Grand Rapids High School and married Duane Ranger in 1957. Donna and Duane then settled in the midway area. She worked as a dental hygienist and homemaker and was like a mother to many. Donna was a member of the First United Church in Coleraine, MN, and the Itasca Community Chorus. She liked reading and loved visiting with family and friends. She had a passion for cooking and baking. She enjoyed attending concerts and Broadway plays. Donna always had a smile and a kind word for everyone she came in contact with.

    Preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marilyn Kolp; nephew, Brian Kolp; and niece, Roxanne Gibeau Nelson.

    Donna is survived by her husband of 63 years, Duane; son, Gary (Lynn) Ranger of Grand Rapids, MN; sister, Carole Newton of Grand Rapids, MN; grandchildren, Aaron Voges of Grand Rapids, MN, Starr (Paul) Burch of Sioux Falls, SD; great granddaughter, Brilyn Burch; nephews, Brad (Amy) Beier, Jeff (Sandi) Beier; niece, Becky (Don) Andrews. Other close family members important to Donna and Duane are Pam (Mike) Mallum, Jim (Linda) Gibeau, Colen (Cindy) Gibeau, Tom Nelson, Jim Hendrickson, Mary Rivers, Kirsten Hendrickson, Teresa Kohman, Alice Hendrickson, and extended family, Patty Jo (Gary) Bush and Jill (Wayne) Hanks.

    Visitation will be Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, MN followed by the 11 a.m. memorial service. Rev. Arlin Talley will officiate.

    Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, MN. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.rowefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

Lloyd W. Miller October 20, 1927 ~ October 8, 2020

    Lloyd W. Miller, 92, died Oct. 8, 2020 at home, rural Nashwauk, Minn. He was born Oct. 20, 1927 in Kalona, Iowa to John A and Lydia (Shetler) Miller.

    He was united in marriage to Arliss Trast on Aug. 2, 1955. Lloyd worked in the timber industry, at Rantala Dairy, and as a self-employed carpenter. He enjoyed visiting his family, aviation, traveling, and reading.

    Surviving are his daughters, Mary (Donnie) Muhlnickel, Susan (Kevin) Johnson; two sons, Gene (Lisa) Miller, and Gordon (Lyn) Miller; four grandchildren, Nate (Caroline) Miller, Emily, Ali, and Kara Miller.

    Preceding Lloyd in death were his parents; wife Arliss in 2003; daughter Lois in 2014; siblings Mary Yoder, Mabel Bontrager, Ernest Miller, and Ora Miller.

    Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine, MN. Pastor Jack Tillotson officiated. Burial was in the Nashwauk Cemetery.

Michael Joseph Marok April 23, 1961 ~ October 11, 2020

    Michael Joseph Marok, age 59, of Bovey, MN, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020.

    Michael was born on April 23, 1961 in Grand Rapids, MN to Daniel and Kathleen (Madson) Marok. He graduated from Greenway High School in 1979 and continued his education at a technical college. After attaining his degree, he moved first to Florida, and later Wisconsin, before returning to the Grand Rapids area to open his business, “Norcotronics.”

    Mike enjoyed being a business owner and lived by the motto: “work hard, play harder.” He had a passion for music and playing the drums and loved rocking out with his friends. The thing he cherished most in life was time spent with his daughter, Kaley. Mike was giving to a fault and had a strong sense of faith. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and valued his relationship with the Lord.

    He was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Marok. 

    Michael is survived by his daughter, Kaley (Tyler Pynnonen) Marok of Bovey, MN; mother; Kathleen Marok of Dubuque, IA; sisters, Teresa (Jerry) Ganser of Farmington, MN, Marybeth (Mark) Wagner of Dubuque, IA, Patricia Bergman (special friend John Lewis) of Champlin, MN, Becky (Mark) Cieslewicz of Green Bay, WI, Jeanette (Greg) Smith of Eau Claire, WI; brothers, Tom (Pam) Marok of Soldotna, AK, Bob (Blanche) Marok of Fairbanks, AK; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and many other loved ones. 

    Visitation was on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 at 12 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Grand Rapids, MN, followed by the 1 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Fr. Blake Rozier officiated. Burial was at Itasca-Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MN.

    Mike inspired those who knew him with his favorite quote, “Begin. The rest is easy,” and he will be dearly missed by those he left behind.

    Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, MN. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.rowefuneral
homeandcrematory.com.

Roy Lundstrom Jr. July 25, 1926 ~ October 6, 2020

    Dad, your dash is complete.  

 

    Roy Lundstrom Jr., 94, lifelong Minnesota resident was released into the loving arms of Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 at the Franciscan Health Center in Duluth, MN.

    He was born July 25, 1926 to Roy and Florence (Sandberg) Lundstrom Sr. in Duluth, MN. After attending Central High School, Roy, a WWII veteran, served aboard the naval destroyer J.C. Owens in the Pacific Theatre. He married Mary Carol Harrom May 5, 1950. Roy was first employed with Northern Pacific R.R. as a switch operator and would have a second career in his calling as a chemical dependency councilor and director of the Lake Venoah halfway house in Carlton, MN. He was a member of the Nashwauk Alliance Church, the American Legion, and AA (recently celebrating 50 years of sobriety). In their retirement Roy and Carol enjoyed their winters in San Tan Valley, AZ, and their summers in Nashwauk, MN. Roy loved fly-fishing, picking blueberries, and their beloved dog Patty. Along with playing guitar and mandolin, Roy was a skilled artisan in knife forging, woodcarving, and song writing.

    He is survived by his wife of 70 years, “Saint” Carol Lundstrom; children, Steven (Ellen) Lundstrom, Nashwauk, Gary (Tim) Lundstrom, Duluth, MN, and Mary Kay (Troy) Forsberg, Barnum, MN; sister, Patricia Rae Ogston, Pike Lake, MN; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

    Roy was preceded in death by his daughter, Bonnie Roy Lundstrom; parents, Roy and Florence; and two sisters, Marilyn Larson, and Bernice Lillo.

    The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at Franciscan Health Center for their compassionate care which knows no bounds. And to Essentia Hospice for their compassionate care as well. 

    Graveside services for Roy will be 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Duluth, MN. A celebration of Roy’s life will be scheduled at a later date. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent in Roy’s name to the Duluth Bethel c/o Dennis Cummings, 23 Mesaba Avenue, Duluth, MN, 55806, or www.Duluthbethel.org. Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing. Please visit our website at www.doughertyofhibbing.com to leave a message of condolence.

Marcia Ann McDermond December 15, 1956 ~ October 10, 2020

    Marcia Ann McDermond, age 63, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 at the Fairview Southdale Hospital ICU, after fighting her battle with COVID-19.

    She was born Dec. 15, 1956 to Robert and Alice Hulbert. Marcia was a secretary with Strite Anderson and Jobs Corps in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minn. for many years. She was retired for 20+ years. She enjoyed her retirement by playing in a bowling league, spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, crocheting, the “art of emoji” and painting ceramics. Marcia was known for her taste in fashion and was always “dressed to the nines.” Marcia was given a second chance at life after receiving a lung transplant in 2015, and she truly lived that life to the fullest through the simple pleasures; sending jokes to friends and family via Facebook, spending time with family, online shopping, and making memories with fellow Deer River Meddler, “double cousin” Linda!

    Marcia is survived by her husband, Bob McDermond; children, Tammy (Tina) Gould and Scott McDermond; her numerous grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren; father, Robert (Nancy) Hulbert; brothers, Jim (Debbie) and Jeff Hulbert; sisters Marian Reasoner (Cliff) and Cheryl Hulbert; as well as many nieces and nephews.

    Marcia is preceded in death by her mother, Alice Hulbert.

    In Marcia’s honor, family and friends will be holding a celebration of life at Morris Town Hall on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 12 to 5 p.m. The family asks that the hour from 12 to 1 p.m. be reserved for those who are vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19, to pay their respects and celebrate Marcia safely. The rest of the festivities will commence after 1 p.m.

    She is to be buried at Olivet Cemetery in Deer River, Minn.

John Edward Carlson October 16, 1949 ~ October 14, 2020

    John Edward Carlson, age 70 of Marble, MN, passed away on Oct. 14, 2020 in St. Paul, MN.

    He was born in Grand Rapids, MN on Oct. 16, 1949 to Donald Edward Carlson and Eleanor Irene (Ruotsala) Grozdanich. John grew up in Nashwauk and graduated from Nashwauk High School with the class of 1968. He went on to get his bachelor’s degree at Bemidji State University and was a big history buff. John spent 30 plus years living in Marble, MN, where he married his wife, Roberta, on June 25, 1977. He enjoyed spending time with his beloved Bassett hound, Emma, and four wheeling and camping. John loved his family and was so proud of his grandchildren and all they have accomplished within their sporting activities. He loved to joke around and tease his friends and family and was always on the look out for Bigfoot and alien activity.

    John is survived by his wife; Roberta (Erickson) Carlson of Marble, MN; children, Casey (Sam) Carlson of Pengilly, MN and Jennifer (Pete) DeNucci of Nashwauk, MN; siblings, Ken (Diane) Carlson of AZ, Patty (Ted) Rancourt of Bovey, MN, Barbie (Ken) White of Side Lake, MN and Mary (Ron) Holm of Two Harbors, MN; grandchildren, Dylan, Ezra, Beau, and Drake Carlson and Sophia and Maxx DeNucci; many nieces and nephews and Emma the Bassett hound. 

    He is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Eleanor; and his step-dad, Buddy Grozdanich.

    A gathering of family and friends will take place on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 at the Peterson Funeral Chapel in Coleraine, MN, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Myrtle N. Purkat October 17, 1925 ~ October 7, 2020

    Myrtle N. Purkat, 94, longtime resident of Hibbing passed away peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 at Essentia Health-Virginia, just 10 days before her 95th birthday.

    She was born Oct. 17, 1925 to Charles and Ebba (Berquist) Johnson in Keewatin, MN. Myrtle married John Purkat on Feb. 2, 1945 in Hibbing, notably during a blizzard. A homemaker by trade, she and her husband raised their family in Hibbing. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Hibbing.

    Myrtle is survived by her children, John (Marlene) Purkat, Annandale, VA, Randy (Denny) Belluzzo, Hibbing, MN, Jane (Larry Lemmerman) Rule, Mebane NC, and Susan (Robin) Wilson, Durhan, NC; sister, Valencia (Rudy) Schlefsky, Minneapolis, MN; six grandchildren, Tiphanie Purkat (Paul ) Stefanski), Lacey (Eric) Lynd, Nicholas Purkat, Rachel (Steve) Jameson, Alex (Ashley) Hilliard, Jenn (Adam Lindley) Hilliard; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her daughter, Nancy Lee Purkat; husband, John Purkat, Aug. 16, 2013; parents Charles and Ebba; twin brother, Norman Johnson; sisters, Margaret Johnson, Marian Meier, and Mona Acres; and her brother, Bobby Johnson.

    Per Myrtle the family’s request, there will be a private memorial service at the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing. Steve Tomberlin will officiate.

    Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery of Hibbing. Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing. To leave an online message of condolence for, please visit us at; www.doughertyofhibbing.com.

Peter George Stupar July 12, 1923 - Sept 27, 2020

    Peter Stupar was born on July 12, 1923 in Nashwauk, MN to George and Mary Stupar.

    He graduated in 1943 from Nashwauk High School. Peter married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Peggy Sutich on July 2, 1944 at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Chisholm, MN. Margaret passed away Sept. 10, 1998. They were married for 54 years. Peter retired from the City of Nashwauk as the Street Commissioner in 1987 putting in 25 years. He retired in 1972 from the Nashwauk Fire Department after 20 years of service. He was Fire Chief for 10 years. Peter enjoyed hunting and fishing, our family trips will have lasting memories.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary Stupar, Nashwauk; MN, brother, Stanley (Marge) Stupar, Grand Rapids, MN, Sam (Angie) Stupar, Las Vegas, NV, Mike (Julia) Stupar, Nashwauk, MN, Dorothy (Steve) Vukmir, Kelly Lake, MN, Sophie (Milan) Chupurdia, Pengilly, MN; nephew, George Stupar; niece Kathy (Gary) Mattson, Nashwauk, MN; and son in law, Alex A. Hammell, Roseburg, OR.

    Peter is survived by his two children, Peter A. (Karen) Stupar, Monticello, MN, daughter, Marlene “Susie” (Alex) Hammell, Roseburg, OR; two grandsons, Steven Stupar, Aaron (Michelle) Stupar, Becker, MN; four greatgrandchildren, Abby Stupar, Chase Stupar, Carson Stupar and Kennedy Stupar.

    Peter’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Aunt Sophie Chupurdia, cousins, Kathy Mattson, Barbara Branum and Tom Stupar for all your love and devotion you showed our father after our mother passed away. John Ketola for all the time you spent helping out around the house and the hours you spent visiting. To Ralph Uhlenkamp, thanks for taking the time to come visit, he enjoyed your company.

    He was a lifetime member of Nashwauk American Legion Post Walter Riley 307. Honorary Pallbearers will be Steven Stupar, Aaron Stupar, Abby Stupar, John Ketola, Ralph Uhlenkamp, Tom Stupar, Chuck Mattson and Scott Brazier.

    Burial will be held at the Nashwauk Cemetery at a later date.

    To leave an online message of condolence for, please visit us at; www.doughertyofhibbing.com.

John Jacob “Skip” Egerdahl April 3, 1958 ~ September 22, 2020

    John Egerdahl, age 62, of Keewatin passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth.

    Skip was born in Grand Rapids, MN on April 3, 1958 to Anthony and Louise (Bertram) Egerdahl. He was raised in Pengilly and attended Greenway Schools. In 1975 at the age of 17 Skip enlisted in the Marine Corps, at one point he was stationed in Guam where he was a guard at the embassy. While he was serving, Skip was trained as a pipefitter, a career that he continued after an honorable discharge from the Marines. Skip’s work in the Pipefitters Union took him to many places across the United States including the Virgin Islands. He was a hard worker with a great work ethic and was known as a top-notch pipefitter. Skip was known to work associates as the “Hillbilly from Pengilly” due to a southern drawl he acquired after many years living in North Carolina. Skip was an avid fisherman and a member of the National Honor Guard. He had the ability to tell great stories that usually ended in laughter and his smile would light up a room.

    He is survived by his children, John (Ashley) Egerdahl, Richmond, VA, Faith Egerdahl, Crystal, MN; mother, Louise Coady, Buhl, MN; siblings, Greg Egerdahl, Bemidji, MN, Deborah Egerdahl, Minneapolis, MN, Doug (Lizz) Egerdahl, Hibbing, MN; grandchildren Ella, Addy, Sailor, Ayjah; several nieces, nephews extended relatives and friends.

    Skip was preceded in death by his father Tony. Funeral service was held 12 noon Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 at Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing. Visitation was one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Interment was at the Nashwauk Cemetery. Mid-Range Honor Guard will accord military honors. To leave an online message of condolence for, please visit us at; www.doughertyofhibbing.com.

Denise Marie Bergren May 5, 1961 ~ September 19, 2020

    Denise Marie Bergren, age 59, passed away Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Essentia St. Mary’s in Duluth, MN surrounded by family.

    Denise was born in St. Paul in 1961, on the fifth day of the fifth month and was the fifth daughter born to Donald and Lois Severin. She grew up with her siblings in Mahtomedi, MN. In the summer of 1979, Denise met and married Bill Bergren. She moved to Balsam, MN with Bill where the couple built a home together and raised their three children. 

    Denise found happiness in the simple things in life. She enjoyed yard work, gardening, a simple walk in the woods, or sitting on the riverbank. She loved to search for her favorite rocks, agates, or fossils. Denise was the ultimate “rockhound”. Her greatest joys were her children and grandchildren. She took a lot of pride in watching them grow and become successful adults. 

    She is preceded in death by her father, Donald Severin; paternal grandparents, George and Alice Severin; maternal grandparents, August and Louise Moliter. 

    Denise is survived by her children, Jacob (Brooke), Jessica, Jerrad (Angela); her mother, Lois; sisters, Bonnie, Geri, Vickie (Jim), Sandra; brother, Joel; and five grandchildren, Alexandrea, Brooke, Max, Caden, and Lily. 

    A visitation will be Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 at Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, MN beginning at 12 p.m. until the 1 p.m. Memorial Service. Rev. Patty Jo Ervin will officiate.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) https://mnovarian.org.

    Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, MN. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.rowefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

Dale James Arola October 9, 1933 ~ September 8, 2020

    Dale James Arola, eight-six years old of Phoenix, Arizona, died peacefully in his home on September 8, 2020, of Parkinson’s Disease.

    Dale was born on October 9, 1933, in Nashwauk, Minn. He graduated from Nashwauk High School, Hibbing Junior College, the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a BS in Mathematics and Chemistry, and the University of Wisconsin-Superior with an MS in Education. Dale served two years in the Army in Oahu, Hawaii, and a second term in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He then taught Senior High Mathematics in the Proctor School District for thirty years. He was a man of many talents and interests. Some of them were deer and duck hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, gardening, wood carving and being in nature. Dale married Patricia Schullo of Nashwauk on June 9, 1956, and they celebrated sixty-four years together. They had two daughters; a premature baby who died shortly after birth, and Kathleen Mary Arola-Johnson of Phoenix.

    Dale was preceded in death by his parents.

Edward and Fannie Arola of Nashwauk; and sister Dorothy Knott of Marcell, Minn.

    He is survived by his wife Pat, his daughter Kathleen and her spouse Stan, all of Phoenix; as well as brothers Donald of Sartell, Minn., and Duane of Nashwauk; sister Deanna of Black Duck, Minn., and numerous nieces and nephews.

    At a later date, Dale will be buried in the Nashwauk Cemetery.

    The family welcomes memories, stories and photos on Dale’s tribute page at https://www.messingermortuary.com/obituary/Dale-Arola.

Timothy Alan Dasovich July 1, 1981 ~ September 20, 2020

    Timothy A. Dasovich, 39, lifelong resident of Nashwauk died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020 in Nashwauk, MN.

    He was born July 1, 1981 to Stephen and Julie (Leimer) Dasovich in Hibbing. Tim graduated from Nashwauk in 1999 and later received two degrees from Hibbing Community College, graduating in 2002. Tim worked for various places throughout his career, most notably, traveling IT for State Farm Insurance, the IT department for Weber Shandwick Health Easy, and most recently, he was IT for the American Bank in Nashwauk. Tim was a member of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Nashwauk, the Knights of Columbus, and was a former member of the Nashwauk Fire Department. Tim’s favorite pastimes were listening to music, comedy, biking, snowboarding, hunting, and making beer, he especially enjoyed fishing, and spending time with his nieces and nephew. He also enjoyed running and completed a Grandma’s Marathon. 

    He is survived by his parents, Steve and Julie Dasovich, Nashwauk, MN; his brothers, Joe (Rachel) Dasovich, and Jeremy Dasovich, both of Nashwauk; his nieces and nephews, Lily, Mara, and Henry Dasovich, all of Nashwauk; his deer shack crew, Roger, Riley, and Reid Savolainen, all of Nashwauk; and his many cousins, aunts, uncles, and many very close friends.

    He was preceded in death by his grandma and grandpa, Lillian and Steve Dasovich; and his beloved aunt, Helen Dasovich-Smith.

    Funeral services for Tim will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 at the Nashwauk Rec Center. Deacon Richard Johnston will officiate. Visitation will be 6 and 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 at the Rec Center. Visitation will then continue one hour prior to the memorial service at the Rec Center on Saturday. Interment will be in Nashwauk Cemetery in Nashwauk.

    Tim’s family would like to send a sincere thank you to all of the Nashwauk First Responders, and volunteers that were involved during this difficult time. Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing. 

    Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, masks are recommended at the visitation and service for Timothy. 

    To leave an online message of condolence for, please visit us at; www.doughertyofhibbing.com.

Linda L. (Gangl) Patterson August 18, 1949 ~ September 10, 2020

    Linda Patterson, age 71, of Nashwauk, MN passed away Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing.

    Linda was born Aug. 18, 1949 in Hibbing to Tom and Bernice (Finken) Gangl. Linda was a lifelong resident of Nashwauk; she was a member of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church and of the bowling league at Stadium Lanes in Nashwauk. Linda was joined in marriage to Terry Patterson in 1973 at the Lawron Presbyterian Church in Lawrence Lake. Linda was a homemaker who liked doing crosswords, camping and fishing and loved spoiling her grandchildren. Christmas was Linda’s favorite time of year. She always went overboard.

    Linda is survived by her husband, Terry; sons, Pete (Marie) Patterson, Jon Patterson and Marc (Elizabeth) Patterson; daughter, Dena, mother; Bernice Chellico; brothers, John Gangl, Tom Gangl, Louis Chellico, Mike Gangl, Vince Gangl; sisters, Gina Plaisted, Kim Bailey, Amanda Gangl; stepmother, Anna Gangl; grandchildren, Tim (Stacy) Griesbach, Kelsey (Lance) Gibson, Brody Patterson, Halle Patterson, Nathan Patterson, Elleanore Patterson, Eli Patterson; great grandchild, Easton Gibson.

    Linda was preceded in death by her father, Tom Gangl; step-father, Louie Chellico; sister Rose Moore; nephew Aaron Gangl; and niece, Jillian Plaisted.

    Father Joseph Sobolik celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Nashwauk. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the beginning of Mass at 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at the Nashwauk Cemetery. To leave an online message of condolence for, please visit us at; www.doughertyofhibbing.com.

Marie Elva Scheer July 22, 1938 ~ May 6, 2020

    Marie Elva Scheer, 81, was born on July 22, 1938 in the log cabin built by her parents near Bigfork, MN.

    She died unexpectedly on May 6, 2020.

    Celebration of Life will be Saturday, Sept. 19 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Bigfork City Hall. The family will share her artistic endeavors from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and honoring her life at 2:30 p.m.

    Her watercolors will be on display and a selection available for a goodwill offering to a memorial in her honor to the Edge Center for the Arts in Bigfork.

    A private family service at the cemetery will follow.

Sandra Elizabeth (Falbo) Saari April 7, 1942 ~ September 3, 2020

    Sandra E. Saari, 78, Grand Rapids, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 at Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids, MN.

    She was born in Hibbing on April 7, 1942 to Louie and Mary (Schneider) Falbo and raised in Keewatin, MN. Sandra graduated from Hibbing Junior College. She was employed as a secretary by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in Duluth and St. Louis County-Veteran Service Office in Hibbing. Sandra was active with the Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW), holding the offices of Secretary and President. She was a devoted member of the Hibbing Catholic Community. 

    Sandra was survived by her two children, Chris and Kelly, both of Hibbing, MN, and countless family and friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, and other family members.

    Funeral services for Sandra will be at 12 noon, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing. Visitation will be one hour prior to the memorial service at the funeral home on Saturday. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery of Hibbing. An open house will be held at 2020 East 31st Street in Hibbing immediately following the funeral service on Saturday. Everyone is invited to attend. Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Kelly Saari, 2020 East 31st Street, Hibbing, MN, 55746.

    To leave an online message of condolence for, please visit us at; www.doughertyofhibbing.com.

P. Gary Perrella June 7, 1941 ~ August 30, 2020

    Gary Perrella, 79, lifelong resident of Keewatin passed away due to surgical complications with family by his side on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020 at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN.

    He was born June 7, 1941 to Peter and Tyne (Impila) Perrella in Hibbing, MN. He entered the Sacrament of Marriage with Louise Blanchard on March 26, 1960 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Kelly Lake. Gary was employed with National Steel, and later owned and operated Perrella Plumbing and Heating in Keewatin. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Keewatin, a former city council member, the Keewatin Police Commission, the local Plumber’s Union, and a longtime member of the Moose Club in Keewatin. Gary was an inventor. He held a patent for compression socks. Gary was also very artistic, he enjoyed painting. He also enjoyed gardening as one of his pastimes. If Gary wasn’t working, he was seen sitting in his backyard sipping warm beer, enjoying the outdoors. 

    He is survived by his wife, Louise Perrella, Keewatin, MN; three daughters, Deborah (Kevin) Durken, St. Cloud, MN, Sheila Perrella, Sebeka, MN, and Rebecca Unzeitig, Keewatin, MN; sister, Connie (Ron) Gangl, Marble, MN; four grandchildren, Jeff (Amy) Nagle, Nowthen, MN, Amanda (Jake) Stalboerger, Keewatin, MN, Courtney (Travis) Murphy, Henning, MN, and Bradley Unzeitig, Keewatin, MN; his great-granddaughter, Mya Stalboerger and a great-grandson of Courtney and Travis on the way; nieces and nephews, Roxanne (Virgil) Johnson, Tammy Godec, and Rory (Diana) Johnson.

    He was preceded in death by his son, Gary “Gopher” Perrella, parents, and brother, Anthony Perrella.

    Funeral services for Gary were 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 at the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing. Richard Johnston officiated. Visitation was one hour prior to the memorial service at the funeral home on Tuesday. A private family interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery of Hibbing. Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no formal reception for Gary. Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.

 

    To leave an online message of condolence for Gary, please visit us at; www.doughertyofhibbing.com.

Wayne A. Perreault May 31, 1952 ~ September 1, 2020

    Wayne A. Perreault, 68, longtime resident of Nashwauk, passed away on Sept. 1, 2020.

    Wayne Allan Perreault was born on May 31, 1952 to Vern and Merlyn (Fredrickson) Perreault in Crookston, MN. He attended school in Red Lake Falls, MN until 1966, when the family relocated to Nashwauk, MN. Wayne graduated from Nashwauk-Keewatin High School in 1970, from Hibbing State Junior College in 1972 and from the College of Forestry at the University of Minnesota in 1974. Throughout his high school and college years, he excelled in football receiving All Conference and Tri-State honors. He was also one of the lead singers for the band, The Incredible Ides, from 1967-1970 (who opened once for The Monkeys!), and later for the band, The Clock Struck Six.

    Wayne was united in marriage to Patti Clusiau, whom he often referred to as “The sunshine of his life,” on June 8, 1974. The couple spent a summer in Avery, Idaho before moving back to MN, eventually making their home on beautiful O’Leary Lake in 1976. Wayne worked as a District Forester for Itasca County for 34 years until retiring in 2014.

    Those who knew Wayne will remember a fun, compassionate and hard-working man, who loved to make people laugh, loved the outdoors, animals, wildlife and music, but above all else, he loved his family. His children could hardly leave the driveway without having their cars checked for safety and being told, repeatedly, to be careful. Wayne had an unrivaled work ethic, often working late into the moonlit hours, perfecting the beautiful trails that channel the 20 acres of land that he was so very proud of, or tinkering with some other project from his never-ending ‘to-do’ lists or just basking in the beauty of what he always called his “wilderness experience.” Of all of the honors Wayne had in his life, we are quite certain that being “Papa Wayne” to his two beautiful granddaughters was his most esteemed.

    Wayne is survived by his wife, Patti; children, Nicole (Grant) Perreault Bygd, Jolene (Jake) Casey and Aaron Perreault; granddaughters, Sophia and Evie Casey; siblings, Dennis (Debra) Perreault, Lyle (Diane) Perreault, Mary (John) Kleven, Lori (Dan) Wavra, Bruce (Gwen) Perreault; countless relatives and friends.

    Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, Vern and Merlyn.

    Funeral services for Wayne will be 11 a.m., Saturday, September 5, 2020 at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Nashwauk, MN. The Rev. Fr. Joseph Sobolik will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial. Visitation was from 6-8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 at St. Cecilia’s. The visitation then continued one hour prior to the funeral Mass at the church on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made at: alivingtribute.org., where you can plant a tree in his honor.

    Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit us at; www.doughertyofhibbing.com.

John “Jack” Marcellus Schmitz February 17, 1936 ~ May 6, 2020

    John “Jack” Marcellus Schmitz, 84, of Hibbing, Minn. passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. A memorial service will be held Satureday, Sept. 26 at MJ’s Lodge and Resort on Swan Lake in Pengilly starting at 2 p.m. Dinner at 3:30 p.m. The family is hoping to have live music from 5 to 8 p.m. Dad loved a good party and we would like to honor him with one final one.

Luke James Serich November 30, 1980 ~ August 28, 2020

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      Luke James Serich passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in his home with his mother and children at his side.

    Luke was born on Nov. 30, 1980 in Grand Rapids, MN to Roberta and Jud Serich. He graduated from Greenway High School and prior to being disabled, he worked in the North Dakota oil fields.  Luke was mechanically inclined, taking after his father. Luke loved to take things apart and put them back together. This ability led him to spend much time in his “beloved garage” working on motorcycles, lawnmowers, four wheelers, and anything with a motor.  The sound of a motorcycle was music to his ears along with loud good music, the louder the better. Luke was the proud father of three children, Harley, Gracie, and Jud.  They were his pride and joy.  He took care of them, and they took care of him.  Luke acquired diabetes at a young age and struggled with it all his life with his exceptional mother at his side. Together, they battled many surgeries, kidney problems, and other health issues. Luke will be remembered as being kind and gentle with a soft heart and would  help out anyone that needed it. He had many wonderful friends and a community that supported him.  He will be deeply missed by his family and friends and remembered for not wanting to smile for any camera or making gestures known to all with a smile.

    He was preceded in death by his father, James Joseph “Jud” Serich; and his grandparents, MaryAnn and Jud Serich and Robert and Lenore Steager.

    Luke is survived by his mother, Roberta Serich; his children, Harley, Gracie, and Jud; their mother, Rikki Pascuzzi; and many close relatives and friends.

    Luke believed in one universal product we all use, “Never be without Duct Tape”.

    Visitation will be 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 in the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine and will continue Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral mass in St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, Nashwauk.

    Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine.  To leave an online message of condolence please visit our website at www.petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com.

Billy Dean Perryman October 5, 1951 ~ August 30, 2020

    Billy D. Perryman, 68, known to most as 39, longtime resident of Nashwauk died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020 at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s in Duluth, MN.

    He was born Oct. 5, 1951 in Kansas City, MO. Billy resided in Nashwauk for the past 43 years, coming from Missouri. He was a brick mason by trade and worked for Reintjes Refractory and United Refractory throughout his career. He was a member of the Local Bricklayers Union #1. Billy was a kind soul who would light up a room. He loved NASCAR, taking walks, old cars, especially his Model A, driving, being around people, animals, the outdoors, and most importantly his beloved children and grandchildren. Billy’s work ethic was second to none, he would be determined to fix anything that he got his hands on. He also was known as the Nashwauk Supervisor, always making sure the projects downtown went as planned. 

    He is survived by his children, Chris Perryman, Missouri, Saffron (Zak) Apel, Hibbing, and Cole (Amanda) Perryman, Nashwauk, MN; his six grandchildren, Paige Perryman, Alyssa Noelle and Breelyn Nicole Apel, Conner, Teagan, and Kade Perryman; his brother-in-law, David (Glenda) Maki, Minneapolis, MN; sister-in-law, Lynda Mae (John Kmiech) of Duluth, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by his mother, Sarah Marie (Lord) Perryman; father; his wife, Brenda on June 10, 2019; two sisters; eight brothers, and his beloved dog, Maddi that walked along side Billy for 17 years.

    Funeral services for Billy will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 at the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing. Richard Johnston will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. service at the funeral home on Saturday. A gathering of fellowship will be at O’Brien Lake Reservoir Pavilion located at 34613 Hwy. 169 in Nashwauk immediately following the funeral service. Everyone is invited to attend. Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.

    To leave an online message of condolence for Billy, please visit us at; www.doughertyofhibbing.com.

Kenneth James Derfler 1949 ~ August 29, 2020

    Kenneth James Derfler, of Nashwauk, MN, passed away at his home on Big Sucker Lake surrounded by his loving wife and children after losing his battle to cancer, on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, at the age of 71.

    Ken was born in 1949 to Arthur and Mildred Derfler in Grand Rapids, MN. He graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 1968 and competed in baseball, cross country, and gymnastics. He served two years in the Army, and married Patricia Ann Derfler on Feb. 3, 1973, on the family farm in Hill City, MN. 

    Preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Mildred (Berg) Derfler.

    Survived by his loving wife, Patricia of more than 47 years; four children,  Tina (Joe) Pocrnich of Andover, MN, Jessica (Gary) Cook of Andover, MN, Sarah (Ken) Decoster of Coleraine, MN, and Anton (Deb) Derfler of Pengilly, MN; nine grandchildren, Gage, Augustus “Gus”, Logan, Alexia “Lexi”, Jack, Luke, Zoe, Ellivia “Livi”, and Ryder; two sisters Phyllis (Mike) Lipscy of Hill City, MN, and Darlene (Fred) Tanner of Bovey, MN; four nieces, a nephew, and close cousins.

    Ken and Patty moved to the Iron Range from Princeton, MN in 1978. Ken worked as a maintenance mechanic on the “Bull Gang” at Hibbing Taconite and retired after 32 years of service.

    Ken enjoyed many outdoor activities including hunting big bucks and fishing. He attended many of his kids’ and grandkids’ activities and always enjoyed watching Minnesota Twins Baseball, MN Vikings Football, and MN Wild Hockey teams as well as Nascar. He was a member of the American Legion Post 307, participated in the Honor Guard, and marched in the Nashwauk Memorial Day Celebration and annual Nashwauk 4th of July parades. Ken was always a hit whenever he brought out his guitar and sang around the campfire, perhaps enjoying a Blatz or two or more.

    Services at Rowe Funeral Home in Grand Rapids, MN as follows: Visitation: Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral service to be held at 1 p.m. Military Honors and Interment immediately following funeral at Nashwauk Cemetery. Celebration of Life with refreshments immediately after interment at Lone Pine Hall in Pengilly, Minnesota. 

    In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Fairview Range Home Care and Hospice, Mesabi Mall Hibbing, 1101 East 37th Street Suite 27, Hibbing, MN 55746. The family of Ken Derfler would like to give a special thank you to the hospice team who provided exceptional care of Ken, with a special thank you to RN “Gus” K.

    Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, MN. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.rowefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

Donna R. Hames June 18, 1944 ~ August 3, 2020

    Donna R. Hames, 76, Nashwauk, formerly of Armona, CA died Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 at her home in Nashwauk.

    She was born on June 18, 1944 to Donavon and Ivy (Anderson) Mason in Vancouver, BC. Donna married Michael Hames on Oct. 17, 1980 at the United Methodist Church in Armona, CA. She held various positions over her lifetime including; a teachers aide in special education and library assistant at Parkview Elementary in Armona, CA, secretary for the Central Valley Chapter of COPS National, the Kings County Sheriff’s department in Hanford, CA, the Citizens on Patrol with Armona COP group, and was an EMS/EMT for Guardian Ambulance for many years. She was also a Girl Scout den leader. Donna graduated from the University of Toronto, Victoria Campus. Donna was artistic, she painted for 10 years, she was Kings County Firefighters Association painter for all of the Kings Fair themes for the association’s spot in the garden building during the fair. She loved watching animals as a favorite pastime. Donna enjoyed camping, going to the ocean and to the mountains as well. 

    She is survived by her husband Michael Hames, Nashwauk, MN; children, Joseph D. (Susan) Hames, Dallas, TX, Sarah Jane (Jeremiah) Anderson, Eureka, CA, who were both adopted by Michael Hames, son Michael “Robbie” (Khrissy Lokilani) Hames, Hanford, CA, and raised for 5 years, James Yount, of Nashwauk, MN; and seven grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Wayne Mason.

    A celebration of Donna’s life will be 12 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020 at O’Brien Lake Reservoir Pavilion located at 34613 Hwy. 169 West, Nashwauk, MN, 55769. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service at the Pavilion on Friday. Interment will be in Grangville Cemetery, Armona, California at a late date. 

    An additional celebration of Donna’s life will be 4 p.m., Friday, March 12, 2021 at Grangville Cemetery in Armona, CA., located at 10428 14th Avenue, Armona, CA, 93212. Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing. 

    To leave an online message of condolence for Donna, please visit us at; www.doughertyofhibbing.com.

Rhoda Steel October 21, 1939 ~ August 14, 2020

    Rhoda Steel, age 80 of Lawrence Lake passed away with her family by her side Friday, Aug. 14, 2020 at her home.

    Rhoda was born Oct. 21, 1939 in Rock Creek, MN to Albert and Clara (Behrendt) Stevens. Rhoda graduated in 1957 from Bigfork High School, following graduation she joined the Marine Corps, serving from 1958 to 1961, in 1964 Rhoda was joined in marriage to her husband Ken. Rhoda worked as a legal secretary, she was also an administrator and co-owner of Steel Logging. Rhoda was an avid Vikings fan, she enjoyed gardening and most of all spending time with her family, especially her grandkids. Rhoda was always kind and helpful she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

    She is survived by her husband, Ken; children, Karla (Steve) Merhar, Brian (Jeannine) Steel; grandkids, Tarryn (Jeff Lapinski), Gabe, Ben (Ally Erickson), Tommy; and great-grandson, Finlee; siblings, Blondina Schmid, Phila Kick, Jamer Finch, Midge Wilson and Gaylord Finch.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and five siblings.

    Per Rhoda’s request no services will be held.

    Arrangements by the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine.

    To leave an online message of condolence please visit our website at www.petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com.

Robert W. Welch May 25, 1923 ~ August 7, 2020

    Robert W. Welch, 97 rural Nashwauk died on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 in his home.

    Born on May 25, 1923 in Fennville, MI, he was the son of Wallace and Eva (Haag) Welch. He was a machinist for Western tool and had been a resident of Nashwauk for over 25 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and living in Minnesota.

    Survivors include one son, Richard (Lila) Welch of Nashwauk, MN; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and three Great-great grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Wilma in 2005.

    There will be private family graveside services.

    Arrangements by the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine.

    To leave an online message of condolence please visit our website at www.petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com.

Ada Marie Hietala October 9, 1925 ~ August 3, 2020

    Ada Marie Hietala, age 94, passed away, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 at the Elder Homestead in Minnetonka of natural causes. 

    Ada was born on Oct. 9, 1925 to John L. and Mamie Belle Henry and grew up on her family’s farm in Jacobson. She married Arvo Hietala on Dec. 12, 1947 in Grand Rapids and they lived in the Trout Lake area on Arvo’s family farm. Through her maternal genealogical line, Ada was proud to be a descendant of the senior elder and community leader Pilgrim William Brewster, who arrived in Plymouth, MA on the Mayflower in 1620.

    Ada graduated from Grand Rapids High School. Ada and Arvo co-owned and operated the Northernaire Lodge on Shallow Lake in Warba in the 1940’s. Ada was very active in the Warba Community Presbyterian church, was a 4-H leader in Trout Lake, local politics, a member of Shallow/Sand Lake Association, and mentored several children with disabilities throughout her lifetime.

    Ada was preceded in death by her parents John and Mamie Belle Henry; her husband, Arvo in 2004; son, Edward in 1973; and siblings, Eva Williams, Olive Warner, Clifford Henry, Lila McFarlin, Lola Oaks; and son-in-law, Ronald Pfannsmith. 

    She is survived by Teresa Pfannsmith of Wayzata, MN, Arvella Hietala of Portland, OR, John (Darlene) Hietala of Warba, MN, James (Becky) Hietala of Warba, MN, and Kenneth (Nancy) Hietala of Waukesha, WI. She is also survived by twelve grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

    Visitation was from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. funeral service on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 in the Peterson Funeral Chapel in Coleraine. Interment will be in the Trout Lake Cemetery.

    Arrangements by the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine.

    To leave an online message of condolence please visit our website at www.petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com.

Gerald “Jerry” Alan Markovich June 24, 1969 ~ July 21, 2020

    On July 21st a golden heart stopped beating. Heaven gained an amazing angel. Gerald “Jerry” A. Markovich, 51, lifelong resident of Bovey died at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, MN. He was born June 24, 1969 to George “Butch” and Wanetta (Mansfield) Markovich in Grand Rapids, MN. Jerry graduated from Greenway High School in Coleraine, MN. Throughout his lifetime, Jerry worked for various businesses including River Rat Bait, Hardees, Dominos Pizza, On Cue, Maurices, Vanity, the Sawmill, the Locker Room, and most recently RJ’s Market to list a few. These were the places that Jerry would eventually form lifelong friendships through. He was extremely caring, and devoted to everyone around him and was easily taken in as a true friend to many. 

    One passion he held was owning and operating Good Time Pizza in Bovey with his husband Mark Taray. If it wasn’t for illness that prevented Jerry from operating his business, he, along with Mark would still be hard at it. Together, they were extremely generous and supportive, especially with donations to their community until the very end. Jerry made sure that everyone was taken care of, and he touched the lives of just about everyone in this community. Jerry was an avid pet lover, he loved cooking for family and friends, gardening, entertaining, and catering. He was known for his exceptional eye when it came to interior decorating. It was a gift that he had, and put it to good use. It should also be noted that Jerry was obsessed with Facebook and social networking. Just a short conversation with him, and you became a friend on his Facebook account. One proud accomplishment was that Jerry was inducted into the Greenway Alumni Hall of Fame. 

    He is survived by his husband, Mark Taray, Bovey, MN; their “children”, Fred, Ethel, Ruby, Jayda, Reeses, and Rajah; his dear sister, Kim (Casey) Venema, Bovey, MN; Jerry’s two nephews, Eric (Becky) Venema, Bovey, and Nic (Melissa) Venema, Coleraine, MN; great-nephews, Colten and Kaleb Venema; many more beloved nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews on the Taray family side; his mother-in-law, Ann Taray, Meadowlands, MN; brother and sisters-in-laws, John J. (Wanda) Taray, Cherry, MN, Barbara Taray, Meadowlands, Donna Perkins, Meadowlands, Jim (Brenda) Taray, Meadowlands/Proctor, MN, and Steve (Paula) Taray, Virginia, MN; his beloved aunt, JoAnn (Larry) Krause, Grand Marais, MN; his honorable sister, Teri Troumbly; and so many more special friends too numerous to list that will love and miss Jerry dearly.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, John P. Taray; and beloved pets, Aurora, Wrigley, Lily, and Lightning.

    In keeping up with the COVID-19 situation, Jerry’s family will be having a private formal memorial service in his honor, followed by a grand celebration of his life, “Jerry Style!”

when it is safe to do so. Arrangements are with Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine.

    To leave an online message of condolence please visit our website at www.petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com.

Margaret M. “Marge” Leppanen September 11, 1922 ~ July 13, 2020

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    Margaret Leppanen, age 97 of Nashwauk, passed away peacefully at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing.

    Marge was born Sept. 11, 1922 to John and Frances (Drysch) Zozgornik in Wawina, MN.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 53 years Einer Leppanen in 1994 and her son George Leppanen in 2018.

    Marge is survived by her daughter, Linda Peterson of Grand Rapids, MN and her son Tom Leppanen of Nashwauk, MN, Marge had many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

    Graveside services were held 12:30 p.m. on Friday July 17, 2020 at the Wawina Cemetery in Wawina, MN.

    To leave an online message of condolence for, please visit www.doughertyofhibbing.com. Arrangements are with Dougherty Funeral Home, 2615 First Avenue, Hibbing, MN.

Robert “Bob” Goodman Greenway Class of 1958, Champion Debater July 31, 1939 ~ June 29, 2020

    Robert “Bob” Goodman passed away June 29, 2020. He was born in Carleton County, Minnesota, July 31, 1939.

    He attended the University of Minnesota, majoring in Political Science. He married Nancy Nietz in September 1961. The couple lived in Stillwater, Minn., for 52 years.

    Bob was an independent Minnesota historian, author, and co-author with his wife, of five books on local history. He loved giving talks on history to school groups and organizations. He was very active in the Washington County Historical Society, the Stillwater Heritage Preservation Commission, and the Joseph R. Brown Heritage Society of Henderson, Minn. 

    He worked in various industries in the St. Paul including many years with American Hoist and Derrick. In later years he worked for the University of Minnesota and the U of M Extension Service. Bob was an avid gardener and loved travel to Europe and throughout America.

    Bob is survived by his wife of 59 years, two brothers and their families.

Gregory Dean Olson July 14, 2020

    Gregory Dean Olson, 57 of Keewatin, Minn., died unexpectedly on July 14, 2020 at his home. He loved fishing, watching NASCAR and spending time with his daughter and grandsons. Gregory worked with his dad at Olson’s Body Shop and Salvage Inc. in Keewatin for over 30 years as an auto repair mechanic.

    Greg is survived by his mother, Bonnie Olson of Oklee, Minn.; brother, Alan (Nancy) Olson of Oklee; sister, Roberta (Gary) Vad of Keewatin; daughter, Danielle (Michael) Gangl of Hibbing, Minn.; grandsons, Addison and Carson; aunts, Lillian Myrum of Keewatin, Jeanette Olson of Hibbing and Susan Olson of Keewatin; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

    He is preceded in death by his father Robert Olson; and uncles, Milton Olson, Donald Olson and Selmer Myrum.

    Visitation were held at the Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 20, 2020. The funeral service was held Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Dougherty Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior at 10 a.m. Interment will follow the service at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing.

    Visit our website at www.doughertyofhibbing.com to leave a message of condolence.

Roy D. Knutson February 4, 1949 ~ July 4, 2020

    Roy D. Knutson, 71, a longtime resident of Hartley Lake in northeast Itasca county, died on July 4, 2020, at home with family by his side.

    He was born Feb. 4, 1949 in Minneapolis, MN, to Carlton and Aase Knutson (who met in Norway during WWII). Roy married Terri Anderson on Feb. 28, 1970, at the Cambridge Lutheran Church in Cambridge, MN. This past February, Roy and Terri celebrated 50 years of marriage. In 1976, Roy requested a job transfer from the Twin Cities to Grand Rapids, MN, where he and his wife Terri built a home on Hartley Lake, north of Balsam Township, where they have lived ever since. Roy was a dedicated worker, husband and father. He worked for the phone company under its various names for more than thirty years.

    Roy was a part of a tight-knit community on Hartley Lake and enjoyed a close group of friends from Lawrence Lake Township as well. Roy passed away on July 4th. The 4th of July was Roy’s favorite holiday and he was known for hosting a yearly party. As he passed away at 8:45 p.m. with his family sitting beside him, it was almost as if he orchestrated all the fireworks that could be seen and heard in the distance to ensure he would have a proper sendoff. Roy’s favorite pastimes included motorcycles trips, fishing, and hunting and he was the leader of the Balsam Boy Scout troop for a few years. Roy also hosted a group of deer hunting friends for decades and turned his house into an annual deer camp.

    He is survived by his wife Terri Knutson, who still resides on Hartley Lake; three sons, Eric Knutson, Minneapolis, MN, Chad Knutson, Naples, FL, Leif Knutson, Edina, MN; his brother, Egil Knutson, Novato, CA; his grandson, Ian Knutson, Coon Rapids, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by his parents.

    Per Roy’s request, there will be no formal services at this time. Arrangements are with the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine. 

    To leave an online message of condolence for Roy, please visit us at; www.petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com.

Christopher Mark Edman January 18, 1966 ~ July 11, 2020

    Chris, 54, will be greatly missed by his children Matthew, Emily (Ben Flinchbaugh)  and Rachel, whom he shared with former spouse Lisa; brothers and sisters Linda Sullivan (Joe), Patricia Gegner, Sandra (Dave) Slattum, Michael (Jan), Joseph (Ronni), Gerald (Jodi), Scott (Sandy), Mickey (Dennis) Krampotich, Mark (Cynthia); many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

    Preceded in death by parents Gerald and Anita Edman. Chris will be remembered for his infectious laugh, generous heart, and fabulous cooking. There will be a gathering 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kessler & Maguire Funeral Home, 640 W. 7th St. The service will be Thursday 10 a.m. at Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 2048 Hamline Ave N., Roseville.

    For the safety of all, the family requests that masks be worn at both the visitation and funeral.

Yvonne Francis Sampsell March 23, 2020

   Yvonne Francis Sampsell, 66, of Hibbing, passed away Monday, March 23, 2020 at Fairview Range Medical Center. A Memorial service will be held Friday, July 31, 2020 at Range Funeral Home in Hibbing at 2:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m.  Fr. Joseph Sobolik will officiate.  Burial will be at the Nashwauk Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.  To sign the online guest book or send condolences visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

Kathy D. Rudeen June 24, 2020 ~ April 27, 1949

    Kathy D. Rudeen, 71 of Chisholm, MN, died on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 in the Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing, MN.

    She was born in Grand Rapids, MN on April 27, 1949, the daughter of David F. and Verna (Lenke) Card. She grew up in the Lawrence Lake area and graduated from the Greenway High School. She enjoyed collecting dolls, birds (cardinals), feeding peanuts to the squirrels, and adored her cats. She loved her family, grandchildren and friends, was always happy and positive, had a good attitude and sense of humor, independent and enjoyed her solitude and was loved by all.

    Survivors include her sons, Gene (Linda) Roth of Chisholm, MN and Frank Roth of Grand Rapids, MN; grandchildren, Keana Roth, Dylan (Summer) Roth, Dallas Roth and Jadyn Yale.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Leota Jean; Brothers, Donald and Dennis Card. 

    Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Funeral Service on Saturday, July 11, 2020 in the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine.

    Arrangements by the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine.

    To leave an online message of condolence please visit our website at www.petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com

Ruby B. Anderson April 16, 1934 ~ June 30, 2020

    Ruby B. Anderson, 86 of Grand Rapids, MN, formerly of Coleraine, died on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in the Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids.

    Born on April 16, 1934 she was the daughter of Charles and Alice (Carlson) Ploof. She loved to cook, bake, garden, bingo and doing jigsaw puzzles. She knitted everything from socks to sweaters. She loved spending time with her family, and adored cats and dogs. She owned and operated Phil’s Grill in downtown Coleraine for many years, alongside her husband Phil.

    Survivors include her daughters, Barbara (Mark) Mastrian of Nevis, MN and Angela Anderson of Moorhead, MN; daughter-in-law, Rhonda Anderson of Nashwauk, MN; grandchildren, Travis (Shelly) Anderson of Bovey, MN, Kerry (Frank) Starkey of Greensboro, MD, and Andrew and Phillip Seeger of Red Lake Falls, MN; great-grandchildren, Raina (Roberto) Zaldivar and Andrew Starkey both of Greensboro, MD, Chris (Emily) Berglund of Grand Rapids, MN and Hannah Anderson of Bovey, MN; great-great-grandchildren, Corbin and Kylee Berglund.

    She was preceded in death by her husband Phillip; her parents; son,; Andrew Anderson; and brothers, Frank and John Ploof.

    Visitation was from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Funeral Service on Monday, July 6, 2020 in the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine.

    Arrangements by the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine.

    To leave an online message of condolence please visit our website at www.petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com.

JoAnne Meyer November 6, 1944 ~ June 10, 2020

    JoAnne Meyer, 75, of Plummer, MN, passed away on June 10, 2020 at her home, under the tender care of Hospice and her granddaughter, Hanah Drevlow.

    A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at the VFW Park in Grand Rapids, MN starting at noon.

    JoAnne Adeline Hull was born on Nov. 6, 1944 in Milwaukee, WI, the daughter of Merlin Vurl “Pinky” and Georgenia Ann (Collins) Hull. She grew up in Wirt, MN, and attended Bigfork High School.

    In November of 1961 JoAnne was married to Jewel Ellis Danielson. Together they made their home in Minneapolis until 1971 when they moved back to Northern Minnesota. Later they settled in Balsam Township in the Grand Rapids area, where she worked for the J + L Steel Company in Calumet, MN.

    JoAnne relocated to Plummer, MN, upon her marriage to Jimmie Meyer in 1979. She worked for Northern Outerwear in Thief River Falls and was a co-owner of the Fix it Shop in Plummer. 

    JoAnne attended Northland Community and Technical College for Recreational Therapy. Later she went back to school and received her LPN license. JoAnne retired from Oakland Park Communities in 2013.

    JoAnne loved all animals – especially her cats, dogs, ducks, chickens, and songbirds. In her free time she busied herself with her garden, restoring old furniture, spending time with grandkids, and beekeeping. 

    JoAnne is survived by her dear friend and companion, Chuck Chapman of Plummer, MN; her children, Terry Danielson of Tampa Bay, FL, Shellie (Scott) Sawyer of Powells Point, NC, and Todd (Rachel) Danielson of Flom, MN; sister, Barbara (Thomas) Adams of La Prairie, MN; grandchildren, Adam (Hanah) Danielson, Brandon (Stacy) Danielson, Mickenzie (Coalton) Hanson, Devin, Amber, and Carter Danielson, Christopher Danielson, Amanda Driskell, and William Driskell; great-grandchildren, Garrett, Tyrion, Finnley, Ethan, Jordon, Noah, Sidney, Aaden, Skylar, Zoe, and Aubry; and many nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jimmie; siblings, Madge Danielson and Kenneth Hull; and granddaughter, Angel Joy Danielson.

    Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com

William “Bill” R. Hachey 1932 ~ June 13, 2020

    William “Bill” R. Hachey, age 87, of White Bear Lake, MN, formerly of Grand Rapids, MN, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2020.

    Bill was born in 1932 to Alexander and Mary Hachey in Grand Rapids, MN. Bill graduated from Grand Rapids High School. Bill attended the University of Minnesota before serving in the United States Army for two years. After his discharge, Bill returned to finish his schooling at Bemidji State University and the University of Minnesota Graduate School. Bill and Doris Mae Johnson were united in marriage on September 14, 1957 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Grand Rapids, MN. Bill worked at Greenway Schools as a teacher, a coach, and later a principal from 1958 until his retirement in 1992. After his retirement, Bill was the MSHSL region 7A secretary. He was also the Chairman of the Itasca Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Bill enjoyed spending his winters in Arizona on the golf course. 

    Preceded in death by his parents; wife, Doris; sisters, Rosemary, Catherine, Genevieve, Agnes, Florence, Shirley; two infant sisters; brother, Alex; and grandchildren, Chad Hachey, and Laura Nielsen. 

    Bill is survived by his daughter, Mary McDonnell of White Bear Lake, MN; sons, Michael (Eileen) of the Twin Cities, MN, James (Jill), of Taconite, MN, and Robert of White Bear Lake, MN; grandchildren, Joseph, Jacquie (Cia), Jason (Karley), Julie (Hector), Stefan, Scott, Chris (Desiree), Derek (Theresa), Tyler (Marina), 5 great grandchildren; son in law, Jeff McDonnell; and many nieces and nephews

    A private family graveside funeral service will be held. Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, MN. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.rowefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

Julie Ann Robertson November 20, 1963 ~ May 24, 2020

    Julie Ann Robertson, 56, of Cook, MN passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2020.

    Julie was born to Norman and Donna (Siedow) Huro on Nov. 20, 1963 in St. Paul, MN. Julie graduated from Nashwauk High School in 1981. She met and married Eric Hofmann and they were blessed with two children: Jessica and James. Although their lives led them in different directions, they remained dedicated parents. Julie met her husband, Steven Robertson in the early 90’s. She moved to Cook, MN with Steven and became a long-time resident.

    Julie loved and fed the many animals that visited her yard. She enjoyed a herd of 20 deer that included an injured doe she called “gimpy”. Julie also loved the birds; she would often make homemade feed for them. Julie loved her wildlife, including the raccoons, but her passion were her dogs. She loved traveling to dog shows to compete with her dachshunds and her rottweilers. Julie loved to cook and bake for her family and friends. She will be dearly missed by all.

    Julie was preceded in death by her grandparents: Gilbert and Helen Siedow and Ernest and Lola Huro.

    Julie is survived by her parents: Norman and Donna; husband Steven Robertson; her daughter, Jessica Gray; her son, James Hofmann (Stacey Althaus); sister, Lynne (Steve) Gangl; nephew and niece: Mark and Tiffany Gangl; and great nephews and one great niece; numerous friends; beloved pets, and many wildlife friends.

    A private family gathering will be held at a later date. To leave an online condolence visit www.mlakerfuneralhome.com

    Condolences may be sent to Jessica Gray, 2730 16th Ave. E., Hibbing, MN 55746.

Clarence D. Kuusi April 24, 1939 ~ June 1, 2020

    Clarence D. Kuusi, 81 of Pengilly, MN, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 1, 2020 in the Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Grand Rapids, MN.

    He was born on April 24, 1939 to Daniel and Elizabeth Kuusi of Menahga, MN. He married Bonnie Mears of Park Rapids on Aug. 2, 1958 and they had 3 children. Clarence was employed by Butler Brothers and National Steel Pellet Company as a welder for 34 years. During his employment, he was a grievance officer and later became the president of Steel Workers Local 2660.

    He retired in 1994. He and his wife bought a lake home on Stocking Lake in Menahga, and enjoyed may years of fishing and spending time with his family. In his spare time, he worked for the Planning and Zoning Department in both Wadena and Itasca County, and the Parks Department in Wadena County.

    Clarence and Bonnie moved back to the Iron Range, where he became active as a delegate and later on as the president of the local Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees United Steelworkers of America AFL-CIO-CLC (Soar). Other interests include president of the Bovey Moose Club 1061 and contributing to the Boys Town in Nebraska.

    Survivors include his wife Bonnie of Pengilly; his children, Debra (Charles) Burns of Mankato, Terry (Diane) Kuusi of Hibbing, and Jeffery Kuusi and Michelle of Annandale. Six grandchildren; Jessica (Nick) Knutson of Eden Prairie, Rodney Whight and Kyra of Devils Lake, ND, Becky (Jake) Bjorklund of Phoenix, AZ, Katelyn Whight and Drew of Duluth, Tyler Kuusi and Becca of Grand Rapids and Teresa Jo Kuusi of Chisholm, and seven great-grandchildren.

    Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. funeral service on Monday, June 8, 2020 in the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine. The Rev. Diane Bolles will officiate. Interment will be in the Alajoki Cemetery in Menahga, MN.

    Arrangements by the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine.

    To leave an online message of condolence please visit our website at www.petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com.

John P. Bielecki January 7, 1960 ~ December 8, 2019

    John P. Bielecki, 59, died unexpectedly Dec. 8, 2019, at his residence in Patterson, CA.

    John was born Jan. 7, 1960, in Hibbing MN to John and Helen Bielecki of Nashwauk, MN. He graduated from Nashwauk Keewatin High School, class of 1978. Soon after this, he relocated to Colorado where he married his wife Kris (Heyblom) Bielecki, resident of Swan Lake, MN. They then relocated to California where John spent his career working as a Sr. Engineer/Mechanical Technologist at places such as, Lockheed Martin, NASA, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

    John enjoyed spending his time with his family doing outdoor activities such as, camping, fishing, hunting and metal detecting. In his down time, he loved spending time in his garage reminiscing with family and friends.

    John is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kris Bielecki; daughters, Bailey Bielecki and Britney (Justin) Gomes; grandchildren, Jaxson 10, Roman 8, Tenley 6, Bentley 4; siblings, Theodore (Connie) Bielecki, Donna (Tom Rothrock) and Michael (Valerie) Bielecki. He was preceded in death by his father, John Bielecki; mother, Helen Bielecki; and son, Taylor John Bielecki.

    Private services for the family were held in December of 2019. Celebration of life will be held at a later date in Northern Minnesota.

    The Bielecki family would like to thank all family and friends who have reached out with kind words and generous gifts through this difficult time. Condolences can be sent to the family at 541 Clover Avenue, Patterson, CA 95363.

    Services conducted by Hillview Funeral Chapel, Patterson.

James W. Durant March 23, 1963 ~ May 25

    James W. Durant, 57 of Grand Rapids, died on Monday, May 25, 2020 in Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, MN.

    He was born on March 23, 1963 in Hibbing, MN, he was the son of Lorin and Jeanette (Stukey) Durant.

    He is survived by his Dad, Lorin Durant; and his step-mother, Shirley Durant of Bovey, MN; his siblings, Tammie Beckman of Hibbing, Calvin (Melissa) Durant of Keewatin and Colleen (Glen) Cole of Meadowlands, MN; and nine nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by his mother, Jeanette Durant.

    Per Jim’s request, there will be no services at this time.

    Arrangements by the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine.

    To leave an online message of condolence please visit our website at www.petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com.

Maxine Faye Davies July 8, 1933 ~ May 24, 2020

    Maxine Faye Davies left this world for eternal rest on Sunday, May 24, 2020.

    Maxine was born in Bovey Minnesota on July 8, 1933 to Pearl and Max Unger. She attended Greenway HS where she was head cheerleader and met the love of her life, Charles Perry Davies, Jr. They were married on Dec. 20, 1953 and became an Airforce family for the next 20 years, including several moves to San Antonio and Japan. They spent many years at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS with their three young boys where they grew to love the coastal life. When Chuck retired in 1973 they made their home in San Antonio and they proceeded to build a dry cleaning and laundry business together. Maxine was known for her amazing cooking skills - she learned to bake bread at the age of 5! Maxine was a fabulous wife, mother and hostess, famous for her warmth, high energy and humor. She loved her family fiercely.

    Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Jaqueline Unger Stillar; sons, Charles P. Davies, III and Dana S. Davies.

    She is survived by her best friend and husband of 66 years, Charles P. Davies, Jr., son, Scott M. Davies (Laura) and sister, Debbie Lundin (Curt), 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Memorial services were on Friday, May 29, 2020 at Sunset Memorial on Austin Highway at 1 p.m. with visitation starting at noon.

Bette (Boop) Jean Hodgson Beck Feb. 23, 1947 ~ May 8, 2020

    Bette (Boop) Jean Hodgson Beck of Grand Rapids and Casa Grande, AZ passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on Friday, May 8.

    Bette was born in Grand Rapids, Minn. on Feb. 23, 1947 to Howard and Ester Hodgson. Out of this union two children were born. Bette the oldest and her brother William Hodgson. Bette also has a sister-in-law Kathleen Elich of Rural Bovey.

    On Dec. 10, 1966 she married Robert W. Beck of Pengilly, Minn. They were married for 54 wonderful years. They had two beautiful children, Melissa and James Beck. They have six grandchildren, Jacob, Sarah, Jenna, Jimmie, Megan and Alex.

    Bette worked for many years as an aide at Greenway High School in the Special Education Department before finding out she had lung cancer in 2000 the same year Robert retired from the paper plant. Bette was a 50 year member of Eastern Star.

    Bette had many, many friends but most of all Peter and Peggy Bibich of Rural Coleraine. Many trips were made. We all went to Mexico twice and the East Coast. They were more like family than friends.

    Dr. Sande of Duluth started Bette on her 19 years with cancer. Some good but mostly it was painful which she never showed to friends.

    Grave side Service in the Coleraine Cemetery sometime in the spring of 2021.

Ralph Wayne Waisanen May 23, 2020

    Ralph Wayne Waisanen passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Grand Village in Grand Rapids, Minn.

    Ralph rejoins his wife Elaine, the love of his life, who passed away at their long-time home in Coleraine on Jan. 9, 2017. He was also preceded in death by his mother, Hattie Finnila, and stepfather, Toivo Finnila, and many of his favorite fishing buddies as well as his father, Waino Waisanen.

    Ralph was born in Trout Lake Township and spent his early years traveling back and forth to Michigan to visit relatives. He was proud to serve his country in the Air Force and was stationed in Okinawa during the Korean War.

    Military service and growing up in Trout Lake were at the heart of many of his stories. He was a one of a kind storyteller who knew how to make a room laugh. His grandchildren always knew something good was coming when he would fold his hands on his lap, purse his lips and slightly smirk.

    Ralph was born into a Finnish speaking family and grew up being able to communicate in his family’s native language. He was blessed with a sharp mind and an even sharper wit. He taught in various schools and junior colleges across northern Minnesota, until taking his last position as a high school English teacher at his alma mater, Greenway High School.

    He retired from teaching in 1988 and was able to spend many happy years pursuing his interests in photography, woodworking, gardening, playing cribbage, hunting and, best of all, trout fishing. If he wasn’t at home, you knew you would find him on a lake somewhere fishing, no matter the season.

    Ralph will be lovingly remembered by his family. He is survived by his son, Mark (Jayne) Waisanen, Detroit Lakes, MN; daughters, Mary Waisanen, Cohasset, MN, Melanie Cohen, Seattle, WA, and Debra (Michael) Solem, Cohasset, MN. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, Abby (James) Johnson, Katy (Jake) Reierson, Miranda (Kyle) Roethle, Chelsea Solem, David Cohen; and four great-grandchildren, Logan and Hudson Johnson and Caleb and Camden Reierson. He is also survived by his half-brother, James Finnila, and numerous nieces/nephews, cousins and in-laws.

    The family would like to extend their appreciation for the loving care given to Ralph by all of his caregivers, including Debbie Barton, Becky Anderson and all of the caregivers from 4U Home Health Care who cared for Ralph while he was still in his home, and the staff at Grand Village and Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Itasca Hospice, especially during these last months with visitor restrictions in place due to the coronavirus.

    A private family service will be held at an unspecified time and Ralph will be buried, along with his wife, Elaine, at the Trout Lake Cemetery.

    Arrangements by the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine.

    To leave an online message of condolence please visit our website at www.petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com.

Ellen Grace (Lee) Savolainen December 3, 1924 ~ May 28, 2020

    Ellen Grace (Lee) Savolainen, 95, took her last breath on earth on Thursday, May 28, 2020. She was born in Calumet to Chris and Agnes Lee on Dec. 3, 1924. When she was four years old, her family moved to a farm in Williams, MN, where she was surrounded by a large extended family. Ellen was active in school, 4H Club and Sunday School. Both of her parents died on the same day when she was just 15 years old. Ellen moved in with relatives and graduated from Hibbing High School in 1942 and then Minneapolis Business College. After working for several years, she met her brother’s Navy buddy, Reuben. They were married on June 30, 1946 and made their home in Nashwauk, where they raised their five children. Ellen especially enjoyed family time at their cabin at Swan Lake, her many friends on bowling and bocce ball teams (which she participated in until she was 91), baking and sewing quilts to give as gifts. She was an active member of the Nashwauk United Methodist Church and the former Golden Age Club.

    She was preceded in death by Reuben, her husband of 68 years, in 2015; her sons Todd in 2003 and Ray in 2016; an infant grandson, Anthony Carruth; her parents, sisters Esther Lee and Loraine (Lee) Church, and brother Ray (Leitha) Lee.

    Ellen is survived by her son David (Carol), and daughters Joen (Denny) Blomberg and Jill (Tim) Carruth, daughters-in-law Georgene (Bruce) Gustin, and Suzanne Savolainen. She cherished her 11 grandchildren, Craig, Jeff, Eric, Adam and Micki Savolainen, Amy Campbell, Tyge and Brian Blomberg, Amanda Oswald, and Timmy and Travis Carruth; and her 15 beloved great-grandchildren, Ethan, Eli, Zach, Adelyn, Grayson, and Emilia Savolainen; Katie, RJ, and George Campbell; Jafet, Lark, Aven and Selah Blomberg; Hanah White, and Judson Oswald. Throughout her life she loved and enjoyed her many cousins, in-laws, nieces and nephews.

    Special thanks are extended to her nephew, Steve Dasovich, Dr. Thompson, the Fairview Range Hospice team and the dear ladies of her church. Due to the current pandemic, services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.

    To leave an online message of condolence, please visit our website at www.doughertyofhibbing.com.

Marie Elva Scheer July 22, 1938 ~ May 6, 2020

    Marie Elva Scheer, 81, was born on July 22, 1938 in the log cabin built by her parents near Bigfork, MN. She graduated from Bigfork High School and began nurses training at General Hospital in Minneapolis. She married Bob Marcotte and they raised their children together for 13 years.

    She died unexpectedly on May 6, 2020.

    She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence ‘Conny’ and Hellen Scheer, and is survived by her sister Joyce Brown. Marie is also survived by children, Chris (Chuck Root) Marcotte, Mike (Audrey Zhang) Marcotte, Julie (Jeff Katnis) Marcotte, Rose (Matt) Belille, and Joe Marcotte. Grandchildren Elizabeth, Jon, Jackson, Hannah, Dani and Ruby. Great grandchildren Lucy, Greta, Hudson and Charlie. 

    Marie’s contributions to her community were numerous. She received her master’s degree from the U of MN and worked for various state agencies (MDH, LAC, DHS) for nearly 25 years. After retirement she worked at Alexandra House Women’s Shelter for 12 years. In 1983 Marie took a hiatus and spent 5 years mining for gold in Arizona. Other interests included reading, writing, watercolor, and Reiki. Plans for Celebration of Life in Bigfork are TBD.

Sharon Lee Kosman August 26, 1940 ~ May 17, 2020

    Sharon Lee Kosman, 79 of Bovey, died on Sunday, May 17, 2020 in her home.

    She was born on Aug. 26, 1940 in Mahnomen, MN, she was the daughter of Elmer and Mable (Olson) Anderson. She grew up in Calumet, MN, was a 1958 Greenway High School graduate, she married Ray Kosman on May 16, 1970 in Marble, MN.

    Sharon had an adventurous soul, scuba diving in the Caribbean, riding motorcycles, singing karaoke and going on cruises. She loved the outdoors, camping, fishing, loved to garden and had a green thumb, and was an excellent cook. She also loved spending time on South Twin Lake.

    Survivors include her husband Ray of Bovey; her children; Barry Anderson, Julie (Mike) Marrier of U.S. Virgin Islands, Michele Trott of Elk River, MN, Wade (Michelle) Kosman of North Branch, MN, Debbie (Ray) Buhil of Ham Lake, MN, Kim (Randy) Smith of White Bear Lake, MN and Gary (Sharon) Kosman of Forest Lake; Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Donna Donat of Linwood, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her parents.

    Memorial services will be held at a later date.

    Arrangements by the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine.

    To leave an online message of condolence please visit our website at www.petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com.

Dickie G. Murden August 5, 1941 ~ May 11, 2020

    Dickie Gene “Papa” Murden passed away unexpectedly at home on Monday, May 11, 2020.

    He was born in Sibley Township Aug. 5, 1941. He spent the majority of his life in Balsam Township where he worked the farm with his parents and brothers. He eventually settled down the road from his homestead and ran his business, Balsam Auto Recyclers, until he retired and moved to town. For the past 8 years, Dick lived in Hibbing with his son Dan and his family. Dick enjoyed his daily routines, talking to his brothers, recycling and scrapping, tinkering at his property, collecting coins, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He was always ready with a pot of coffee and a smile. He was a simple man with few expectations who was always willing to help others. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

    Dickie is survived by his sons, Daniel (Debbie) Murden of Hibbing, MN, William (Shane) Jeno of Hampton, MN; daughter-in-law, Janet Murden of Balsam Township; brothers, James (Janice) Murden of Nashwauk, MN, Donald (Nancy) Murden of North Branch, MN; grandkids, Donald, Jausaun and Jestin Murden, MaKayla, Naomi, Taite, Audra, and Laine Murden, Calvin ‘Reed’ Jeno, James McBride; and numerous beloved great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends.

    Dickie was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Florence; brother, George Martin; and children, Nancy Jo Murden and Robert John Murden.

    A small private interment will be held at Balsam Cemetery for immediate family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Balsam Volunteer Fire and Rescue to support the community Dick loved so much. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit our website at www.doughertyofhibbing.com.

John “Jack” Marcellus Schmitz February 17, 1936 ~ May 6, 2020

    John “Jack” Marcellus Schmitz, 84, of Hibbing, Minn. passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

    Jack was born in Bluffton, Minnesota on Feb. 17, 1936 to John and Rose Schmitz. He was the youngest of six children. He and his brother Ole were known to cause a bit of mischief from time to time. On Sept. 26, 1953 he married Hazel Komppa. They were married for 49 years before her passing in 2002. Jack was in the Air Force for 4 years stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was one of the hardest working, most straight forward men you could ever meet. He had an unbelievable work ethic. He always had more than one job… whether it was hauling milk, farming, owning a bar or gas station, taping and spraying drywall or working in the mine. He was a “Jack” of all trades and could fix most anything. He enjoyed putzing in the garage or yard. He also enjoyed classic country music and the road trips to Branson. He loved playing cards and watching the Twins. Most of all, he was happy getting Hazel riled up over their thousands of “happy hour” Yahtzee games. There was nothing he liked more than when she had to dip into her wicker gambling chicken to pay her debts.

    Jack was preceded in death by his parents; five siblings; his wife, Hazel; infant son, David John; granddaughter, Robbie Joy Schmitz; grandson, Jake Anderson; and son-in-law, Craig Anderson.

    He is survived by his children, Doug (Kathy) Schmitz, Darrel (Dar) Schmitz, Marcy Anderson and Amy (Ron) Erkkila; ten grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren (twins due in October); two great-great grandchildren; and his special friend, Maryann Uselman.

    His family would like to thank his long time Doctor, Amy Hilde-Philips, the wonderful homecare and hospice staff for all of their care and support and to his Real Life friends for caring and checking in.

    In lieu of gifts for the family, please make a donation in Jack’s name to Homecare and Hospice of Hibbing, St. Jude’s or the charity of your choice.

    A private family service will be held with a celebration of life at a later date. 

    Visit our website at www.doughertyofhibbing.com to leave a message of condolence.

Jack Odden April 15, 1929 ~ May 7, 2020

    Jack Odden, 91 of Bovey, Minnesota, died on May 7 in Grand Rapids MN.

    Born on April 15, 1929 in St. Paul, MN, he was the son of Clifford and Dorothy Odden Jack was a lifelong resident of Bovey. He married Joan Denzel on Oct. 17, 1959. He served in the Navy during WWII. After his discharge, he worked at the Danube and Hibbing Taconite Mines. After retiring he was employed at the Bovey Merck, Bovey Holiday gas station and the Wastewater Treatment Plant which he retired from in 1994.

    Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and working on small engines, and spending time with his family.

    Preceded in death by his father, Clifford; mother, Dorothy; and daughter, Deborah.

    He is survived by his wife, Joan of 60 years; children, Kevin (Tiya) Odden, Bovey, Tammy Wahlstrand, Hibbing, Linda (Joe) Simone, Florence, MT, Carol (Dave) Savolainen, Nashwauk MN, Clifford, California, Jackie (Victor) Greco, Grand Junction CO, Donna Hemphill, Florence, MT; grandchildren, Shawn, Fargo ND, Megen (Dustin) Barsness, Duluth, Tyler, Bovey, Nicole, Joey and Jolene Montana, Eric, Nashwauk, Micki, Hibbing, Joshau, Nevada, Camille, Nevada, Kelie, Colorado, Heather and Samantha, Montana; several great-grandchildren; sister, Beverly Gustason, Grand Rapids; nieces and nephews, Eugene Gustason, Ed Gustason, Vickie Jamsa, and Gary Gustason, Terri Stupar, Mike and Mark Stupar; and beloved granddogs, Ceasar and Keysha.

    A Private Family service will be held at the Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine.

    Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine.

    To leave an online message of condolence please visit our website at www.petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com.

Trevor Lee Setnosky May 17, 1998 ~ April 25, 2020

    Trevor Lee Setnosky passed away unexpectedly on Saturday April 25, 2020 at the age of 21 in Grand Rapids, MN.

    Trevor was born May 17, 1998, graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 2017 and served in the Army National Guard. Trevor was full of life and loved by many. His contagious smile and laughter brought life to the room. He loved the outdoors, music, and was a avid video gamer. He was very passionate about his family and friends; his memory will be held dear to the our hearts as he will be greatly missed by everyone he touched.

    He has selflessly saved the life of others through organ donation and even given sight to the blind as he would want nothing more than to allow someone else the opportunity to experience the love and joy he has.

    Trevor is survived by his father Charles Setnosky; mother and step-father, Jodi and Bryan Pepin; sister, Alexandra Setnosky (nieces, Ava and Audree Hadersbeck); brother, Quinn Setnosky and step-brother Zane Foix; paternal grandparents, Ted Horton and Deborah Kannas, Charles Pepin, Linda Couturier (Joe); uncle, Barry Jackson (Angie); cousins, Jennifer Foskey (Mark) and Hannah Jackson, and many other loving family and friends.

    He is preceded in passing by his maternal grandparents Wallace “Bobe” and Norissa “Gene” Jackson.

    Trevor’s life will be celebrated in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota at a later date.

    Arrangements by the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine.

    To leave an online message of condolence please visit our website at www.petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com.

Lloyd C. Cogswell September 18, 1929 ~ April 24, 2020

    Lloyd C. Cogswell age 90 of Taconite, passed away Friday, April 24, 2020 at his home with family by his side.

    He was born Sept. 18, 1929 in Harvey, IL to Hobert and Della Mae (Padgett) Cogswell. Lloyd was a 53 year resident of Taconite. 

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Hobert and Della Mae; siblings, Geraldine Estes, Richard Cogswell; children, Robert and an infant daughter.

    Lloyd is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dianna Cogswell; children, Letty (Jim) Gould, Gregg (Valentyna) Cogswell, Doug (Shanna) Cogswell, Cindy (Gary) Curtis, Kelly (Jeff) Groshong; siblings, Mona King, Clara (Walter) Zapchenk; 15 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and his second wife Jeanette Troumbly.

    Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Peterson Funeral Chapel in Coleraine. Private family burial will take place later at Lakeview Cemetery in Coleraine. To leave an online message of condolence please visit our website at www.petersonfuneral
chapelofcoleraine.com.

Lucille Eleanor Tonkin December 30, 1925 ~ April 24th 2020

    Lucille Eleanor Tonkin, 94, of Rochester, MN, died Friday April 24, 2020 at Samaritan Bethany Home on 8th, where she had been recently residing.

    Lucille Eleanor Tonkin was born Dec. 30, 1925 in Strathcona, MN, the daughter of Carl and Ida Christenson. She was raised in Bovey, MN.

    She married Bruce Grant Tonkin on Oct. 11, 1947. The Tonkins lived in Hopkins, MN, Madison, WI, and Roseville, MN before being transferred with IBM to Rochester in 1962. Lucille spent a lot of her free time as a pink lady volunteer for the Methodist Hospital. Lucille loved to spend time with her grandkids, and cooking and baking. She also enjoyed boating in the summer months.

    She is survived by a son, William (Pamela) Tonkin of Alexandria, MN; a daughter, Jean (Thomas) Grehan of Santa Fe, NM; five grandchildren, Christopher, Timothy, and Ryan Tonkin, and Austin and Peter Grehan; and five great-grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by a brother Christy, and a sister Bernice.

    A graveyard service will be held in Coleraine, MN at a later date.

    If so desired, memorials may be directed to Samaritan Bethany Home on 8th. Online memorials are being welcomed and may be created at mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com

Dawn M. Woodman March 4, 1974 ~ April 24, 2020

    Dawn Woodman, age 46 of Nashwauk, passed away with family by her side Friday, April 24, 2020.

    She was born March 4, 1974 in Grand Rapids, MN to Gary and Mary (Kovakovich) Woodman. Dawn was a lifelong resident of Nashwauk and a 1992 graduate of Nashwauk-Keewatin High School. Dawn was employed at Keewatin Taconite as a lab tech for 24 years. She loved dolphins, the color purple and above all else hanging out with her family, especially her grandkids.

    Dawn is survived by her significant other Jeremy Drake; children, Jay (Elizabeth) Woodman, Cody Olsen, Kyla Olsen, Aspen Drake; mother, Mary Woodman; brother, Shawn Woodman; grandkids, Madison Woodman, Patrick Woodman and Xander Musakka; nieces, Samantha and Sabrina Woodman.

    She was preceded in death by her father, Gary Woodman.

    Services for Dawn will be held at a later date. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit our website at www.doughertyofhibbing.com.

Byron E. Cole May 5, 1953 ~ April 9, 2020

   Byron E. Cole, 66, longtime resident of Bemidji, MN died Thursday, April 9, 2020 at his residence in Bemidji.

    He was born on May 5, 1953 to Harvey and Martha (Gangl) Cole in Grand Rapids, MN. Byron worked at ODC in Bemidji. He enjoyed doing puzzles, coloring, and drawing as his pastimes.

    He is survived by his brother, Robert (Eva) Cole, Calumet, MN, dear cousin, Geraldine (Fred) Hoshal, Calumet, and numerous cousins. 

    He was preceded in death by his parents.

    Per the Cole’s family request, there will be a private family gathering held at the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine on Tuesday. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery of Coleraine. Arrangements are with the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine.

 

    To leave an online message of condolence for Byron, please visit our website at; www.petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com

Janet H. Delich February 16, 1940 ~ April 7, 2020

    Janet H. Delich age 80 of Bovey passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at her home. 

    She was born Feb. 16, 1940 in Grand Rapids, MN to Herman and Selma (Mischke) Mattfield. On July 22, 1961 she was joined in marriage to Robert Delich at Saint Vasilije of Ostrag Serbian Church in Chisholm. During her working career Janet was employed at the Hibbing Hospital, School District 318 out of Grand Rapids and the lab at the Blandin Paper Company. Janet loved dancing and singing, she sang at weddings, funerals and family reunions. She taught ethnic dancing and enjoyed square dancing. Janet was an avid gardener she was a member of the Cloverdale Garden Club. Her true passion was cooking for her loving husband Bob.

    Janet is survived by her husband, Robert; siblings, Sylvia Noworatzky, Norman Mattfield, Violet Hanson, Delores (Eigenberger) Christianson, Herman (Mary) Mattfield, Robert Mattfield, Gerald Mattfield, Weldon (Cindy) Mattfield, Meloy Mattfield; best friend, Dr. Esther Potti; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Selma; siblings, Maynard Mattfield, Roger Mattfield, Raymond Mattfield and Joyce Gonzalez; brothers in law, Roman Noworatzky, Lyle Hanson, Roy Eigenberger and Verlin Christianson; sister in law, Virginia Mattfield; and stepfather, Walter Sundstrom.

    Services will be held at a later date. To leave an online message of condolence please visit our website at www.petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com.

Rhonda M. Betz July 16, 1959 ~ January 11, 2020

    Services for Rhonda Betz are postponed until further notice.

    To leave an online message of condolence please visit our website at www.petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com.

Rhonda M. Betz July 16, 1959 ~ January 11, 2020

    Rhonda M. Betz, 60, Andover, MN, formerly of Coleraine, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 in North Memorial Hospital, Robbinsdale, MN.

    Born July 16, 1959 in Sandstone, MN, she was the daughter of Wallace and Rosemary “Mitzi” Volk. Rhonda grew up in Coleraine and was a 1977 graduate of Greenway High School where she was a hockey cheerleader, competed on the ski team, and played saxophone in the band. She worked in accounting for several nationally recognized corporations including; Stratasys, A.K.W., Medtronics, Land O Lakes, Carlson Companies, Stein Industries, Eschelon Telecom, and Taco Bell Corporate in California. Rhonda moved from her hometown to discover herself, only to find that her missing piece and love of her life, George, would draw her back to Minnesota. They married on Nov. 27, 2004 in the Earl Brown Center in Brooklyn Center, MN. Rhonda’s eyes glimmered and her infectious smile couldn’t be contained. This was the beginning of the happiest chapter of her life. She enjoyed camping with “my” George and their dog SadieLu at the Eagle Cove Resort in Mora.

    Her father, Wallace Volk and a brother, Stewart Frets preceded her in death.

    Survivors include her husband, George; her step-children, Nathan (Olive) Betz, Kristine (Mike) Schaan, Ryan Betz and Allison Betz; her granddaughter, Margot; her mother, Mitzi Seibert; siblings, Mary Kay Bass, Dan Volk, Bill (Michelle) Volk, Pam Volk, and Denise Olson; her father-in-law, Roger Betz; her brother-in-law, Dan Betz; as well as many nieces and nephews.

    Visitation will be 12 noon until the 1 p.m. funeral service on Saturday, March 28, 2020 in the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. To leave an online message of condolence please visit our website at www.petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com.

Maida Cowling Erickson May 6, 1927 ~ February 18, 2020

    Maida Cowling Erickson, 92, of Coleraine, MN, died Feb. 18, 2020 at Northwoods Villa in Grand Rapids, MN.

    Maida was born on May 6, 1927 to Randall (Hank) and Hannah (Newberg) Cowling in Hibbing, MN, and was a graduate of Hibbing High School. 

    Maida married Roy Erickson on July 27, 1947. Roy and Maida moved to Coleraine in 1956 where they raised their children. 

    Maida is survived by her son, Reed (Paula) Erickson of Side Lake; daughter, Joanne Erickson (Tom Caouette) of DeLand, FL; daughter-in-law, Lynda Erickson of Side Lake; grandchildren, Brett (Karen) Denzel, Rolf (Monica) Erickson, Heather (Tim) McNally, Todd (Nancy) Erickson, Leah (Justin) Crossley, Kyle (Missy) Erickson, Seth Erickson, Emily Erickson; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Randall Cowling; and former daughters-in-law, Ginny Erickson of Coleraine, and Vickie (Al) Whirley of Grand Rapids. 

    Maida was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Erickson; son, Randall Erickson; parents, Randall and Hannah Cowling; and brother, Donald Cowling.

    Per Maida’s wishes, an interment ceremony will take place this spring.