Madge "Maggie" Matz
On Sunday evening, December 16, 2018, surrounded by her children, Madge "Maggie" Matz passed away peacefully at her home in Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin. She was eighty-four years of age, having been born in Green Bay, Wisconsin on May 20, 1934, the daughter of Albert and Mildred Riebe. When Madge was young, her parents relocated to Minocqua, Wisconsin, where she graduated from High School in 1952.
Maggie worked many years as an accountant at Bob Matz Motors, and then finished her career at Howard Young Medical Center, working in patient accounting, retiring when she was seventy-four years of age.
Maggie was an avid bowler, crossword puzzle player and "Jeopardy" fan. She truly loved her Green Bay Packers, often requiring a welfare check from her family after a game. She loved her family, friends and neighbors, her Shih Tzu "Mei Ling," all her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and grand "pets." She will be best remembered for her keen sense of humor, her generosity, her fun-loving personality and her excitement when her numbers came up as winners. She loved to travel with family and zip-lined at the age of seventy.
Those left to honor her memory and her sense of humor include her sister, JoAnne Connell, of Lake Vermilion, Tower; her children, Deborah Karow and her husband, Philip, Robin Stippich and her husband, Robert, Wendy Hunter and her husband, Todd, and Robert Matz and his wife, Linda; seven grandchildren, Nathan Karow and his wife, Kristine, Carrie Newmoyer and her husband, Dave, Jennifer Seifert and her husband, Matt, Gregory Hunter, Jordan Hunter, Ethan Matz and Tori Matz, and four great-grandchildren.
Maggie was preceded in death by the father of her four children, Robert S. Matz, Sr., her beloved brothers-in-law, Barry L. Matz and Gerald Connell, and her parents, Albert and Mildred Riebe.
A special thank you and sincere appreciation to Maggie's close friends and Ascension Home Hospice that helped the family keep Maggie home and allowed her to pass in comfort.
Thanks and appreciation, also, to Maggie's caregivers at the Howard Young Medical Center and Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center for the loving care they provided during the recent past. Special thanks, too, to Dr. Mark Rassier for his sincere, special care of Maggie.
A Memorial Gathering was held from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 21, at Bolger Funeral Home, Minocqua Chapel, followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Ascension Home Hospice. These individuals made a very sad time as comforting as possible.
"The World is not conclusion, a Sequel stands beyond, invisible as music, but positive as sound." - Anonymous
Maggie will be keenly missed and remembered with affection by all who knew her. She leaves countless wonderful memories for friends and family to cherish.
Robert "Bob" Louis "Turtle" Stevens of Lake Vermilion, Tower, and Virginia passed away on Friday, December 21, with his family by his side. He was sixty-seven years of age and had fought a long, difficult battle with neuroendocrine cancer for three and one-half years.
Bob was born in Minneapolis on February 28, 1951, the son of Ray and Bernice (Hennum) Stevens. When he was still a toddler, the family moved to Biwabik, where Bob attended school and graduated from Biwabik High School with the Class of 1969. Bob continued his education, attending college in Menominee, Wisconsin, but left in 1973 to work in the mines and in electrical construction.
In June, 1976 Bob met his soulmate and the love of his life, Elizabeth Padgett of Cloquet, at the Tower Root Beer Stand. Following a six-month whirlwind romance, Bob and Liz were married at nuptial ceremonies held in Cloquet on December 18, 1976. They just celebrated forty-two years of marriage. Bob and Liz had three children, Zebulon, Sarah and Hannah, and currently are raising two of their grandchildren, Luna and Anish.
The newlyweds established their home in Soudan, then built a basement home in Pike-Sandy Township, then moved to Hudson, Wisconsin and eventually relocated back on the Iron Range, settling in Virginia in 1993. After spending the summers of his youth growing up on Lake Vermilion, it was Bob's dream to have his kids and grandkids love "The Lake" as much as he did, so in 1987, the couple bought their first cabin on "The Lake." "The Lake" was his sanctuary and his happy place that he loved the most all of his life.
Bob had been an instructor in Electrical Controls and Maintenance at Mesabi Range College since the Fall of 1993. After being hired to teach, Bob completed his degree at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menominee on what he referred to as "the twenty-five-year plan." He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Education from Stout, a Master of Science Degree in Electronics and Computer Technology from Indiana State University and an Automated Systems Diploma from the Eveleth Area Vocational Technical Institute. He was very proud of the fact that he was able to return to the Range teaching in the program from which he graduated in the early 80s. He enjoyed going to his job every day, and never considered it work. He got great satisfaction from teaching, always leaving his students with a story relating to the lesson at hand.
He was a jack-of-all-trades, who could do anything - from building and remodeling homes to car repairs to beautiful oil paintings. It was Bob's Grandpa Hennum, his father, Ray, and his teacher, Dan Saarela from high school shop class, who were responsible for his love of woodworking. Bob also was a rock collector; everywhere he went he took home rocks to add to his collection or to use in some ongoing building project.
He loved to deer hunt at the shack, duck hunt the Vermilion River, fish wherever they were biting on Lake Vermilion, sail on his sailboat and enjoy campfires by the Lake. He was first and foremost a family man, always placing his family above all else, whether it was taking them on numerous adventures or just being there for them. Some of his happiest times were spent telling folktale stories to his kids or grandkids or playing games with them.
He will be missed and cherished by his wife, Liz; son, Zebulon and his children, Luna and Anish of Virginia; daughter, Sarah Knudson and her husband, Keith, and their children, Bo, Alden, Chase, Everett, Liam, Cash, Isla, Carys and Tyce, of Wuori Township; daughter, Hannah Haugen and her husband, Bjørn Åge, and their children, Helén, Philip and Louis, of Tranby, Norway; his father, Ray Stevens and his wife, Carolyn, of Lake Vermilion, Tower; siblings, Don Ste-vens and his wife, Della, of Circle Pines, Minnesota, JoAnne Lewis and her husband, Jim "Louie" of Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Dick Stevens and his wife, Eva, of Mound, Minnesota; his father-in-law, Doug Padgett of Lake Vermilion, Tower, and many other dear relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Bernice Stevens, and both sets of grandparents. "He was a unique and special man who will live forever in our hearts," a family member observed.
A Celebration of Life was held on Thursday, January 3, at 2:00 p.m. at the Bauman-Cron Funeral Home Chapel in Virginia. Visitation was held on Wednesday, January 2, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and again for one hour prior to the Thursday service.
Arrangements and assistance to the family were provided by the Bauman-Cron Funeral Home in Virginia. To share condolences online, please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com
Bob will be sadly missed and remembered with affection by all who knew him, but he left countless wonderful memories for friends and family to cherish.
Ray A. Girard of Britt, eighty-six years of age, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, at his home.
Ray was born on November 18, 1932 in Parkville, the son of Ali and Dorothy (Hammond) Girard, and had been a Britt resident for many years. He was a United States Army veteran and worked for LTV Steel as a locomotive engineer, retiring after many years of service.
Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Girard of Eveleth, Bonnie Spolarich and her husband, George, of Britt and Barbara (Skip McCormick) Gibson of Britt; two grandsons, three great-grandsons; one sister, Nora Esselstrom of Texas, formerly of Lake Vermilion, Tower, and one brother, William Girard and his wife, Diane, of Anchorage, Alaska. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ali and Dorothy Girard, and his wife, Marjorie, who passed away in 2014.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Sand Lake Shuffle.
There will be no formal funeral, as per Ray's request.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.
Thelma Louise Kortkamp, a longtime resident of Duluth, passed away on Sunday, December 2, at North Shore Estates in West Duluth, where she had resided for the past five years. She was 102 years of age, having been born on November 2, 1916 in Heron Lake, Minnesota, the daughter of Scott and Alma Potter. She was a graduate of Morgan Park High School and Duluth Business College.
Thelma was employed most of her life in various office management positions for regional companies, such as The Duluth Clinic; WIRL Radio in Peoria, Illinois; Young & Rubican Advertising Agency in Chicago, Illinois; WNGY Radio in Minneapolis; WTCN Television in Minneapolis; Knox Reeves Advertising Company in Minneapolis; the Congdon Corporation in Duluth and the Tower-Soudan Chamber of Commerce in Tower, Minnesota.
Thelma was a charter member of the National Secretary's Association and a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church.
She moved to Tower, Minnesota when she married her late husband, Ivan Kortkamp, in 1973. When he passed away in 1982, she returned to West Duluth, where she lived most of the rest of her life. She wintered in Ocala, Florida for several years with a close friend, Susie Rodgers. In Duluth, Margie Beattie of Superior, Wisconsin was her closest friend and care provider for many decades. At least twice a week,Thelma and Margie would meet at various restaurants in Duluth-Superior for lunch or dinner. Even at the age of 102, Thelma would ride the Stride bus just to get out and about.
Thelma is survived by nephews, Charles Anderson and his wife, Beverly, of Rochester, Minnesota, Thomas Hedlund of Seattle, Washington, Scott Anderson of Ocala, Florida, and stepson, Mark Kortkamp and his wife, Elaine. Survivors also include several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Scott and Alma Potter; her husband, Ivan Kor-tkamp, and two sisters, Lois Hedlund and Melva Anderson.
Thelma often expressed gratitude for the kind and caring staff at North Shore Estates. Her closest "special" friends were Susie and Margie. She regarded them as "the daughters she never had."
A private burial is planned in Spooner, Wisconsin. Memorials may be sent to St. Luke's Hospice Duluth, 220 North Sixth Avenue East, Duluth, Minnesota 55805.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Lobermeier Boettcher Funeral Home in Duluth.
Loretta D. Hendrickson, a long-time Tower resident, passed away on Sunday, December 9, at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Mountain Iron. She was eighty-five years of age. Loretta passed away peacefully, with her loving family by her side, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
She was born in Ely on April 30, 1933, the daughter of George and Viola (Tanttari) Maki. She grew up in Ely, graduating from Ely Memorial High School in 1951.
Loretta was united in marriage to Paul Hendrickson on February 14, 1952. The young couple lived in Winton and Ely until 1955, when they moved to Tower to live in the new home that Paul had built for his family. They resided there until Paul's death in 2012, after which time Loretta lived at Golden Horizons in Tower, moving to Diamond Willow in Mountain Iron in June, 2017 to be closer to her family.
Loretta was a dedicated homemaker, raising five children and sewing for her four daughters. She was an active and devout member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Soudan, a member of the Tower Homecraft Club and she sang with several choirs and choral groups on the Iron Range. Her greatest joy came from being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. The loving example she set for her family is a legacy.
Loretta will be greatly missed by her five children, Donna Manos and her husband, David, of Hermantown, Gail Waldron and her husband, Dana, of Virginia, Beth Grahek and her husband, Michael, of Mountain Iron, Karen (Rick Newton) Wellander of Soudan and Gary Hendrickson and his wife, Sharon, of Blaine; twelve grandchildren, Danette Seboe and her husband, Lance, Jeremy Waldron and his wife, Jen, Christopher Manos and his wife, Carrie Ann, Gina Hill and her husband, Mike, Amber Salmela and her husband, Andy, Nicole Strahm and her husband, Chris, Ashley Morken and her husband, Justin, Heather Larson and her husband, Kenny, Adam Grahek and his wife, Christina, Ryan Hendrickson, Whitney Hendrickson and Shawna (Ben Hodgkins) Wellander; eighteen great-grandchildren and a new great-granddaughter expected in January 2019; one brother, Jack Maki, of Glendale, Arizona; one sister, Vivian Nor-they-Glenn and her husband, Aaron, of Shoreview, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Loretta was preceded in death by Paul, her loving husband of sixty years; her parents, George and Viola Maki; one sister, Lois Markun; one brother, Clinton Maki, and a son-in-law, Michael Wellander.
Private family services will be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Soudan, with Pastor Liz Cheney officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.
Loretta's love of family and her faith guided her through a fulfilling life. Softspoken, gracious and sincere, Loretta will be sadly missed and forever held dear in the hearts of all who knew her.
Patricia "Patsy" Olson, a longtime resident of Tower, went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, December 12, at St. Michael's Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. She was ninety-three years of age, having been born in Tower on August 17, 1925, the daughter of Jimmy and Jennie Peyla. She attended the local schools and graduated from Tower-Soudan High School with the Class of 1943.
Patsy met the love of her life at her father's Arrowhead Garage, where she regularly "gassed up" Elton Olson's Bridgeman-Russell delivery truck. They were united in marriage on June 25, 1949 at ceremonies held at Grace Lutheran Church in Ely. They established their home in Tower.
Patsy was an active, devout member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower, serving in the Lutheran Church Women, teaching Sunday School and release time for school-age children and singing in the church choir. She also sang in the Tower-Soudan Community Choir.
Patsy was a member of the Homecraft Club and the Tower Women's Civic Improvement Club. Her favorite social club was the "Birthday Club," a group of close friends who met at each other's homes to celebrate their birthdays and their friendship.
Patsy's passion and ministry was baking, which she so lovingly did for her family, friends and needy families in the community. She was well known for her excellent, outstanding baking skills.
Patsy and Elton looked forward to their many trips to California to visit their daughter, Sally, and her family, making many stops along the way to see other relatives and old friends.
Most of all, Patsy thoroughly enjoyed her calling of homemaker, as was evidenced by how well and lovingly she took care of her family. Julie and Sally were blessed to grow up in such a loving, Christian home.
Patsy is survived by two daughters, Julie Mickle and her husband, Darwin, of Tower and Sally Averill and her husband, Gene, of Woodland, California; four grandchildren, Jennie Erickson and her husband, Jeff, of Hoyt Lakes, Patrick Mickle and his wife, Katie, of Tower, Michael Jakes and his wife, Kristin, of Roseville, California and Savannah Matthews and her husband, Scott, of Woodland, California; great-grandchildren, Dylan Erickson, Austin Erickson, Tristan Erickson, Cole Erickson, Troy Matthews, Paul Matthews, Faith Mickle, Jude Matthews and Hunter Jakes, as well as extended family and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jimmy and Jennie Peyla; Elton Olson, her husband of fifty-five years; her brother, Jim "Sonny" Peyla and a grandson, Luke Jakes.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 15, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower, with Pastor Liz Cheney officiating. Musician will be MaryBeth Reller. Visitation will begin at the church one hour prior to the service. Spring interment will take place in Lakeview Cemetery in Tower.
Arrangements and services to the family are being provided by Bauman's Vermilion Funeral Home of Tower. To share condolences online, please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com
Patsy will be remembered for her friendliness, sincerity, generosity, compassion and enthusiasm. She was a remarkable woman and a proud wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, as well as a devout Christian.
Mildred "Millie" Alice Soderberg Cooley, a longtime resident of Ely, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 28, in Ely at the age of 102 years. "Millie" was born in Soudan on August 1, 1916, one of twelve children. Her father, Gustaf "Charles" Soderberg, and mother, Signe Soderberg, were Swedish immigrants who took advantage of the mining opportunities that were available on the Iron Range.
An independent person, Millie left the Iron Range when she was in her late teens. Some years later, she married James Cooley from South Dakota. World War II created some challenges, but during the war, the United States Navy moved them to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, followed by a move to Long Beach, California. After the war, they established their home in the Whittier, California area, where they raised their two children, Linda and James.
In 1979, after the death of her husband, Millie returned to the Iron Range and made her home in Ely. She was a member of the Ely Hospital Auxiliary and a volunteer at the Ely Nursing Home for twenty-nine and one-half years. She also was a member of the First Presbyterian Church Sarah Circle.
Millie will be missed by her relatives, who have acknowledged that she is the oldest living Soderberg - ever! She is survived by her brother, Roy Soderberg of Soudan; a daughter, Linda Cooley Duffer; a son, James Cooley; grandsons, Don Duffer, Jr. and Mark Duffer; great-grandson, David Duffer; nieces, Lois Golobich Connor, Karen Soderberg Karni, Patti Soderberg Buffington, Nancy Soderberg Przybylski and Mary Gail Pucel; nephews, Tom So-derberg, Kurt Soderberg, Terry Soderberg, John Pucel and Bill Pucel.
God bless you, Millie, for all the good you did in your life. Everyone will miss your ready smile, your tenacity for enjoying life to its fullest and your strong association with family and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held on July 27, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church in Ely. Internment will follow in the Ely Cemetery. A reception then will be held at the Grand Ely Lodge Conference Center.
Arrangements and assistance to the family are being entrusted to the Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.
Millie enjoyed baking, sewing, gardening and entertaining. She was loved and respected, not only by her family, but also by many, many Ely friends, and she will be sadly missed and remembered with affection.
LeRoy Bernard Roos, Sr. of Makinen passed away on Friday, November 30, at his daughter's residence in Aurora, under hospice care. He was ninety-two years of age.
LeRoy was born in Alton, Iowa on November 4, 1926, the son of Edward and Esther (Hyink) Roos. He attended a country school near Alton and later worked on the family farm. He enlisted in the United States Marines during World War II, serving during the surrender of the Japanese at Tsingtao, China on October 25, 1945.
Following his military service, LeRoy met the love of his life and after three months of dating, he married Dorla Snow on June 19, 1948 at nuptial rites held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The couple moved to Fountain, Minnesota in 1949 and to the Iron Range in 1957. LeRoy was employed by Erie Mining Company as a heavy equipment operator. He retired from LTV Steel with over thirty years of service.
He was a member of the Palo Congregational Church, Steelworkers Union #4108 and the Eyota American Legion Post #551.
Survivors include seven children, LeRoy Roos, Jr. and his wife, Sharon, of Iron, Jann Hernandez and her husband, Jesus, of Virginia, Jill Ersbo of Aurora, Randy Roos and his wife, Roberta, of Cherry, Robert Roos of Rochester, Dick Roos and his wife, Michelle, of Eyota and Sally Hunter and her husband, Michael, of Lake Vermilion, Tower; fifteen grandchildren; a number of greatgrandchildren; three sisters, Ethel Hall of Stewartsville, Betty Hellickson of Preston and Ruby Bushman and her husband, Kenneth, of Roscoe, and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, Edward and Esther Roos, were his wife, Dorla; grandson, Jonathan, and siblings, Don, Eddie Dean, Joyce and Ethel, in infancy.
A Memorial Service has been set for Friday, December 7, at 11:00 a.m. at the Palo Congregational church in Palo, with The Rev. Jerry Kosanovich officiating. Friends may gather one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Watson Cemetery in Fillmore County, Minnesota.
Arrangements are in charge of the Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Aurora.
LeRoy will be sadly missed and will be remembered with affection by all who knew him. He was an avid reader and gardener, and true to his generous nature, enjoyed sharing his produce with many.
Nancy M. Olson of Embarrass passed away on Sunday, November 18, in the Edgewood Vista Senior Living Community. She was eighty-two years of age, having been born in Hibbing on October 3, 1936, the daughter of John and Viola (George) Keseley. She was united in marriage to Richard H. Olson on February 19, 1955 at nuptial rites held in Hibbing. She had lived in Hibbing, Babbitt and Embarrass.
Nancy was employed at the Cluett-Peabody Arrow Shirt Factory, Woolworths, K-Mart, Lamppa's Store and as a Home Health Aide for St. Louis County.
Nancy is survived by her children, Sharon Kompelien and her husband, Lavern, of Embarrass and Kris Olson and his wife, Janice, of Pine River; grandchildren, Kathy Johnson and her husband, Chris, of Gilbert, Stephanie Petersen and her husband, Paul, of Otsego and Heather Pacheco and her husband, Jorge, of Otsego; great-grandchildren, Brian Heikkila, Henry Heikkila, Louis Johnson, Persephoney Petersen, Arianna Petersen, Koen Petersen and Jazmin Pacheco; siblings, John Keseley and his wife, Diane, of Terrebonne, Oregon, Fran Richmond and her husband, Ray, of Maupin, Oregon and David George and his wife, Laray, of Independence, Oregon, as well as nieces, nephews and extended family.
Preceding her in death were her parents, John and Viola Keseley; her husband, Richard Olson; a grandson, Bryan; the uncle who raised her, Matt Keseley, and her grandmother, Frances Keseley.
A Memorial Service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 26, in Bauman's Vermilion Funeral Home in Tower. A gathering time for family and friends began at 10:00 A.M. Inurnment will take place in the Embarrass Cemetery at a later date.
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Nancy had a variety of interests, including gardening, crafts, knitting, crocheting and tending her lawn. She cherished her time spent with her grandchildren. She will be deeply missed and remembered with affection by all who knew her.
Herbert R. Lamppa of Tower passed away on Wednesday, November 14, at St. Michael's Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. He was eighty-eight years of age, having been born in Embarrass on December 11, 1929, the son of Richard and Rose (Rapinoja) Lamppa. He spent his boyhood years in Embarrass. Herb was united in marriage to Edna Hiltunen on January 24, 1948 at nuptial ceremonies held in Vermilion Lake Township. The newlyweds established a home in Tower, where they owned and operated the Tower Dairy for over twenty-five years.
Herb had highly successful careers in a number of diverse occupations - as a businessman, educator and politician. He served on the Tower City Council and then served four terms as Mayor of Tower, three terms as a County Commissioner, established Lamppa Manufacturing and designed a revolutionary new concept in heating stoves and was a mathematics teacher in the Tower-Soudan Schools for almost twenty years.
During his more than thirty-two years in public service, Herb had the foresight to spearhead the harbor project, obtain funding from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board for the current charter school building, as well as for water and sewer lines for future development of the new industrial park, and infrastructure improvements throughout Tower, obtained funding for the Tower Civic Center, the housing developments, both across from the cemetery and at the North hillside addition and the initial expansion of both Hoodoo Point Campgrounds and the Tower Airport.
During his years of teaching math, Herb helped implement the hands-on Piaget math program, which spread to many school districts throughout the state. He also was head baseball coach and assistant basketball coach in Tower.
Herb was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower, the National Teachers Association, served on the Seaway Port Authority Board for twelve years, served on the JPTA for twelve years and the Gundersen Municipal Forest Board for twelve years.
He is survived by two daughters, Faye Tekautz and her husband, Nick, of Soudan and Gayle (Philip) Lamppa of Chicago; three sons, Daryl Lamppa and his wife, Cheryl, of Lake Vermilion, Tower, Randall Lamppa and his wife, Sharon, of Texarkana, Arkansas and Steve Lamppa and his wife, Sonja, of Duluth; grandchildren, Brendon Lamppa, Garret Lamppa, Blaine Lamppa, Andrea Vlaminck, Lindsey Lamppa, Delia Durfee and Reese Lamppa; step-grandchildren, Pamela McMahon, Keith Nelson and Craig Nelson; great-grandchildren, Taimi Lamppa, Henry Vlaminck, Elizabeth Vlaminck, Weston Durfee and Everett Durfee; two brothers, Roger Lamppa and his wife, Joan, of Virginia and Fred Lamppa and his wife, Karen, of Britt, and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Rose Lamppa; his wife of seventy years, Edna Lamppa; two sisters, Flora Koivisto and Kathleen Janeksela, and three brothers, Raymond Lamppa, Bernhardt Lamppa and Francis Lamppa.
A Celebration of Life for Herb will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 29, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower, with Pastor Liz Cheney officiating. Organist and vocal soloist will be MaryBeth Reller, who will sing "In The Garden" and "Let There Be Peace on Earth." A gathering of family and friends will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Tower.
Arrangements and assistance to the family are with the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.
Herb had the respect and admiration of all who knew him and he will be sadly missed. He will be remembered for his integrity, honesty and sincerity.
Gretchen Webber Lobe of Ely passed away on Wednesday, September 12, at Carefree Living in Babbitt at the age of 102. She was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota on June 8, 1916, the daughter of Paul and Evelyn (Connell) Webber. Gretchen was the eldest of their four children.
Gretchen always loved the outdoors and had a special interest in Girl Scouting. She was the first Girl Scout in Albert Lea to achieve the Golden Eaglet Award. She graduated from Albert Lea High School and continued her education, graduating from St. Catherine's in St. Paul in 1938. Gretchen was hired by the Ely School District to manage the Girl Scout Program and to teach Social Studies. Ely was a long way from Albert Lea, but she was adventurous and loved a challenge.
John M. Lobe came into her life on a skating rink in Ely. They were married on February 7, 1942 at nuptial ceremonies held in Albert Lea, and were married for sixty years. In the early 1960s, she pursued a degree in library science and was subsequently hired by the Babbitt School District, where she served as the school librarian for twenty years. Upon her retirement, she and John shared happy times at their cabin on Eagle's Nest Lake.
Gretchen was a lifelong member of the American Association of University Women, had served on the Ely-Bloomenson Hospital Board of Directors and was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary. Gretchen never let life's challenges get her down. She was optimistic, resilient and strong. Her witticisms, philosophy and advice have become legendary. Friends were very important to Gretchen and she particularly enjoyed entertaining her beloved bridge club. She always said, "I have had a wonderful life and the very best of friends."
Gretchen is survived by four children, Joneene Lobe of Ely, Vincent Lobe and his wife, Paula, of Pittsford, New York, Larry Lobe of Roseville, Minnesota and John P. Lobe and his wife, Michelle, of Woodburn, Indiana; grandchildren, Mic-hael Lobe and his wife, Josie, Sarah Lobe, Charlie Lobe and his wife, Lynn, Katie Farr and her husband, Mark, Siiri (Aaron Bubb) Lobe and Ian Lobe and his wife, Sarah; great-grandchildren, Max, Evan, Hunter and Arlo, as well as extended family and friends, including her special friend, Nancy Bement.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Evelyn Webber, and siblings, Eileen Matze, Vincentia Balsinger and Paul V. Webber.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, November 24, in St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Ely. A gathering time for family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m. Inurnment will take place in the Ely Cemetery.
Memorials are the preferred way to honor Gretchen's life and may be directed to the John and Gretchen Lobe Helping Hands Fund at the Ely Vermilion Community College Foundation.
Services to the family are being entrusted to Bauman's Vermilion Funeral Home in Tower. To share condolences online, please see: www.baumanfuneral home.com
Gretchen will be sadly missed and forever held dear in the hearts of everyone who knew her.
Raymond Jonas Wallin, a lifelong resident of Virginia, passed away on Thursday, November 15, at Essentia Health - Virginia. He was ninety-two years of age.
Raymond was born in Virginia on March 2, 1926, the son of Fred and Hilda a(Mattson) Wallin. He graduated from Virginia High School and continued his education at Virginia Junior College.
Raymond was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
He was employed as a clerk at the Virginia Public Utilities and also as a laborer at Staver Foundry. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Raymond is survived by his children: David Wallin and his wife, Sandy, of Lake Vermilion, Tower, and Marjorie Wallin of Chisholm; grandchildren, Sheila Wallin of Wyoming, Minnesota, Sara Bevan of Ramsey, Minnesota, Sandra Barrios and her husband, Jose, of Monument, Colorado, Katie (Jeremy Lockwood) Richards of Virginia and Nick Richards and his wife, Lisa, of Virginia; greatgrand-children, Skyler, Michaela, Logan, Payton, Kaylynn, Tyler, Ashlyn, Noah and Vivian, as well as extended family.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, Fred and Hilda Wallin, were his wife, Lorraine, who passed away in 2017; two sons, Glenn and Mark, and siblings, Margaret Marvin, Helen Tscholl and Fred Wallin, Jr.
Funeral services were held on Monday, November 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the Bauman-Cron Funeral Home Chapel in Virginia, with Kari Olson, SAM, as the officiant. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery.
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Raymond enjoyed spending time at the cabin he built on Lake Vermilion, woodworking, fishing and hunting. He will be deeply missed and remembered with affection.
Jim Postudensek of Duluth and Lake Vermilion, Tower, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Tuesday, November 13, at the University of Iowa Hospitals. Jim was born in Eveleth on July 10, 1939 to Louis and Mafalda (Lanari) Postudensek. He graduated in 1957 from Roosevelt High School in Virginia, where he was active in baseball, football and playing the accordion.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from St. Cloud State College and a Master's Degree in education administration from the University of Wisconsin - Superior. His teaching career began in Buhl, Minnesota, where he taught for six years before moving to Casper, Wyoming to teach for one year. He then taught in Duluth until his retirement in 1996.
Jim loved fishing and hunting. He was a legendary and much sought after fishing guide on Lake Vermilion and Trout Lake, earning the title of "Fish Whisperer." He also was a skilled duplicate bridge player who achieved the level of American Contract Bridge League Life Master.
Jim is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Norma (Folkedal) Postudensek; daughter, Lynne (Peter Hart) Pos-tudensek Hart, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; son, Mark (Paula Meyer) Postudensek of Ham Lake, Minnesota; grandchildren, Stella (Addison Benzshawel) Hart of Iowa City, Iowa, Roland Hart of Brooklyn, New York, Ellen Postudensek of Duluth, Eddie Postudensek and Anthony Postudensek, both of Ham Lake; sister Judy Theis and her husband, Bob, of Burnsville, Minnesota and brother, Tom Pos-tudensek and his wife, Pam, of Virginia, as well as other relatives throughout the country.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, November 21, from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Benedict's Catholic Church, 1419 St. Benedict Street, Duluth, Minnesota. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, with arrangements by the Dougherty Funeral Home in Duluth.
Jim was loved and respected by his family, generations of students, fishing partners and all who knew him. He will be sadly missed and remembered with affection by all who knew him.