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2-16-18

Adeline Rita Bollig of McKinley passed away on Thursday, February 8, at her home, with her family by her side. Adeline was eighty-eight years of age, having been born on September 24, 1929 on the family farm in Sobieski, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Michael and Mary (Lashinski) Kedrowski and was the seventh of seventeen children.
Adeline completed sixth grade at the St. Stanislaus Catholic School in Sobieski.
Adeline was united in marriage to Matthew Bollig on January 23, 1957. The couple moved to the Iron Range and purchased a home in McKinley in 1962. Adeline was a homemaker, enjoyed gardening, spending time with her family and playing cards.
Survivors include three children, Julie Achman and her husband, Jeff, of Gilbert, Marie Salo and her husband, Rodney, of Tower and Diane Hildreth and her husband, Scott, of Embarrass; grandchildren, Brian Achman and wife, Kate, Nathan Achman, Amy Achman, Bonnie Salo, Jessica (Leander) Salo, Matthew Hildreth and wife, Taylor, and Michael Hildreth; great-granddaughter, Desarea Mattson; brother, Daniel Kedrowski of Mc-Kinley; sister, Katherine Bollig and husband, Ivan, of Cushing, Minnesota, and a number of nieces, nephews and extended family.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Matthew; a son, Edwin Bollig; her parents, Michael and Mary Kedrowski; fourteen siblings and a number of extended family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Gilbert, with The Rev. Father Frank Per-kovich as the celebrant. Visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass.
The Range Funeral Home of Virginia is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneral homes.com
Adeline will be sadly missed and forever remembered by all who knew her.

2-9-18

Richard John "Dick" Fossum of Virginia passed away on Monday, January 29, at St. Raphael's Health and Rehabilitation Center in Eveleth. He was seventy-seven years of age, having been born in Virginia on May 23, 1940, the son of Theodore and Leona (Richnofsky) Fossum.
Richard attended the Virginia schools and graduated from Virginia High School, where he was an outstanding athlete, playing hockey and football. He served in the United States Army. On May 8, 1971 he was united in marriage to Pearl Imberg at nuptial rites held in Virginia. Richard lived and worked in Virginia his entire life. For the past fourteen years, he has struggled with health issues.
Richard loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Virginia Servicemen's Club and a former member of the Chisholm Drum and Bugle Corps.
Survivors include his wife, Pearl; children, Ted Fossum and his wife, Caren, of Lake Vermilion, Tower, Steve Fossum and his wife, Julie, of Buhl, Kay (Kelly) of Virginia, June (Bruce) of International Falls and Paula (Eric) of Blaine; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and several cousins.
His parents, Theodore and Leona Fossum, and one brother, James Fossum, preceded Richard in death.
A Memorial Service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 7, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Virginia, with Pastor Nathan Sager officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Military honors were accorded by the Virginia Honor Guard.
Arrangements were in charge of the Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneral homes.com
Richard will be sadly missed and remembered with affection by all who knew him.

2-2-18

Mary Ann Hill of Eveleth, a Tower-Soudan resident for most of her life, passed away on Monday, January 29, at St. Michael's Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. She was ninety-two years of age, having been born in Soudan on August 4, 1925 to Victor and Helen (Verbon) Chiabotti. She attended the local schools.
Mary Ann and Stanley Hill were united in marriage on September 13, 1941, at ceremonies held in Tower. They established a home in Tower. Mary Ann was primarily a homemaker and a devoted mother, who loved to cook for family and friends. She worked for some time at the Tower Dress Shop and also at a group home. Her grandchildren remember her for her "Grandma Burgers."
Survivors include three daughters, Danielle Stevens and her husband, Robert, of Cloquet, Karen (Claire) Hill of Virginia and Peggy Goodwin and her husband, Kurt, of Aurora; one son, Jeff Hill of Tower; eight grandchildren, Brad Stevens, Barb Krzenski, Stephen Bell, Jason Bell, Sean Goodwin, Lisa Toller, Amy Hill and Alan Hill; ten great-grandchildren and one sister, Agnes Mesojedec of Virginia.
Preceding Mary Ann in death were her parents, Victor and Helen Chiabotti; her husband, Stanley, who passed away in 2016; a great-grandson, Jordan Tucker, and a brother, Paul Chiabotti.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 2, at St. Martin's Catholic Church, with The Rev. Father Nick Nelson as the celebrant. Organist and vocal soloist will be MaryBeth Reller, who will sing "Be Not Afraid," "On Eagles Wings," "Ave Maria" and "How Great Thou Art." Other music will be by Cowboy Angel Blue, Bill Maxwell and Jamie Paavala. Serving as casket bearers will be Robert Stevens, Cody Stevens, Mitchell Mesojedec, Brad Stevens, Mike Krzenski and Chad Mesojedec. Honorary casket bearers will be Paul Mesojedec, Sean Goodwin, Jason Bell, Jordan Tucker, Kurt Goodwin, Alan Hill and Stephen Bell. A Spring burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Tower.
The Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia is in charge of the arrangements.
Mary Ann was a friendly, quiet person who was happiest when she was with family. Her family was very dear to her and she was keenly interested in their lives. She will be deeply missed and remembered with affection.

Kristian Charles Alarcon of Vermilion Lake Township was delivered into the arms of Jesus Christ, his Savior, on Wednesday, January 24. He was twentyone years of age, having been born in Virginia on April 30, 1996, the son of Ronald and Laura (Rzewnicki) Alarcon. He grew up in Tower. Kristian was home educated and attended Lake Superior College, earning his Associate Degree in Automotive Technology. He was planning on pursuing an engineering degree at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and designing performance automotive parts. Kristian had a driving passion for cars, trucks, motorcycles, four-wheelers and anything else motorized that could go fast.
Kristian was active in Boy Scouts and was an Eagle Scout in Troop #128 of Cook, Minnesota. He also was a Den Chief for Cub Scout Pack #165 of Tower for many years. His hobbies included music (he played bass guitar), mountain biking, German Shepherds, cooking, welding, custom fabrication and helping anyone whenever he was given the opportunity. He especially enjoyed being with his family and friends.
Kristian was employed as an automotive technician for Miller Hill Subaru in Duluth, Minnesota and was renowned in the automotive community for his custom automotive builds, as well as his willing, helping hands.
He is survived by his parents, Ron and Laura Alarcon; one brother, Matthew Alarcon, and his wife, Miranda; nephews, Collin, Logan and one on the way; maternal grandparents, Eleanore and Raymond Rzewnicki; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends and Grendel, his beloved German Shepherd.
Kristian was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Elinore and Edward Alarcon; uncle, Steve Alarcon; aunt, Sandy Arras; cousins, Casey and Ronnie Ray, and his first German Shepherd, Gambit.
Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 4, at the North Star Church in Virginia, with Pastor Terry Sonnentag officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the services.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.

Joyce "Jodie" J. Ferguson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, ninety-four years of age, passed away on January 27. She was the wife of Robert O. Ferguson, who preceded her in death in 2008. Jodie dedicated her life to her family, friends, Pi Phi sisters, church and community.
Since her marriage in 1945, Jodie spent most summers at the family cabin on Pine Island, Lake Vermilion, where the Ferguson family had purchased a lot in 1917. Following Bob's death, she was able to return to Lake Vermilion only once, in 2010. She greatly missed the screened front porch and her favorite views from the front yard at Lake Vermilion. 
Jodie is survived by her children, Barbara Parsons and her husband, Greg, of Georgia, Julie Milligan and her husband, Mike, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Carol Ferguson of St. Louis Park, Minnesota; grandchildren, Kelly Mayhew and husband, Mark, of Des Moines, Liz Briscoe and husband, Jason, of Georgia, Carol Self and husband, Ty, of Georgia and Kevin Milligan and wife, Beth, of Monticello, Minnesota; great-grandchildren, Kirah Mayhew, Ethan Mayhew, Bryson Briscoe, Kayli Self, Kaden Milligan and Hattie Milligan; niece, Marian Guzallis and husband, John, of Nebraska, and nephews, R. Dennis and wife, Betty, of Oklahoma, Ed Averill and wife, Deb, of Oregon, Mark Young and wife, Susan, of South Carolina and Paul Moessner and wife, Sharen, of Maine.
Among those preceding Joyce in death were her parents, her husband, Robert O. Ferguson, and two nieces, Diane Moessner and Joyce Young (Tom Hagan).
Jodie will be sadly missed and remembered with affection by her family, countless friends, her church family, her Pi Phi sisters, her Methwick community and her many, many friends on Lake Vermilion.
A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Monday, February 5.

1-26-18

Mark E. Wakefield of Wuori Township passed away on Sunday, January 14, in Essentia Health - Virginia.
Mark was seventy-eight years of age, having been born in Tamarack Village, Minnesota on September 24, 1939, the son of Harold and Clara (Schemehl) Wakefield. He grew up in Duluth and on Island Lake prior to moving to Wuori Township in the early 1960s. He served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1961.
Mark held a position as a St. Louis County Deputy Sheriff and later served as a maintenance man for Wuori Township. He also was self-employed as a carpenter.
He was a member of the Pratt-Volden-Mickelson-Anderson American Legion Post #239 in Virginia.
Survivors include his mother, Clara Wakefield of Island Lake; his wife, June Hagen of Pike-Sandy Township; two sons, David Wakefield of Virginia and Scott Wakefield; a stepson, Keith Hagen of Tower; siblings, Bob, Joe and his wife, Sue, Clifford and his wife, Nan, Don and his wife, Linda, Edie Gelineau and Judy Ferrell and her husband, Tom, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his father, Harold Wakefield, and his sister, Mary.
At Mark's request, no formal services will be held. A private inurnment will take place in the spring. Family services have been entrusted to the BaumanCron Funeral Home in Virginia.
To share condolences online, please see: www.baumanfuneral home.com
Mark enjoyed woodworking, restoring antiques, working crossword puzzles and taking his dogs for a walk. He will be sadly missed and remembered with affection.

1-19-18

Darryl Glen Horsman of Bonita Springs, Florida and St. Paul, Minnesota passed away unexpectedly on January 10 as a result of complications following a serious fall.
Darryl was born on December 4, 1948 in Emmetsburg, Iowa to Keith and Alice (Keerbs) Horsman. After growing up on the Horsman family farm near Mallard, Darryl attended and graduated from Iowa State University, where he met the love of his life, Carol. They were married on November 28, 1970 at ceremonies held in Ames, Iowa.
Darryl started his career working for the Internal Revenue Service in St. Paul, while also earning an accounting degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. He loved his law practice and enjoyed using his legal expertise in all varieties of applications and circumstances. As he progressed in his career from practicing law to managing financial services, Darryl earned a reputation for being a smart, savvy and motivational leader. His impressive career included a variety of roles at the Internal Revenue Service, Space Center Companies and American Express Financial Services.
Darryl treasured the days he spent at Lake Vermilion, catching up with his family and friends, reading, playing games, boating and "tinkering" around the cabin.
As much as he loved summer at the lake, he also enjoyed escaping the Minnesota winters in favor of warmth and sunsets on the beach with Carol in Florida. Darryl also found great joy and satisfaction in supporting his communities through coaching, mentoring and philanthropy. His generosity, wit and wisdom will be missed by many.
Darryl is survived by Carol (Kurtz) Horsman, his loving wife of forty-seven years; two sons, Brian Horsman and his wife, Sara, and David Horsman and his wife, Andrea; one daughter, Jennifer Criqui and her husband, Scott; eight adoring grandchildren, Connor (18), Zachary (16), Sydney (13), Natalie (11), Thomas (10), Isabel (8), Maya (7) and Callahan (5); two sisters, JoAnn Christen and her husband, Glen, and Shari Horsman, and a number of in-laws, nieces and other family members whom Darryl held dear to his heart.
Darryl was preceded in death by his parents, Keith and Alice Horsman, and his brother, Steven Horsman.
Services for Darryl will be held on Friday, January 19, at Assumption Catholic Church in St. Paul, with visitation at 9:00 a.m. and Mass following at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Mitchell Hamline School of Law Scholarships or to the Greenwood Township Volunteer Fire Department.
Cremation services were provided by the Cremation Society of Minnesota.
Darryl will be sadly missed and remembered with affection and admiration by all who knew him. He left many wonderful memories for friends and family to cherish.