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10-22-21

Alan "Al" Duane Kittelson, age 63 of Virginia, died Tuesday, October 12, 2021 in Virginia. He was born in Albert Lea, and grew up in Lafayette, IN and Schaumburg, IL. He was mostly known for his sense of humor and his love of the Northwoods. His favorites were bird watching on the lake, fishing, and his old Jeep named "Mule". His professions were many and included house painting, working at Fortune Bay, Walmart in Pine City, and Minntac. Al will be missed by his many friends and family.
Al is reminding us . . "don't forget about how I loved to make people smile. I met Margaret Whiting in the late 80's. We were a family of three including her daughter Heidi until our son, Ryan Oliver Kittelson was born in 1989 in Minneapolis. Ryan and Kayla Aho gave me three beautiful grandchildren and live in NYA. My mother and father, Duane and Darlene Kittelson have lived near Tower, MN for many years and my sister lives in Mesa, AZ. I am preceded in death by my brother Bruce Edward. Many people knew my grandparents George and Helen Kittelson of Albert Lea and Herbert and Dena Peterson of Emmons."
A visitation will be from 11:30 am until the 12:00 noon Memorial Service on Friday, Oct. 22 at the Bauman-Cron Funeral Home Chapel in Virginia. Lunch will follow. Pastor Liz Cheney will officiate. 'To leave a remembrance of Al online, see baumanfuneralhome .com. Family services are provided by Bauman Family Funeral Homes in Virginia.

Kathryn Marie Aronson (Kaye) passed away on October 13, 2021. She was born April 29, 1945. Kaye attended T-S High School. She continued her life as a homemaker and was very creative and talented. She especially loved Lake Vermil-ion! Survivors are her brother John Aronson, cousin Bob Wilson and wife Joan, numer-ous nieces and nephews, and special friend, John Norby.
She is proceeded in death by her parents Walter Sr and Dorothy Aronson, her brother Walt Jr and Ruth Aronson, her Sister Sue Wiebke and Bob Wiebke, her sister in law Joyce Aronson and Godchild Erik Bjorgo.
She has chosen to donate her body to science at the U of M. A burial will be at a later date for the surviving family.
She will be sadly missed by all.

10-8-21

Jason Allan Mysliwiec, age 48 of Carpentersville, IL died unexpectedly on September 28, 2021. He was born November 4, 1972 in Chicago, the son of Jerry and Tracy (Tomlinson) Mysliwiec. Jason married Kristen McCubbin on July 1, 2018 at the McCubbin Cabin on Eagle's Nest Lake; and spent most of his life in the Chicago area. He was employed as a driver for Transport America, and loved to help out at his Uncle's Tower CafÈ. Jason loved the Tower-Soudan area, trail riding, skiing, helping others, and "getting things done" around the cafÈ. He really loved his kids; they were the love of his life.
Jason is survived by his wife: Kristen; children: Amelia & Justin and Benjamin & Violet; mother: Tracy Kupferberg; sister: Michelle O'Keefe; extended family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his Father: Jerry and his Uncle: Tom Tomlinson.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 4, 2021 at Bauman's Vermilion Funeral Home in Tower. Bill Bauman will officiate.
Family services provided by Bauman-Vermilion, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Tower. To share remembrances online, please see: baumanfuneral home.com.

10-1-21

Denise Ann Osterholm, 75, passed on September 21, 2021, at St. Mary's in Duluth.
Denise was born to father, Ragner Axel and mother, Kathryn "Lucy" Lucille (Freeman) Osterholm on May 6, 1946, both deceased. 
Denise, an Ironwood native spent the last 15 years living in Minnesota. She lived a very vivacious life. She loved to travel to her home in Texas during the long Minnesota winters. She loved music and going to festivals, a skilled guitar player herself, she played in many bands throughout her life. Denise was an avid pool player winning many awards and tournaments. She enjoyed golf, shooting, boating, skiing, and riding her Harley. She had fun wherever she went.
Denise will be very missed by her remaining family, wife, Mary Katherine Osterholm; daughter, Maia Lee (Chuckles) Gotta; son, Ryan Michael Osterholm; granddaughters, Tessa Scott (Kory) Delich, Taylor Scott (Cody) Mukavitz, Alexis Ryan Osterholm, Laney Ryan Osterholm, and Nadia Ryan Osterholm; grandson, Charlie Akili Gotta; great-granddaughter, Katiya Taylor Ofstad; great-grandson, Croix Grady Mukavitz;  and blessed with twin great-grandbabies born in August 2021, great-grandson, Griffen Anthony Mukavitz; and great-granddaughter, Grier Willah Mukavitz.
Denise's family also includes brother, Michael Ray Osterholm and sister, Kay Ann (John) Potter. She is further survived by other relatives and many friends. 
She was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel Lee Osterholm and infant brother, Kim Osterholm. 
Denise had an illustrious education and career. Denise graduated from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan in 1979 with Honors. She was gifted with intelligence and excellence in math. After graduation, Denise accepted a job in Freeport, Illinois at Honeywell, where she worked until 1987 as an integrated circuits designer. In 1987 she moved the family back to Ironwood, Michigan. Denise was employed by the White Pine Copper Mine for a short time before she went to University Minnesota-Duluth and then took over the Physics lab.  Denise then, under UMD, accepted her position at Soudan Underground Laboratories, until she retired in 2018.  
Denise throughout most of her adult life was an active member of the US military. She was a US Army Vietnam veteran and served on the National Guard and was a member of the armed services reserves unit. Denise remained an active member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars as a lifetime member. 
Denise was intelligent, kind, and generous. She will be missed.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Martin's Catholic Church on Saturday, October 9 at 11:00 a.m., pre-ceded by a visitation from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass.
Interment will be at River-side Cemetery in Ironwood, Michigan, at a later date.
The family has chosen McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home of Ironwood to honor Denise's legacy of life. You can leave a condolence or a tribute at mckevittpatrickfuneralhome.com.

9-17-21

A Memorial Service for Edna I. Friesner of Warroad, MN will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Helgeson Funeral Home in Warroad, MN. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment at Riverside Cemetery in Warroad, MN. 
Edna Irene Friesner passed away on September 1, 2021 at the Warroad Senior Living Center at the age of 87.
Edna was born in Warroad, MN on August 19, 1934, to Albert and Yvonne (Brisson) Story. She left home at an early age to work at Palleys CafÈ and Hegstads. She married Harry Arnold Friesner on January 24, 1954 in Williams, MN. In 1957, they moved to Tower, MN where they raised their six children. She worked at Hegstad Dairy in Warroad and Tower Bakery. She worked at the Tower Sudan School and later was a Para.
They moved to Eveleth in 2009, and then in 2011 they moved to Warroad to be closer to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed all her visitors who came to the Care Center these last few months. That was always the highlight of her day. Edna also enjoyed her visits from her son Dave and his family from Wisconsin. His daughter Andrea played her violin at the last visit. She sure was proud of Andrea and John. Edna enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins and the Vikings.
She is survived by her children Glen Friesner of Hinkley, MN, Claudia Mastin of Frazee, MN, Tim (Sheila) Friesner of Roosevelt, MN, Clyde (Connie) Friesner of Warroad, MN, Ralph Friesner of Embarrass, MN, David (Karn) Friesner of New Berlin, WI; grandchildren Tanya Mastin, Shawn Mastin, Mandy (Tom) Lane, Stacy (Jared) Palm, Shane (Anna) Friesner, Kristy (Colt Yonke) Friesner, Ryan Friesner, John Friesner, Andrea Friesner; great-grandchildren Chelsea Mastin, Callista Mastin, Falicia Mastin, Caleb Mastin, Jaren Palm, Blake Palm, Emma Lane, Raleena Friesner, Annalie Yonke; sisters Rose Williamson of Greenbush, MN, Jessie (Jim) Jessop of International Falls, MN; brother William (Betty) Story of Hinkley, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, nine siblings, three children ­ Rita Fay, Chris Lee, Cindy Ann; grandson Travis Friesner; and son-in-law Rick Mastin.

William "Bill" Lilya, age 90 of Virginia and formerly of Soudan, died Saturday, October 24, 2020 in Vermilion Senior Living.
Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Tower. A gathering time for family and friends will begin one hour prior to the service at the Church. Inurnment will take place n the Lakeview Cemetery in Tower.
Family services provided by Bauman-Vermilion, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Tower. To share condolences online, please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com.

9-3-21

Matthew John Yernatich, 62, of Duluth passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, August 27, 2021, three years after being diag-nosed with stage 4 cancer. 
Matt was born on December 23, 1958, the oldest child of Jack and Margaret Yernatich of Tower, Minnesota.
Matt graduated from Tower Soudan High School and the University of Minnesota Duluth with Bachelor's Degrees in Secondary Education and Business Administration.
Matt is the owner of Artistic Anglers in Duluth and has been for the past 27 years.  Artistic Anglers is known nationwide as the premier fiberglass fish re-production and wildlife art studio. 
He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart Yvonne Rooney on June 22, 1985, in Tower, MN and they made their home in Duluth for the past 36 years.
He is preceded in death by his father Jack Yernatich, grand-parents John and Agnes Tekautz and Anthony and Ina Yernatich.
Matt is survived by his wife Yvonne and his children Marisa (Jake) Williams of Herman-town, MN, Megan Yernatich of Duluth, and Joseph Yernatich of Duluth; grandchildren Weston, Ella and Beau Williams; niece Morgan Rooney of New York City, NY; nephew Aiden Rooney of Duluth; his mother Margaret Yernatich of Duluth, sister Mary (Paul) Ravnikar of Champlin, MN; brothers Daniel (Crystal) Yernatich of Mt Iron, MN; and David (Sandra) Yernatich of Plymouth, MN; numerous nieces and nephews; his uncle John Tekautz of Tower, MN; his aunt Marlene (Jim) Saretzky of Springfield, VA; his dear friends Jim Mustonen, Ted Pilgrim, Rob Bergquist and many other be-loved extended family members and friends.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the oncology and radiology departments at Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth for their tremendous care of Matt over the past three years and Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center Hospice for their compassionate care of him over the last few weeks.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11AM, Wednesday, Septem-ber 1, 2021, with visitation starting at 9:30AM in St. John's Catholic Church, 4230 St Johns Ave, Duluth, MN 55803.
Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 218-727-3555. Please visit www.dfhduluth .com to sign the online guestbook.

8-20-21

Gwendolyn L. Tibbetts, age 83, longtime resident of Tower died Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at Essentia Health ­ Virginia. She was born July 1, 1938, in Wheeler, TX, the daughter of Fredrick and Mary (Funston) Newberry. Gwen was united in marriage to William B. Tibbetts, Jr. on August 27, 1958, on Nouasseur AFB, Morocco, Africa.
Gwen had an exceptionally big heart and took in and cared for several extended family members as her own. She worked as a Vault Manager at Fortune Bay for more than 20 years, she was also a Postal Employee in Cook and Tower for more than 20 years. Gwen's passion was sewing, and she also enjoyed to cook, knit and crochet. Gwen loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Gwen is survived by her husband of nearly 63 years, Bill; children: William "Burny" (Shelly) Tibbetts of Britt, MN, Belinda (Dave) Fazio of Lake Vermilion, Wiley Brandon Tibbetts of Vail, AZ, and Shannon Tibbetts Kelly of Tower; brothers: Fredrick, Jr. "Hank" Newberry, Fred Newberry, and Richard Newberry; special friend: Stacy Tibbetts; 18 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather: Lonny Allen; brother: Don; and sister: Shirley.
A private celebration of Gwen's life will be held at a later date.
Family services are provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home, in Virginia. To express condolences on-line please see: baumanfuneralhome.com.

8-6-21

Norman F. Riihiluoma, 80, of Virginia, MN, passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2021, surrounded by family. Norman was creative, adventurous, had sisu, and lived out his Christian faith. He was a long-time resident of Lake Vermilion and Kugler Township. Norman is survived by his wife Nancy, daughters Tiina (Lyle) Eidelbes and Lizana Riihiluoma, sons Paul (Lisa) Riihiluoma and Charles (Kirstie Kern) Riihiluoma, 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, brother Ray, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Norman was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert, sister-in-law Marilyn, granddaughter Amanda, grandson Robb Eidelbes and numerous aunts and uncles. He was a loving, supportive husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who will be greatly missed. A funeral was held Friday, July 9, at 11:00 a.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Virginia, MN, officiated by Pastor Don Stauty.
Condolences can be sent to P.O. Box 403, Tower, MN.

David Brian Pavlich, age 67 of Tower died Thursday, July 22, 2021 of complications from Acute Myeloma Leukemia at Vermilion Senior Living in Tower, MN. He was born May 22, 1954 at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago IL the son of Jack B. and Evelyn Pavlich. Dave graduated from Morton West High School in 1972. After graduation, Dave followed in his father's footsteps and became a plumber in Chicago (Local Union 130). He was the youngest foreman to work for Litvin Plumbing, a pioneer in high rise construction plumbing. In 1987 Dave graduated with honors with an Associate in Arts degree from Morton College in Cicero, IL. Dave was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved Northern Minnesota. His happiness was being at the family home Logar Dom ("Logger's Home") on Armstrong Bay, Lake Vermilion. He will be remembered for his trademark cowboy hat and his cheerful "Good day!" greeting.
Dave is survived by uncles and aunts: Russ and Theresa (Pavlich) Berg and Anthony and Agnes (Pavlich) Yapel, and many cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by parents, Jack and Evelyn (Kasper) Pavlich and older brother Jack Pavlich Jr. of Mesa AZ.
The family would like to thank the staff at Vermilion Senior Living and Michelle Schloesser for their compassion and care for Dave.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Tower. Reverend Father Beau Braun will be the celebrant. A Gathering time for family and friends will begin one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Inurnment will follow in the family plot of the Lakeview Cemetery in Tower.
Family services provided by Bauman-Vermilion, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Tower. To share condolences online, please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com .

7-30-21

A memorial visitation and service for Carol McIntire will be held on Saturday, August 7 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower. Carol passed away peacefully on April 7.
Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. and the service will be at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will follow the service.

7-23-21

Sally Ilene Christopherson
Sally Ilene Christopherson, age 81 of Lake Vermilion ­­Tower, died Sunday,
July 18, 2021, at Edgewood Vista Senior Living Center in Virginia. She was born September 27, 1939, in Virginia the daughter of Roy and Ruth (Salminen) Rankila; was a graduate of Virginia Roosevelt High School, Class of 1956; and earned her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Minnesota- Duluth. Sally married Ralph F. Christopherson on December 22, 1962, at Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church in Virginia. She was a longtime resident of Virginia, moving to Lake Vermilion ­ Tower in 1988. Sally was employed as a Teacher for the Virginia School District, was an entrepreneur, the Office Manager for Ferrellgas; and returned to teaching as a substitute teacher in the St. Louis County School District. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower and PEO Chapter DX. Sally enjoyed ceramics, painting, the Minnesota Vikings, and anything outdoors. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family.
Sally is survived by husband of 58 years: Ralph Christopherson; children: Amy (Todd Vlasaty) Christopherson of Coon Rapids, and Chad Christopherson of Maple Grove; grandchildren: Nick Christopherson, Jack Vlasaty, and Cassidy Christopherson; brother: Gary Rankila of Minneapolis; nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her "in-laws" Ralph and Bernice Christopherson.
The Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 23, 2021 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower. Pastor Erika Foss will officiate. A Gathering time for family and friends will begin one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials are preferred and may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church, PO Box 466, Tower, MN 55790. Family services provided by Bauman-Vermilion, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Tower. To share condolences online, please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com.

7-9-21

Becky Lynn Skubic
April 17, 1962 - November 1, 2020
Becky Lynn Skubic, age 58, passed away November 1, 2020, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth due to cancer and Covid 19.
Becky was born on April 17, 1962. She was the daughter of Woody and Deloris Anderson. She grew up in West Eveleth and graduated from Eveleth Senior High in 1980.
On September 7, 1991, Becky was united in marriage to Paul Skubic. Their son, Matt was born in 1994. They lived in Eveleth prior moving to Lake Vermilion.
Becky loved being at the lake. She loved having friends and family over. She enjoyed cooking, playing cards and games, having the ladies spend the night and boating on the lake. She enjoyed life and was fun to be with. Becky was always the first one to show up to help when needed.
She loved her sleepovers with her great nephew, Briggs. He was a light in her life. Becky was so proud of their son, Matt. She always looked forward to their time spent at the lake with she and Paul.
She also loved their family dog Nelli, (little girl) and new pet additions, Tipsy and Cheddar Bob.
Becky was employed at Virginia Public Schools as a paraprofessional. She enjoyed the students and her great coworkers. She was always ready to go back to school after the summer break.
Becky is survived by her husband, Paul Skubic; their son, Matthew (Megan Campbell) Skubic; her sister, Tracey (Eric) Skalbeck; nephew, Jake (Melissa Dorn) Skalbeck; sister-in-law, Sue Anderson; nieces, Katie (Stacie) Anderson, Jennifer (Dusty Pond) Anderson; great nephews, Briggs Behrens, Conner Trombley and great nieces, Tori, Payton and Paige Trombley; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike (Diane French) Skubic, Ann and Bruce Peterson, Tom and Carol Skubic and Jim and Cyndy Skubic; as well as numerous nieces and nephews in the Skubic and Peterson families.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Woody and Deloris Anderson; her brother, Jeff (Buff) Anderson; father and mother-in-law, Ed and Teddy Skubic; sister-in-law, Vicki Skubic and Katie Rannikar who was a second mother to her.
A memorial service will be held Friday, July 9, 2021, at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia at 2:00 p.m. with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service. Coffee and bars will be served in the social hall following the service. Burial will follow the coffee an' at Eveleth Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home, Eveleth. To sign the guestbook online www.cron-sheehy.com

6-18-21

Richard Andrew "Rick" Nelson, age 73 a lifelong resident of Tower-Soudan died Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Essentia Health ­ Virginia Care Center. He was born December 26, 1947, in Soudan, the son of Richard O. and Elsie Bertha (Falk) Nelson; was a graduate of and swam competitively for Tower-Soudan High School and was a graduate of the University of Minnesota ­ Duluth. Rick served in the United States Army from May of 1981 to May of 1985. He attained the rank of Sargent (E-5) while stationed in the Republic of Panama; and was awarded the following medals: Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal, Expert Infantryman Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Parachutist Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Expert Badge with M-16 BAR, and Expert Badge with Hand Grenade BAR. He returned to Tower to look after his mother while she was ill. Rick was a creative writer and an artist; and enjoyed classical music, poetry, animals, and community service. He volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Tower-Soudan Historical Society, and the Potter's Field project at Lakeview Cemetery. He cared for the grounds and sidewalks of many, many businesses and churches in Tower. Rick was a conscientious man with a beautiful soul, and a heart for helping others.'
Rick is survived by cousins: Andrea (Dan) Alto of Mountain Iron, Mike Alto of Mountain Iron, Linda Trucano of Virginia, John Craig Nelson of Oregon; friends, including Kay (Richard) Hanson of Tower; and all who supported him through the years with caring donations.'
Rick would like to thank everyone who crossed his path and showed him kindness. He will be missed by many.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother: David.
The Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower. Pastor Liz Cheney will officiate. A gathering time for family and friends will begin one hour prior to the service. Private Inurnment will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery in Tower.
Memorials are preferred and may be directed to the
Immanuel Lutheran Church roof project.
Family services provided by Bauman-Vermilion, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Tower. To share condolences online, please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com.

Michael Richard Salo born October 17, 1939, passed away in the presence of family on June 7, 2021.  Preceded in death by parents Eino and Lillian Salo and brother Robb Salo.  Survived by brother Doug (Nancy Grierson) Salo, sister-in-law Judy Salo, children Teri (John) Hilden, Kim (Robin Barbeau) Salo, Jodi (Mike) Schefers, Michelle (Jared) Wagoner and Travis (Kaylyn Mattson) Salo, a niece and nine grandchildren.  
Michael, Mike, or Mickey depending on how you knew him had a long career in the railroad starting at the DM&IR railroad for two years followed by 40 years at Erie Mining/LTV Steel.  He was an avid outdoorsman teaching his children about hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and making wood.  Other interests included building stock cars where he spent many weekends at the Hibbing and Proctor racetracks and tinkering with his machinery and tractors. He is known for his stories and lore about his Finnish heritage and the hunting shack.  He could mesmerize his audience for hours on end, but you always came away with some sage advice.
Mike is well known and published by the Minneapolis Star Tribune for his deep knowledge and engaging sauna tours throughout the Embarrass area.  Everyone who knew Mike would say that the lord blessed him with a heavy helping of 'sisu'.
Per Mike's wishes there will not be a formal service but a time to celebrate his life. Please join the family at'Tank's Bar & Restaurant 14 Alder Rd, Babbitt, MN 55706 on Saturday June 26th from 1:00-3:00 to share your stories and memories. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Mike Salo may be sent to Embarrass Town Hall 7503 Levander Rd, Embarrass, MN 55732 to be used towards historical tours.

6-11-21

Paul David Anderson was born July 17, 1941 in Soudan, MN. Paul worked at Erie Mining/LTV and was able to retire after 41.5 years of faithful service. In true Paul fashion, he took his eternal nap on June 2, just a few weeks shy of his 80th birthday.
During his life, Paul enjoyed being outdoors, at the lake house, traveling around the country with his wife Julie and getting a t-shirt at every stop. You could also find him at any number of his grandchildren's sporting events, working on projects in the garage, riding around on his ATV/lawnmower, enjoying naps, cookies, and quite frankly anything sweet. He was as laidback as they come and had a wonderful smile that was contagious. 'Paul'loved hunting, fishing, and visiting with family and friends when he wasn't watching NASCAR or Westerns.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents: Reuben and Ethel; sister: Barb; brother-in-law: Ron; son-in-law: Dan; and infant daughter: Lindsey.
Paul is survived by his wife: Julie; sister: Maxine (Merlin); brother: Doug (Cathy); children: Michelle, Mark, Mike, Brian (Melissa), Kevin (Carrie), and Steve (Kelsie); twelve awesome grandchildren; and four amazing great-grandchildren.
Paul will be so missed! A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 17th with details TBD.
Family services are provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home, in Virginia. To express condolences on-line, please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com.

Donna Mae Miller, age 90 of Tower died Friday, June 4, 2021, in the Essentia Health Virginia Care Center. She was born July 6, 1930, in Huron, South Dakota, the daughter of Geoffrey and Alice (Anderson) Biggerstaff. Donna lived in Cloquet and Coleraine prior to being a longtime Tower resident. She was employed by the Cluett-Peabody Arrow Shirt Factory and was the cleaning woman for the Tower State Bank and the Tower City Hall. Donna attended Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower; enjoyed knitting and crocheting.
Donna is survived by friends, including special friends: Vickie (Gerry) Tucker of Forbes and Judy Anderson of Tower.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 18, 2021, at Bauman's Vermilion Funeral Home in Tower. Pastor Liz Cheney will officiate.'Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service.'Interment will take place in'the Restlawn Memory Gardens in Huron South Dakota.
Family services provided by Bauman-Vermilion, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Tower. To share condolences online, please see: www.bauman funeralhome.com.

Gary Lynn Slead, age 68, of Herbster, WI, passed away Friday, June 4, 2021 after a long addiction to tobacco. He was born August 6, 1952. There will be no services held. Memorials may be made to the Chequamegon Humane Association. Arrangements are by the Bratley Funeral Home, in Washburn.

6-4-21

William (Bill) Ketola passed away May 25th, 2021 in Virginia, MN. William Charles Ketola was born December 30, 1938 in Virginia, MN to Edmund and Florence Ketola. Bill graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1957 and attended Macalester College in St. Paul. On August 5, 1961, Bill married his high school sweetheart, Judith Wallis, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Gilbert, MN. Bill then served 2 years in the Army and was stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO and was honorably discharged in 1963.
Bill worked with his Father at the family owned Ketola's Department Store for many years. He often shared stories of his many co-workers and friends from the store. After Bill left the store, he had a number of occupations including owning and operating Bill's Bottle Shop, roofing and selling real estate. In retirement, he continued to work and spent 11 years as a cashier at Fortune Bay Casino.
Bill was an avid curler for many years and won the MN State Mixed Championship in 1971 and MN State Men's Championship in 1974. He enjoyed playing in bonspiels all around Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Canada. Those who knew him would recall his friendly demeanor and blue Bauer curling shoes.
Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing and the greatoutdoors. He loved the waters of Vermilion River and Lake Vermilion and made many memories throughout the years with his family and friends. Camping on Trout Lake was an annual event.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Florence, brothers Jerry and John, brothers-in-law Robert, Marvin and Albert Wallis and sister-in-law Rebecca Ketola.
Bill is survived by his beloved wife of almost 60 years, Judy, as well as his children Kraig (Lisa) Ketola, Kim (Barry) Carlin and Kurt (Lisa) Ketola. Bill is also survived by his grandchildren Karen and Bill Ketola, Cale (Clarissa), Jace (Kenzie Hart) and Brady Carlin, and Ben, Charlie, and Lily Ketola and great-granddaughter Briar Mae Carlin. He is also survived by one sister-in-law, Joan Wallis, as well as several nieces and nephews who will remember their Uncle Bill fondly. Bill loved his family beyond measure, and they loved him. He and his smile will be dearly missed.
Bill will be remembered by all who knew him for his generous spirit, twinkling blue eyes, sense of humor and SISU.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Family Services provided by Bauman-Vermilion, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Tower. To share remembrances online, please see: baumanfuneralhome.com.

5-21-21

James Jay Ayers
Born September 1, 1948, in Inglewood, California, to Harold Eugene and Geraldine Virginia (Miles) Ayers. Died March 26
in Bentonville, Arkansas. Between those two events, he lived. Growing up in southern California, Jim enjoyed surfing and meeting girls. He also played golf and tennis, and learned to fly. He graduated from Sierra High School in Whittier. In 1972 he moved to northern Minnesota to become part owner of Bay View Lodge, a fishing resort on Lake Vermilion. He spent a couple of winters as a ski bum in Colorado, then married Lori Ann Heikila who had worked as a cabin girl at Bay View. The couple moved back to California where Jim completed his education at Cal Poly Pomona, then relocated to Phoenix, AZ, where he worked for Honeywell as a systems analyst until he took an early retirement. When he and his wife parted ways, Jim moved to northern California and took up whitewater rafting and listening to music. More than anything Jim enjoyed playing the jester. His chosen role in life was to sit back and observe everything around him and make jokes about it. He gave us a constant mix of humor and social commentary for which he
will always be remembered. Jim is survived by his mother Geraldine, and two sisters, Jacqueline Geddes of Chattanooga, TN and Sheryl Stephens of Bella Vista, AR, all formerly of Lake Vermilion. He was preceded in death by his father.

5-14-21

Dennis "Denny" Erchul, 83, of Duluth, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021, at his home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Tower, with The Rev. Father Nick Nelson as celebrant.
Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Tower.
Masks and social distancing will be required.

5-7-21

Shirley Lois Rockstad, age 99, of Ada, MN, died April 27, 2021 at Benedictine Care Community in Ada, where she called home for the past four years.
The firstborn to Gust and Petra (Ramstad) Rockstad, Shirley was born April 5, 1922, and raised on the farm west of Ada. She was baptized at Concordia Lutheran, rural Hendrum where she remained a member until transferring to Grace Lutheran, Ada, for the last third of her life.   Shirley was confirmed at First Lutheran in Ada, which later became part of Grace. She was on various boards, taught Sunday School, and was active in the women's groups.
Shirley attended country school in Hegne Township at Franklin No. 73 and graduated from Ada High School. She was proud of her education at Concordia College in Moorhead, earning a degree in teaching that led to a 30-year career as a Home Economics teacher. Shirley taught at schools in Ulen, MN; Culbertson, MT; Missoula, MT; Tower-Soudan, MN; and Ada. She later served as the Librarian at the Ada Public Library for 13 years until retirement.
Civic minded, her list of memberships includes the Ada Garden Club, Norman County Historical and Genealogy Society, Ada Centennial Celebration Committee of 1976, Friends of the Library, 20th Century Study Club, the American Legion and VFW Ladies Auxiliaries, and a supporter of 4-H.
Shirley enjoyed travel, a highlight being her first trip to Norway in the 1950's, meeting and visiting relatives. This led to a hobby of recording family genealogy. Shirley was considered the family historian. She enjoyed baking and sharing kringla with friends and family, and her favorite fish was lutefisk.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Marian; and her brother, Burton.
She is survived by her brother, Howard, Thousand Oaks, CA; sister-in-law, Lorna, Ada; nephews, Kent (Kate), Moorhead, MN; Erik (Gretchen), Ada; Neil (Elizabeth), Ada; and nine great nieces and nephews.
Funeral: 11:00 AM, Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN, following all of the Minnesota and CDC COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. All must wear a mask to attend. 
Visitation: One hour before the funeral at the church. 
Interment: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.
Please view our guestbook and share condolences online at www.fredriksonfh.com
Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home
Ada, Minnesota

4-30-21

Thomas H. Carey, age 84, of rural Biwabik (Lake Eshquaguma) died Thursday, April 15, 2021, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Minn.
He was born March 21, 1937, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Howard and Vivian "Bim" Carey. He married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Geraldine "Gerry" Helen Killian, on Sept. 14, 1957. He was a well-known jurist, fierce litigator, outdoorsman, and family man who made a profound impact on many lives.
In 1955, Judge Carey graduated from De LaSalle High School in Minneapolis followed by a short tour in the Army. After release from the Army, he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law from William Mitchell College of Law followed by a Juris Doctorate from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1964. Between 1964 and 1986, he served as a well-known civil trial attorney for the Trenti, and Cope & Peterson Law Firms of Virginia. After establishing his reputation as a tough, but fair-minded litigator, Tom was selected for and served as a State District Court Trial Judge for the State of MN from 1986 to 2000. Along the way, Judge Carey mentored many students as an Adjunct Professor at the William Mitchell College of Law, developed expertise in mass tort/complex litigation, and was appointed for a two year term as the Chairman of the State's Charitable Gambling Control Board. In recent years, he continued to apply his expertise by serving as a legal representative for the API, Inc. Asbestos Settlement Trust.
Judge Carey may be remembered best for the twinkle in his eye, sharp wit, and love of playful banter. He was often found "holding court" at his lake place or duck camp on the Pelican River, offering his contrarian opinions and blarney to stimulate the conversation. He was a devout Catholic, proud of his Irish heritage, an avid reader, and cherished his time in duck blinds, fishing boats, or walking trails for grouse with his dog. Tennis and golf with associated side bets were staples for him during the summer, and he enjoyed taking the family skiing to various locations in the winter.
Thomas is survived by his wife and partner of 64 years, Gerry; along with their children: Kelly (Jim) Frankenfeld, Jim (Molly) Carey, Pat (Susan) Carey, and Sean (Corinne) Carey; as well as 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Jacqueline (Jess) Lair and Joanna (Bob) McDonald; and twin brother, John (Jan).
Due to COVID-19 concerns, a private ceremony for the family will occur in Minneapolis soon.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests donations be made in his name to St. John's Benedictine Volunteer Corps at www.sjbvc.org, or mail to The Benedictine Volunteer Corps, Saint John's Abbey, 2900 Abbey Plaza, P.O. Box 2015, Collegeville, MN 56321.

4-16-21

Carol Myrtle Boleman Saari McIntire, 83, of Tower, a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, passed away peacefully to the heavenly realm while at Essentia Health in Virginia on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. A memorial service will be held at a later date with a visitation to be held prior to the service at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower.
Born on December 18, 1937 in Osceola, Wisconsin, Carol received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from St. Cloud State University. She served the community with dedication as an elementary teacher at several area schools and helped her husband in operating Northern Insulation in Tower for over 40 years. She was very active in the community, volunteering with local literacy initiatives and serving in a wide range of roles at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
She enjoyed traveling the world and the U.S., observing nature, birds and wildlife, and enjoyed spending hours walking through the woods. An avid student of history, she would spend hours reading about famous people and places. She enjoyed working with people, playing games, and spending time with her family. She loved to knit and crochet.
She is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, Lloyd McIntire; daughters Charlotte (Al) Kennedy and Cathleen (Eric) Vought; grandchildren Clair Kennedy, Cole Kennedy and Lisette Vought; siblings Lee (Ricky) Boleman, Norma Strand, Wilma Kennedy and Roger (Joan) Boleman; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd Lemoyne and Hazel Lucille Boleman and her first husband, Clifford Saari. In lieu of flowers or memorials, the family requests donations to Recycled Lives at recycledlives.org, Lutheran World Relief at LWR.org and Cure Progressive Supranuclear Palsy at PSP.org.
Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.

Donna K. Hill, age 88, lifelong resident of Soudan died Friday, April 9, 2021, at The Waterview Pines in Virginia.  She was born in Soudan, the daughter of Ernest and Mary (Belehar) Branwall.  She was a graduate of Tower-Soudan High School.  A veteran of the US Air Force, Donna served during the Korean War, and was Honorably Discharged on April 8, 1954.   Donna was united in marriage to James A. Hill on March 4, 1955, at the Lutheran Church in Ely, MN. Donna worked at the State Bank of Tower until she accepted the Postmaster position in Soudan where she worked full time for over 30 years.  After retiring from the Postmaster position, she worked at North Country Quilts in Tower for 16 years.  She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran church in Soudan.  Donna enjoyed spending time at her "favorite place in the whole world" ~ the family cabin on Lake Vermilion.  She was a gifted knitter, loved to read, enjoyed walks, the outdoors and her flower gardens.
Donna is survived by her husband of 66 years: Jim Sr., of Soudan; sons: Jim (Pam) Hill and Dan (Corrine) Hill, both of Soudan, sister: Tina Chiabotti of Stuart, Florida; brother: Lee Branwall of White Bear Lake, MN; granddaughter: Jodi (Nick) Levens; great-grandchildren: Jackson, Elliot, Neva, and Nixon all of Tower; along with numerous extended family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Ernest and Mary Branwall; sisters: Nancy Achterberg and Rita Sunsdahl; and granddaughter: Kimberly Sunsdahl.
The Memorial Service will be held at 11 am on Friday, April 16th, 2021 at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Soudan MN, Pastor Greg Anderson will officiate. A gathering time for family and friends will begin one hour prior to the service at the Church.
Donna was a kind and caring person and touched the hearts of many.  She will be deeply missed by all. 
The family would like to give a heartfelt thanks to the staff of Waterview Pines for the excellent and compassionate care she received.  She made many friends while she was there.
Family services are provided by Bauman-Vermilion, a Bauman Family Funeral Home, in Tower.  To share remembrances on-line, please see: baumanfuneralhome .com.

4-9-21

Palmer, Rosemary Jane, age 95, of Minneapolis (formerly of St. Mark's Parish in St. Paul).  Born in Buhl, MN on the Iron Range.  She died on March 26, 2021 during Last Rites with family present.  Preceded in death by first husband, Marshall Day Smith who died on the Battle of the Bulge; and husband, Theodore C. Palmer who served in the Coast Guard during WWII.  Also preceded in death by grandson, Kyle Palmer.  Survived by daughter, Michele Smith (Dennis) and twins, Carol Palmer (Boyd, deceased) and Theodore T. Palmer (Beth) and grandchildren Owen Hawkins, Rikka, and Paula Quinanola. Rosemary spent many years at the U of M Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene (now Epidemiology) where she enjoyed working on the "Children's Study."  She loved to read, travel, stay up on current events, and play bridge. She was very adept at arts and crafts.  She loved her summertime spent at Upper Whitefish lake.  A service date is yet to be determined.  The family expresses their gratitude to the staff of Catholic Eldercare in NE Minneapolis.
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Roseann V. Redetzke, 88, of Tower, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Vermilion Senior Living in Tower.
She was born on November 5, 1932 in Shirland, Illinois, the daughter of Henry and Ruth (ReCoy) Harrington. She resided in Rockford Illinois, where her three children were born. They moved to Tower in 1970, where she owned and operated the Tower Cafe for 10 years.
She was united in marriage to Donald Redetzke on December 30, 1982 in Virginia. They lived in Eagles Nest before moving to Tower, where they have since resided.
Rosie enjoyed knitting, crocheting and cooking. She loved giving dinner parties for her family and friends; especially on the 4th of July. In her later years, she enjoyed planting many flowers and vegetables, which she mostly gave away. She also loved shopping, playing cards and board games.
She is survived by her loving husband, Donald Redetzke of Tower; children, Jayanne (Bill) Suihkonen of Kugler Township, Joel Ward of Mitchell, South Dakota and Jill (John) O'Neil of Sebring, Florida; step-children, Patricia (Rodney) Martin of Embarrass, Barb (Tim) Thomas of Soudan and Jeff (Angie Miller) Redetzke of Soudan; grandchildren, Bill (Kristy) Suihkonen , Angela Suihkonen, Chad Mattila, Sasha (Darius) Stewart , Tiffany (Jay) Clemenson, Amber (Josh) Burton, Chelsea (Brandon) Zubke and Briana Tibbetts; great-grandchildren, Kaija, Kash and Kinsley Suihkonen, Morgan, Easton, Hayden, Kyler and Lyrik Dahl, Royce Stewart, Levi Clemenson, Ava Redetzke, Cohen Rowland, Nora Zubke, Ellis Rowland, Everleigh Burton, Lennon Zubke and Nakoa Burton; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Lex and Polly Mc Donald; her best friend of 67 years, Nancy Fry;  and her favorite great-grand dog, Cocoa. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Warren and Clifford Harrington; sisters, Viva Pearson and Kathleen Bellars; grandsons, Ryan and Jonah Pulju and great-granddaughter, Cora Dahl.
There will be a private family gathering for Roseann at a later date. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.

3-19-21

John Edward Turk of Lake Vermilion, Tower passed away surrounded by family at Abbott Heart Hospital on March 4, 2021.
John was born September 26, 1946 in Hibbing, Minn.
to Henry and Elaine (Deger) Turk. He was joined in mar-riage to his best friend, Sally Trenti, at their home on Sep-tember 17, 2011.
John was the ultimate out-doors man, he enjoyed fishing all year round and hunting (rifle, bow, and muzzle loader). He also travelled out west and to Alaska to pursue his dream hunts.
John's selfless dedication to help others recover their lives, his compassion, and love for family and friends will truly be missed.
John is survived by his wife, Sally; his children: Jena Jami-son, Stefanie O'Neil, Dustin Turk (Sarah), Jameson Turk, and Brandon Turk (Stacy), bonus children Rebecca Kim-bell (Michael) and Dan Fro-saker (Stephanie); grand-children: Dylan Jamison, Syd-ney Jamison, Jackson Turk, Alayna Turk, Henry Turk and Henley O'Neil; bonus grand-children: Mason Kimbell and Owen and Noah Frosaker, and great-grandchild Delilah; sister, Jean Johnson (Ron); niece, Terra Boldt and nep-hew, Jason Boldt. He was pre-ceded in death by his parents, Henry and Elaine.
A Celebration of Life will take place June 26 at Fortune Bay Casino for anyone wishing to share the love and life of a truly great man.
There is no greater honor than to be remembered as kindness, as love, as the light in other's time of darkness.
Family Services provided by Bauman- Vermilion, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Tower. To share condolences online, please see: www. baumanfuneral home .com

3-12-21

Darrell Kaye Dowden, 88, of Fairchild, Wisconsin passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side March 7, 2021.
Darrell was born on September 16,1932 in Mon-dovi Wisconsin to Fred and Della Dowden.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years,June of Fairchild Wisconsin,
His three daughters: Julie (Tim) Johnson of Northfield, Mn., Helene (Dave) Johnson of Ely, Mn., Barb (John)Mann of Hugo, Mn., and son Dean (Tammie) Dowden of Tower, Mn. five grandchildren: Luke Johnson of Blaine, Mn. Ryan Mann of White Bear Lake, Mn., Alyssa Soukup of Stillwater, Mn., April Toro of Bradenton, Florida and Darrell Dowden of Superior, Wi. and five great- grand-children.
Darrell was preceded in death by his Parents, his Brothers Lee Dowden and Russ Dowden, and his Sisters June Myers and Betty King.
Darrell graduated from Mondovi High School in 1950.
He served in the Navy during the Korean War.
Darrell earned a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Physics from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.
He then earned his Master's in Science Education and Chemistry with a minor in Meteorology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Darrell taught Chemistry at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas for 2 years.
He then moved to Eagles Nest Lake #3 and taught Chemistry and Meteorology at Vermillion Community College in Ely Mn. From 1967 to 1987.
While at VCC, Darrell started several weather stations. He authored a book on Chemical Tanning of Furs and hides published in 1978.
Darrell was an avid outdoors-man and bow hunter and founded the North Country Archers in Ely, Mn.
He was a founding member of Ducks Unlimited in Ely and Tower.
Darrell loved to fish and was a skilled trapper. He made fur hats.
Darrell was a maple syrup producer in Wisconsin for many years.
A small private ceremony will be held Thursday, March 11 in Mondovi, Wi. Burial will follow in Downing Wisconsin next to his Mother.
Any cards can be sent c/o Helene Johnson, PO Box 22, Ely, MN 55731

3-5-21

John M. Hobyan, age 60 of Minneapolis died on February 9th, 2021. John was born on November 28th, 1960 in Eveleth, MN to John and Anne (Krantz) Hobyan. John attended and graduated from Eveleth school system. Approximately 30 years ago he moved to Minneapolis where he lived until his death. Starting with adolescence, John lived with mental illness. The most recent diagnosis of his condition was Autism Spec-trum Disorder. Because of this illness, John was unable to attend college and, until five years ago, was unable to work. John was able to get a part-time job for a national firm and worked as an inventory clerk for nearly 5 years. He liked his job and was a very good employee, never missing a day and sometimes called by his employer to come in and do extra work. His daily schedule changed, but he never com-plained and was just very glad to be working. When COVID-19 arrived, the store was closed and he was out of work. John's mental illness caused many disorders; social anxiety was his biggest problem. John never did have a friend. He was extremely shy and felt very uneasy in large groups or meeting new people. The tragedy with John's life is that he never did enjoy good normal health. He did not have a chance to enjoy being a young man, he never had a chance to be married or have children. He never had a chance to have a career, own a home or just be normal. John was a good person. He did not complain about his situation and he did not say anything negative about other people (even if it was warranted). John was brave, honest, sincere, and punctual. In other words, he was a very good son and brother. John took his life, which was totally unexpected. His siblings are grieving for their brother. John is survived by his brother, Bob (Minneapolis); sisters, Judy McNulty (Cottage Grove) and Sue Flannigan (Eveleth). His brothers-in-law Patrick Mc-Nulty and Tim Flannigan died within the last 7 years. John had two nieces and three nephews. His father died in 2001 and his mother died in 2003. John's body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held for his family this summer at Eveleth Cemetery.
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Keane, Catherine A. ("Kay") (nee Johnson), 100, of Minneapolis, died peacefully at home on February 13, 2021, surrounded by her four children, her books and a century of memories. She prevailed against time and age, but suddenly declined in the hours before her death. Kay celebrated her 100th birthday last October, shared distantly and remotely from her back yard, by friends, family across the country, neighbors, par-ishioners, and former students. Born in Stillwater, MN, on October 5, 1920, to Mabel Catherine McGee of Stillwater, MN, and Alfred E. Johnson of Hayward, Wisconsin, she grew up on the Iron Range, in her beloved Virginia, MN. After graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1938, she attended Virginia Junior Col-lege, and then Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, graduating with a degree in English in 1942. Upon grad-uation, she joined the United States Navy as an officer, serving as an Ensign in the Navy Department in Washing-ton, D.C., translating codes relayed from the Pacific and Atlantic fleets, as a com-munications officer for the Chief of Naval Operations. After the War, she earned an M.A. and completed the coursework for a Ph. D. in En-glish at the University of Minnesota, where she met her husband of 65 years, James M. Keane (d. 2014) of Min-neapolis. They were married at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Stillwater in 1949. Kay taught English at Edison High School in Northeast Min-neapolis, at Gogebic Junior College in Ironwood, Michi-gan, at the University of Min-nesota in the 1950s and 1960s (except for years raising young children) and later, for 17 years at Regina High School in South Minneapolis from 1969 until 1986. A proud Iron Ranger, she cast her first vote for FDR, and ever since kept the faith. A devout Catholic, and fervent believer in social justice, she was a member of Incarnation Parish since 1955, and the Saint Thomas Academy community since 1949. But it was as a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, friend and teacher that she touched so many through habitual grace, kindness, and empathy. Kay loved travelling to friends and family near and far, for baptisms, communions, gradua-tions, and weddings, and took care to host holidays at her South Minneapolis home where she lived for almost 66 years. In addition to her husband Jim, she is predeceased by brother, Dr. Edward A. Johnson, and sister Mary Agnes (Bill) Oswald, and dear friends Anne and Bill Mun-ro; she is survived by daugh-ters, Elizabeth (David) Bedor, Moira (Thomas Romens) and Catherine, all of St. Paul, and son Michael (Maria) of New York City; grandchildren Catherine Dougherty (William), of Madison WI, Anne Romens (Christopher Hill) of Min-neapolis, Jeremy and Gabriel Keane of New York; great- grandchildren, Emma and Liam Dougherty and James and Bernadette Hill; sister-in-law Shirley Johnson; 30 nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren. A gentle but strong soul, Kay gave her all to her family, friends, students and country. Memorials pre-ferred to Incarnation Parish, Saint Thomas Academy, Open Arms of Minnesota, or a local food shelf. A Memorial Mass at Incarnation Church, 3801 Pleasant Ave. So., Minneapolis, is deferred until summer, given the pandemic; a private inter-ment will take place at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.  
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2-26-21

Juhl, Mary L. 76, of Tower passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021. She was born on August 8, 1944 in Buffalo Center, Iowa to Ervin and Elizabeth (Stowe) Halvorson and grew up in Rake, Iowa. Mary received her Bachelor's Degree from Luther College and her Master's Degree in Psychology from St. Mary's College.
On July 8, 1967 she married John Juhl in Rake, Iowa and helped found the family business, Jaytech, where she worked as an advisor in the water treatment business. She also worked in the Church as a Youth Director and Stephen Ministry Trainer, as well as a volunteer at the airport.
Mary is survived by her husband John Juhl of Lake Vermilion; two sons, Mark Juhl of Fountain Hills, AZ and Christopher (Jenny) Juhl of Savage, MN; three grand-children, Tommy, Michael and Reagan Juhl; and a sister, Carol (Kermitt) Brandt of Moorhead, MN.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in the summer. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.

Frances Lorraine Wiebke, age 81, of Apple Valley, passed away unexpectedly on Feb-ruary 7, 2021. Frances is sur-vived by her daughters, Cherie Wiebke Luoma, Dawn (Pat) Meehan, and Lisa (Art) Roberts; grandchildren, Thorr Wiebke, Trinity Meehan, Brooklyn, and Mac Roberts; great-granddaughter, Ari-ana Meehan; and brother, Stuart Maki. Preceded in death by husband of 47 years, James Wiebke; grandson, Torrey Wiebke; parents, Walter and Lahja Maki; siblings, Gladys Winans, and Stanley "Butchy" Maki'; and son-in-law, Richard Luoma.
Fran was born near Little Rice Lake in Itasca County and grew up in Pike Township, MN. She graduated from High School in Gilbert, MN where she was the class Treasurer/Of-ficer, part of the Glee Cl-ub, and played violin through-out school.
After high school she met James Wiebke from Tower/Soudan, MN, and the two were married shortly after. They briefly moved to Hartford, Connecticut before settling in their forever home in Apple Valley, MN to raise their three girls. Fran enjoyed spending time bowling, playing cards, and getting led around the dance floor, all with her hus-band Jimmy. She enjoyed her grandchildren, gardening, Wheel of Fortune, and Danc-ing with the Stars, being a mot-her, grandmother, and great grandmother. She will be mis-sed by all.
A Memorial Service will be held at 4 :00 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at White Funeral Home - Apple Valley, 14560 Pennock Ave., with a public visitation starting at 3:00 p.m. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
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2-19-21

Mary L. Juhl, 76, of Tower passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021.
She was born on August 8, 1944 in Buffalo Center, Iowa to Ervin and Elizabeth (Stowe) Halvorson and grew up in Rake, Iowa. Mary received her Bachelor's Degree from Luther College and her Master's Degree in Psychology from St. Mary's College.
On July 8, 1967 she married John Juhl in Rake, Iowa and helped found the family business, Jaytech, where she worked as an advisor in the water treatment business. She also worked in the Church as a Youth Director and Stephen Ministry Trainer, as well as a volunteer at the airport.
Mary is survived by her husband John Juhl of Lake Vermilion; two sons, Mark Juhl of Fountain Hills, AZ and Christopher (Jenny) Juhl of Savage, MN; three grand-children, Tommy, Michael and Reagan Juhl; and a sister, Carol (Kermitt) Brandt of Moorhead, MN.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in the summer. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.

2-12-21

We are profoundly saddened to share that Michael Cheney Wood, 69, passed away February 1, 2021 at his home in Aurora, MN, following a brief illness. He was born August 31, 1951 in Chicago, IL to John Cheney Wood and Suzanne Watson Wood, both of whom pre-deceased him. Michael attended Alfred-Almond Cen-tral, Almond, NY, graduating in 1969. He received the Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John's College, Santa Fe, where he studied the great books and liberal arts. He later spent time in New York City, dancing with the Merce Cunningham dance company. He and Marjory Johnson were married in Minneapolis, MN, on May 29, 1996.
Over the course of his work life, he was known for his creative and innovative approach - applying technology solutions to business problems in New Mexico, Australia, and Minnesota, for Sophia Learning, Solution Design Group, Fujitsu, and BORN Information Services, among others. His important work in weather/nuclear winter modeling (Los Alamos National Labs) contributed to the end of the Cold War. His continued, endless curiosity about climate change and scientific inquiry was applied to many aspects of his life's pursuit of knowledge.
His love for family, friends, and the outdoors is reflected in every memory of him, from ski patrol in New Mexico, to canoeing in the Minnesota Boundary Waters (at one time taking a wrong turn into Canada), to shuttling grand-children to school, or testing a new sleeping bag on the porch in the dead of winter.  He believed in our responsibility to protect the environment and respect the Earth. He was always willing to step up, with grace and generosity, when called upon by friends or family. Michael loved the trails, mountains, and lakes of Minnesota and the mountains of New Mexico. He hiked the entire 310-mile Superior Hiking Trail over the course of several years, and a number of sections of the North Country Trail.  His passion for hiking, cycling, skiing, camping, and other outdoor activities was clear to anyone who crossed his path.
Michael is survived by his wife and best friend, Marjory Johnson Wood; son Galen Wood of Minneapolis, and his daughters; Maia and Sofia; daughter Ranier Wood of Santa Fe and her son Oliver; grandchildren he & Marjory raised Erinn Wilson, and Tyler and Gabe Wood; sister Carol Wood (Ken Maracek) of Plattekill, NY and their daughter Casey Maracek and son Avery Maracek (Gillian Hammond); and numerous additional grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extend-ed family and friends.
A private memorial service is being planned. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a donation be made to the Superior Hiking Trail or a trail system of your choice.
Family services are provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia, MN. To leave a remembrance of Michael online, see www.baumanfuneralhome.com
We will miss his intelligence, kindness, wit, and laugh.

1-29-21

James Albert "Jim" Frazee, age 83 a lifelong resident of Tower died Monday, January 18, 2021. He was born January 27, 1937 in Tower the son of William and Ann (Stepan) Frazee. Jim married Jean Laugen on July 9, 1955 in Tower and was a member of St. Martin's Catholic Church. He was a proud member of the United States Navy Seabees, discharged in 1960. Jim was employed by Reserve Mining Co. as a production truck driver. He was an avid outdoor enthusiast, who loved spending time at the shack, deer hunting, fishing, trapping, ricing, and gardening. Jim also enjoyed camping, watching the Vikings, and in later years watching tennis. He loved to cook and made excellent soup.
Jim is survived by daugh-ters; Jennifer (Jeff) Teasck of Virginia, Sally (Gary) Muller of Fergus Falls, and Paula (Gary) DeFries of Foxhome, MN; siblings; Lucille Carlson of Forest Lake and George (Fran) Frazee of Apple Valley; sister-in-law: Lois Frazee of Tower; brothers-in-law; Paul (Carol) Laugen and Scott (Bonnie) Laugen; grandchildren; Jody (Garrett) Kaivola, Tim Frazee, Andrew (Audrey) Muller, Aa-ron (Kim) Muller, Cody (Alyssa Holzer) DeFries, and Jeanne DeFries; stepgrandchildren; Sherri (Markus Hoche) Teasck and Jeff (Sarah) Teasck; numerous great-grandchi-ldren, nieces, nephews, ex-tended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife: Jean; son: Jim; and siblings: Bill Frazee, Lolly Suihkonen, and Dean Frazee.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2021 in St. Martin's Catholic Church in Tower. Reverend Father Nick Nelson, Cele-brant. A visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the Church. Spring Inter-ment will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery in Tower.
Family Services provided by Bauman- Vermilion, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Tower. To share condolences online, please see: www.baumanfuneral home.com .

1-22-21

Patricia Ann Raj, 72, of Tower, passed away at home on January 13, 2021.
Pat was born to Gladys Mable (Axelson) and Char-les Stanley Tekautz on April 23, 1948 in Soudan.
Pat was raised in Tower and attended the Tower-Soudan schools. At the age of 18, she moved to Chicago where she met the love of her life, Steve Raj. They were united in marriage at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Tower on September 11, 1966.
Pat enjoyed a variety of jobs and was well known for her great cooking and baking skills. She owned and operated her coffee shop, Pat's Place, in Tower for a number of years. She loved her flower gardens and enjoyed planting them. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 54 years, Steve Raj; children, Heide (David) Dale, Michael (Melaine) Raj, Paul (Barb) Raj, Amy (Ken) Hinkel, and Steven (Mary) Raj; bro-thers, Charles (Nancy) Tekautz and Bob (Paula) Tekautz; sister, Melinda Berg; grandchildren, Ryan, Hannah, Halie, Aaron, Car-issa, Jacey, Paige  (Steve), Jessie, April and Bella; great-grandchildren, Jor-dan, Harper, James, Ethan and Audriana; and special pet, Grace.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Paul Edward and Timothy Frank Tekautz; in-laws, Irene and Rudolph Raj; brother-in-law, Albert Berg.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.

Carol Jean Tuomala Kangas, 83, of Sandy Township, MN passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her children on Monday, January 11, 2021.
She was born Jan 6, 1938 in Minneapolis, MN, the daughter of Carl and Caroline Ersbo. Carol grew up in Tower, MN. She married Richard Tuomala of Ely, MN, and together they had five children. Eventually, they moved to Mt. Iron, MN, where they resided for 23 years, until Richard's passing in 1990. Carol married Kenneth Kangas in 1993, and they were married for 19 years, residing in Sandy Township, MN.
Carol was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grand-mother. She was happiest when she was gardening, baking, painting, spending time with her family, and traveling. She enjoyed entertaining her family and friends. Christmas was her favorite holiday, and she made sure that all of her family, no matter where they lived, received packages of potica, tarts, homemade bread, and Christmas goodies.
Carol is survived by her brother, Sandford Ersbo of Mt. Iron; her five children, Deborah (Bruce) Hoff of Gilbert, MN, Sheri (Wally) Hunsinger of Rocky Top, TN, Lorinda (Rex) Purcell of The Villages, FL, Richard (Diane) Tuomala of Dale City, VA, Jacinta (Alan) Woehrle of Becker, MN; five stepchildren, Kelly (Arron) Sheffield of Sandy Township; Kim (Mike) Peterson of Britt, MN; Kerry (Helen) Kangas of Embarrass, MN; Kris (Gordon) Meacham of Embarrass, MN, Kendall Kangas (Donna Ohlgren) of Champlin, MN; grandchildren, Bryan, Brandon, and Nick Hoff, Wallace III and Kris-topher Hunsinger, Patrick Jones, Wilson Purcell, David and Dylan Tuomala, Jacob and Katlyn Woehrle; step-grand-children, Joshua, Luke and Christopher Beyer, Jim Peter-son and Karen Devak, Kayla Pandel, Renee Lane, Melissa and Marcell Meacham; nine great- grandchildren and ten step great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her three siblings, Lorraine, Nancy and Lowell; her husbands; and her step-granddaughter, Jennifer.
We would like to thank Essentia Hospice for the care and kindness they gave Carol.
A virtual service will be available at rangefuneralhomes .com.
Services will be held at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia on Monday, January 18th at 11:00 am with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Ely Cemetery. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or send condolences visit www.rangefuneralhomes .com.

Delores M. "Laurie" Vraa, age 82 years old of Embarrass died Thursday, January 7, 2021 in Essentia Health- St. Mary's Medical Center. She was born September 13, 1938 in'Good-ridge, MN the daughter of Reuben and Florence (Rindahl) Stenvik. Laurie married Curtis Vraa on March 9, 1957 in Goodridge, and they moved to the Embarrass area in the early 1960's. She was a longtime employee at Jenia's Appliance in Virginia; a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Embarrass, and a former member of the Aurora Women of the Moose. Laurie loved to bake, cook, dance, snowmobile, travel, and enjoyed winters in Yuma, AZ.
Laurie is survived by her husband of 62 years: Curtis; children: Steven (Joanie) Vraa of Embarrass, Neal (Nancy) Vraa of Red Lake Falls, Kevin (Robyn) Vraa of Embarrass, and Michael (Amy) Vraa of Babbitt; a sister, Betty Coan of Thief River Falls; many grandchildren, great-grand-children, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Tom Vraa; and siblings, Robert and Adeline.
The Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at the Embarrass Town Hall. Spring inurnment will take place in the Embarrass Ceme-tery.
Memorials are preferred and may be directed to the family, 5593 Taylor Road, Embarrass, MN 55731.
Family services provided by Bauman-Cron, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share condolences online, please see: www. baumanfuneralhome.com .

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Aggie Mattson, age 96, long-time resident of Soudan, entered into eternal life on December 31, 2020 at Benedic-tine Health Center in Duluth.  Agnes Caroline Erchul was born in Soudan on March 24, 1924 to Joseph F. and Mary (Breznik) Erchul. Aggie was married to Edward J. Dragavon at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Tower on August 10, 1946. They were the parents of four children: Edward J. Dragavon, Jr. of Los Angeles; Mary (Rod) Eidelbes of Grand Rapids; Dolly (Bob) Ladner of Lake Elmo; and Jane Dragavon, who passed away in 1965.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Edward Dragavon in 1968, and all ten of her siblings. Aggie was blessed to marry Carl M. Mattson on September 22, 1973. They enjoyed many years of travel, dancing, dining out, and card games until Carl's passing in 2006.
In addition to her three children, she is survived by four grandchildren: Mike (Becky) Eidelbes, Kelly (Joe) Broking, Jason (Bev) Dra-gavon Dahl, and Ashley (Jeff Mulligan) Dragavon Dahl; eight great-grandchildren: Brady and Kayden Broking, Sydney Eidelbes, Fintan, Macrae, and Lula Mulligan, Jane, Charlie, and baby girl Dahl (arriving this month); and many nieces and nephews. Aggie is also survived by dearly loved members of Carl's family: son-in-law Chuck (Jiggs) Rathbone, daughter, Chris (Alan) Sch-noor, grandchildren: Chucky (Deb) Rathbone, Brian (Deana) Schnoor, Lynn Schnoor, and Brenda (Josh) Miller and six great-grandchildren: Sarah and Becky Rathbone, Abby and Natalie Schnoor, and Brandon and Liam Miller.
Aggie was a long-time employee of the State Bank of Tower and especially loved her work at the Soudan Under-ground Mine State Park, retiring at age 70. She was a devoted member of St. Martin's Catholic Church (St. Elizabeth's Circle), KSKJ Lodge #4, and the Slovenian Women's Union, Branch #34.
Aggie loved her faith and her family. In her faith she found much comfort and strength. She was a proud Mom, Grandma, and Great Grandma, always sharing accomplishments with whom-ever would listen. Nothing put a bigger smile on her face than to see her grands and great grands. Aggie was always perfectly dressed and accessor-ized to a "T".  Mom was an accomplished baker (poti-ca!)and cook. We all remember her joy in serving her family a delicious meal at her dining room table. She also excelled as a seamstress and gardener.
The family would like to thank Olajean Hayworth for her special friendship, support and love; and the staff of Westwood and BHC for taking "good care" of Mom over the last 10 years. They became extended family to Mom and will never see a dum dum sucker without remembering her.
Mom's life will be celebrated at a later date when we can gather safely to share memories of her.
The family prefers mem-orials to St. Scholastica Monas-tery, Second Harvest or a charity of your choice.
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Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home.  600 E. 2nd St. Duluth, MN 55805.  218-727-3555.

James Benjamin Trembath, son of William and Ethel Trembath, was born October 1, 1925, in Eveleth, MN. He peacefully passed away at age 95 on January 7, 2021, at Autumn Lane Assisted-Living in Cohasset, MN. Jim grew up in Eveleth, graduating in 1943. At age 17 he enlisted in the U. S. Navy, serving as a Pharmacist's Mate (corpsman) during WWII. Assigned to the 3rd Marine Division for the battle of Iwo Jima in 1945, he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was within a half mile of Mount Suribachi during the famous Marine American flag raising. Jim brought home his helmet with a bullet hole and was known in his unit as "Hole in the Helmet Trembath."
Jim married Edith Sund-strom, a Cadet Nurse Corps graduate, in Soudan, MN on June 14, 1947. He attended Dunwoody Institute in Minnea-polis for mechanics. He was employed by Burgess Chevrolet and later as a maintenance mechanic in the underground mines in Soudan and Ely. He transferred to the Minntac Mine in Mountain Iron, retiring in 1983.
Jim and Edith raised seven children in Tower where he was very active in the community. He was a volunteer fireman, EMT, member of the Lions club, American Legion, 4th of July committee, Tower-Soudan His-torical Society, Vermilion Housing and Tower-Soudan School Board. Active in the Soudan Baptist Church he served as treasurer, deacon and soloist. As a Boy Scout leader he received the Silver Beaver Award, scouting's highest leadership honor. Jim was a community volunteer ­ extra-ordinaire, but family always came first.
Survivors include five sons, Rick (Nancy) of Bigfork, MT, Tom (Marcy) of Bella Vista, AR, Tim (Mona) of Thornton, CO, Terry (Merrie) of Hoyt Lakes, MN, Chuck of Virginia, MN; and two daughters, JoAnn (Bruce) Wahlsten of Duluth, MN and Patti (Bob) Lynch of Grand Rapids, MN. Jim had numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith in 2013; brother, Tom (MIA WWII Corsair Carrier Fighter Pilot); twin sister, Grace Langen of Minneapolis, Minnesota; sister, Myrtle Summers O'Shaugh-nessy of St. Paul, Minnesota; and two grandsons, Jason and Michael Trembath of Thornton, CO. The family extends a special thank you and appre-ciation to all of Jim's caregivers at Autumn Lane.
Jim always looked at the glass as being half full, songs were forever in his heart and a smile always on his face. He was genuinely thankful for friends, family, and the little things in life. Jim and Edith Trembath exemplified who Tom Brokaw wrote about in The Greatest Generation. Memorials in the form of gifts, or your service, may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Cremation Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home & Crematory, Grand Rapids, Minnesota with a Military Service of Interment to be held at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC. A family remembrance service to be held at time of Interment. To sign the online guest book or send condolences go to www.rowe funeralhomeandcrematory.com.

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Priscilla Joan Mickle, of Soudan, passed away on Tues-day,December 29,2020, at Edgewood Vista in Virginia.
She was born in Soudan on December 2,1939 to Michael Driscoll and Ferne (Williams) Driscoll.
She attended the Tower-Soudan schools and graduated from Tower-Soudan High School as a member of the class of 1957. She accepted a position as Secretary/Book-keeper in the Tower-Soudan Schools, a position she held for 32 years, until her retirement in June 2003.
Priscilla was a third-generation descendant of the Early Soudan Pioneers.
Priscilla was united in marriage to Michael N. Mickle on April 3,1972 in Sisseton, South Dakota. The couple established their home in Soudan. They enjoyed a wonderful marriage for forty-eight years.
Priscilla is survived by her loving husband, Michael Mickle; one daughter, Pam Swanson, and her husband John: two sons, Mike, and Tim (Connie Berg); grandchildren, Krista (Cody Koski), Kaitlin (Craig Koski), Kersten (Jake Kempa), Dean, Duke, and Rylee; great- grandchildren, Ryder, Ara-yah, Kaleb, Ayden (Happy), Tanner, Maija, Rocky Jack,  a sister Phyliss Burgess of Tower Lake Vermilion, and two brothers, Terry (Jeanne) Driscoll,Tower, and Del Driscoll, Roy, Utah; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Deane Clayton Driscoll, Michael Frederick Driscoll, Dennis Williams (Kelly) Driscoll; great- grand-son Bentley Joe Koski-Swanson and a niece Shannon (Driscoll) Williams.
Priscilla enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading and music. She was a big fan of the Irish Singer Daniel O'Donnell and attended many of his concerts. She enjoyed watching the Minnesota Vikings football games, and watching Jeopardy with her husband. She enjoyed staying at home, spending time with her husband, and looking forward to visits with her children, grandchildren and family.
Priscilla was a warm, friendly and compassionate person. Her life centered around her home and family, and she proudly followed her family's achievements. Above all, she was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Priscilla enjoyed making her noodle soup and Italian spaghetti, along with other dishes for her family.
A highlight for Priscilla was Christmas, as she, along with her husband, enjoyed decorating her home. She enjoyed baking many varieties of Christmas cookies for her family. She loved dressing up and always looked outstanding, as her closets could attest-they are plumb full. Back in her working days, Priscilla was known in her family as a "lead-foot."
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in the charge of Landmark Funeral Home,Virginia.