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Alvin Clyde Lamppa of Embarrass passed away on Friday, November 17, at Carefree Living in Babbitt. He was eighty-three years of age.
Alvin was born in Embarrass on October 5, 1934, the son of Axel and Minnie (Hill) Lamppa. He spent his boyhood years in Embarrass and graduated from Embarrass High School.
Alvin was united in marriage to Janet Seppala on August 14, 1954 at ceremonies held in Virginia, Minnesota.
He owned and operated Lamppa's, Inc. and, together with his wife, Janet, and son, Loren, owned and operated the Cold Spot Bottle Shop.
He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, the Volunteer Fire Department and bowling leagues in Babbitt and Virginia.
Alvin is survived by his wife, Janet, of Embarrass; two sons, Brian Lamppa and his wife, Liisa, of Embarrass and Regan Lamppa and his wife, Brenda, of Richfield, Minnesota; one daughter, Paula Roseth and her husband, Corey, of Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania; one sister, Alice Niemi of Virginia; grandchildren, Aaron Lamppa and his wife, Nancy, Kyle Lamppa and his wife, Sarah, Nicholas Roseth, Nathan Roseth and his wife, Juliette, and Noah Roseth; great-grandchildren, Sophia Lam-ppa, Lance Lamppa, Max Lamppa, Natalie Lamppa and Laurel Roseth; step-great-grandson, Alex Bee, and his wife, Anna; step-great-great-granddaughter, Avery, and numerous extended family.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Axel and Minnie Lamppa; his son, Loren; a brother, Ernest Lamppa, and sister, Bertha Niemi.
A visitation was held on Monday, November 20, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Bauman's Vermilion Funeral Home in Tower and continued from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. Funeral Service at the Hope Lutheran Church in Embarrass on Tuesday, November 28. The Rev. Evelyn Weston officiated. Interment will be in the Embarrass Cemetery. The Bauman-Cron Funeral Home in Virginia assisted the family with arrangements.
Alvin was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed watching his sons and grandsons play basketball and football. He enjoyed carpentry, fishing and the cabin life on Birch Lake. He will be keenly missed and remembered with affection.

Chris Vagle of Crosslake, Minnesota, passed away peacefully at his home in his wife's arms with his family nearby on Friday, November 10, after a courageous and admirable fourteen-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was sixty-three years of age.
Chris was born in Hallock, Minnesota on March 2, 1954, the son of Arnold and Nina (Crow) Vagle. He graduated from the Biwabik High School in 1972 and from Hibbing Community College in 1975, with an A.D. Degree in Nursing. He later attended Metropolitan State University, obtaining his B. A. Degree in Health Care Computer Applications in 2000.
Chris married his high school sweetheart, Joanne Jaaskela, on June 19, 1976. They loved spending time together. Most recently they moved to Crosslake, in preparation for their retirement and to be closer to their family.
Chris worked as an Emergency Room Nurse at Mercy Hospital in Roseburg, Oregon for two years, followed by 28 years of employment with Buffalo Hospital/Allina as an Emergency Room Nurse/Manager and Manager of Electronic Medical Records. For the past nine years, he was employed as a Manager of Computerized Medical Records with Ministry/Ascension in Tomahawk, Wisconsin.
He as an amazing husband, father and grandfather and especially loved spending time with his wife, kids and three granddaughters, who were his pride and joy. He also enjoyed time spent with relatives and friends.
Chris is survived by Joanne, his wife of forty-one years, his soulmate and the love of his life; one daughter, Sarah Vagle; two sons, Ian Vagle and his wife, Amanda, and Dan Vagle; granddaughters, Ella Vagle, Esther Vagle and Evelyn Vagle; three brothers, Nick Vagle and his wife, Connie, Keith Vagle and Scott Vagle and his wife, Terry; and several loving nieces and nephews and other relatives.
In accordance with Chris' wishes, there will be no funeral, but rather a celebration of his life will be held in Monticello, Minnesota some time next summer. Until then, when you hear a song by one of his favorite musicians/bands or the Vikings have won a game, please give him a thought and know he is smiling and very thankful you are remembering him.
Chris loved life and had numerous interests and hobbies, including gardening, planting trees, woodworking, fishing, hunting, cooking, photography and making campfires. He was an avid and passionate Minnesota Vikings fan. He enjoyed attending concerts and listening to great music, including his favorites, The Beatles, Neal Young, Tom Petty, John Fogarty and John Prine.
He will be remembered for his great smile, the twinkle in his eye and friendly, caring personality. He will be forever and deeply loved and missed by his family. However, his great spirit, love and memories of him will remain always in their hearts.


Roy L. Penttila of Babbitt, Minnesota passed away on Saturday, November 4, at Babbitt Carefree Assisted Living. He was ninety years of age, having been born in Two Harbors, Minnesota on September 26, 1927.
Roy worked in the woods as a young boy, logging and trapping. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Marine Corps. He worked for Reserve Mining Company for many years and then for Cypress Mineral until his retirement.
Survivors include his two daughters, Diane Pettinelli and her husband, Michael, of Lake Vermilion, Tower, and Julie Shere and her husband, Joseph, of Embarrass; two grandchildren, Larry Bucholz and Crystal Lobe; three great-grandchildren, Drake Bucholz, Addison Lobe and Jax Lobe, as well as other relatives and friends.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Laverne, and a halfsister, Esther Rautio.
Roy enjoyed fishing and dabbling in the stock market. He also enjoyed working with Laverne in maintaining their yard and garden. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In accordance with Roy's wishes, no service will be held.
Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.

Murline Ann Tahija, who had been a resident of Lake Vermilion, Tower, since 1971, passed away on Saturday, November 4, at Solvay Hospice in Duluth at the age of seventy-four. Murline was born in Virginia on July 31, 1943, the daughter of Ralph and Doris (Cornell) Nahkala. She spent her childhood years in Virginia, attended the Virginia schools and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Virginia with the Class of 1961.
"Mur" married Larry Tahija on July 23, 1966. The newlyweds established a home in Virginia, where they resided until 1971, when they moved to Murline's "dream place" which they built on Lake Vermilion. Mur worked in the restaurant business most of her life, starting as a dishwasher and working her way up to manager and cook. She also worked in the Tower-Soudan School lunch program for three years and had many spring and fall cleaning jobs for individuals and resorts.
"Mur" embraced life and had a variety of interests, all of which she pursued enthusiastically. She was an avid bowler, snowmobiler and a member of the Vermilion Penguin Snowmobile Club, in which she had held the offices of treasurer and entertainment director. She was active in the Greenwood Township Auxiliary, where she had held the offices of secretary, treasurer, vice-president and president. She served on the Greenwood Township election board from 1976-2014. She also was a member of the Vermilion Sportsmen's Club and the "Vermilion Spicy Dice" girls.
Survivors include her husband, Larry Tahija of Lake Vermilion; three children/step children, Kylie Mattson and her husband, Don, Rick Tahija and his wife, Tammy, and Lori Given and her husband, Jeff; grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Brianna Tahija, Alan Mattson and his wife, Danielle, Chris Potter and his wife, Katie, Jake Potter, Nick Tahija and Tanja Tahija; two great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Rosemary Tahija; a special sister-in-law, Judy Nahkala; a niece, Lisa Nahkala; a nephew, Alan Nahkala and his wife, Kathy, and very special friends, Sandy, Donna and Ceaser.
Preceding "Mur" in death were her mother, Doris; her father, Ralph, and her brother, Jimmy.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Vermilion Club on Saturday, November 11, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia is assisting the family with the arrangements.
A friendly, vivacious person, Murline enjoyed life. In her free time, she loved spending time with her dogs, fishing, swimming, playing volleyball, bocce-ball, bean bag and maintaining her beautiful yard, as well as cooking and baking and, most importantly, her love for Elvis. She will be remembered with affection by everyone who knew her and she will be greatly missed.

Crescence P. Zollar of Virginia passed away on Sunday, November 5, at Edgewood Vista in Virginia. She was eighty years of age.
Crescence Patricia Chiabotti, known as "Patti" by everyone, was born in Soudan on August 17, 1937, the daughter of James and Crescence Chiabotti. She spent her childhood in Soudan, attended the local schools and graduated from Tower-Soudan High School in 1956. She was united in marriage to Jack J. Zollar on June 28, 1958. The newlyweds established a home in Babbitt, where Patti worked in a local grocery store. In 1978, they moved to Joliet, Illinois, where they resided for four years before moving in 1982 to Mountain Iron, where they resided until 2014. Patti worked at Spies Grocery Store for many years and then for Fingerhut in Eveleth. She then worked for the YMCA until her retirement in 2014.
Patti was a devout, active, dedicated member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church for many years. She was a Eucharistic minister, a sacristan and was extremely active in the Margaret Mary Circle. She taught catechism and was a member of the choir at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Babbitt. Patti was a devoted Catholic woman who loved and lived her faith and gave hundreds of hours to her parishes.
She crocheted over 2,000 bears for the Mother Bear Project, an organization which sends the bears to children in Africa who are suffering from the aids virus and other often-fatal diseases. She would get so excited when she would get a letter from one of the children who received one of her bears, often telling her that they "now had a friend."
She is survived by her husband, Jack Zollar; her children, Lucia Snodgrass (Howard Parkhurst), Jacqueline Blaskey and her husband, Steve, Rebecca Filius (Doug Diedrich), James Zollar and his wife, Stephanie, and Patrick Zollar and his wife, Bethanie; grandchildren, Jere-miah Johnson and his wife, LanaJo, Jessica Johnson, Joseph (Janelle Perrizo) Johnson, Julia Johson, Jordan Blaskey, Ste-phanie Blaskey, Joshua Zollar, Tanya Fielder and her husband, Fred, Christopher Braun, Alexander Zollar, Isabella Zollar, Courtney Wickham, Joshua Volk, William Zollar, Benedict Zollar, Grace Zollar, and fifteen great-grandchildren; siblings, James Chiabotti and his wife, Carol, and Michael (Tina) Chiabotti, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents, James and Cres-cence Chiabotti; her stepfather, Louis Chiabotti, and a cousin, Mary Micklich.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, November 10, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia at 11:00, with visitation one hour prior to the Mass. Celebrant will be The Rev. Father Brandon Moravitz. Burial will take place at Lakeview Cemetery in Tower, with arrangements in charge of the Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit wwwrangefuneral
Patti's life centered around her home, her church and her family. She enjoyed ceramics, crocheting, knitting, gardening, bowling and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also took great pride in baking her famous brownies and potica, which she always generously shared with family and friends. She will be remembered as a devout, sincere, kind, loving person and she will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Lorraine Sarah Wallin, a lifelong resident of Virginia, passed away on Friday, November 3, in the Essentia Virginia Care Center. She was eighty-eight years of age, having been born in Virginia on December 13, 1928, the daughter of Albert and Helen (Koski) Skarp.
Lorraine was united in marriage to Raymond Wallin on September 25, 1948 at ceremonies held in Hibbing. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond; one son, David Wallin and his wife, Sandy, of Lake Vermilion, Tower; one daughter, Marjorie Wallin of Chisholm; grandchildren, Sheila Wallin of Lindstrom, Minnesota, Sara (Mike Choate) 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; eight great-grandchildren, Skyler Widseth, Payton Widseth, Logan Bevan, Ashlyn Bevan, Kaylynn Richards, Michaela LeDoux, Tyler Ric-hards, Noah Richards; one great-granddaughter expected in January and extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Helen Skarp; two sons, Glenn Wallin and Mark Wallin, and one sister, Marjorie Skarp.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, November 5, in the Bauman-Cron Funeral Home Chapel in Virginia, with Pastor Nathan Sager officiating. Visitation began at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at a later date.
Lorraine will be keenly missed and remembered with affection by all who knew her. She enjoyed the role of homemaker and loved to crochet and sew, work puzzles and read.

Thomas Planton, seventy-seven years of age, of Duluth and Minneapolis passed away on Saturday, October 28, at his residence in Duluth. He was born in Soudan on January 5, 1940, the son of John and Nell Planton. He spent his boyhood years in Soudan, attended the local schools and graduated from Tower-Soudan High School in 1958. He continued his education at Salter Vocational School in Duluth, after which he worked for Honeywell Corporation in Minneapolis for many years.
He is survived by a niece, Michelle "Shelly" (Mark Elia-son) Simonson of Duluth; a nephew, Dan Simonson and his wife, Patty, of Hugo, Minnesota; grandnieces, Jenna and Jessica; his significant other of forty-two years, Maureen Ryan of Duluth, and her family; as well as many cousins.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister, Rosemari Simonson.
Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 3, in the Dougherty Funeral Home in Duluth, with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to the service.
Tom will be sadly missed, not only by his family, but by countless friends.

Robert J. Sandnas of Britt passed away on Saturday, October 28, at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth. He was seventy-five years of age.
Robert was born in Virginia on September 27, 1942, the son of Hans and Jennie (Jarvi) Sandnas. He worked in the logging industry for many years. During the last few months of his life he was surrounded by the love of his brothers and sisters, close family and friends who visited with him often.
Bob is survived by his children, Casey Sandnas and his wife, Bria, of North Branch, Minnesota, Katie Johnson and her husband, Jeremy, of Cloquet, Robert "Rob" Sandnas of Virginia, Joel Sandnas of Virginia, Michael Sandnas of Newark, California, Brad Sandnas and his wife, Catina, of Virginia; brothers, Donny (Kathy Bukovac-Sandnas) Sandnas of Britt, Dale Sandnas and his wife, Wendy, of Biwabik, Kevin Sandnas and his wife, Kathy, of Britt, Peter Sandnas and his wife, Anna, of Virginia; sisters, Barb Kallio and her husband, Kenny, of Embarrass, Gale Paun and her husband, Bill, of Gilbert, Bonnie Lynch and her husband, Kevin, of Tower; a number of grandchildren, one great-grandchild and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hans and Jennie Sandnas.
A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, November 4, at the Pike Town Hall from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Robert enjoyed his lifelong logging career, loved to travel, enjoyed watching movies while relaxing in his recliner and liked the warm Florida weather.
He will be deeply missed and ever remembered by his family and a wide circle of friends, who grieve his passing, but also celebrate that he is now at peace.


Richard J. Rodde of Tower passed away at his residence on Wednesday, November 1. He was seventy-four years of age.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to the Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Pearl Grace Lenore Alaspa of Virginia passed away on Wednesday, October 25, at St. Michael's Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. She was ninety-one years of age, having been born in Soudan on December 29, 1925, the daughter of John and Ida (Koski) Silverberg. She spent her girlhood years in Soudan, attended the local schools and graduated from Tower-Soudan High School with the Class of 1943. Following high school, Pearl continued her education at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, graduating in 1948 with a Bachelor's Degree in nursing.
She was united in marriage to Kenneth George Alaspa on September 3, 1949. The couple established a home in Embarrass, Minnesota. In 1957, Pearl was hired by Range Hospital Corporation, operators of the former Pioneer's Infirmary in Virginia, to help organize and teach the Virginia School of Practical Nursing. The school later moved to the Virginia School District and is now in Eveleth. Pearl retired in June of 1986. She moved to Virginia in 1993 and resided at the Laurentian Manor.
Pearl was a member of the Embarrass Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she served on the church council and helped organize Sunday School and was the organist. After moving to Virginia, she transferred her church membership to Gethsemane Lutheran Church and joined the senior choir and the Naomi Circle and served on the Parish Council. She joined the Ladies of Kaleva Soinnuttaren Tupa #32 of Virginia and Lokka Tupa. She served in several officer positions and as a pianist.
Pearl also had a lifetime membership in Sisu Heritage of Embarrass, was active in Lutheran Brotherhood St. Louis County Branch #8421, now known as Thrivent.
Survivors include one daughter, Charlene Rae Mead, and one son, Kenneth George Alaspa and his wife, Barbara; five grandchildren, Elizabeth Mead (Dave Benson), Kathryn Mead, Molly Cardosi and her husband, Jason, Jennifer Viergutz and her husband, Chad, and Julie Anderson and her husband, Jesse; five great-grandchildren, Kenneth, Claire, Gracelyn, Norah and Emilia; two brothers, John Roger Silverberg and his wife, Rosemary, and their children, Karen, Scott, Eric, Pamela and Kristine, and Jacob Wesley Silverberg and his wife, Frances, and their daughters, Greta and Karla. Pearl was also Wesley's guardian. She also is survived by other nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding Pearl in death were her parents, John and Ida Silverberg; her husband, Kenneth Alaspa, and a son-in-law, George Mead.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 9, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Virginia at 2:00 p.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Nathan Sager will officiate.
Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneral
Pearl was a sincere, friendly, person, dedicated to her nursing profession. She had the respect and admiration of her colleagues and was committed to, and deeply involved in, the organizations of which she was a member. She will be deeply missed.

Isabelle Pearl Burnside Strong of Tower, sixty-seven years of age, passed away on Thursday, October 26, in the Cook Hospital, after a twenty-one-year battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Isabelle was born on February 5, 1950 in Cloquet, Minnesota, the daughter of Alice Burnside and Anthony Boney.
Isabelle married Kenneth Strong, Sr. on September 14, 1968 at ceremonies held in Nett Lake. The couple made their home on the Vermilion Reservation. They opened their home to everyone in need and provided a safe haven for many people and pets.
As the Matriarch of the family, Isabelle is survived by her children: Kenneth Albert Strong, Jr. and his wife, Stacy, Kristal Dawn Strong and Donovan Eric Strong and his wife, Sarah; grandchildren, Dylan DV Strong and his wife, Alyson, Kaitlin R. Strong, Ryker J. Strong, Jake A. Riihiluoma, Kaitlyn Jensen and her husband, Jay, Brayden Peliska, Shaylin Peliska, Megan Benson, Matt Benson, Alex Prochnow, Eric Prochnow and Christina Prochnow; great-grandson, Oliver Jack Thayer; siblings, Wilma Mary Andrews, Janice Bertha Martin, Lorraine Goggleye and Dr. Lauri Banaszak; special relatives and friends, including Gene and Hank Goodsky, Ellen Adams, Aunty Rose Hedlund, Charlie Riihiluoma, Phyllis Boshey and the Vermilion Waters Fellowship Group.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth Strong, Sr.; and family, William Goggleye, Jr., Jackie Goggleye, Sarah Strong, Gaynard Strong and Alma Lumbar.
Visitation began at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, at the Vermilion Family Wellness Center and continued until the Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 29. Pastor Kevin Land officiated at the service, with interment following in the Vermilion Reservation Cemetery.
Isabelle cherished time spent with family and had immeasurable love for her grandchildren. She enjoyed shopping trips, traveling on family trips, concerts and music fests, craft fairs and attending powwows. In her earlier years, she loved to go swimming, hunting, fishing, netting, ricing and berry picking.
Isabelle will be sadly missed, not only by her family, but also by a wide circle of friends.
The Bauman Family Funeral Home in Tower was in charge of arrangements. To share condolences online, please see:


Arlene Ann Branwall of White Bear Lake, Minnesota passed away peacefully and gracefully on Sunday, October 22, with her family by her side, after having fought a courageous eighteen-year battle with breast cancer. She was seventy-five years of age.
Born at her aunt's log cabin on Burntside Lake near Ely, Arlene graduated from Ely High School with the Class of 1960. She graduated from the Minnesota School of Business with the Class of 1961. She was united in marriage to Lee Branwall in 1961, and they moved to Marietta, Georgia, where they both worked at Lockheed Aircraft. The family moved to White Bear Lake in 1967, and she was employed at 3M in Medical Products for two years and then became a full-time homemaker. In 1977, the family relocated to Italy for three years, working for 3M and returned to White Bear Lake in 1980. Arlene established her own business, Branwall International Relocations, and contracted with 3M for twenty-five years, managing all aspects of relocating 3M foreign families to St. Paul and providing 24/7 support throughout their one- to five-year stay for over three hundred families over a twenty-five-year period. Her caring and outgoing personality were a perfect fit for this job.
Arlene was proud of her Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish ancestry and was fluent in Finnish and Italian. She was a member of the 3M Language Society, where she taught Finnish and Italian for fifteen years.
She joined TOPS in 1985 and reached her weight loss goal the first year and was honored as the TOPS Minnesota State Champion in her weight class that year. She was proud of the fact that she maintained that weight for the thirty-five years that she was a member.
She and her husband loved to travel and were their own travel agents, and using Frommer, Fodor, AAA and Berlitz Travel guides for accommodations, eating, attractions and language. They traveled to forty-nine of the fifty United States, almost all Western and Eastern European countries, Iceland, Japan, China and New Zealand, and took only two tours.
Her favorite hobbies were cooking gourmet meals, photography, vegetable and flower gardening, sewing, fishing, camping, hiking, skiing, knitting for family and charities, volunteering at her churches and watching football.
She enjoyed spending summers and winters at their cabin on Lake Vermilion, and loved feeding and watching all of the wildlife and fishing as much as possible.
Arlene is survived by her loving husband and best friend, Lee Branwall; two sons, Eric Branwall and his wife, Jill, and Davin Branwall; daughter-in-law, Michelle Branwall Harty; sisters-in-law, Donna Hill and her husband, James, and Tina Chiabotti; brother-in-law, Jack Achterberg, and special cousin, Joann Grahek; grandchildren, Lindsey Branwall, Nathan Branwall, Lane Branwall, Tyra Branwall and Tristan Branwall, and the three neighborhood Greene boys, who had adopted her as their grandma.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Esther Espland; a son, Lee Branwall, Jr., and sisters-in-law, Nancy Achterberg and Rita Sunsdahl.
Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, at Honsa Family Funeral Home, 2460 East County Road E, White Bear Lake, and one hour prior to the service at the church. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 27, at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 1965 East County Road E, White Bear Lake. Burial will be on Saturday in the Branwall family plot at Lakeview Cemetery in Tower, Minnesota.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Stephen Lutheran Church.
Arlene will be remembered as a caring individual who had a smile for everyone and who always put other peoples' needs first. She was always there to help anyone and everyone who was in need. Little children flocked to her as though she was a pied piper.
She lived a full life and packed everything she could into every day. Her motto was "be kind to everybody." She will be deeply missed and will be remembered with admiration and affection by all her knew her.


Virginia "Virg" D. Lahti, a lifelong resident of Virginia, passed away on Monday, October 16, in the Virginia Care Center. Virg was eighty years of age, having been born in Virginia on March 27, 1937, the daughter of Oscar and Lila (Uutela) Isaacson.
She married George Lahti on November 29, 1978. She was employed as a clerk for the Virginia Surplus Store and for Herberger's. The couple moved to Lake Vermilion in 1987 and spent their retirement years at the lake.
Virg was active in the Virginia Moose Lodge. She love to go camping and to cook for her family and also for the Moose Lodge.
Surviving are two daughters, Cindy Rogers and her husband, Pat, of Virginia and Cathy Battaglia and her husband, John, of White Bear Lake; one brother, Steve Isaacson, and his wife, Deb, of Hibbing; three grandchildren, Katie Rogers, Patrick Battaglia and his wife, Jenna, and Sarah Urick and her husband, Jeff; four great-grandchildren, Raymond, Cecilia, Eleanor and Vivianne; nieces, Alyssa and Emilee, and her beloved dog, Smokey.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, George, who passed away in 2009, and her parents, Oscar and Lila Isaacson.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 21, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the home of Cindy and Pat, 427 - 15th Street North in Virginia.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.
Virg will be sadly missed and will be remembered with affection by all who knew her.

LeRoy "Skip" Hendrickson of Duluth peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 17, at Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. He was seventy-five years of age.
Skip was born in San Francisco, California on January 7, 1942, the son of Ernest and Lillian (Wiitala) Hendrickson. The family moved to Virginia, Minnesota, where "Skip" attended school, graduating from Roosevelt High School and continuing his education at Virginia Junior College. He earned a Master's Degree in Special Education at the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 1970. His teaching career began in Fridley, Minnesota in 1964 and he moved to Duluth in 1965. He taught at Washburn Elementary, Center School at the Human Development Center, Denfeld High School, Central High School, Grant Elementary and Woodland Hills Academy. Following his retirement from the Duluth school system, Skip taught special needs students at WITC.
"Skip" loved God's word and taught both children's and adult Sunday Schools, Bible studies, and was an Alfa leader, a Gideon in the Superior, Wisconsin camp and enjoyed music, especially hymns. He attended Emmanuel Baptist Church in Duluth and St. James Presbyterian Church in Tower when they were staying at their Lake Vermilion cabin.
"Skip" enjoyed photography, skiing, their Lake Vermilion cabin, fishing, boating, maps, traveling and planning travels. He cherished family gettogethers, especially being the Patriarch on Christmas Eve. He very much delighted in his family.
He is survived by Sara, his wife of fifty-one years; two daughters, Melissa Breits-precher and her husband, Marc, of Fort Worth, Texas and Erica Koski and her husband, Michael, of Duluth; grandchildren, Aaron Breitsprecher, Jesse Breitsprecher, Jack Fitzgerald and Abby Fitzgerald, as well as nieces and nephews and their families and many brothers and sisters in Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Lillian Hendrickson.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 21, at 11:00 a.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1505 Eklund Avenue in Duluth, with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. and continuing until the service.
"Skip" was a sincere, friendly, devout person who made friends wherever he went. He will be deeply missed, but he left countless wonderful memories for family and friends to cherish.


Cheryl Driscoll of Roy, Utah passed away very unexpectedly on Saturday, September 23, at the age of sixty-five. Cheryl was born in Ogden, Utah on May 29, 1952, the daughter of Lawrence and LaRue Whiteley. She was the oldest of three children. She was raised in South Ogden and attended the schools there.
She and Del Driscoll were married on December 9, 1979. Cheryl was described as a strong, quick-witted person - kind, yet fiery. If she loved you, you felt blessed beyond words, yet she was also a force to be reckoned with. She loved spoiling her family and always knew the coolest gadgets and gizmos that nobody would ever think of, but could not live without once one had them.
Cheryl was intelligent and complex, loving and supportive. She taught her children to be open-minded and to always see the bigger picture in every interaction and in every situation. She always had an opinion and did not hesitate to tell anyone what that was. She would often tell her family that "everyone is just trying to get where they're going," and would laugh when they reminded her of that.
Cheryl never stopped working and made dear friends everywhere she went. She really enjoyed her monthly "beaver breakfasts" with her friends and could never utter that description without laughing her contagious laugh.
She held the position of escrow officer at America First Credit Union and was well liked and respected by her peers.
Cheryl is survived by her husband, Del Driscoll, of Roy; their three children - one son, Michael Driscoll of Portland, Oregon and two daughters, Stephanie Romero and her husband, Rocky, of Ogden, Utah, and Megan Driscoll of Roy; one sister, Renae McFarland and her husband, Bob, of Ogden, and a number of nieces, cousins and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and LaRue Whiteley, and one brother, Lynn Whiteley.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, at Leavitt's Mortuary in Ogden. Her three children participated in thae service.
Cheryl will be sadly missed, but she left many treasured memories for family and friends to cherish.


Katherine Patricia Ann Carlson of Ely passed away on Sunday, October 1, at Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely, surrounded by her family. She was eighty-four years of age.
Pat was born in Ely on December 4, 1932, the daughter of Paul and Katherine Preblich. She married the love of her life, Roy Clarence Carlson, on August 30, 1952. The couple established a home in Ely.
Pat was described as "one-of-a-kind." There was never a dull moment when she was around. She created endless belly laughs with her terrific sense of humor. She was loving, generous and brutally honest, had a warm embrace, a sassy attitude, a big smile and made funny faces. Pat was very stubborn, but that stubbornness taught us to fight for what we believe in. Family was the most important thing to her.
She cooked our meals, ironed our clothes, chauffeured us, gave us money, took care of us when we were sick and comforted us when we needed it. She taught us to wear our PJs while taking a "cruise through town," to rearrange and clean our houses often, and to love the holidays (especially Christmas and July 4th, with the homemade floats in the Ely and Tower parades.)
Pat made amazing food and desserts and always made sure everyone had more than enough to eat. We will always remember her bright red or pink lipstick, Olay moisturizer, Dippity Doo hair gel, hair rollers and perms, and that she loved her sweets, especially jelly beans, gumdrops and Dots.
She enjoyed selling pull tabs at Dee's Bar in Ely for many years. It kept her "in the loop." Pat also served on the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) Board of Directors, was an election judge and delivered Meals on Wheels. Most people in Ely knew and loved Grandma Pat. She was a shining beacon in everyone's life and will be greatly missed.
Pat is survived by Roy Carlson, her husband of sixty-five years; four children, Robert (Sandra Nyman) Carlson, LeRoy (Sheila Moravitz) Carlson, Thomas Carlson and DeAnn (Dave Smrekar) Carl-son; six grandchildren, Shannon Wallisch and her husband, Dennis, Chad Carlson (Meghan Moravitz), Shalee Hansen and her husband, Bryan, Garrett Carlson (Melissa Portinen), Marissa Carlson and Brianna Carlson; thirteen great-grandchildren, Skyler, Grayson, Cameron, Wyatt, Brynn, Pres-ton, Peyton, Mila, Reagan, Kayla, Austin, Aiden and Easton. She also is survived by her five sisters, Mildred Mock, Lorraine Phelps, Margie Nelson, Florie Maroney and her husband, Donald, and Rosie Maroney and her husband, Gale.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Katherine and Paul Preblich; one brother, Paul "Sonny" Preblich; two sisters, Mary Jane Larkin and Helen Francis Preblich, and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 10, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Ely, with The Rev. Father William Skarich as the celebrant. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the Mass. Burial will be in the Ely Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.
Pat will be sadly missed and remembered with affection by everyone who knew her.