Jack Jerome Zollar of Virginia, eighty-two years of age, passed away on Friday, July 6, at Edgewood Vista in Virginia.
Jack was born on October 25, 1935, to Anton and Julia (Stepan)Zollar. He spent his boyhood years in Soudan, attended the local schools and graduated from Tower-Soudan High School in 1954. He continued his education at Virginia Junior College and the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Jack served in the United States Army from 1958-1960, stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Germany.
He married Crescence P. Chiabotti on June 28, 1958. Jack was employed as a heavy equipment operator, drafter and foreman at Reserve Mining Company from 1960 to 1977. They resided in Babbitt until 1977, when they moved to Joliet, Illinois, where he worked for Material Service, a limestone quarry.
On March 1, 1979 Jack was involved in a serious work accident that left him disabled. In late 1981, they moved back to the Iron Range, settling in Mountain Iron, where they resided until 2014.
Through the years, Jack was an active, dedicated member of the Catholic Church, including St. Pius X Catholic Church in Babbitt and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Virginia. He was a lector, catechism teacher, cantor and a member of the choir. He also took a great deal of pride in caring for the grounds at Sacred Heart. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Third and Fourth Degrees and served as financial secretary for Virginia Council 1640 for over thirty-five years. In 2014 he was inducted into the Minnesota Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Hall of Fame.
One of Jack's great passions was to perform in community theatre, which he did for many years in Virginia and Hibbing. He was a past president of Northern Lights Players in Virginia. He had a beautiful singing voice and a dynamic stage presence. He was a crowd and cast member favorite. Among his favorite times in the theatre were the moments he spent on stage with his two sons, James and Patrick, and his grandson, Joshua.
Jack was a member of the school boards in Babbitt and Mountain Iron. He was an enthusiastic sports fan, especially of high school and college basketball. He coached baseball, basketball and football in Babbitt and Mountain Iron.
He loved to tell his children and grandchildren stories of growing up in his beloved "Twin Cities" of Tower-Soudan.
He always made sure that no one in his home was ever hungry or thirsty. He would offer a bottle of pop, candy, or sometimes even a pork chop, if anyone stopped in for a visit. Jack loved people and had many friends and acquaintances.
He is survived by his five children, Lucia Snodgrass (Howard Parkhurst), Jacquelyn Blaskey and her husband, Steven, Rebecca Filius (Doug Diedrich), James Zollar and his wife, Stephanie, and Patrick Zollar and his wife, Bethanie; grandchildren, Jeremiah John-son and his wife, LanaJo, Jessica Johnson, Joseph (Janelle Perrizo) Johnson, Julia Johnson, Jordan Blaskey (fiancé Casie Moore), Stephanie Blaskey, Joshua Zollar, Tanya Fielder and her husband, Fred, Christopher Braun, Alexander Zollar, Isabella Zollar, Courtney Wickham, Joshua Volk, William Zollar, Benedict Zollar and Grace Zollar; eighteen great- grandchildren; his siblings, a twin sister, Terese Moraski, other sisters, Marcella Rooney and Ruth Gottlieb, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Jack in death was Crescence P. Zollar, his wife of sixty years; his parents, Anton and Julia Zollar; four brothers, Bernard Zollar, Joseph Zollar, Robert Zollar and Edward Zollar and three sisters, Gertrude Vesel, Rose Zollar and Dorothy Zollar, and most recently, his son-in-law, Steven Blaskey.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Father Brandon Moravitz was the celebrant. 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 www.rangefuneralhomes
Jack embraced life to the fullest. A sincere, compassionate, friendly, generous man, he had a wide variety of interests, but his family was always the center of his life. He will be sadly missed and remembered with affection by all who knew him.
Roman John Reichensperger, Jr., known to his countless friends as "John," of Ely and San Antonio, Texas passed away peacefully in the arms of his wife on Saturday, June 30, at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth. John, eighty-two years of age, had waged a dignified and courageous battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma for the past twenty years.
There will be a gathering to celebrate John's life at their home on Eagles Nest Lake #3 this Saturday, July 7, at 12:30 noon. Formal funeral services will be held later in July in San Antonio, Texas. Burial will follow in late July at the Reichensperger family plot in St. Joseph, Minnesota.
John was born to Roman and Theresa Reichensperger on January 20, 1936 in Waite Park, Minnesota. He graduated from St. Cloud Technical High School and furthered his studies at IBM, Honeywell and U.S. Federal Emergency Management Institute. He was a veteran of the United States Army Reserve.
John was an active member of the Knights of Columbus until his passing. He was a member of St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas. John owned and operated a business in Ely for many years. In Ely, he was the director of Emergency Management and a member of the Eagles Nest Township Fire Department. He was a past president of the Rotary Club in Ely. After a move to Superior, Wisconsin in 1992, he served as Director of Emergency Management for the City of Superior, as well as for Douglas County. He also was a Deputy Sheriff for Douglas County, Wisconsin.
Retirement just was not for John, so he continued with Emergency Management, working for FEMA on deployment for federal emergencies. He also became a reservist for the Department of Homeland Security.
John is survived by his loving wife, Karen; two sons, Robert Reichensperger and his wife, Jodi, and Thomas Reichen-sperger and his wife, Theresa; one daughter, Anne Flaim, and her husband Greg; a stepdaughter, Andrea Mokros (Brian Dare); a stepson, Peter Mokros and his wife, Melissa; two brothers, Charles Reichen-sperger and his wife, Connie, and Eugenio Reichensperger and his wife, Cathy; his beloved grandchildren, Duane (Jenny), Chad (Mallory), Elizabeth (Jason), Curtis, Robert, Jr., Saman-tha, Hannah, Greyson, Nathan, Chester Mokros, and Tigue and Shane Dare; great-grandchildren, Tatum, Pejah, Kyla, Brayden, Emerson, Gabriel and Conor Dare.
John was preceded in death by his mother and father, Roman and Theresa Reichensperger; his brother, Frederick; his sister, Julienne Schreifels, and his first wife, Mary Erchul Reichen-sperger.
John was a friendly, personable man and a dedicated humanitarian, determined to "leave the world a better place." His diligence to worthy causes was unequaled. He had a zest for life and truly enjoyed his time with his grandchildren, loved to go fishing, enjoyed traveling and woodworking and motorcycling. He will be deeply missed and remembered with affection by not only his family, but also by a wide circle of friends.
William J. "Bill" Evans went to be with his Lord on Friday, June 15. He passed away peacefully at his home in Blue Grass, Iowa, surrounded by his family.
Bill was born in Davenport, Iowa on February 26, 1945, the son of William "Bill" and Doris (Hart) Evans.
He graduated from Davenport High School in 1963 and from St. Ambrose University in 1967. He married Sherry Blair on November 26, 1965.
Bill started his career with International Harvester and then worked for twenty-nine years at John Deere plants, including The Foundry, Harvester (East Moline) Works and lastly, at John Deere Davenport Works.
Through the years, Bill enjoyed a total of twenty-six trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. He also enjoyed running 5Ks, a marathon and a half triathlon. Biking also was a passion of Bill's for many years, including his most recent three-wheeled bike.
Following his retirement from John Deere in 1996, he founded New Horizons Consulting. Bill and Sherry moved to Minnesota in 1999 and became co-owners of Blair's Point in Ely, Minnesota. In 2005, Bill became a commissioned lay pastor with the Presbyterian Church.
For seven years, Bill was the full-time pastor of St. James Presbyterian Church in Tower. The church flourished under his leadership, with twenty-two children in the Sunday School and sixty in Vacation Bible School. He reached out to everyone in the Tower-Soudan area, not just to his parishioners. He invited everyone to stop and chat at SuLu's Espresso for an hour on Tuesday mornings, established a monthly "free movie night" for everyone in the area, offering free popcorn and beverages with the free movie, shared in welcoming everyone to a combined church picnic "block party" for members and friends of Immanuel Lutheran Church and St. James Presbyterian Church, was instrumental in the Potter's Field project at Lakeview Cemetery in Tower and initiated the project of providing back packs containing school supplies, for children returning to school.
After leaving Tower, he later served for five years as the Chaplain at The Fountains Senior Living Facility in Bettendorf, Iowa. Within his pastoral duties, Bill was honored to officiate at many weddings, baptisms and funerals.
By founding the non-profit Second Chance Crosses, Bill was able to share the love of Christ around the world through the 170,000 small wooden crosses that were the foundation of that ministry. He lived his love of the Lord!
Bill enjoyed serving others and especially enjoyed community leadership opportunities. He served on the board of Skip Along Day Care Center, the International Bear Center, Ely Bloomenson Nursing Home and Clear Water Forest Camp. He was president of the Rotary Club in Ely, and served as Vice Moderator of the Presbytery of Northern Waters. Camp Abe Lincoln named Bill the "Volunteer of the Year."
Those left to honor his memory include Sherry Evans, his loving wife of fifty-two years; three daughters, Jenny Stohl and her husband, Anthony, of Blue Grass, Sarah Lewis and her husband, Jeff, of Olathe, Kansas and Ann McCotter and her husband, Mike of Green Bay, Wisconsin; one son, Blair Evans and his wife,Courtney, of Blue Grass; his grandchildren (who called him "Papa"), Gage McCotter, Erin McCotter, Hannah Lewis, Will Evans and Ben Evans; his sisters, Donna Rome and her husband, Eugene, of Bettendorf, Iowa, Linda Held and her husband, Ed, of Waterloo, Iowa and Sara Isaacson of Rogue River, Oregon; his brothers, Jack Evans and his wife, Sandy, of Donahue, Iowa and Joe Evans of Davenport, Iowa; his brothers-in-law, David Smith of Overland Park, Kansas and Chuck (Naomi Behne) Blair of West Des Moines, Iowa, a number of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and greatnephews, and great-great nieces and great-great nephews.
Preceding Bill in death were his parents, William and Doris Evans; his uncle, John Evans and his sister-in-law, Kathy Blair Smith.
Visitation will be at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf on Friday, July 6, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, July 7, at 11:00 a.m. at Blue Grass Presbyterian Church, with visitation at 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.
Bill especially enjoyed holding church services in natural settings on the beautiful Minnesota Iron Range. In lieu of flowers, the family is honoring his memory with memorial donations to the Blue Grass Presbyterian Church for the Memorial Outdoor Pavilion. Memorials may be sent to Blue Grass Presbyterian Church, 337 W. Lotte Street, Blue Grass, Iowa 52726.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Bill's obituary at www.McGinnis-Chambers.com
Bill will be sadly missed and will be remembered with affection by everyone who knew and respected him.
Christie (Lempia) Neale passed away on Sunday, June 17, at her home in Gilbert, Minnesota. She was fifty-six years of age, having been born in Winton, Minnesota on August 12, 1961 to Duane and Dolly (Dargontina) Lempia. She graduated from Tower-Soudan High School and resided in Arkansas for a number of years before returning home to Minnesota.
Christie was very kind and considerate. She enjoyed crafts and was always looking for a new craft to explore. She also loved shopping, eating out and playing games on her iPad. She loved animals and often volunteered at the Humane Society. She especially loved cats.
Survivors include her sisters, Jill Berg and her husband, Jim, of Vermilion Lake Township and Debbie Hendricks of Tower; a brother, Craig Lempia and his wife, Sheila, of Pike Township and her beloved cat, Sasha.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Duane and Dolly Lempia, and her brother-in-law, Ron Hendricks.
A private family memorial service will be held. Arrangements are in charge of the Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com
Christie will be sadly missed and remembered with affection by all who knew her.
Gordon Charles Johnson of Lake Worth, Florida passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Finnish-American Village and is enjoying eternal life in Heaven with God and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was eighty-two years of age, having been born in Soudan, Minnesota on September 15, 1935 to Charles F. and Fanny A. (Pakkala) Johnson. He spent his boyhood years in Embarrass, attending the Embarrass schools. He attended business college at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he earned his degree. He worked as a court reporter in St. Paul for ten years and then moved to Finland, where he taught English and created a multi-media program on Minnesota Finns, which became so popular he toured major cities in Finland to share his passion.
In 1976, Gordon moved from Finland to West Palm Beach, Florida, where he continued his court reporter career and created another multi-media program, "Song of Finland," touring and lecturing in five United States, as well as in Toronto, Canada.
Gordon had many creative talents, including videographer, photographer, artist, musician, music producer, author and "hiker extraordinaire." He was a founding member in 1992 of the BIG O HIKE, a 109-mile, nine-day hike around Lake Okeechobee in central Florida. He completed this trek twenty times, logging five million steps or 2,180 miles.
He is survived by two sisters-in-law, a number of nieces and nephews, friends of the hiking world and numerous brothers and sisters in faith.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Charles F. and Fanny A. Johnson; four sisters, Ruth Salmela and her husband, Aunes, Helen Yliniemi and her husband, Bill, Mildred Garvue and her husband, Walt, and Verna Hargis and her husband, Hugo; three brothers, Arthur Johnson and his wife, Jane, Elmer Johnson and his wife, Sylvia, and Adolph Johnson and his wife, Virginia.
Gordon got home for an early 2017 Christmas.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Embarrass Apostolic Lutheran Church, 5103 Highway 21, Embarrass, on Saturday, June 23, at twelve o'clock noon, with a lunch to follow at the Embarrass Town Hall, 7503 Levander Road.
Gordon will be keenly missed and remembered with affection by all who knew him.
Edward "Eddy" Anthony Tezak, Jr. of Duluth, seventy-one years of age, passed away suddenly in his home on Tuesday, June 5. Eddy was born in Duluth on January 25, 1947, the son of Edward and Christine (Koprivnik) Tezak. He spent his boyhood years in Ely and was drafted into the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam era. He married Linda Johnson on July 26, 1967 at nuptial ceremonies held in Tower. Eddy was employed as an electronic technician with Minnesota Power for thirty-eight years, retiring in 2012.
Eddy was a member of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, American Legion Post #71; IBEW Union and had served as the union steward.
Eddy was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Christine Tezak; one brother, Patrick Tezak, and his daughter, Sheila Tezak.
Survivors include his wife, Linda; one son, James Tezak, and his wife, Tracy, of Duluth; grandchildren, Easton, Bre-anna and Sydney; great-grandchildren, Aidan and Silas; siblings, Kathleen Tezak of Ely, Mary Lou Lina and her husband, Charles, of Hibbing, Patricia Doyle and her husband, Gary, of Santa Rosa, California, Michael Tezak and his wife, Marla, of Ely and Monica Bonderson and her husband, Mike, of Nashwauk; sisters-in-law, Cecelia Prijatel and her husband, Peter, and Jeri Dickinson and her husband, Skip, and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation was held in the Dougherty Funeral Home Chapel in Duluth on Wednesday, June 13, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and continued on Thursday, June 14, from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. Memorial Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Duluth. Military honors were accorded by the Duluth Combined Honor Guard.
Inurnment was in Park Hill Cemetery, with arrangements in charge of the Dougherty Funeral Home of Duluth.
Eddy's passion was his family. In his free time he enjoyed fishing and spending time at his cabin on Lake Vermilion with his family and friends. He will be sadly missed and remembered with affection by all who knew him.
Karen Jean Conlee of Virginia went to be with her beloved Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, after a courageous battle with cancer, on Friday, June 1, at St. Michael's Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. She was sixty-three years of age.
Karen was born in Normal, Illinois on January 29, 1955, the daughter of Robert and Betty (Aultum) White. She graduated from Normal Community High School in 1973 and later attended the forest management program at Vermilion Community College in Ely.
Karen was first and foremost a child of God, with an infectious love for her Savior. She could often be found reading her Bible, writing Scripture cards and sharing God's love with anyone who was willing to listen. For most of her life, Karen was a homemaker who had an open door and an open heart to anyone in need of encouragement and love. Because of this, along with her friendly nature and sense of humor, she easily made friends just about everywhere she went. Karen enjoyed journaling, writing poetry and anything having to do with the woods and being outdoors. She treasured the years she spent in Alaska as a young adult and her home in the woods in Northern Minnesota before she moved into town.
Karen absolutely cherished her family, especially her grandbabies, and loved being their Grammy/Grandma Chi. She will be deeply missed.
Survivors include her three sons, Matthew Tuchel and his wife, Mindy, of Soudan, Joshua (Tanya Miller) Tuchel of Virginia and Cody Conlee of Eveleth; seven grandchildren, Miigwen, Morgan, Tiquin, Julia, Evelynn, Isaac and Jackson; sister, Kathryn Noland of Toluca, Illinois; a very special niece, Amy, and her husband, Clar-ence, and their children, Finn and Hannah, of Virginia; two very special nephews, David and his wife, Lindsay, and their children, Kennedy and Kaitlyn, of Normal, Illinois and Rob of Bloomington, Illinois.
Karen was preceded in death by her husband, Mike, on July 10, 2003, and her parents, Robert and Betty White.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 16, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace and Truth Bible Church in Aurora, with Pastor Dan Miller officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service.
The Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia is in charge of arrangements.
Evelyn Satterfield Everett was born March 5, 1929 and passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 9, 2018. She was raised in Tower, Minnesota by her parents, Kenneth and Lola Satterfield and graduated from Tower-Soudan High School. She attended Antioch College, where she met her future husband, Lloyd Everett. They raised three children, Sally, Diane and Casey, as they moved from Ohio to Indiana and then New York.
Lloyd pre-deceased Eve-lyn by less than two months, demonstrating the bonds a long marriage creates. After graduating from Antioch with a degree in Early Childhood Education, Evelyn operated a pre-school program and eventually started the first Head Start Program in that area. She was a preschool teacher for most of her working life, switching to operating a volunteer program for Senior Citizens at the end of her career.
After she retired, Evelyn enjoyed keeping in touch with friends by writing long letters and sending them through the mail - even in the age of the computer! She took up basket weaving and enjoyed the North Carolina Symphony and local cooking classes. Hard to believe, but she became an even better cook after retirement!
Evelyn is survived by two of her three children, many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Being the daughter of the School Superintendent (Kenneth Satterfield retired as Superintendent of Education from Buhl, Minnesota) was not easy growing up, but Evelyn loved her life in Tower and brought her family back to "Satterfield Island" in Lake Vermilion every year for great summer vacation adventures. She made and maintained life-long friends in the Tower-Soudan area. She was a wonderful wife, mother and friend and will be sadly missed.
A joint Celebration of Life was held for Evelyn and her husband of sixty-nine years on Mother's Day, May 13, at their home in North Carolina.
Donald Maurice Couture of Buhl, seventy-three years of age, passed away at his home on Tuesday, May 29, with his loving wife by his side. Don was born on July 8, 1944, the son of Henry "Pete" and Mary Couture. He graduated from the International Falls High School in 1963 and then began on the job training. He married the love of his life, Cheryl Paquin on June 5, 1965. Don had a successful career at FMC and Caterpillar Paving Products, retiring from the latter in 2003.
Don is survived by Cheryl Couture, his wife of fifty-two years; three children, Jan Knuti and her husband, Rusty, Michelle Rothfork and her husband, Tom, and Jeremy Couture and his wife, Trista; eleven grandchildren, Jenessa Greenly and her husband, Josh, Baily Knuti, Allie Knuti, Dalton Albrecht, Madison Rothfork, Elizabeth Albrecht, Tori Al-brecht, Jack Rothfork, Ryan Rothfork, Tessa Couture and Hunter Couture; three great-grandchildren, Annabeth Greenly, McKenna Greenly and Wesley Greenly, and a number of nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Donald's life was held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, at the home of his daughter, Jan, on the Manitou Park Road in Tower.
Don was very grateful to the staff at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. With this in mind, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Cardiology Research at Mayo Clinic at Mayo Clinic Department of Development, 200 First Street S.W., Rochester, Minnesota 55905. Don's wife, Cheryl, can be contacted at P.O. Box 453, Buhl, MN 55713.
Don enjoyed spending his free time with his wife, his family and the many friends he gathered throughout the years. Some of his favorite hobbies included playing golf, going boating, driving his MGB and Corvette and watching his favorite teams, the Vikings and the Wild, play. However, what brought him the greatest pleasure was being involved in the lives of his grandchildren. He went to as many of his grandchildren's events as he could and cheered them on wholeheartedly.
He will be sadly missed, but he left countless beautiful memories for family and friends to cherish.
Charlene Kay Ploof of Pike Township passed away on Saturday, May 26, at St. Raphael's Health and Rehabilitation Center in Eveleth, after a short battle with cancer. She was sixty-two years of age.
Charlene was born in Moorhead, Minnesota on January 4, 1956 to Harold and Alvera (Burda) Mastin. She attended the Embarrass and Virginia Public Schools. On September 20, 1975 she was united in marriage to Steven Ploof at nuptial ceremonies held in the Sand Lake Chapel in Britt.
She worked for a few years at the Pike-Sandy Co-op and for the past twelve years was a caregiver for R.S.I. in Virginia.
She is survived by three children, Anita Lantz and her husband, Kyle, of Embarrass, Jesse Ploof and his wife, April, of Angora and Amanda Ploof of Tower; three grandchildren, Miranda, Ethan and Nathan; her parents, Harold and Alvera Mastin of Virginia; a sister, Sharon Wrobel and her husband, Mike, of Virginia; a brother, Ron Mastin and his wife, Tammy, of Embarrass; her favorite niece, Tanya Mastin, her favorite nephew, Shawn Mastin, both of Frazee; sisters-in-law, Claudia Mastin of Frazee, Beverly Rowland of Bagley, Teresa De Breto and her husband, Paul, of Malmo and Tammy Donaldson and her husband, Pat, of Biwabik; several nieces and nephews and a close friend, Sheila "Shebear" Ban-ttari.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Steven, who passed away on March 30, 2013; her brother, Ricky Mastin; brothers-in-law, Gary Ploof and John Rowland; father-in-law, John Ploof, and mother-in-law, Mary "DeeDee" Ploof.
Memorial Services were held on Monday, June 4, at 3:00 p.m. at the Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia, with Hospice Chaplain Jeffrey Jones officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at a later date in the West Pike Cemetery.
Charlene's favorite pastime was going camping with her family. She also enjoyed canning and making jelly to share with family and friends. She loved horses and her dogs, Mocha, Toby and Kibbles. Charlene will be sadly missed and remembered with affection by all who knew her.
Corrina "Bobo" Day-Earley, born December 31, 1991 in Everett, Washington, began her Journey to the Spirit World on May 22, 2018. "Waabishke Banaishe Ikwe."
Corrina followed in the footsteps of her beloved Grandma, Charlotte Day, with her passion for cooking. Family and friends enjoyed many of her homecooked meals, yeast bread and pies. Many of her patrons at the Good Ol' Days in Tower stopped in on Fridays for Corrina's beer-battered fish.
Corrina enjoyed shopping at the Mall of America and was an avid Star Wars fan. She adored her nieces and nephews and cared for all of her aunts, uncles and cousins and loved each of them dearly. If Corrina was your friend, she was with you 1000% and would do anything for you. She enjoyed going to the casinos and gambling or playing the slot machines.
Corrina was fondly called "my best son" by her father, as she enjoyed spending time with him fixing vehicles, doing household repairs and took advantage of every opportunity to learn something new. She could do anything that she set her mind to - if she did not know how to do something, she would figure it out. She greeted everyone with a smile and a big hug and one could never get away without a hug goodbye.
She is survived by her parents, Raymond Earley and Cheryl Day-Earley; her brothers Christopher Earley, Zac Earley, Joe Earley and his wife, Cindy, John Earley and Tom Earley; bio-mom, Jeanne Rose; bio-sisters, Laura Diaz and Rose Coonts and a number of nieces and nephews.
Corrina was preceded in death by her grandmother, Charlotte Day; her grandfather, Clyde Day, Sr. and her uncle, Charles Day.
The traditional wake began at the Bois Forte Tribal Government Center in Nett Lake at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 25, and the funeral was held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, at the same location.
Arrangements were in charge of the Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneral homes.com
Corrina will be missed very much and will be remembered with affection by all who knew her.
Patricia Sue Karich of Lake Vermilion, Tower, passed away on Monday, May 7, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. She was seventy-three years of age, having been born at the Soudan Hospital on June 14, 1944 to Roy and Cerie Peterson of Lake Vermilion, Tower. Patty grew up at Pike Bay Resort on Lake Vermilion, with her younger sister, Cathy. She graduated from TowerSoudan High School with the Class of 1962. She attended Virginia Junior College and held the position of accounting manager and client services manager with Northwestern Bell Telephone Company/US West in the Twin Cities until her retirement in 1987.
Patty married Gary M. Karich of Aurora, the love of her life, in August of 1969 and they spent most of their life together in Minnetonka and at their cabin on the Pike Bay Resort homestead. In 1999 she returned to Lake Vermilion and built a home on the resort property. She loved all the wildlife that she greeted from her lake home every day, where eagles, loons, ravens, ducks, seagulls, deer, fox and other critters found solace in the woods and lakeshore around her. Cats became her lifelong companions and "children" throughout her lifetime. She was never without a kitty in her home.
Surviving are her only sister, Cathy Carlson, and her husband, Jim, of Lake Vermilion, Tower; four nephews, David Carlson of Maplewood and his wife, Julie, and their sons, Joshua and Andrew; Daniel Carlson, his wife, Maureen and their son, Jack, and daughter, Megan; Bradley Carlson of Gilbert and Brian Carlson of St. Paul; four cousins, Bonnie Harma of Tower, Connie Childs of Lake Vermilion, Tower; Marcie Moe of Lake Vermilion, Tower, and Lloyd Ollila of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; close friends, Don and Shawna Kischel of Lake Vermilion, Tower, and their daughters and extended family.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Roy and Cerie Peterson; her beloved husband, Gary M. Karich, who passed away in 1994, and her close friend, Al Golden, who passed away in 2017.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower. Pastor Liz Cheney will officiate and MaryBeth Reller will be the musician. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m. The service will be followed by a luncheon, after which family burial rites will be held at Lakeview Cemetery.
Patty had an infectious smile that lit up a room. She loved her family, was proud of her Finnish heritage and was admired for her sisu, independence, graciousness and her compassion for nature. She loved to go fishing, boating and snowmobiling on Lake Vermilion, watch the Vikings and shop with family.
Patty touched many lives and her family knew they were loved for who they were. She enjoyed playing bridge, Las Vegas, the theatre, concerts and the Red Hats. She was a member of the Tower-Soudan Civic Club (formerly the Tower Women's Civic Improvement Club), the Vermilion Lake Association and was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Tower. She enjoyed her cousins' birthday lunches and class reunions. Patty will be sadly missed and whenever the waters of Lake Vermilion are heard or seen she will be remembered with deep affection.
Family services are being provided by Bauman's Vermilion Funeral Home of Tower. To share condolences onllne, please see: www.baumanfuneralhome
Virginia J. "GG" Plys of Virginia passed away on Thursday, May 24, in Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. She was eighty-nine years of age.
Virginia was the City of Virginia's New Year's Baby, born on January 6, 1929 at home in Williams Addition to Italian immigrants, Joseph and Caterina (Rotundo) Chiarello. She was a 1946 graduate of Roosevelt High School in Virginia.
Virginia was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia and was a life member of the VFW Mesaba Range Auxiliary #1172.
Survivors include a niece, Mary Jo Bradach of Virginia; a nephew, David Chiarello and his wife, Kathy, of Hermantown; three great-nephews, David Chiarello and his fiancée, Marilyn, of Blacksburg, Virginia, Nick Chiarello of Eden Prairie, Minnesota and Scott Bradach and his wife, Anne, of Verona, Wisconsin; three stepchildren, Cindy Yewell and her husband, Tom, and Ted Plys and his wife, Mary Jo, both of Duluth, and Mark Plys and his wife, Barb, of Hibbing.
Virginia was preceded in death by three husbands, Raymond Hammer in 1949, Edmund Avikainen in 1964 and Raymond Plys in 2008; her parents, Joseph and Caterina Chiarello; one brother, David Chiarello; two sisters, Mary Francis Chiarello and Rose Chiarello, and one niece, Kathleen Chiarello McLaughlin.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 31, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia, with The Rev. Father Brandon Moravitz as the celebrant. Organist will be Sue Kelly and vocal soloist will be Jeannie Avikainen Burlowski, who will sing "Amazing Grace." The Holy Spirit Funeral Choir will sing. Hymns will include "On Eagles Wings," "Here I Am Lord" and Ave Marie." Pallbearers will be Jim Skinner, Greg Merkel, Ron McLaughlin, Dave Ferrell, Scott Bradach and Nick Chiarello. Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Virginia, with arrangements in charge of the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.
Virginia will be sadly missed and remembered with affection by all who knew her.