Our Obituaries

William Allen LaFrance

October 6, 1957 - November 16, 2017

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Gloria Marie Wolff

May 21, 1925 - November 11, 2017

Gloria Marie Wolff, passed away Saturday November 11, 2017 at age 92. Gloria was born to William and Marie Shearer on May 21, 1925. She spent some of her years growing up on Park Point. One of her favorite things to do while growing up was to go to the movies with her younger brother Dick and watch Westerns at the Lyric, Strand, and the Granada theatres. This was during the Great Depression,...
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Ralph A. Lorance

August 14, 1951 - November 7, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bell Brothers Funeral Home, Duluth, MN.
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Shirley Mae Olson

December 10, 1925 - November 5, 2017

Shirley Mae Olson, 91, of Duluth went home to be with the Lord Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Golden Oaks Assisted Living. She was born on December 10, 1925 to John and Ada O'Day in Rice Lake, WI. She was preceded in death by her Husband, Lester; son, Karl; grandson, Kurtis; six sisters; and six brothers.Shirley will be greatly missed by her children, Keith (Sharon) Olson, Kurtis Olson, and Karleen ...
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Elsie Baske LaFave

April 2, 1920 - October 31, 2017

Elsie Baske LaFave, 97, of Proctor went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at Interfaith Care Center in Carlton. She was born April 2, 1920 to August and Ida Baske in Proctor. Elsie enjoyed reading, sewing, viewing wildlife, and especially spending time with her friends.She is preceded in death by her brothers, sister, and parents.She will be greatly missed by her daughter,...
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Richard Brendengen

November 20, 1947 - October 13, 2017

Richard "Dickey" Brendengen, 69, of Proctor died Friday, October 13, 2017 at Viewcrest Nursing Home. He was born on November 20, 1947 to Henry and Doris Brendengen in Duluth.Dickey graduated from Denfeld High School class of 1968 and worked for Jeno's Pizza for over 15 years. He also worked for Auto Shine Car Wash for over 5 years. He loved to work in the pits with his dad at the Proctor Race...
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Stanley M. Copiskey

January 19, 1923 - October 9, 2017

Stanley "Bud" Milton Copiskey, 94, of Proctor/Duluth passed away peacefully on Monday, October 9, 2017 at Viewcrest Health Center. He was born on January 19, 1923 at his family home on Boundary Ave. in Proctor, during a snow storm to John and Myrtle (Irvin) Copiskey. He joined the United States Army in April 1943 and while he was stationed in Edmonton, Alberta, he met and married Raissa Horbatiuk...
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Thomas Earl Bester

March 8, 1942 - September 30, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bell Brothers Funeral Home, Duluth, MN.
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Evelyn Kristine Peterson

May 23, 1921 - September 28, 2017

Evelyn (Frolen) Peterson, 96, of Proctor died Thursday, September 28, 2017 in Inter Faith Care Center in Carlton. She was born on May 23, 1921 to Nels and Esther Frolen in Midway Township.Evelyn graduated from Proctor High School in 1939. On December 7, 1940 she married the love of her life, Carl "Pete" Peterson in Duluth. Together they started their family on the Peterson family farm in Midway...
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Walter William Stano

February 19, 1930 - September 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bell Brothers Funeral Home, Duluth, MN.
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Mary Anne Gustafson

September 15, 1934 - September 20, 2017

Mary Anne Gustafson, 83, of Duluth found eternal peace Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in Duluth. She was born September 15, 1934 to Elmer and Agnes Jaeb in Albertville, MN. She married Gregory Edward Gustafson on October 6, 1956. She devoted her life to God and her family. Mary Anne was preceded in death by her husband, Gregory; grandson, Randall; daughter-in-law, Sandi; four brothers; and two...
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Judy May Thomas

January 10, 1945 - September 14, 2017

Judy May Thomas, 72, of Duluth passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, September 14, 2017. She was born on January 10, 1945 to Traverse and Ruth Brown in Duluth. She owned and operated 21st Delight for many years. She married Jim Thomas on July 5, 1982. Judy was preceded in death by her son, Randy in 1968; husband, Jim in 1986; and her parents, Traverse and Ruth. She will be...
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Logan Allen Larson

November 30, 1994 - September 10, 2017

Logan Allen Larson, 22, our wonderful Son Logan Allen Larson of Duluth, MN sadly decided to take his own life Sunday, September 10, 2017. Logan was born in Clarksville, Tennessee at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital November 30, 1994 to Jerry and DeAndra Larson. He graduated from Denfeld High School in June of 2013. In July of that same year Logan enlisted in the Air Force munitions division...
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Rose Summers Engstrom

June 24, 1925 - September 8, 2017

Rose Summers Engstrom, 92, of Proctor, MN passed away Friday, September 8, 2017. She was born June 24, 1925 to Joseph & Disolina Summers in Duluth.Rose married the love her life, Douglas R. Engstrom and together they had two sons, Mark and Scott. Rose was involved in a variety of community organizations. She was a volunteer at Miller Dwan for over 20 years and was involved at the Moose...
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Louraine Marjorie Duncan

April 24, 1921 - September 7, 2017

Louraine M. Duncan, 96, of Duluth passed away Thursday, September 7, 2017. She was born on April 24, 1921 to Adolph E and Esther S (Granholm) Johnson in Duluth and was a lifelong member of Elim Lutheran Church. She attended the Duluth School of Beauty Culture and worked as a hair stylist until her retirement in 1983. She married Clyde B. Duncan in October 1948 and together they owned and...
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Norman Robert McNeil

May 7, 1930 - September 6, 2017

Norman Robert McNeil, 87, of Proctor passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Essentia Health St. Mary's, Duluth. He was born May 7, 1930 to Norman A. and Alice McNeil in Hopper, MN.He was raised in Virginia, MN and when he was 16 years old he enlisted and served in the Navy for 9 years. He served most of his career on the USS Midway aircraft carrier. After serving his country he came to...
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Dolores L. Burke

July 16, 1925 - September 4, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bell Brothers Funeral Home, Duluth, MN.
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Delores V. Cole

July 26, 1922 - September 3, 2017

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Warren Arne Askeland

March 4, 1916 - September 2, 2017

Warren Arne Askeland, 101, passed away on Saturday morning, September 2, 2017 at Marywood (Benedictine) in Duluth. He was born March 4, 1916 in Duluth to Minnie Bohler and Arne H. Askeland. He attended Lester Park Elementary School, East Junior High School, and graduated from Central High School. He then attended Duluth Junior College (at Denfeld). Warren married Viola E. Berg in 1939 and...
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Timothy James Koski

April 6, 1979 - September 1, 2017

Timothy James "TJ" Koski 38, of Proctor, MN passed away at home on September 1, 2017. TJ graduated from Proctor High School in 1997. After high school he attended Lake Superior College earning a degree as a Civil Engineer Technician. TJ was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan. He loved to cook for his family and friends. He was an excellent Chef. TJ will be remembered as a kind, loving,...
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Marilyn Ann Heehn

February 12, 1927 - August 28, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bell Brothers Funeral Home, Duluth, MN.
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Edna C. Peterson

April 2, 1922 - August 25, 2017

Edna Charlotte Peterson, 95, went to be with her Lord on Friday, August 25th at Solvay Hospice House. She was born April 2, 1922 in Duluth to Fred and Charlotte Sandberg. Edna graduated from Denfeld High School in 1940 as the Art Director of the Oracle. Edna was a talented artist and created hundreds of beautiful landscape oil paintings over the years. In 1945, Edna moved to California to live...
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Ruth B. Harper

May 7, 1921 - August 22, 2017

Ruth Bertena Harper (née Wiklund) died peacefully on August 22, 2017, at the age of 96. Ruth was born and raised in Virginia, MN and graduated from Virginia High School in 1939. While working as a telephone operator on December 7, 1941, Ruth knew something huge had happened because her telephone connection board completely lit up?Pearl Harbor had been bombed. During WWII she worked at Boeing...
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Steven Thomas Zoltek

March 21, 1955 - August 16, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bell Brothers Funeral Home, Duluth, MN.
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Lawrence Benjamin Wietman

June 14, 1944 - August 16, 2017

Lawrence Benjamin Wietman Jr., 73, of Duluth passed away Wednesday, August 16, 2017 in Duluth. He was born on June 14, 1944 to Lawrence and Sophie (Peterson) Wietman in Duluth. Lawrence worked several jobs over the years. He was an employee for the steel plant, City of Duluth, Park State Bank, the Gary Milk House, and was a self-employed excavator. During the winters, Lawrence could be found...
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Jon Scott Fairley

December 18, 1942 - July 29, 2017

Jon Scott Fairley born October 18, 1942. He passed away on July 29, 2017. In God's care, he joins his father, James R Fairley, mother, Anna Mae Campbell Fairley and beloved sister Janice. Jon selflessly served our country in the US Army from 1962 to 1965 in Germany and Vietnam. He passed peacefully lakeside where he enjoyed the water, especially the North Shore. He leaves a legacy of a...
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Jeremy James Primeaux

March 16, 1982 - July 19, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bell Brothers Funeral Home, Duluth, MN.
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Gail Laverne Keefe

May 27, 1938 - July 17, 2017

Gail Laverne Keefe, 79, of Duluth passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Monday, July 17, 2017. She was born on May 27, 1938 to Alfred and Martha Nielsen in Askov, MN.Gail married the love of her life, David Keefe on December 14, 1957 in Duluth and together they raised four daughters. She enjoyed traveling with family, dancing, reading, and performing with the Singing Slovenes and the...
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Rose Marie Anderson

April 12, 1927 - July 14, 2017

Rose Marie (Renaud) Anderson, the youngest of 16 children born to Israel and Marguerite Renaud on April 12, 1927, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2017 at St. Luke's Hospice surrounded by family. She had resided at St. Ann's in Duluth. The legacy she left to her children of love for family and Christ will never be forgotten. She taught by example. Caring for her late husband after a stroke...
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Renee Roberta Meyers

February 2, 1957 - July 12, 2017

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Keith Dale Benson

January 3, 1932 - July 10, 2017

Keith Dale Benson passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Monday, July 10, 2017. A Duluth native, Keith was born on January 4, 1932, to parents Robert and Anne Benson. After graduating from Morgan Park High School, he served in the Air Force, relocating to Roswell, New Mexico. His sweetheart, Geraldine Hedberg traveled by train to marry Keith in Wichita Falls, Texas, then joined him in...
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Mark Anton Gaul

July 15, 1960 - June 26, 2017

Mark "Nuz" Anton Gaul, 56 of Meadowlands, Minn., passed away on June 26, 2017 at The Solvay Hospice House from a short battle with lung cancer. Born in Slayton, Minn. on July 15, 1960, to Anton and Ruth Gaul. In 1982 his son Dustin Gaul was born and in 1987 he met the love of his life Jodi Ann Fosness. They were married October 15, 1988 and had three children together. Nuz worked for Green Giant...
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Christopher Ogunusi

December 21, 1950 - June 25, 2017

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Carol Margaret Hyry

March 1, 1941 - June 12, 2017

Carol Margaret Hyry, age 76, was called home to Heaven on Monday, June 12, 2017 in Duluth after battling cancer with typical Finnish Sisu strength and dignity. She was born to Walter and Hilda Prusi on March 1, 1941 in Negaunee, Michigan. Carol graduated with honors from Negaunee High School. She moved to Minneapolis and worked for Honeywell Corporation in her twenties. An adoring and devoted...
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Lawrence Merle Johnson

October 17, 1968 - June 11, 2017

Lawrence "Butch" Merle Johnson, 48, of Alborn passed away peacefully in his sleep due to a sudden heart attack on Sunday, June 11, 2017. He was born on October 17, 1968 to Loren and Joan Johnson in Duluth. Butch graduated from Hermantown High School, class of 1987, and from UMD with his Masters in Environmental Health and Safety in May 2017. He married the love of his life, Kerry Meek on July 2,...
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Susan Ann Korupp

February 14, 1944 - June 5, 2017

Susan Ann Korupp, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017 in Duluth. She was born February 14, 1944.A Memorial Service will be help on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Bell Brothers Funeral Home, 601 N. 56th Ave. W., Duluth. Please leave a memory of Susan or words of support for her family at www.bellbrothersfuneralhome.com
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Margaret Mae Persen Post

May 14, 1923 - June 4, 2017

Margaret Mae (Persen) Post passed into the glorious arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on June 4, 2017 in Duluth Minnesota. She was born in Duluth on May 14, 1923 to Albert and Eva Wicksten Persen. Margaret graduated from Denfeld High School and after graduating she worked in the Pentagon for five years during and after WWII in the ordinance Division of the war department. Later in her...
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John Leonard Barber

October 30, 1917 - June 2, 2017

John Leonard Barber, Sr., age 99, died peacefully in Duluth on June 2, 2017. He was born to John H. and Myrtle Barber on October 30, 1917 in Duluth, the first of eight children. John's first job, at age 16, was at the National T grocery store where he earned 50 cents a week and all the rotten bananas he wanted. He saved up $3.50 to buy his first bike. John worked as manager of the store...
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Shirley Dawn Van Dell

April 4, 1923 - May 27, 2017

Shirley Dawn Van Dell, 94, of Duluth, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, May 27, 2017. She was born in Proctor, April 4, 1923 to William A. and Minnie C. Brayden. Shirley graduated from Proctor High School in 1941.Shirley married the love of her life, Leslie James Van Dell, in December of 1942. Shirley desired to leave Proctor, so in 1952 they moved to the Duluth side of Boundary...
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James A. Radosevich

June 2, 1939 - May 20, 2017

James "Tony"A. Radosevich, 77, of Duluth passed away peacefully on May 20, 2017, after a long battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Tony was born June 2, 1939 to Anthony Radosevich and Dorothy Kilby in Duluth, MN. Tony was united in marriage to his first wife Mary and they were blessed with one son. They later divorced, and he married the love of his life, Linda Williams. They enjoyed 30...
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Thomas M. Quick

November 4, 1937 - May 19, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bell Brothers Funeral Home, Duluth, MN.
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Vivian H. Kucharski

October 24, 1921 - May 16, 2017

Vivian H (Helenius) Kucharski, 95, of Duluth passed away peacefully on May 16, 2017. Vivian was born October 24, 1921 to Johan Verner and Hilda Helenius in Oulu, WI. On October 28, 1950 she married Raymond Edward Kucharski and together raised three girls.She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, gardening, and cooking. Vivian was especially known in the community for her delicious...
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Arnold F. Bredow

March 30, 1920 - May 9, 2017

Arnold Fred Bredow, 97, of Duluth passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Chris Jensen Nursing Home. He was born March 30, 1920 to Albert and Alma Bredow in Marathon, WI. Arnold grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin; he had nine brothers and sisters. He served in the Army during World War II from January of 1942 to November of 1944, where he was decorated with several medals including the...
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Jerome Ralph Akin

January 25, 1951 - May 8, 2017

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Evelyn Lucille Patterson

October 29, 1919 - May 5, 2017

Evelyn Lucille (Norlin) Patterson, age 97, passed away May 5, 2017. "She walks with slow grace and a smile upon her face."She was born October 29, 1919 in Duluth to Ernest and Emma Norlin.She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 60 years, William J. Patterson; her sister, June Eskola; her daughter, Diane Morgan; and her great-granddaughter, Emma Jean Clark. She is survived by her...
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Ada Mattas

November 22, 1917 - April 29, 2017

Ada H. Mattas, formerly of Meadowlands, Minnesota died in Duluth on Saturday, April 29 at the age of 99 years.Ada Henrietta Mattas was born on November 22, 1917 to Christian and Trina (Meyer) Van Schyndel in Platte, South Dakota. Her parents had immigrated to America from Holland as young adults in 1905 and 1908 respectively. Ada was very proud of her Dutch heritage. She was educated in the...
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Wendy Johnson

August 22, 1949 - April 14, 2017

Wendy Lynn Johnson, 67, of Duluth passed away peacefully Friday, April 14, 2017 at Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation. She was born August 22, 1949 to John and Eleanor Johnson in Duluth. She graduated from Duluth East High School and later graduated with her Bachelor's degree from UMD. Wendy especially enjoyed family gatherings at her family cabin on Caribou Lake. She was also very active in...
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Marie Gertrude Leonard

October 11, 1925 - April 6, 2017

Marie Gertrude Leonard, 91, of Proctor passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Proctor. She was born October 11, 1925 to Laurence and Bertha Kelley in Swatara, MN.Marie graduated from Brainerd High School in 1943 and married the love of her life, Robert Leonard on July 21, 1945 in Brainerd. They were happily married for over 70...
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Fred August Baske

July 1, 1917 - March 26, 2017

Fred August Baske, 99, of Proctor passed away peacefully Sunday, March 26, 2017 at St. Mary's Essentia Health Hospital. He was born on July 16, 1917 to August and Ida Baske in Proctor.Fred was a lifelong Proctor resident and served in the Army during WWII. He worked as a train operator for the railroad. He enjoyed reading, watching baseball and football. Fred was survived by his sister, Elsie...
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Pat P. St.Germaine

March 17, 1937 - March 25, 2017

Alexander Patrick "Pat" St. Germaine, 80, of Duluth passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 in his home. He was born March 17, 1937 to Alexander and Florence St. Germaine in Red Lake. Pat worked for 47 years as a supervisor at Georgia Pacific in Duluth, retiring in 2010.He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and traveling to Florida, Tennessee, and Wendover, NV with his wife. Pat was always there to...
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Twyla Ann Elletson

April 29, 1937 - March 13, 2017

.Twyla Ann Elletson, 79, of Duluth "won her battle" on Monday, March 13, 2017 in Duluth. She was born April 29, 1937 to Adney and Gladys in Fairview, Montana. Twyla spent her life enjoying her passion for decorating, whether it be a person, place, or event. She will most lovingly be remembered as mom andgrandma.She was preceded in death by her son, Joel Washek; parents; and ten siblings.She is...
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Peter Mendoza

January 18, 1929 - March 2, 2017

Peter Mendoza, 88, of Duluth passed away peacefully Thursday, March 2, 2017. Peter will be greatly missed by his wife, Marlene Wohlstrom of Duluth; daughter, Marsha (Scott) McCann of Eagan; granddaughter, Amanda; and five siblings.Visitation: 11:00 until the 12:00 noon Funeral Service Friday, March 10, 2017 at Bell Brothers Funeral Home, 601 N 56th Ave. West, Duluth. Inurnment will be in Oneota...
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Marlin John Meier

June 18, 1950 - March 1, 2017

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Daniel Eilert Ellis

October 9, 1967 - February 27, 2017

Daniel Eilert Ellis, 49, of Duluth went home to be with the Lord Monday, February 27, 2017. He was born October 9, 1967 to Dale and Joanne Ellis in Duluth. Daniel graduated from Duluth Central High School class of 1986 and was also a graduate of University of Minnesota Duluth. On June 25, 1988, he married Tiffany Eider in Duluth. He also raised three beautiful children. He was well versed in...
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Charles Kenneth Steffen

February 26, 1971 - February 26, 2017

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Clifford John Dahl

March 3, 1917 - February 26, 2017

Clifford John Dahl "Cliff", 99, of Duluth passed away peacefully surrounded by family Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Ecumen Lakeshore. He was born March 3, 1917 to John and Carrie (Anderson) Dahl in Duluth. Cliff grew up in the Duluth area and graduated from Denfeld High School and the University of Minnesota Duluth with honors.Cliff loved and married two women in his life: Martha Klang in 1939,...
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Shirley Marie Barber

January 12, 1927 - February 22, 2017

Shirley Marie Barber, 90, of Proctor passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at St. Luke's Hospital. She was born January 12, 1927 to Elder and Genevieve Plaisted in Duluth.Shirley had a servant's heart and was always volunteering to help everyone. She enjoyed quilting, going to her family cabin, and going to rummage sales. She was a very active, longtime...
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Pearl Beatrice Wang

April 7, 1921 - February 21, 2017

Pearl Beatrice Wang, 95, of Duluth passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at North Shore Estates in Duluth. She was born April 7, 1921 to William and Laura Currier in Superior.Pearl worked and retired from the telephone company. She was also a long time member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church. She was preceded in death by her son, Darrell.Pearl is survived by her nephews, Jack (Pat) Erickson of...
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Dwain Adrain Clay

March 27, 1927 - February 18, 2017

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Louis W. Brassard

July 10, 1924 - February 16, 2017

Louis W. Brassard, 92, a lifelong resident of Proctor, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Chris Jensen Nursing Home in Duluth. He was born July 10, 1924 to Joseph and Sarah Brassard.Louis was a WWII veteran with an honorable discharge from the Navy in March 1946. He married the love of his life Eleanor Jugasek on November 23, 1946.He was a master electrician and traveled the U.S. on...
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Helen Marie Brown

July 20, 1920 - February 16, 2017

Helen Marie Brown, 96, of Duluth passed away Thursday February 16, 2017 at Sunnyside Health Care Center. She was born July 20, 1920 to Simon and Julia Erickson in Superior.She was born and raised in Superior and after high school she married the love of her life Kenneth Brown. Together they were married for well over 50 years and raised four children together.Helen enjoyed fishing, playing bingo,...
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Loni Lowry Barton_

July 28, 1917 - February 14, 2017

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Carman Joseph Johnson

March 22, 1957 - February 11, 2017

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Geraldine Mary Ciesla

August 23, 1934 - February 11, 2017

Geraldine Mary Ciesla, 82, passed away Saturday February 11, 2017 in Viewcrest Nursing Home.She was born in Duluth, Minnesota on August 23, 1934 to James and Pearl (Marek) Fitzsimmons. Funeral Service: 11 a.m. Thursday, February 16, 2017 in St. James Catholic Church, 721 N 57th Ave. West, Duluth. Visitation: One hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Oneota Cemetery.
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Virginia Karjalainen Mansergh

November 7, 1922 - February 8, 2017

Virginia Fern Karjalainen Mansergh passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Beehive Homes in Duluth. Virginia was born in Duluth November 7, 1922 to Clifford and Lillian (Thorsdahl) Hay. She graduated from Denfeld High School in 1941. Virginia married Charles Karjalainen in 1948 and together they raised six children. She was employed at Standard Oil Company and later Curtis Oil...
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Lorraine Valentine Weiler

February 14, 1932 - January 28, 2017

Lorraine Valentine Weiler, 84, of Proctor passed away Saturday, January 28, 2017 at St. Mary's Essentia Health Hospital. She was born February 14, 1932 to Avalt and Anna Leiste in Munger. She graduated from Proctor High School Class of 1950. After high school she went to work as a stenographer. On November 22, 1963 she married the love of her life, Edward Joseph Weiler Jr. in Munger. Lorraine was...
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Erma Martha Fox

December 18, 1926 - January 25, 2017

Erma Martha (McDowell) Fox, age 90, died January 25, 2017 in Duluth, Minnesota.She was born December 18, 1926 in Deer River, Minnesota. As a child she lived with her parents, John and Leona in Blackberry, Minnesota and her brothers,Vernon (Mary), Robert (Barbara) and James and her sisters, Kay Kovanen (Archie) and Jean Nelson (Donald). She graduated from Grand Rapids High School and attended...
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Sofia Kilpatrick

February 16, 1924 - January 10, 2017

Sofia Elina Kilpatrick, 93, of Duluth passed away Monday, July 10 2017 at Bayshore Nursing Home in Duluth. She was born January 16, 1924, to Nicholas and Ellen Eblom in Duluth. She attended Esko High School. She met her husband, Henry Kilpatrick while working in civil services in Japan and together they traveled the world with her husband while he was in the service. Sofia enjoyed traveling,...
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George Walter Lukovsky

February 2, 1929 - January 10, 2017

Dr. George W. LukovskyFebruary 22, 1929 - January 10, 2017Dr. George Walter Lukovsky, 87, passed away unexpectedly at home on Huntington Street, Tuesday, January 10, 2017.Dr. George was a life long Duluth resident and business owner. He grew up in Gary New-Duluth, where his family lived, and graduated from Denfeld High School. He served with the Minnesota Air National Guard and went on to...
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Eugenia Siepka

April 2, 1924 - January 8, 2017

Eugenia Siepka, longtime resident of Gary-New Duluth passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Catholic Elder Care on Main. She was born on April 2, 1924 in Wojein, Poland to Ludislawa (Glowacki) and Wladyslaw Wejner. Eugenia was preceded in death by her first husband, Tadeusz Kubot; her eldest son, Zenon Kubot; and her second husband, Vincent Siepka. She immigrated to the United States (Duluth, MN)...
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Ronald Goodman Nesje

October 19, 1951 - January 6, 2017

Ronald Goodman Nesje, 65, of Duluth passed away on January 6, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer at the Solvay Hospice House surrounded by family and his angel nurses. He was born on October 19, 1951 to Goodman and Ellen Nesje in Duluth.Ronald attended Denfeld High School. He worked at the Coca Cola bottling company and retired from Duluth International Airport.Ronald will be greatly...
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Bernice Elsie Bullyan

December 12, 1925 - January 6, 2017

Bernice Elsie Bullyan, 91, of Duluth went home to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, January 6, 2017 at Viewcrest Health Care Center. She was born on December 12, 1925 to Peter and Anna Pikkarainen in Duluth. Bernice graduated from Denfeld High School. After high school she worked many different places throughout West Duluth. Later in life she worked for St. Luke's for many years retiring in...
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Richard Robert Schmauss

February 1, 1922 - January 6, 2017

Richard Robert Schmauss "Dick", 94, of West Duluth passed away Friday, January 6, 2017 at Essentia Health St. Mary's. He was born February 1, 1922, to Joseph and Daisy Schmauss in Duluth and grew up on Raleigh Street. Dick was a graduate of Denfeld High School. Dick served as a civilian stationed at Pearl Harbor during WWII. After the war, he came back to Duluth where he started his lifelong...
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Arlan Edward Hilden

November 18, 1970 - January 2, 2017

Arlan Edward Hilden "AR", 46, of Munger lost his battle to severe depression Monday, January 2, 2017 in Duluth. He was born November 18, 1970 to Diane K. Hilden in Duluth. Arlan graduated from East High School in 1989. After high school he went to school to be a pipe fitter where he eventually received his Journeyman's license. Arlan worked as a pipe fitter for many years. He most loved spending...
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Ann Cecelia Cunningham

February 14, 1940 - December 30, 2016

Ann Cecelia Cunningham, 76, died at Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center on Dec. 30th, 2016. She was born 2-14-1940 in St. Paul, MN, and grew up in Litchfield, MN with her parents Art and Margaret Quinn, and Brothers Joseph and Gordon. She attended Valley City Teachers College in North Dakota, and was a teacher in at a Catholic School in Maryland. She later moved to Duluth, MN, and...
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Cecilia Constance Mack

December 1, 1922 - December 29, 2016

Constance (Cecilia) Mack, 94, of Duluth passed away December 29, 2016. She was born December 1, 1922 in Sault St. Marie, Ontario Canada. On December 1, 1929 Cecilia and her mother Francis moved to Duluth in the Morgan Park Area. She joined St Margaret Mary Church and graduated from Morgan Park High School. On November 2, 1942 she married Gerald James Mack. They raised four children living in the...
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Lawrence Robert Whight

October 1, 1946 - December 26, 2016

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Joan Sylvia Kopish

July 30, 1935 - December 25, 2016

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Gilbert James Zylka

April 30, 1924 - December 24, 2016

Gilbert James Zylka, 92, of West Duluth passed away Saturday, December 24, 2016 at St. Mary's Essentia Hospital. He was born April 30, 1924 to Joseph and Anna Zylka in Duluth.Gilbert graduated from Denfeld High School in 1940 at the age of 16 as Valedictorian of his class. On May 11, 1945 he married the love of his life, Martha Kerr in Duluth. After graduating from high school Gilbert worked on...
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Robert William Belden

April 23, 1942 - December 12, 2016

Robert W. Belden, 74, of Cromwell, formerly of Two Harbors, passed away Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 in Villa Court Senior Community in Cromwell, MN.Robert was born in Cloquet on April 23, 1942 to John and Marian Belden. He served his country, in the Army, during the Vietnam War.\He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Clarice Fury.Robert is survived by his son, James (Tara) Belden;...
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Devon Floyd Perrault

January 24, 1990 - December 9, 2016

Devon F. Perrault's heart of gold beat for the last time Friday, December 9, 2016 at St. Mary's Hospital. He was 26 years young and a lifelong resident of Duluth. Devon was born January 24, 1990 to Tony and Barbara Perrault. Devon was born and raised in Morgan Park. He was a 2008 graduate of Duluth Denfeld High School. Many friends lovingly referred to him as "Big D," the guy that...
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Mae Elina Anderson

December 27, 1920 - December 8, 2016

Mae E. Anderson (Lahtonen), 95 years, our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt, passed away Dec. 8, 2016 in Lino Lakes, MN.Mae was born in Embarrass, MN on Dec. 27, 1920.She was a longtime member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and served on the Alter Committee. She also volunteered tireless hours in the kitchen preparing meals. She was also very active in the West...
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Thomas Brayden Ward

July 31, 1931 - November 30, 2016

Thomas Brayden Ward died on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 in the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth. He was born on July 31, 1931, in Proctor, Minnesota, to Larsh and Eva Ward, longtime Proctor residents. He married Vi Gilbert in 1950. Tom graduated from Proctor High School in 1949, was a Call-Boy for the DM&IR while still in high school, owned a service station in Proctor and then became an...
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Gloria Ann Spindler

October 22, 1946 - November 21, 2016

Gloria Ann Spindler (Larson), 70, passed away on Monday, November 21, 2016 peacefully in her sleep with family and friends around her, after a battle with cancer.Gloria lived a very happy life and loved to visit family often. She stayed close to her family until her death. With her husband and longtime friend, Robert "Butch", she shared the faith of God and was heavily involved with her church....
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Eleanor J. Brassard

July 12, 1924 - November 18, 2016

Eleanor J. Brassard, 92, a lifelong resident of Proctor, passed away Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, in her home.She was born in Proctor July 12, 1924 to John and Eleanora Jugasek. Eleanor married the love of her life, Louis Brassard on Nov. 23, 1946. She worked for John A. Stevenson Co. in Duluth until the late 1960s'. She was a member of the Proctor Moose and the American Legion Auxiliary, as well as...
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Dagny Korrine Panyan

June 12, 1917 - November 14, 2016

Dagny K. Panyan, 99, of Duluth, passed away on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 in Solvay Hospice House in Duluth.Dagny was born in North Dakota June 12, 1917 to Adolph and Anna Lysne. She moved to Duluth in 1936 and became a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and its Naomi Circle, as well as a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary #139, US Steel Retire Club, Norton Park Garden Club, and the West Duluth Women...
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Joan Kay Gajewski

May 6, 1945 - November 13, 2016

Joan Kay Gajewski, 71, of Solway Township died peacefully Sunday, November 13, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospice. She was born May 6, 1945 to Verl and Violet (Johnson) White in Eagle Bend, MN. She grew up in Motley, MN and graduated from Motley Senior High School. She would go on to receive her B.A. in education from Bemidji College. She taught 2 years in The Red River Valley, followed by 8 years...
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Joyce Elayne Breitbach

May 9, 1951 - November 6, 2016

Joyce Elayne Breitbach, 65, of Superior passed away Sunday, November 6, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. She was born on May 9, 1951 to Kenneth and Florine Hill in Clinton, Iowa.Joyce graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1970. After high school she went for training to become a dietary manager where she worked for several different companies in the area, retiring from AEOA in...
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Jean Mildred LeMay

May 3, 1942 - October 27, 2016

Jean Mildred LeMay, 74, of Hermantown passed away unexpectedly Thursday, October 27, 2016. She was born May 3, 1942 to Carl and Mildred Sundholm in Duluth. Jean was born and raised in Duluth and graduated from Central High School in 1959. Jean married the love of her life, Dale LeMay, in 1971. Jean was a teacher with the Duluth School District for 34 years. She taught second grade at...
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Lyle Frank Berg

August 28, 1938 - October 22, 2016

Lyle Frank Berg, passed away on October 22, 2016 after a two year battle with renal cancer. He was born on August 28, 1938, the son of Lyle J. Berg and Elizabeth (Smith) Gulbranson in Virginia, MN.Lyle and his brothers moved to Duluth in 1950. Lyle graduated from Central High School in 1958. Lyle met the love of his life Louise DiNunzio in 1963 at a Halloween dance sponsored by the Billerman...
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Patricia Ann Emberg

February 12, 1934 - October 19, 2016

Patricia Ann Emberg died peacefully in her home in the Proctor area on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. She was born February 12, 1934 to John and Alice Benn.Pat was born into an aviation family and her father owned a small airport on the outskirts of Washington DC. The love of flying stayed with her all of her life and she became a pilot in her early 30's. She flew many types of airplanes...
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Roger Vernon Troyer

April 12, 1932 - October 18, 2016

Roger V. Troyer, of Elk River, MN died peacefully on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 with his family by his side. He was born on April 12, 1932 to Vern and Amanda Troyer in Duluth.Roger was raised in Duluth, Graduating from Denfeld High School and the UMD ROTC program. While waiting for his assignment, he was drafted by the U.S. Navy and served from 1955 - 1957. He was employed by Marshall Wells and...
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Bertha Elizabeth Archambeau

December 6, 1940 - October 12, 2016

Bertha Elizabeth (Fransk) Archambeau, 75, of Hermantown passed away with family by her side on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 after battling with cancer. She was born on December 6, 1940 to Theodore and Margaret "Daisy" Fransk in Duluth.Bertha's achievements while at the Proctor High School (Class of '58) were many. She was particularly proud to earn the title of Head Majorette during her senior...
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Thomas Edward Mrak

September 12, 1981 - October 8, 2016

Thomas Edward Mrak, 35, of Proctor passed away Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Hospital. He was born on September 12, 1981 to Thomas and Wendy Mrak in Duluth.He graduated Class of 2000 from Marshall High School. Where he enjoyed playing football with his friends. Tom was highly intelligent. He was an excellent freelance writer, and musician. He composed his own piano music...
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Marie Stella Maisuk

January 25, 1919 - October 5, 2016

Marie Stella Maisuk, 96, of Duluth passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2016 in her home. She was born December 25, 1919 to Steve and Anna (Bokjenich) Maisuk in Duluth.Marie worked for Nopeming Nursing Home for over 39 years. She loved music, baking, and spending time with her cats.She was preceded in death by her sisters, Delores Maisuk, Sandra Fournier, Olga Saari, Ellen Plaisted, and Irene...
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Dora Clarice Hughes

March 15, 1911 - October 4, 2016

Dora C. Hughes, 105 ½, of West Duluth was united with her husband, Bert in Heaven on October 4, 2016. She was born on March 15, 1911 to Ole and Betsy Dahl in Gonvick, Mn.Dora grew up on the family farm in Gonvick until marrying her husband, Bert on December 9, 1930. In 1933, the two of them moved to West Duluth where they raised their four children. Dora worked for Franklin Creamery,...
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Lorna Jean Nelson

January 18, 1916 - September 25, 2016

Lorna Jean Nelson, 100, of Duluth passed away peacefully Sunday September25, 2016 at Edgewood Vista Assisted Living Facility. Lorna was born on January 18, 1916 to Harris and Julia Ulsrud in Superior. Lorna was the oldest active member at Forbes United Methodist Church in Proctor where she served in many leadership and service positions. Lorna's family would like to thank her church family at...
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Verner John Carlson

November 9, 1925 - September 23, 2016

Verner John Carlson, 90, of Superior passed away peacefully Friday, September 23, 2016 at Heritage Manor in Rice Lake WI. He was born on November 9, 1925 to Fred and Victoria Carlson in Duluth.Verner graduated in 1943 from Denfeld High School. He worked for the Soo Line as a railroad clerk for over 38 years, retiring in 1986.On November 10, 1979 he married the love of his life Florence V....
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Merle Richard Adler

May 6, 1948 - September 21, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Bell Brothers Funeral Home, Duluth, MN.
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Edith Louise Schwerdt

March 22, 1924 - September 13, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Bell Brothers Funeral Home, Duluth, MN.
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