Our Obituaries

Norma Ann Borchert

December 22, 1930 - November 5, 2017

Norma Ann Borchert, 86, of Duluth passed away Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Chris Jensen Nursing Home. She was born on December 22, 1930 to Spyron and Edith Chaney in Pipestone, MN. She will be greatly missed by her husband, Owen of Duluth; children, Gary (Julie) of Duluth, Mark (Dawn) of Eden Prairie, and Betty Borchert of Fort Collins, CO; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. ...
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Irene F. Enrico

September 4, 1924 - October 22, 2017

Irene F. Enrico passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Solvay Hospice House. She was born to Marcelia and John Rodorigo in Virginia, MN on September 4, 1924. She was a graduate of Virginia High School. Irene married, worked, traveled, volunteered and was blessed with two loving and caring families.She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Joseph, James, Baldino; husband,...
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Joseph Peter Hubert

July 3, 1931 - October 13, 2017

Joseph Peter Hubert, Jr. passed away after a short illness on October 13, 2017 in Duluth. Joe was born in Duluth on July 3, 1931 and graduated from Central High School in the class of 1949. After his high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and was trained as a paratrooper. Joe was transferred into the 5th Regimental Combat Team while serving in Korea. His entire life he...
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Barbara Lucille Pihlaja

August 6, 1933 - September 27, 2017

Barbara Lucille (Bauer) Pihlaja, 84, of Duluth passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Benedictine Health Center in Duluth. She was born August 6, 1933 to Henry and Elizabeth Bauer in New York Mills, MN.Barbara married Arthur Pihlaja on September 11, 1951 at St. John's Catholic Church in Bluffton, MN. Together they raised three sons, Steve, Doug, and Mike. Barb graduated from St. Luke's...
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Henry Fay Fisher

May 21, 1953 - September 20, 2017

Henry "Hank" Fay Fisher, lovingly known as "Big Nickel", 64 years, of Duluth, passed away September 20, 2017 at home.He was born May 21, 1953, in Fort Campbell, Kentucky to Henry and Rosie Fisher. He graduated from Michigan State with his Master Degree. He always strived to be the best that he could be. He was very involved in his community; helped support less fortunate children, and donated...
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Terry J. Irving

May 8, 1931 - September 19, 2017

Marilyn Jeanne (Hays) Irving, (known by most as "Terry" after renaming herself at the age of 10) passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at the age of 86.Terry was born to Cletus T. and Hazel V. (Conlee) Hays in Council Bluffs, Iowa on May 8, 1931. She spent the first half of her childhood in Red Oak, IA where her father was the town dentist and her mother owned a knitting store....
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Shirley Jean Bergum

June 14, 1927 - September 17, 2017

Shirley Jeanne Bergum (Funnell) died September 17, 2017, in St. Luke's hospice with family at her side. She was born May 17, 1927 to Hannah (Peggy) and Leonard Funnell in Duluth, Minnesota. She graduated from Denfeld High School in 1944. After high school she was employed with U.S. Steel and later Marshall Wells Hardware. In 1947 she married Robert L. Bergum and lived in Duluth where they...
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Dale Robert Mellesmoen

December 11, 1932 - August 27, 2017

Dale Robert Mellesmoen, "Bup",84, of Duluth passed away surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, August 27, 2017. Dale was born in Duluth, MN on December 11, 1932. Dale joined the National Guard in the early 1950's and he later switched to the Army Corp of Engineers which he retired from as a Master Sergeant. Dale drove Greyhound Bus, City Bus, and Quickie Transport. He worked for the City...
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Lizette Mae Barber

December 23, 1932 - August 25, 2017

Lizette Mae Barber, a former Duchess of Duluth, waved her last goodbye at the age of 84 on August 25, 2017. She was born December 23, 1932 in Chicago, Il to Alonzo and Lizette (Wagner) Barber. Lizette graduated from Denfeld High School and received her Bachelor's Degree in Home Economics from the College of St Scholastica. After raising her four daughters she worked in retail and later owned...
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Blossom C. Patten

February 25, 1924 - August 19, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bell Brothers Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home, Duluth, MN.
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Florence Nelma Polla

August 3, 1925 - August 3, 2017

Florence "Rocky" PollaFlorence Nelma Polla of Duluth passed away on her 92nd birthday, Thursday, August 3, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospital. Florence was born to Emil and Alma (Anttila) Rahko in Mt. Iron where she lived until attending the University of MN. She taught Home Ec. in Tower and then worked for Singer Sewing Co. in Duluth. In 1948, she married Donald Polla.As a homemaker, Florence was a...
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Shirley Elizabeth Kirsch

September 17, 1924 - July 31, 2017

Shirley Elizabeth KirschSeptember 17, 1924-July 31, 2017Shirley Elizabeth (Maertz) Kirsch, 92, daughter of A.J and Marie Connors, passed away peacefully in Duluth on July 31st, surrounded by her family. Shirley was born in Saint Paul and her family soon moved to Barron, WI. At the age of 14, Shirley played saxophone with some high school friends in a band called "Shirley's Suretones." Her...
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Kevin Michael Alaspa

March 3, 1951 - July 24, 2017

Kevin Michael Alaspa, 66, of Duluth died Monday, July 24, 2017. He was born March 3, 1951, in Duluth to J. Howard and Elsa Alaspa. Kevin graduated from Duluth East High School in 1968. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, where he was a member of Chi Psi Nu '72. He served in the U. S. Navy from 1973 to 1975 and then worked for many years for the...
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Gladys Irene Miller

January 11, 1923 - July 17, 2017

Gladys I. Miller, 94, of Duluth passed away peacefully on Monday, July 17, 2017, surrounded by her family. Gladys was born on January 11, 1923 in Duluth to John and Lily (Nyberg) Kummerwold. Gladys graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1940. On May 14, 1943, she married Warren "Bud" Miller. Together they raised four children. She was very proud of her Norwegian heritage, including making...
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Renee Roberta Meyers

February 2, 1957 - July 12, 2017

Renee Roberta Meyers, 60, of Duluth passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in her home. She was born February 2, 1957 in Soudan, MN. She graduated from Virginia High School and U.M.D. as an accountant. After college she worked for many years as an accountant, retiring in 1987 to raise her children. She married the love of her life, Bryan Meyers on June 6, 1981. Renee was preceded in...
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Jim Ray Dahlen

June 19, 1957 - July 6, 2017

Jim Ray Dahlen, age 60, passed away July 6, 2017 in Duluth. He was born on June 19, 1957 to Donald and Clara (Lenning) Dahlen in Duluth. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at the Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home, 925 E. 4th Street, Duluth.
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Russell Scott Myers

May 1, 1954 - July 1, 2017

Russell Scott Myers, age 63, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on July 1, 2017 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Russ was a loving husband, father, grandpa, brother and friend. He was married to the love of his life, Kathy, for 39 years. He was always willing to help anyone and liked the challenge of how to engineer or fix anything. Russ loved to build race cars of all...
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Clifford R. Robertson

May 4, 1938 - June 26, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bell Brothers Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home, Duluth, MN.
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June Elane Ness

June 6, 1924 - June 24, 2017

June Elane Ness, age 93, of Duluth, passed away June 24, 2017, at St. Luke's Hospital. She was born on June 6, 1924, to Paul and Dehlia Amacher in Litchfield, MN and moved with them to Duluth in 1925. She graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1942 and had been an active member of the class reunion planning committee since 1967. She was united in marriage to Robert T. Ness on August 30,...
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James Charles Nichol

April 6, 1922 - June 20, 2017

James "Charlie" Nichol, 95, of Island Lake died June 20, 2017 at home. Charlie was born April 6, 1922 in Onoway, Alberta, Canada to James Thomas and Edith (Nicol) Nichol. Charlie grew up in a rural area in a log cabin. He graduated from Strathcona High School in Edmonton. He also graduated from the University of Alberta and the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a Ph.D. in physical chemistry....
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Marguerite Hubert Emanuel

June 25, 1933 - June 11, 2017

Marguerite Hubert Emanuel, 83 passed away peacefully on June 11, 2017 after a very brief illness. Marguerite's family and friends knew her for her boundless energy, talkative nature, and involvement in many local community organizations and groups. Marguerite was born in Mankato, MN on June 25th, 1933, and grew up in Duluth on Minneapolis Ave. She was always very proud of being in the first...
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Kenneth LaFave

July 5, 1951 - June 6, 2017

Kenneth Bernard Mark LaFave, age 65, of Duluth, passed away June 6, 2017.He was born July 5, 1951 to Frank and Ethel (Foster) LaFave in Duluth. Ken is survived by his two sons, Devin LaFave of Duluth and Nicholas LaFave of Arizona; and other family & friends.Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. until the 2:00 p.m. Memorial Service on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home, 925 E....
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Barbara Lee Blazejak

June 12, 1945 - April 22, 2017

Barbara Lee Blazejak, 71, of Duluth passed away peacefully with her son by her side Saturday April 22, 2017 at Essential Health St. Mary's. She was born June 12, 1945 to Howard and Marie Noyes in Duluth. She grew up in Duluth and graduated from Duluth Central High School. After high school she married Jim Blazejak and they started their lives together.Barbara enjoyed watching her soap operas,...
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Donna Mae Breen

February 16, 1931 - March 27, 2017

Donna Mae Breen, 86, of Duluth passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Monday, March 27, 2017. She was born in Duluth on February 16, 1931, to Edward and Irene Stanius.Donna was a graduate of Duluth Central High School, where she met the love of her life, John "Jack" Breen, while working together on the yearbook. The two were united in marriage on May 24, 1952. Together they...
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Curtis Frank Ahrens

February 17, 1918 - March 20, 2017

Curtis Frank Ahrens M.D., 99, of Duluth, Iron River, and Boca Grande, FL passed away Monday, March 20, 2017. "Curt" or "Doc" as he was known to many, was born in Minneapolis on February 17, 1918 to Walter and Amollia Ahrens. He came to Duluth to work at St. Luke's Hospital and went on to become head of Radiology and Chief of Staff. His career also included being a clinical professor in...
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Robert William Hill

September 27, 1950 - March 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bell Brothers Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home, Duluth, MN.
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Kathleen Ann Hemphill

November 24, 1965 - March 14, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bell Brothers Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home, Duluth, MN.
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Charles Marshall Reagle

December 2, 1931 - March 13, 2017

Charles Marshall Reagle Jr., 85, of Duluth passed away Monday, March 13, 2017 at Essentia St. Mary's Medical Center. He was born December 2, 1931 in White Plains, NY to Charles and Mary (Fithian) Reagle. Charlie was a lifelong Presbyterian who was strongly influenced by his grandfather, a Presbyterian minister in Pennsylvania.He grew up in Darien, CT and graduated from The Gunnery School in...
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Harriet Leona Starkey

March 23, 1917 - March 10, 2017

Harriet L (Oien) Starkey passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017, just days before her 100th Birthday. She was borin on March 23, 1917 to Henry and Grace (Christenson) Oien in Holt, Minnesota.Harriet graduated from Climax High School in 1935. She then came to Duluth where she attended St. Luke's school of Nursing and in 1944 married George F. Starkey. She was a longtime member of Gloria Dei...
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Dorothy Lee Reese

December 24, 1923 - March 4, 2017

Dorothy Lee Reese, 93, of Duluth passed away peacefully Saturday, March 4, 2017 at New Perspective Assisted Living in Superior. She was born on December 24, 1923 to Charles and Annabelle Schoech in Fort Morgan CO. Dorothy's parents died at a young age so she lived with relatives in Colorado until high school, then she attended boarding schools in Colorado and Wyoming. She met her husband Robert...
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Conrad Knut Nelson

January 8, 1920 - March 3, 2017

Conrad Knut Nelson, 97, of Duluth peacefully passed away Friday, March 3, 2017 at Ecumen Lakeshore. He was born January 8, 1920 to Arvid and Emma Nelson in Two Harbors.He grew up in Two Harbors and was a 1938 graduate of Two Harbors High School. He was married on December 24, 1941 to the love of his life, Esther Peterson. Conrad served in the United States Army as a medic for the Medical Corps in...
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Esther Lois Young

April 1, 1920 - February 17, 2017

Esther L. Young, passed away in St. Luke's Hospital on the first hour of February 17, 2017, with prayer and song, along the way, from family and friends.Esther told me, "we all have to go through it." She was referring to losing someone.She was born in Duluth on April 1, 1920 to John and Sophie Berg. They lived in the Lakewood area and Esther graduated from Lakewood High School.On August 16...
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Thelma Bernice Swanson

September 12, 1915 - February 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Bell Brothers Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home, Duluth, MN.
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Lois Jacqueline Leischke

January 3, 1928 - February 7, 2017

Lois Jacqueline Leischke, 89, of Duluth passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at Chris Jensen Nursing Home. She was born January 3, 1928 to John and Anne Kampf in Duluth.Lois graduated college with a degree in education. She spent most of her career as a clerk in City Hall where she met and married the love of her life, Ray. She enjoyed reading, sewing,...
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Barbara Bell Gundersen

March 23, 1953 - February 7, 2017

Barbara Bell Gundersen, 63, passed away peacefully February 7, 2017. A lifetime Duluthian, Barb was born March 23rd, 1953 to Thomas Graham and Elinor Spicer Bell. She attended Shattuck/St. Mary's in Faribault, MN where she was captain of her Wooden Soldiers drill team before graduating in 1971. She went on to attend UMD and Duluth Business University where she graduated in 1974. That same year,...
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Lorraine Geraldine Lepak

July 20, 1929 - February 5, 2017

Lorraine G. Lepak "Bussa", 87, of Duluth passed away peacefully Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Diamond Willow in Proctor. She was born July 20, 1929 to Chester and Alice Blazack in Chicago,IL.Lorraine dared to be different before different was popular, for that we are forever grateful. Her wonderful spirit and presence will be missed.She was preceded in death by her husband, Dominic; parents,...
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Alice M. Wilson

August 18, 1925 - February 3, 2017

Alice M. Wilson, 91, of Duluth passed away peacefully February 3, 2017.Alice was born August 18, 1925 in Nevada, Missouri to Jim and Berl Hart. She grew up in West Duluth and graduated from Denfeld High School. She married H. Watson Wilson Jr. in 1949. Alice was a long time member of Lester Park United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir for over 50 years. Alice retired as an...
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Harry Arthur LaFave

June 30, 1957 - February 1, 2017

Harry Arthur LaFave, age 59, of Duluth, passed away on February 1, 2017 in his home. He was born June 30, 1957 to Frank and Ethel LaFave in Duluth.He was loved by all those who knew him. He played drums in a band. Harry was a handy man and enjoyed helping others.He was preceded in death by his brothers, Richard and Robert; and his sister, Cathy LaFave.Harry is survived by his son, Andrew...
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Lorraine Therese Eckardt

July 23, 1949 - January 29, 2017

Lorraine Therese Eckardt, 67, of Duluth passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 in her home. She was born on July, 23, 1949 to Clarence and Anna Spinler.She enjoyed gardening, water color painting, spending time with friends, hunting, fishing, takin long walks, and card making.Lorraine was preceded in death by her first husband, Steven Mowbray; second husband, Robert Eckardt; brother, James; parents...
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Laverne Marjorie Hansen

July 14, 1931 - January 6, 2017

LaVerne Hansen died peacefully at home in Duluth, January 6, 2017. Marjorie LaVerne was born July 14, 1931, to Andrew & Mae Zagrabelny in Virginia, MN. She married Darrel "Bud" Hansen on November 27, 1959. LaVerne was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1943 and for 73 years remained active in her volunteer ministry. LaVerne enjoyed gardening, knitting, & reading...
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Viola Pyette Miller

February 17, 1913 - January 2, 2017

Viola Pyette Miller, 103, of Duluth passed away on Monday, January 2, 2017. Viola was born in West Duluth on February 17, 1913 to Fred and Pauline Kersten. She graduated from Denfeld High School in 1930. Viola was married to James "Chub" Pyette and John "Jack" Miller.Viola was secretary for the Meat Cutters Union #12 for 17 years. She was involved in planning and organizing all of her high...
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Loretta Charlotte Sandelin

April 13, 1942 - January 1, 2017

Loretta "Lori" Charlotte (Reid) Sandelin, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on January 1, 2017. Lori was born on April 13, 1942 to William and Elvira Reid in Red Wing, MN. She graduated from Red Wing High School in 1960, earning the honor of female athlete of the year. She attended the University of Minnesota, and graduated with degrees in Dental Hygiene, with honors;...
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Agnes Matilda Blackmore

August 7, 1922 - December 25, 2016

Agnes Mathilde Sims Blackmore passed away peacefully at Solvay Hospice House on Christmas Morning, 2016. Agnes was born in Duluth August 7, 1922 to Ingvald and Anna Siim. She graduated from Denfeld High School in 1940 and attended DBU, where she met her husband Bernard "Bud" Blackmore. They were married in 1942. While Bud served overseas in the Navy Agnes worked as a secretary in Duluth. She...
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Joan Sylvia Kopish

July 30, 1935 - December 25, 2016

Joan Sylvia Kopish, 81, of Duluth passed away on Christmas Day, December 25, 2016 at Edgewood Vista Memory Care in Hermantown. Joan was born July 30, 1935 in Menominee, MI to Lester and Dorothy Greenwood.She graduated from Menominee High School and after graduating she went to work for the local phone company. Joan married the love of her life on June 30, 1955 in St. Ann's Catholic Church in...
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Jason James Christopher Heikkinen

August 22, 1970 - December 11, 2016

Jason James Christopher Heikkinen, 46, of Culver passed away Sunday, December 11, 2016 in St. Luke's Hospital He was born August 22, 1970 to Bror-Gustav and Carol Heikkinen in Laguna Beach, CA.Jason grew up in Richfield Minnesota until he was 12 years old and graduated from Marcus High School in Flower Mound, TX. After high school he served in the United States Marine Corps during Operation...
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Laura Elizabeth Larson

October 12, 1925 - December 8, 2016

Laura Elizabeth Larson, 91, of Duluth went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, December 8, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital. She was born October 12, 1925 to Alfred and Alice Erickson in Hermantown. Laura was raised in Hermantown and went to the Hermantown School. She was a hard worker and helped out on the family farm until starting her career for the First American National Bank as an elevator...
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Ethel Laura Nehls

September 25, 1916 - November 24, 2016

Ethel Laura Nehls, 100, of Duluth was called to her heavenly home on November 24, 2016 at Franciscan Health Center. Ethel was born in Chicago, IL on September 25, 1916 to Henry and Alma Bostler.Ethel was raised in Chicago and graduated from Schurz High School. On November 6, 1937, Ethel was united in marriage to William A. Nehls in Chicago. Together they raised two children, Lois and William...
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Paul Leroy Nelson

August 16, 1951 - November 20, 2016

Paul Leroy Nelson, 65, of Duluth, MN passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Sunday, November 20, 2016.Paul was born to Leroy and Joan Nelson on August 16, 1951 in Clarkfield, MN. He had many adventures on the farm until the family moved to Willmar, MN when he was 8 years old. He later graduated from Willmar High School in 1969. He went on to attend Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where...
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Mary Lynn Benko

August 11, 1965 - November 9, 2016

Mary Lynn (Payne) Benko, 51, of Duluth passed away on November 9, 2016 at Solvay Hospice House. Mary was born in Duluth, MN and attended Duluth Central High School, the University of MN, Duluth and graduated from the School of Nursing at the College of St. Scholastica. Mary was a lifelong caregiver working as an RN at St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth Public Schools and Spirit Valley Assisted Living...
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Stephen Anthony Kopish

September 5, 1933 - November 2, 2016

Stephen Anthony Kopish, Sr., 83, of Duluth passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in Essentia St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth.Stephen was born September 5, 1933 in Marinette, WI to Rudolph and Catherine Kopish. He graduated from Our Lady of Lord Catholic High School and then joined the Navy, serving his country during the Korean Conflict.Stephen was united in marriage to Joan Greenwood on...
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Cynthia Lou Abrahamson

August 4, 1956 - October 30, 2016

Cynthia "Cindy" Lou Abrahamson, 60, of Duluth, died Sunday, October 30, 2016 in Essentia St. Mary's Medical Center.She was born August 4, 1956 to Henry and Betty (Solhein) Abrahamson in Duluth, MN.Cindy is survived by her father, Henry Abrahamson; brother, Charles Abrahamson; sister-in-law, Robin; nieces, Christine and Heidi.She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty in 2004...
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Margaret Grieve Rodwold

April 28, 1911 - October 18, 2016

Margaret Grieve Rodwold, 105, of Duluth departed this life on October 18, 2016, at the Benedictine Health Center. She was born to William A. and Jessie B. Grieve in McGregor, Minnesota, on April 28, 1911.Margaret was a Campfire Girl where her mother was the leader. She was a member of The Trinity English Lutheran Church for several years. She moved to Duluth where she graduated from Denfeld...
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Jamie Elizabeth Dahlen

December 31, 1995 - September 26, 2016

Jamie Elizabeth Dahlen, 20, of Duluth went home to be with the Lord Monday, September 26, 2016 after her struggle with Diabetes . She was born on December 31, 1995 to Cindy Tungren and Joel Williams in Duluth.Jamie will be greatly missed by her mother, Cindy (Lee) Tungren; father, Joel (Rene) Williams; sisters, Nichole (Rick) Gonser, Jayjay (Mike) Peterson, and Jennifer Williams; brothers, Sam,...
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James Allen Robertson

April 23, 1930 - September 17, 2016

James Robertson, 86, of Duluth died Saturday, September 17 in Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center in Duluth.Jim was born April 23, 1930 in Duluth and was a lifelong resident. He served his country in the Army during the Korean War. He married June on September 20, 1952 and together they raised five sons. Jim and June wintered in Jupiter Florida beginning in 1983. Jim owned and...
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David Wayne Loney

November 25, 1948 - September 17, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Bell Brothers Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home, Duluth, MN.
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Carlene Mae Lesch

September 1, 1933 - September 15, 2016

Carlene Mae LeschCarlene Lesch, age 83, died peacefully in her sleep on September 15, 2016, at Keystone Bluffs Assisted Living in Duluth, MN. Carlene was born on September 1, 1933 to Carl and Margaret (Mills) Johnson. She graduated from Two Harbors High School in 1951. Carlene was a loving wife, mother and servant to the lord. She was a social, active woman who was deeply committed to raising...
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Ruth Irene Perkins

July 7, 1937 - September 12, 2016

Ruth Irene Conley Perkins (79) died at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, MN on September 12, 2016. Ruth was born July 7, 1937 in Cloquet, Minnesota to William Avery Conley, Sr., and Ruth Mildred (Mattson) Conley, the third of 13 children. Ruth was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July, 2016. Ruth had a sharp and inquisitive mind, enjoying puzzles, Jeopardy, and other intellectual...
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Violet Mae Pommerville

May 6, 1923 - September 8, 2016

Violet "Vi" Pommerville, age 93, passed away Thursday, September 8, 2016 at Chris Jensen Health & Rehabilitation Center in Duluth.She was born May 6, 1923 in Duluth to Wallace and Katie Nordman. She married Bob Pommerville in 1948 and together they raised their two daughters. Vi graduated from Central High School in 1942. She attended D.B.U. and in 1945 she went to work for the Northern...
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Dorothy Lucille Peterson

January 22, 1918 - August 31, 2016

Dorothy Lucille (Nelson) Peterson passed away peacefully on August 31, 2016, at the age of 98 ½.Born January 22, 1918, to parents Nels and Ann (Maas) Nelson in Duluth, MN, she attended Duluth schools, graduating in 1935 from Duluth Central High School. In high school she sang in the choir. At the age of seven, she and her brother and three sisters enrolled in Sunday school at Trinity...
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Marilyn Alice Wall

May 5, 1932 - August 27, 2016

Marilyn "Mar" Alice Wall left her tired body to let her spirit soar on Saturday, August 27th at Solvay Hospice. Mar was blessed to fulfill her wish of living at home for 14 months while on hospice, much of it with her son, John, at her side. Her daughter, Carolyn, was privileged to spend her final days with her and to hold her hand as she departed this world.Marilyn was born to Ernest Berg and...
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Ina Mae Sylvester

January 14, 1917 - August 14, 2016

Ina Mae Sylvester, age 99, passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2016 in Noblesville, Indiana. She was born Sunday, January 14, 1917 in Clitheroll, Minnesota to Anton Rotz and Dora Marie (Jacobson) Rotz.
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Lorraine Delores Clark

June 10, 1932 - August 5, 2016

Lorraine Delores (Hanson) Clark, 84, of Duluth, Minnesota peacefully passed from this life to the next on Friday, August 5, 2016. She was a resident of Diamond Willow Lester Park in Duluth.Lorraine was born on June 10, 1932 in Amenia, North Dakota to Harry Julius Hanson and Effie Lou-Ella Fornes.She was a resident of Duluth for 62 years and wanted to spend her last days here. She was a devoted...
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Albert Bradden Best

May 8, 1935 - August 5, 2016

Rev. Albert B. Best, 81, of Duluth, passed away Friday, August 5, 2016 in Duluth.Albert was born in Iron Mountain, MI on May 8, 1935 to George and Winifred Best.He graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1953 and went on to attend Western Michigan University and University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Iowa, earning a Master's Degree in Theological Studies. Albert was united in marriage...
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Brent D. Olson

October 27, 1955 - July 26, 2016

Brent Douglas Olson of Duluth passed away peacefully July 26, 2016 at St. Mary's Essentia Health. He was born on October 27, 1955 to Darrell and Janet "Pearl" Olson in Duluth.Brent was raised in Duluth and graduated from East High School. He was in the Army from September 1974 to December 1978 and he served in the Motor Pool then in the Entrance station in Minneapolis, MN. Brent worked for over...
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Erma Erella Johnson

October 22, 1932 - July 23, 2016

Erma Erella Johnson, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away surrounded by her loving family and the Lord by her side, on Saturday, July 23, 2016.Erma was born in Duluth, MN, October 22, 1932, to Mary and Thomas Parker. She was united in marriage to Norman F. Johnson in 1947. They raised 8 children. Erma loved family, cabin life, traveling and enjoyed many hobbies. ...
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Verna Hulda Kivisto

February 10, 1928 - July 22, 2016

Verna Hulda (Ostlund) Kivisto, 88, of Duluth passed away Friday, July 22, 2016. She was born February 10, 1928 to John and Hulda Ostlund in Markham, MN.Verna grew up in Markham and graduated from Aurora High School in 1945. Following high school, she attended business school in Duluth. On September 20, 1947 Verna married the love of her life, Wesley Kivisto.Verna was a loving mother and a hard...
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Mick Efrem Johnston

September 13, 2014 - July 18, 2016

Mick Efrem Johnston, 22 months old, of Two Harbors, MN passed away Monday, July 18, 2016 at Essentia St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, MN, surrounded by friends and family.Mick will be missed deeply by his parents, Daniel and Jenna and his four loving brothers, Troy, Brandt, Donnie, and Jori. Also mourning his loss are his grandparents, Don (Janette) Johnston of Kalispell, Montana and Ed (Carla)...
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Robert Sumner Mars

May 21, 1926 - July 10, 2016

Robert S. Mars Jr., age 90, passed away in his family home surrounded by four generations of loved ones on July 10, 2016. He was born on May 21, 1926, and gave his heart to his family, work and community. The love of his life was his wife and family. Bob married Ann Lachmund in August of 1949. With her, he raised seven children, creating an incredible life while teaching them the value of hard...
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Roger William Larson

December 19, 1931 - July 8, 2016

Roger William Larson, 84, of Duluth, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, July 8, 2016.Roger was born December 19, 1931 in Duluth to Myrtle and Ernest Larson. He was the youngest of three children born into a loving, hard-working household.Roger graduated from Denfeld High School in 1949 and then served in the Minnesota National Guard until 1958. He held jobs in the banking field from...
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Audrey Brunberg Anderson

March 8, 1929 - July 2, 2016

Audrey Brunberg Anderson, 87, of Cloquet, formerly of Duluth, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 2, 2016 surrounded by her family.Audrey was born in Duluth on March 8, 1929 to Ben and Louise Brunberg. She was a 1947 graduate of Duluth Denfeld. Audrey met her loving husband, Roy Anderson, while employed with the DM&IR Railway as a switchboard operator. They were happily married for 57...
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Camille Como

November 29, 1918 - June 29, 2016

On June 29th an angel reached down for Camille May (Jensen), Como's hand at Benadictine Health Center. Camille was born in Duluth on November 29, 1918 to John & Mamie Storms.Camille enjoyed her first job at Bridgeman's, as she loved ice cream. Camille was married to Dick Jensen in 1949 who passed away in 1979. Camille married Hunter Como who preceded Camille. Camille had many good times...
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Russell T. Lind

July 2, 1944 - June 6, 2016

Russell T. Lind, age 71, passed away on June 6, 2016 at Ecumen Scenic Shores in Two Harbors, Minnesota, surrounded by family and friends. Russ was born in Two Harbors, Minnesota on July 2, 1944 to Roy and Pearl (Hill) Lind.He graduated from Two Harbors High School in 1962 and attended the University of Minnesota, Duluth. During his high school summers he worked on the Hanus's farm in...
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Charles William Knight

March 27, 1930 - May 23, 2016

Charles William "Bill" Knight, 86, of Duluth passed away Monday, May 23, 2016.He was born to Fred and Emma (Swanstrom) Knight March 27, 1930.Bill graduated from Duluth Central in 1948 and from UMD in 1952, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree. He served in the Navy during the Korean War, stationed in Charleston, S.C. as Secretary to the Admiral.Bill worked at the...
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Unes Ruth Van Dyke

June 5, 1920 - May 18, 2016

Unes R (Seeley, O'Connor) Van Dyke, 95, went home to be with our Lord on May 18, 2016 while in the hospital for a heart procedure in Minneapolis MN. Unes was born to Swedish immigrants, Erick and Hulda Anderson on June 5, 1920. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked at St. Luke's Hospital, Cook Home and in later years, provided home health care. She was preceded in death by her parents;...
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Mary Lou Murphy

February 9, 1953 - May 15, 2016

Mary Lou "Murph" Murphy, 63, lifelong resident of Duluth passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Solvay Hospice House.She was born February 9, 1953 To Russell and Lucille Murphy.Mary Lou graduated from Denfeld High School in 1971 and worked as a Dental Assistant for over 40 years at Lake Superior Dental.She truly loved her 3 furry friends, Shelby, Rylie, and Finley and was very devoted to her parents...
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Diane Karon Hilden

June 19, 1952 - May 15, 2016

Diane Karon Hilden, 63, of Duluth passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Essentia St. Mary's Medical Center. She was born to Gunnar and Edna Birch on June 19, 1952.She was raised in Solway Township and graduated from Proctor High School. After high school she received her education from Votech and went to work for St. Louis County for 37 years, retiring on...
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Robert George Reese

February 6, 1923 - May 13, 2016

Robert George Reese, 93, of Duluth passed away surrounded by his family on Friday, May 13, 2016 at Lighthouse of Superior. Robert was born on February 6, 1923 to Montie and Mildred Reese in Laramie, Wyoming.Robert was a 1942 graduate of Laramie High School. In 1943, Robert married Dorothy L. Schoech. Robert and Dorothy had three children; Rob, Michelle, and Jack.Following high school...
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Ruth G. Molitor

July 24, 1924 - May 10, 2016

Ruth G. Molitor, 91, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 9:50 p.m. A lifelong resident of Duluth, she was the youngest daughter of Knute and Margaret Malmquist.She was happily married to her husband Edward J. Molitor, who she faithfully served for over 71 years. Ruth had a servant's heart, and gladly used her gift of "helps" to serve others. She will always be remembered for...
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Gilbert Gervase O'Leary

June 8, 1933 - April 29, 2016

Gilbert Gervase "Gil" O'Leary, 82, of Duluth passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016 at Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center from a complication of Parkinson's, surrounded by his family. He was born June 8, 1933 to John and Agnes (Ruff) O'Leary in Kenosha, WI.Gil was raised in Minneapolis, and after high school he moved to Duluth to work as a barber where he met the love of his life,...
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Joanne Kathleen Stokes

October 7, 1951 - April 13, 2016

Joanne "Susie" Kathleen (Bostrom) Stokes, 64, of Duluth passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in her home surrounded by her family. Joanne was born October 7, 1951 to Rudolph and Beverly Bostrom in Duluth.Susie was employed in office management in St. Paul, Minnesota for the majority of her employment history, which led to a successful venture of a privately owned business in the Gaming Industry....
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Mary A. Jacobson

July 16, 1933 - April 3, 2016

Mary Agnes Jacobson, 82, of Duluth passed away peacefully Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Franciscan Health Care Center. She was born on July 16, 1933 to Melvin and Marvel Nason in Duluth.Mary was born and raised in Duluth and graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1951. On January 17, 1953 she married the love of her life, Arnold Jacobson in Duluth. Much of their time together was spent traveling...
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Robert Edward Walton

January 10, 1921 - March 23, 2016

Robert Edward Walton was welcomed home into the arms of our blessed Father on March 23, 2016. His loving family kept him at home until the last day. We cared for him so he could stay with his devoted and loving wife of 75 years. He was surrounded by his loving family when he left this earthly world for Heaven. Robert was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on January 10th, 1921 to loving...
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Ramona Consuelo Stelmack

April 30, 1927 - March 7, 2016

Ramona (Sederberg) Stelmack, of Duluth, died Monday, March 7, 2016.She was born in Duluth, April 30, 1927 to Robert M. and Ruth Sederberg. She attended Stanbrook Hall and graduated from St. Scholastica with a major in Dietetics. She was Director of Dietetics at Essentia St. Mary's Hospital for 20 years and during that time was actively involved in numerous civic and professional organizations. ...
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Lois Elaine Olson

September 25, 1926 - March 2, 2016

Lois Elaine Olson (Bersell) passed away, March 2, 2016 in Duluth, MN. She was born Sept. 25, 1926 in Quamba, MN to Rev. Bror Hugo and Hilda Suzanna Ingeborg Blomberg Bersell.Lois attended elementary school in Houston, MN and Brainerd, MN. Following graduation from Marshall High School in Minneapolis; she attended Mounds-Midway School of Nursing in St. Paul, MN and graduated in 1947.Lois married...
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Alice Marion Ciebiera

January 8, 1927 - February 24, 2016

Alice Marion Ciebiera, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, 89, of Duluth, passed away peacefully in her home on Wed, February 24, 2016.Alice graduated from Central High School, then worked as a secretary at Kelley-Howe-Thompson and later as receptionist in her husband's dental practice. Alice married Dr. Richard Ciebiera in 1950, and they shared 46 years of marriage together. In...
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Stuart Sheldon Shamblott

May 11, 1945 - February 21, 2016

Stuart S. Shamblott, 70, of Duluth passed away on February 21, 2016 at Bayshore Health Center. He was born on May 11, 1945 to Shaddy C. and Sally (nee Zweig) Shamblott in Duluth. Stuart worked over 30 years in the banking and finance industry for such organizations as St. Louis County Bank for Savings (US Bank), and Shared Advantage Credit Union where he held such positions as Vice President of...
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Margaret Lindau Kreager

December 10, 1912 - February 18, 2016

Margaret Lindau Kreager, 103 years, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Franciscan Health Care Center. She was born on December 10, 1912 in Duluth to Bror Wilhelm Knute Lindau and Gjerda Anderaesen Lindau. Margaret attended Arnold School grade 1-10 and graduated from Central High School in 1931. A lifelong member of the Arnold Lutheran Church (now Family of God Lutheran Church) she...
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Anna Marie Leusman

August 4, 1932 - February 10, 2016


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Phyllis M. Stepp

June 12, 1939 - February 1, 2016

Phyllis Stepp, 76, of Duluth passed with peace on Monday, February 1, 2016 with family by her side. She was born June 12, 1939 in Duluth, to Helmer and Jennie Carlson. Phyllis graduated from Central High School in 1957. She married George Jauss and together they had four children. She later married Richard (Dick) Stepp, and they formed their own "Brady Bunch". Phyllis worked as a...
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Gail Andrea Hosking

January 18, 1953 - January 30, 2016

Gail Andrea Hosking, 63, of Duluth passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016.Visitation: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Memorial Service, Wednesday, February 10 in Trinity Lutheran Church, 1108 East 8th Street, Duluth.
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Melvin Oliver Hanka

February 19, 1931 - January 30, 2016

Melvin Oliver Hanka, 84, of Duluth, MN passed away on January 30, 2016 due to complications from an ongoing heart condition, surrounded by his loved ones at Essentia St. Mary's Hospital. Melvin was born in Virgina, MN on February 19, 1931 to Mary and Gregori Hanka and grew up on the family farm in Embarrass, MN with his six brothers and sisters, and one step sister/niece. He graduated...
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Lucille M. Widell

February 8, 1917 - January 18, 2016

Lucille M. Widell, 98, of West Duluth, passed away Monday, January 18, 2016.She was born in Duluth on February 8, 1917 to Arthur and Agnes Granley.She graduated from Denfeld High School in 1935.Lucille is preceded in death by her husband, Reuben C. Widell.She is survived by her daughter, Sharon (James) Straus; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and other...
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Donald Edward Stanius

August 4, 1921 - January 17, 2016

Donald E. Stanius, 94, passed away on Sunday January 17, 2016, at Edgewood Vista. He was born on August 4, 1921, in Hibbing, MN to Edward and Irene Stanius.Donald graduated from Duluth Central High School. After high school he attended F. I. Salter School preparing to study marine architecture. He joined the Naval Reserve April 13, 1939 where he served on the USS Paducah. He was then activated...
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Isabel McRae Tryon

August 13, 1919 - January 13, 2016

Isabel McRae Tryon, 96, of Duluth passed away peacefully January 13, 2016 at Benedictine Health Care Center. She was born on July 13, 1919 to Donald and Minnie McRae in Duluth.Isabel was a lifelong resident of Duluth, graduating from Central High School in 1938. She was a longtime employee of Skilling's Mining Review and a lifelong member of Woodland (Hope) United Methodist Church. In 1951 Isabel...
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Diane Marie Hill

September 11, 1951 - January 11, 2016

Diane Hill, age 64, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016 at Essentia Health.Diane was born in Duluth on September 11, 1951 to Howard and Marie Noyes. She was a 1971 graduate of Duluth Central High School. Diane worked at the former Jeno's and the former Voyageur Motel until her retirement. She was a member of St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church and a former member of the Women of the...
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Kathy Lee Williams

April 26, 1949 - January 8, 2016


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David Avery Vose

January 9, 1937 - January 3, 2016

David Vose passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on January 3, 2016, six days prior to his 79th birthday. David was born in Gurnee, Illinois to Avery and Thelma (Christensen) Vose on January 9, 1937. He was raised on a dairy farm near Antioch, Illinois, and had a very close bond with his older brother George. In 1949, George died at age 14. Their mother died four years later, just...
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Marilyn Strudwick Dalbec

December 11, 1934 - December 28, 2015

Marilyn Strudwick Dalbec, 81, of Duluth passed away peacefully, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, surrounded by family.Marilyn was born in Duluth Dec. 11, 1934 to Kenneth and Adelaine Lyons. She graduated from Duluth East High School in 1952 and went on to UMD, where she graduated as an x-ray tech. While attending UMD, she met her first husband, Warren Strudwick. Together they raised four children.Marilyn...
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Huong T. Chau

February 21, 1927 - December 24, 2015

Huong T. Chau,88, of Duluth passed away peacefully Thursday, December 24, 2015 at Benedictine Health Center.Huong is survived by her children, Mui, Ngo, Si (Lifang Zhu), Bao (Hong), Carol (Michael Nguyen), and Kim Truong; 11 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.Visitation: 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, January 1, 2015 at Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home, 925 E. 4th Street, Duluth. The visitation will...
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Andre Martin Guite

July 29, 1956 - December 17, 2015


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