Deborah Ruth Wynn
Deborah R. (Ferguson) Wynn, 58, died of cancer on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco, Calif.
She was born in Duluth on Dec. 11, 1953, to Ruth and Donald Ferguson, and grew up in Two Harbors.
Deborah attended the Simmin Sethna School of Fashion Design in San Francisco and worked for many years as a pattern maker and design specialist in the apparel industry. She had extensive experience in men’s and women’s wear, bridal wear, leather goods, as well as other apparel and accessories. Deborah had recently decided on a career change and was attending community college for a degree in medical coding.
She loved all things that appealed to her senses: an eclectic array of music, live theatre and books; good food; the fragrance of flowers; bright colors; the feel of fine cloth in her hands; a dip in a hot spring and the tranquility of being out in the woods.
Deborah was preceded in death by her father, Donald Ferguson. She is survived by her mother, Ruth Ferguson, of Two Harbors; sister Karen of Arvada, Colo.; brothers Brennan of Missoula, Mo., Stuart of Chelsea, Mich. and Duncan (Lin Merritt) of Crestview, Fla.; niece Jessica of Houston, Texas; and dear friends in San Francisco, New York City, and Two Harbors. Deborah will be forever missed; she was a unique and irreplaceable part of our lives.
A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 11a.m. – 2 p.m. in the basement of the United Church in Two Harbors. There will be a formal remembrance at 11:30 with a luncheon to follow.
Jerome A. "Jerry" Gulan
Jerome A. "Jerry" Gulan, 76, of Mission, Texas, and summertime resident of Hurley, Wis., died unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Aspirus Grand View Hospital in Ironwood, Mich.
He was born Sept. 15, 1935, in Ironwood, son of Leone (Sawicki) and the late Anton Gulan, attended St. Mary's Grade School in Hurley, and graduated from J.E. Murphy High School in 1953. He then worked locally in logging with his father for a short time.
On June 4, 1955, Jerry was married to the former Martha J. Rajala of Montreal, Wis. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley by the late Monsignor Michael Prock. They moved to Two Harbors where Jerry was employed by Reserve Mining Co. in Silver Bay for many years. Upon his retirement as a supervisor in 1989, they moved to Maple Grove and had later Mission, where they resided for the past 12 years.
Jerry was a member of Our Lady of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Mission, Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Two Harbors and attended St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley. He also belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council in Silver Bay and the Moose Lodge in Two Harbors. He loved to golf, fish, read and work crossword puzzles, was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and liked a good beer. He especially enjoyed being a super grandpa fan for his grandchildren's extracurricular activities.
Surviving are his wife, Martha, of 57 years; two sons, Scott (Sheryl), Charlotte, N.C., and Mark (Paula), Maple Grove; a daughter, JerriLynn (Steven) Johnson, Maple Grove; six grandchildren, Cory (Heidi) Johnson, Fargo, N.D., Tiffany Johnson, and Matthew and Anna Gulan, all of Maple Grove, and Christine and Jacob Gulan, Charlotte; his mother, Leone Gulan, Hurley; three brothers, Larry, Ironwood, Gene (Kay) of Wausau, Wis., and Tony (Jeanne), Shell Lake, Wis.; numerous nieces and nephews; and many close friends in Mission who he considered his family.
Besides his father, Jerry was preceded in death by a sister, Cathryn Foster, in 1957; and sister-in-law, Sally Gulan, in 2005.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley, with the Rev. Frank Kordek OFM, celebrant.
Luncheon will follow in the parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Hurley, or Our Lady of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Mission.
Arrangements are entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood, Mich.
Axel Carlson, 87, of Silver Bay, left this earthly life to be with our Lord on Friday, January 6, 2012.
He was born March 17, 1924, in Sturgeon Lake, Minn. and was preceded in death by his parents Peter Carlson and Esther (Ole) Gvesrude. He was united in marriage to Hilda Wagner on February 26, 1949. They were blessed with two sons. Axel worked for 30 years for Reserve Mining Company. He joined the company in Babbitt for two years and then moved to Silver Bay in 1955.
Axel was an avid hunter, fisherman, and enjoyed camping and traveling. He was a member of United Protestant Church Silver Bay, VFW 6204, and North Shore Golden Agers.
Axel is survived by his wife of 62 years, Hilda; sons Gregg of Grand Rapids and Rick (Daniel Fristoe) of Minneapolis; grandchildren Erik Carlson (Angela) of Wasilla, Alaska, Tessa Kuchenmeister (Peter) of Bemidji, Jessica O’Hehir Johnson (Thomas) of Bloomington, and Bethany Carlson (Yannich) of Bloomington; eight great grandchildren; and several nieces, cousins, and many dear friends. He is also survived by his dear sister Marion (Jim) Jones of Ventura, Cali.
Visitation will be one hour before the memorial service. Service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 14th, 2012 at United Protestant Church in Silver Bay.
Lila Koski, 88, Two Harbors, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, in Ecumen Scenic Shores.
She was born April 10, 1923, to George and Impie (Hill) Mackey in Markham, Minn. Lila attended grade school in Markham, and later graduated from high school in Aurora. She married Ed Koski on January 30, 1943, in Virginia, Minn. They had three children, Judy, Keith, and Janet, and they lived in the Toimi/Brimson area on their 160 acre tree farm. Lila loved working on her flowers, and feeding birds, deer, and any hungry critters that stopped by.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ed; son, Keith; daughters, Janet Powell and Judy Smith; sister, Vivian Lund; brother, Arnold Mackey; sons-in-law, Chuck Powell and Russ Smith; grandson, Mark Powell; and step-grandson, Rusty Smith.
Lila is survived by her daughter-in-law, Erica Koski; grandchildren, Mike and Clint Powell, Marcy (Brian) Bentler, and Kim (Corey) Swartout; great-grandchildren, Aaron, Amber, Sarah, Zachary, Addison, Emilynn, Ethan, Avery, and Claire; six step-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at Cavallin Funeral Home in Two Harbors. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery at a later date.
Margaret (Peggy) Rose Ryan
Margaret (Peggy) Rose Ryan of Two Harbors passed away December 27, 2011 at age 54.
Margaret (Peggy) Rose Ryan, March 10, 1957 to December 27, 2011, age 54 of Two Harbors, formerly of Lakeville. Peggy was the fourth daughter of Dorance and Kathleen Ryan.
Peggy is survived by her mother, Kathleen Ryan Tousignant; sisters Joni Ryan, Judi (Steve) Hawkins, and Patsy Ryan (Mark Zweber); brothers Jerry Ryan and Tom (Janet) Ryan; nieces and nephews Terri (Chris) Dill, Barry (Shannon) Lovelace, Ryan Lovelace, Katie Ringeisen, Kyle Ringeisen, Mackenzie (Al) Platt, Willie (Jenna) King, Nick Ryan, and Sami Ryan; nine great nieces and nephews; stepsisters Julianne (Roger) Keller, Carol (Dave) Harwell, Ellen (Dale) Leidner, Mary (Dave) Korthauer, Kathy (Mike) Goehring; and stepbrothers Jim (Darlene) Tousignant, and Mark Tousignant and their families.
She was preceded in death by her father, Dorance Ryan; stepfather, Ed Tousignant; and brothers-in-law Barry Lovelace and Brad King. She also leaves behind her much-loved poodle, Opal.
Peggy proudly served her country as a medic in the US Army. Following her discharge in 1985, she lived in Two Harbors, where for a time her home was in the historic lighthouse. Peggy was very hard working and was a skilled seamstress. Her many friends and relatives will always remember her bright blue eyes and sense of humor.
The family would like to thank the caregivers at The Lodge on Natchez, and the staff of Twin Cities Hospice.
A Memorial Mass was held at All Saints Catholic Church, 19795 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville, Friday, December 30 at 12 p.m., with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. prior to the services at church. White Funeral Home Lakeville 952-469-2723
Margaret A. Lustik
Margaret A. Lustik, 85, SERVICES: A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at United in Christ Lutheran Church.
Margaret A. Lustik, 85, of Eveleth, died Jan. 24, 2005, at the Virginia Convalescent Center.
She was born June 19, 1919, in Kinney, one of eight children, to Samuel and Sofiana Hellman, who immigrated from Finland in the 1890s.
She graduated from Buhl High School as valedictorian. Margaret met her husband, Douglas Arthur Massey, while working at the Dodge Family Estate in Michigan. She lived in many states and settled in Eveleth in the early 1950s, where she met and later married Stanley Lustik of Eveleth in 1956. Stanley served in World War II in the Pacific Theater and worked for U.S. Steel until his retirement. He preceded her in death in 1991.
Margaret was an exceptional homemaker, a phenomenal cook and baker and had a variety of interests, including classical music, tutoring her own children, crossword puzzles and had numerous pets of all varieties. Her home was a haven for her children’s friends. Everyone was always welcome. The refrigerator was always full.
She is survived by her sons, David (Pamela) Massey, Thomas (Rebecca) Massey, Jonathon (Roberta) Massey, Paul (Ruth) Massey, Timothy (Nina) Massey, and Stanley Jr. (Connie) Lustik; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Nancy Mancuso of Bolling Green, Ohio.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; and seven siblings.
Clifward L. Weigelt
Clifward L. Weigelt, 71, SERVICES: Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Kimball, Minn. The Rev. David Grundman officiated. Pallbearers were Pete Mies, Bill Adolph Jr., Walter Donnay, Justin Weigelt, Ben Weigelt and Dale Faraone Jr. Arrangements were by Dingmann Funeral Care of Kimball.
Clifward L. Weigelt, 71, of South Haven, Minn., died Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul.
He was born July 29, 1933, in Eland Township, Beltrami County, to Henry and Wilma (Boltman) Weigelt. He was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and married Charlotte M. Herman on Sept. 4, 1954, in Minneapolis. He worked as a printer his entire lifetime, most recently for Kenning Outsource in Waite Park. He had lived at South Haven the past 17 years, previously living in Luxemburg. He was a member of St. Anne’s Church and enjoyed the outdoors, woodworking and gardening.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte of South Haven; children, Carla Austin of Coon Rapids, Dean of Cross Lake, Veronica of Brainerd, Anna (Walter) Donnay of Andover, Barbara of Otsego and Butch of South Haven: sisters and brothers, Lorraine (Curtis) Black of Sheldon, N.D., Florence (Art) Tweten of Eveleth, Herman Weigelt of Spokane, Wash., Wilma (Robert) Gregorich of Eveleth, Margie (Clarence) Neal of Smyrna, Tenn., Joseph (Rita) Harriman of Smyrna, Tenn. and Albert Harriman of LaVern, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Stephen; a daughter, Christi Ann Benson; brothers, Herbie, Dale, Glen and Marvin; and a sister, Luella.
Lawrence L. ‘Chober’ Belluzzo
Lawrence L. ‘Chober’ Belluzzo, 84, SERVICES: Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chisholm, with the Rev. Jon Wild as celebrant. Visitation one hour prior to service. Burial will follow in Chisholm Cemetery. Arrangements by Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Chisholm.
Lawrence L. “Chober’’ Belluzzo, 84, of Chisholm died Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, in the Heritage Manor Health Care Center in Chisholm.
He was born Oct. 9, 1920, in Chisholm to Angelo and Dominica (Menardi) Belluzzo. He was a 1938 graduate of Chisholm High School and had been a Chisholm resident most of his life. He was an Army veteran of World War II, having served with distinction in the European Theater.
He was united in marriage on April 26, 1945, in Liege, Belgium, to Laurette Francoise Bernard. Upon his return, he worked for the Chisholm Free Press and attended and graduated from St. Cloud State College with a degree in education. He subsequently taught foreign languages in Fort Morgan, Colo., Ames, Iowa, and Coleraine, before returning to Chisholm in 1958. During his years as a language teacher in Chisholm, he traveled with his family to Morocco and Ecuador to teach English to those countries’ residents. He was elected mayor of Chisholm in 1971 and 1973, served as city assessor in the late 1970s and taught foreign languages in Hibbing and Eveleth after his retirement.
He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chisholm; Knights of Columbus — Chisholm Council #3539; Press-Lloyd American Legion Post 247 of Chisholm; and the Minnesota Italian American Federation. He was a state champion in bocce ball in 1977.
Survivors include his children, Larry (Cheryl) of Herndon, Va., and Therese (Larry) Devich of Shoreview, Minn.; grandchildren, Christopher A. and Beth A. Belluzzo; a sister, Victoria Montgomery, of Coon Rapids, Minn.; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Michelle Astrid, in 1946; wife, Laurette, on July 25, 1998; a brother, Onerato “Ner’’ Belluzzo, in 1974; and a sister, Adelaide Rosc, in 1991.
Michael Kobal, 89, SERVICES: Visitation will be Friday one hour prior to the 1:30 p.m. funeral service at Range Funeral Home in Virginia. The Rev. John O’Donnell will officiate. Burial will be in Eveleth Cemetery.
Michael Kobal, 89, of Virginia, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005, at Golden Crest Nursing Home in Hibbing.
Michael was born on March 9, 1915, to Michael and Mary (Dulinar) Kobal in Eveleth where he grew up and attended school. Michael worked in Detroit as a machinist and as a custodian at a high school. He returned to Minnesota and lived in Virginia. Michael enjoyed bowling, participating on several leagues. He was a member of the Slovenian National Benefit Society.
Surviving are his two nieces, Shirley (James) Koski of Eveleth, Jeanette (Archie) Wihanto of Cherry; six grand nieces and nephews, Sherril Williams, Lori Olson, Susan Becks, Nick Wihanto, Dawn Kelly, Lynette Smith; many great-grand nieces and nephews.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Mary Palkovich.
Robert R. Poncelet
Robert R. Poncelet, 53, SERVICES: Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Monday in the Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Coleraine. Visitation one hour prior to service. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine.
Robert R. Poncelet, 53, of Virginia, formerly of Coleraine, died on Monday, Feb. 7, 2005, in Virginia.
He was born Dec. 2, 1951, in Grand Rapids, the son of John H. and Helen P. (Cross) Poncelet. He attended schools in Coleraine and Seattle, Wash., and had worked in the shipyards in Seattle as a welder. He attended the Catholic Church in Virginia, and loved to fish.
Survivors include his twin sister, Christine (Leon) Savell, of Seattle, Wash.; brothers, Paul (Rusty) and Henry (Connie), both of Seattle, Wash., Frederick (Sue) of Grand Rapids, Minn., and Michael of Maui, Hawaii; sisters, Katherine (Ronald) Block of Bovey, Mary Pelamatti of Edmonds, Wash., and Margaret Poncelet of Tacoma, Wash.; ten nieces and nephews; and all of his friends at the ODC in Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and John Poncelet; and a nephew, Matthew Poncelet.