In Memory
Sue Nowak

My sister Susan Nowak Ragsdale passed away Feb 1,2012.
She died at Loma Linda Hospital after a long illness.
Jane Ann Nowak Stonich

John Malm

John Passed away on April 13, 2012 in Rusk, Texas

Danny Anderson




Daniel B. Anderson, 60, of Hibbing, died unexpectedly in his home shortly after Christmas.
He was born July 12, 1948, in Cook, the son of Bob and Kathryn Anderson, former residents of Lake Vermilion. Dan graduated from Duluth Central High School and went on to the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in history. He worked as an editor for various newspapers including the Hibbing Tribune, where he worked as a sports editor for many years.
Dan loved northern Minnesota and was an avid outdoorsman and wildlife photographer. He loved fishing with family and friends. He enjoyed coaching youth hockey in Hibbing and working as a softball umpire.
He was a beloved and loving brother, son and uncle.
He is survived by his mother Kathryn Anderson; siblings: Earl (Hazel) Anderson, Stan (Janet) Anderson, John Anderson, Jim (Ronica) Anderson, and Marilyn (Sam) Anderson ; along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Rebecca Anderson, and his father, Robert G. Anderson 67, 1990.  

Jerry Anderson

Jerry passed away on September 23, 2011

Randy Antcliff

Randy was born in September, 1948 and passed away in Duluth on January 3, 1997

Tom Barnstorf


Tom attended and graduated from UMD following high school. He served as a teaching assistant in psychology and worked at UMD in the Student Support Services Department. He and his wife Marilyn (Carr) had two children. They were active members of Lakeview Covenant Church, encouraging and caring for others in many ways. Tom was quick to help those who had needs. Tom and his family moved to Roseville, into Bethel College seminary housing in 1985 where Tom attended and graduated from Bethel Seminary with an advanced degree, preparing for full-time ministry. On Saturday, August 15, 1987, as Tom and his family were moving from the graduate student housing at Bethel to their apartment near his new job in White Bear Lake (at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church), Tom died suddenly. Funeral services were held at Lakeview Covenant Church in Duluth; Tom was interred at Park Hill Cemetery, Duluth. Tom impacted the lives of many friends and acquaintances in a powerful way through his kindness, thoughtfulness and compassion.


Jerry Burke
Jeff Boldt

Jeff was born on December 11, 1948 and passed away in Nevada on June 29, 1992

Jane Cackowski
Jim Caine

Jim was bornon October 9, 1947 and passed away in Duluth on January 3, 1997. He served in Viet Nam.

Gordon Carter
Mike Dorvall


Michael I. Dorvall 1948 - 1999, 50, Duluth, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1999. Mr. Dorvall was born on July 14, 1948 in Duluth to Irving and Ruth Dorvall. He graduated from Central High School in 1966. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to 1970, spending some time in Vietnam. Michael returned to Duluth and worked for a medical supply company, tested iron ore at U.S. Steel in Morgan Park, then he worked at UMD in the maintenance department. He moved to California and worked as a welder there. Then, Michael moved to Hawaii and worked as a landscaper. He was a former member of First Lutheran Church in Duluth. He loved to travel, read and snorkel. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by two sisters, twin, Patrician Ellingson and her husband, Lynn, of Grand Rapids and Belle Siemsen and her husband, Marlin, of Hermantown; three aunts, Jennie Nelson of Duluth, Phyllis Hoiem of Saginaw and Edna Hoiem of Duluth; one cousin, Betty Gaus of Cloquet; six nieces and nephews; and seven great-nieces and nephews.


Dan Ekstrom

Dan was born October 3, 1948 and passed away on July 15, 2002. He served as a Marine.

Jeanne Esterbrooks

Jeanne was born on January 22, 1948 and passed away on September 13, 2001 in Duluth.

Gene Franckowiak
Dwane Falconer


Dwane "The Bear" Falconer, 63, of Duluth, died Saturday, April 16, 2011, in St. Luke's hospital surrounded by family and friends.


He was born in Duluth on July 26, 1947, to Douglas and Jeanne Falconer, and graduated from Central High School in 1966. He married Susan Mullison in 1973. His career at Arrowhead Equipment lasted nearly 40 years and then began his own business, Bear's Heavy Duty in 2005.


Following his passions he earned his Eagle Scout rank, played hockey as a goalie, raced stock cars, and pursued his love for hunting, fishing and boating. Dwane especially loved Isle Royale and was a charter member of the IRBA.


He is survived by parents, Jeanne and Douglas Falconer; wife Susan; children Paul and Charla Falconer and Cyndi Hartman and husband Rick; sisters Judy Shykes, husband Robert and Janet Halligan.


Glenda Gilmore Handley
Don Green
Tom Harasmisz
Dick Harris

Dick was born on May 3, 1948 and passed away on July 30, 2010 in Duluth

Jim Hedberg

Jim passed away on August 3, 1994 in San Diego, CA

Frances Hey Weiss

Frances L. Weiss, 60, died Monday Feb. 16, 2009 at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth.
She was born to Henry and Patricia (Irish) Hey June 1, 1948 in Duluth.
Fran was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Duluth, and graduated from Central High School in 1966. She Married Leonard Weiss on Sept 9, 1968 in Duluth. She loved sewing, baking, and was a tremendous cake decorator. Fran worked for Town and Country Builders as an Accountant for 14 years. Fran was loved by her entire family, and will be dearly missed.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; her parents; two brothers, Fred and George.Fran is survived by five brothers, John (Barb) Hey, Steve (Donna) Hey, Daniel, Gordon, Patrick; sister, Barbara (Tim) Jones; four stepdaughters, Nancy (Dick) DeMarre, Lindy (Ray) Carlson, Shirley (Jim) McGinn, Anita (Kelly) Skinner, three stepsons, Rod (Sue) Weiss, Ronald (Nina) Weiss, Leo (Joan) Weiss; 39 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren;

Barb Hill

Barb passed away in Duluth, MN on August 15, 2011

Jim Hood

Jim passed away on June 22, 1990

Linda Jacobs Slotness

Linda passed away on September 22, 2000

Dave Jensen

Dave passed away in 2011. He was married to classmate Gladys James.

Dianne Johnson Baumgardner

Dianne Eleanor Baumgardner, 56,of Duluth died suddenly and unexpectedly at home, Friday, March 19, 2004.
Dianne was born in Atkin, Minnesota on March 1, 1948 to Fred and Edna (Eld) Johnson. She grew up in Duluth and was a 1966 graduate of Central High School. Dianne married Fred G. Baumgardner on April 29, 1967 in Duluth and had two daughters Tina Marie and Tara Lynn Baumgardner. She attended college at the Duluth Business University and worked as an Accountant Book-keeper most of her life, retiring from the Ski-Hut Corp. in 1997. Dianne was a wonderful wife, mother, and Treasured her time spent with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her Father. She is survived by her husband, Fred; her daughters, Tina (Randy) Markon and Tara Baumgardner; grandchildren; her mother Edna Johnson;brothers and sister. 

Gloria Johnson
Larry Johnson
Bill Korpela

William 'Billy' Korpela died peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006 at his home in Duluth. He was born May 12, 1947. Billy was a graduate of Central High School and lived in Duluth. Billy worked for St. Luke's Hospital in the laundry department since 1967. Billy considered everyone at St. Luke's his family giving over 37 years of his life to the hospital. Billy was named St. Luke's Employee of the Year in 2005 for outstanding service to the community. Billy also claimed to have never called in sick in all 37 years of his employment. He was always there for the patients and his co-w orkers. He was known throughout the hospital for his extensive knowledge of current events. Billy was preceded in death by his loving mother, Marie and father, William. MEMORIAL SERVICE:3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the United Baptist Christian Church, 830 East First St. Duluth.

Connie Linge Sutherland
Mary Lisiecki

Mary Patricia 'Auntie Patty' Lisiecki, of Dodge Street, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, in St. Luke's Hospital, surrounded by family and friends. She was born in Duluth on March 6, 1948 to Stanley and Mary (Strum) Lisiecki. She was a 1966 graduate of Duluth Central High School and attended UMD. 

John Lockwood

John Byron Lockwood, 54, of Brainerd Ave.,  Duluth, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, in St. Luke's Hospital Hospice. He was born in Duluth on Oct. 16, 1947 to James Charles and DEdith Lillian (Peterson) Lockwood Sr. He was a 1966 graduate of Duluth Central High School and a graduate of the University (this is where the accessible obituary ends)

Doug Lofquist

Doug passed away in Duluth on January 27, 1999

Roger Maki

Roger was born on March 3, 1947 and was a casualty of the Viet Nam war on February 21, 1971 in Quang Tri.

Mike Manninen

Mike Manninen was born on May 7, 1948 in Finland. He  worked as a radio announcer. Mike passed away on July 1, 2005 in Proctor, MN 

Devin Mathison

Devin served in the US Air Force, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He served in Vietnam.
Devin passed away on April1, 2011.

Danny Moen

Moen, Daniel Paul Joined his Savior September 19, 2007, age 59. Private services were held in Fort Myers, Florida

Diane Montgomery Cullen

Diane P. Montgomery Cullen, 59, Two Harbors, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007 in St Luke's Hospital. She was born Aug. 25, 1948 to Floyd and Violet (Wedin) Montgomery in Duluth where she grew up. She attended schools graduating from Central High School in 1966. She was employed at UMD in the Library for several years, moving to the Two Harbors area in 1976 where she was employed at Master Animal Care, Lake View Memorial Hospital and most recently CAP Trico in office administration until recently retiring. She loved gardening, and antiquing but above all, time with her family and grandchildren. Diane was preceded in death by her father; a sister, Marlys; and a brother, Charles. She is survived by her husband, Mark; sons, David Dolliver of Duluth and Tanner (Rachael) Wieme of Knife River; grandchildren, Kameron, Shane, Blake and Makayla; brothers, Donald and Lyle of Duluth; and several nieces and nephews including a special niece, Dawn Marie Vowles. Diane's family would like to thank the staff at St Luke's Oncology Infusion Center for their loving and compassionate care.

Janet Montgomery Harvey
Dorothy Morinville Solomonson

Dorothy Marie Morinville Solomonson age 62 of Delano died on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at her home in Delano. She was born September 22, 1947 to Telesphore and Rita (Koskovich) Morinville in Chisholm, Minnesota.

Anola Ness

Anola Charlotte Ness, Born February 23, 1947 in Minnesota. Murdered by husband Gordon J Reed in April 1981 in Raymond, Pacific County, Washington. They had 4 children.

There is a link to this story at:


Toni Radice
MaryAnn Radosevich

Mary Ann Caroline Radosevich, 60, Duluth. Mass of Christian Burial 10am Mon., Nov 24, 2008 in St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. 

Tom Rancour

Thomas Edward Rancour, 55, died Thursday, January 29th, 2004. Mr. Rancour was born in Winona, MN and has lived in Jacksonville for the past 37 years. He is survived by his mother, Margaret B. Rancour, five sisters, Mrs. Carolyn Rancoour, Mrs. Mary Brown, Mrs. Colleen Cole, Mrs. Catherine Krisel and Mrs. Rosemary Dausy; two brothers, Paul Rancour and Daniel Rancour. 

JoAnn Ratajek Asperheim

Joanne Helen Asperheim, 61, of Duluth, passed away on Wed., Aug. 5, 2009 at Solvay Hospice House. She was born on  June 19, 1948 to Sigmund and Frances Ratajek of Duluth. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Gnesen. 
She graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1966 and worked for the SLC Social Service Dept. from  1969 until she retired in March 2004. On Sept. 1, 1979 she married and became a family with Robert D Asperheim, the love of her life, and her treasured step-daughters Amy, Vicky, and Abby.
Joanne will be lovingly missed by her husband Robert, three beautiful step-daughters, Amy Asperheim of Pioche, Nev, Abby Asperheim of Henderson, Nev, and Victoria Asperheim of Duluth.; her brother Sigmund Ratajek Jr., her sisters, Sherly (Gary) Miskowski, Karen (Steven) Franckowiak, all of Duluth, and Ramona (Glenn Truman) Szukiewicz of Cloquet.

Linda Ripley Black

Linda L "Rusty" Ripley, 67, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015, in St. Luke's Hospital surrounded by family.
Linda was born in Duluth Feb. 22, 1948, to Glen and Frieda (Stunkart) Ripley and was a lifelong resident of Duluth. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Carol; brothers David and Timothy; and her grandson, Evan.
Linda is survived by her sons, Matthew Caya and David (Shelley) Caya; grandchildren Devan, Ethan, Kaitlyn and Savannah; her siste, Norma (George) Eliason; and many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Ross Saarela

Ross passed away in Clark, Nevada on July 17, 1994.

Bob Sero
Jan Simonson

Jan Erik Simonson, 63, died unexpectedly in his home in Duluth, on July 5, 2011.
He was born Jan. 9, 1948, to Else-Marie and Thorbjorn Dybvik in Oslo, Norway. He and his mother moved to America in 1952, where Clyde Simonson became his stepfather.He naturalized his U.S. citizenship in 1966. He worked for the U.S. Corps of Engineers from 1967 to 1970 on the Tug Marquette and has sailed all of the great lakes.
He graduated in 1966 from Central High School in Duluth. He was fondly known as "Simey" by his buddies.
He spent many years living in Rochester, Minn.He enjoyed playing guitar, hunting, fishing, and being on the lakes.
Jan was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Erik; and a brother, Alan.He is survived by his daughter, Tonia (Geoff) Forscher of Rochester; son Joel (Hillary) Simonson of Longmont Colo.; a brother, Tom Simonson of Duluth; a sister, Anne; six nephews; three nieces; and five grandchildren.


Nova Stelman
Randi Tesdahl
Linda Thompson

Linda Sue DeSmedt, 57 of Grand Junction passed away at Aspen Ridge Care Center on May 25, 2005. Linda was born Feb. 16, 1948 to John and Dora (Oman) Thompson at Duluth, Minn. where she was raised and graduated from Central High School. On July 17, 1971 she married Richard DeSmedt who preceded her in death on Dec. 5, 2002 in Grand Junction. Mrs. DeSmedt was a homemaker. She will be greatly missed by her mother and daughter as well as the four cats she loved so much. Surviving Linda are her mother, Dora Thompson, daughter, Melanie DeSmedt both of Grand Junction, and her brother Richard Thompson of Duluth, Minn. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard DeSmedt and father, John Thompson

Ken Vann
Jeffre Wallner Pfuhl
Leslie Williams
Doug Working
Janet Swanson Streu

Janet Helene (Swanson) Streu, age 64, lifelong resident of Duluth, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at home with her loving husband at her side, after a seven year struggle with cancer.

Jerry Falk


Jerome M. “Jerry” Falk, 64, of Duluth died Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, while at Bethesda Hospital, St. Paul, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Oct. 25, 1948 in Minneapolis to Math and Lucille Falk.
On Aug. 8, 1992 Jerry married Karen Monsaas.
Jerry retired in 2010 from Superwood (Georgia Pacific) after37 years. He was active in his local union for a good part of his working life.Jerry enjoyed playing and listening to music, fishing with friends and family gatherings. He mostly enjoyed but sometimes hated remodeling his home. Jerry discovered the joy of motorcycling later in life. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren.

Brian Jappinen

Brian L. Jappinen, age 64, of Lapeer, Michigan died Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Brian was born September 13, 1948 in Duluth, Minnesota to Waino and Siiri (Suomela) Jappinen. Brian spent his early years in Two Harbors, Minnesota, then moving to Duluth, where he graduated from high school. Mr. Jappinen proudly served his country in the Air Force, during the Vietnam War, serving in Thailand. He married Barbara E. Spellerberg in Lapeer, they were members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lapeer since 1987. Mr. Jappinen was a kitchen designer for over 40 years, most recently working for Home Depot. Brian enjoyed singing, guitar and tying his own flies for fly fishing.

Marlene Ahrendt Anderson

Marlene Alice Ahrendt Anderson, 65, of Nickerson, passed away Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 in Augustana Mercy HCC, Moose Lake, MN

Kathlene Anderson Beede


Kathlene M Beede, 67, passed away May 3, 2015 in Florida.
Kathy was a 1966 graduate off Duluth Central. Kathy was a CNA for many years at Viewcrest nursing home, Benedictine Health Center and Nurses That Care. Kathy loved spending time with family, camping, fishing, bird hunting, and trips to Vegas.
Preceded in death by her parents Carl and Helen Anderson; daughter Kristy; step daughter Debbie; husband Jerry; brother Dale Anderson and friend Royce Casey. 
Kathy will be sadly missed by sons Kenny (Sally) Jegloski, Jeff Jegloski; daughter Jennifer (Jay Oman) Butcher; step children Warren (Jaydee) Beede, Dana (Tom) Keinz, Wade Beede; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brothers Dennis (LeRae) Anderson, Carl (Tammy) Anderson; sisters Bonnie (Tink) Fender and Marilyn (Dennis) Mitchell; and several nieces and nephews and special friend Mike Donovan.  

Allen Wiseman

Al passed away November 3rd, 2004

Vivian Nelson Hart

Vivian Gayle Hart of Hudson, Wisconsin died from complications of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on May 31, 2015 at home in the presence of dear family members. Vivian was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota and was a proud graduate of Duluth Central High School and the University of Minnesota Duluth where she majored in English.

Vivian was formerly the editor of Minnesota Monthly magazine, a non-profit administrator specializing in communications and development and principal of her own consulting business, Hart Community Consulting. 

As a community activist in West St. Paul, Minnesota where she resided with her husband and son for more than twenty years, Vivian served on the City Council as well as numerous boards of directors and committees all focused on community-building and helping those in need. After moving to Hudson in 2003, Vivian continued her dedication to volunteer and community work.

Among the volunteer service awards that Vivian received were Dakota County’s Award for Volunteer Leadership, West St. Paul’s Make a Difference Award and A Community Superstar Award from the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre for her efforts on behalf of cancer survivors.

Vivian leaves behind her husband and closest friend Aethan Hart, her cherished son Eli and his wife Angie, precious grandchildren Claire and Sam, mother Maxine Nelson, and siblings Conrad Nelson (Carol) and Becky Nelson. Robert C. Nelson, Vivian’s dad, predeceased her, as did her in-laws Avon and Viola Hart.

A Memorial Service for Vivian will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church Highlands Campus, 504 Frontage Rd in Hudson, on Saturday, June 6th at 11:00 am with a lunch reception following at the church. Visitation will be held one hour prior at the church. To honor Vivian, all in attendance are encouraged to wear purple. A private interment will be held at the Havana Cemetery near Owatonna, Minnesota where generations of Hart family members have found their final resting places. Memorials preferred to Grace Place, 505 West 8th Street, New Richmond, WI 54017. Services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, WI. 715-386-3725

Susan A Jakubek

 Susan A. Jakubek, 68, died suddenly May 28, 2015 of a brain aneurism. She was born in Duluth Dec. 19, 1968 to Frank and Viola Jakubek. After graduating from Duluth Central she worked as a secretary at UMD until into her 20's. She then spent most of her life living with her mother and coping with mental illness the best she could. She was very sweet and mild mannered and loved nature. She was exceptionally talented in art and made incredible designs. Surviving is her sister Joy Aus. SERVICE: 3 p.m. Friday June 5, 2015 in the Cremation Society of Minn., Duluth


Carl Peterson

Carl Herbert ("Herb") Peterson, Jr. passed away on July 27, 2015 at Bayshore Health Care Center after along battle with Parkinson's and heart disease.
Carl was born Feb. 20, 1948 in Duluth, Minn. After graduating from Duluth Central High School in 1966, he served our country in the Navy during the Vietnam War. A fond memory of his time in the service was having the ship's captain "request" his being the ship's Santa Claus.
After his honorable discharge, Carl returned to Duluth and attended Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College and majored in computers and electronics. Upon graduation he worked for the Army Corps of Engineers, Garon Knitting Mills and Twin Ports Cyclery. 
Carl was an avid bicyclist and a member of the local cycling club. Although Carl's medical condition prevented him from riding, he continued to have a strong interest in bicycling and would never miss a broadcast of cycling events. Carl was an expert mechanic and could fix just about anything. He was also a model-building enthusiast.  
Carl is survived by his sisters Leona Krieg of Duluth and Shirlie (Jeffrey) Theis of Milwaukee, Wis,; brother Roger (Debra) of Duluth; nieces Stephanie Krieg and Jennifer Peterson of St. Paul, Minn.; nephews Brian Krieg and Mathew Peterson of Duluth; aunt Dorothy Peterson of Luck, Wis.; and many cousins.   

Harold Wallace

Harold passed away on July 4th, 2014

Linda Grann

Linda passed away on October 2nd, 2015.

Beverly Witzman

Beverly Rose Witzman, 68, of Duluth, died Thursday, May 26, 2016.
Beverly was born in Greenbush, Minn., May 21, 1948, to Joseph Peter and Genevieve "Shirley" (Bergsnev) Witzman. She was a 1966 graduate of Duluth Central High School and a graduate of the College of St. Scholastica.
Bev was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church where she served as the Rosary Society treasurer. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Clinton and Donald; and brother-in-law Dwight Myhrer.
Bev is survived by her twin sister, Barbara Myhrer, of Bemidji; sister-in-law Kaye Witzman of Duluth; nephews Chad (JoAnna) Myhrer and Cory (Chasidy) Myhrer, both of Bemidji, and Eric (Rhonda) Witzman and Jeremy Witzman, both of Duluth; niece Kim Myhrer of Seattle, Wash.; great-nieces and nephews; exceptional neighbors Pinkie and Brian White; and special friends Sandy and Sue.

Patrick Gillan

Mr. J.G. Ryan sent the following message:
It is my sad duty to inform you that Pat Gillan (aka Paddy Whack) expired from cancer on 7/1/2013. He was an adopted uncle in my family and a great personal friend since our Navy time some 40 plus years ago. He is missed by all who knew him here and I'm sure will be missed by his classmates there."

David Sundstrom

David Earl Sundstrom, 68, of Hermantown, died from Acute Myeloma Leukemia in his home June 22, 2016, surrounded by his family. He closed his eyes and was taken to Heaven. What a glorious day.
David was born March 16, 1948, to Earl and Miriam "Suzie" Sundstrom in Duluth.
He graduated from Central High School in 1966. While in high school, Dave purchased a guitar and taught himself to play. He became part of a local band called The Exceptions, performing in Duluth and the surrounding areas.
On Nov. 18, 1967, Dave married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Hallio. They were married for 48 years and together raised three children.
Dave worked for the Minnesota Highway Department until starting his own siding and roofing business, Sundstrom Construction in 1977. He retired in 2013.
Dave was blessed with eight grandchildren and one special great-granddaughter.
Dave and Nancy had a cabin on Long Lake in Cotton. In 1999, they purchased a cabin on East Bass, the same lake he grew up on as a child.
His favorite memories were spending time with his family at the cabin, four-wheeling, sitting by the fire, playing his guitar, and taking the kids tubing. He was a great fisherman and spent many hours on the lake.
Dave attended Westminster Presbyterian Church, Hermantown Community Church, and Salem Covenant Church.
He served as a deacon and taught Sunday school.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Betty.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; children, Pamela (Keith) Solem, Derek, Julianne (Jim) Grymala; eight grandchildren, Ashley, Andrew, Hannah, Isabel, Whitney, Alex, Victoria, and Brendan; and great-granddaughter, Leah; sisters, Judy Sundstrom and Linda (Greg) Aune; brother, Jim (Pat) Sundstrom; and several nieces and nephews; and other extended family and friends.

Peter Allen Lundmark

 Peter Allen Lundmark, 68, of Duluth, Minn. passed away July 26, 2016 at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.
Peter served in the United States Marine Corps, was an excellent auto mechanic, and a kind and thoughtful person.
He was preceded in death by parents Gunnar and Violet Lundmark of Duluth; and three brothers, William, Stephen and Daniel.
He is survived by brothers Richard (Lois), and David (Carol); and a sister, Karen Lundmark Holmes.
VISITATION: 2 p.m. until the 2:30 p.m. service on Friday, July 29, 2016 in the St. Cloud VA Medical Center Chapel.
A private family burial will take place at Park Hill Cemetery in Duluth.


Nancy Howes

Howes, Nancy Marie - Beloved Mom & Beloved Nokomis Age 56 Of Fond du Lac Indian Reservation, currently of Inver Grove Heights, passed away September 30, 2004. Preceded in death by husband, Robert; father, William; brother, Ed. Survived by children, Christopher King, Kathryn (Paul) Smith, Michelle (Mike) Verley, Robert (Jodi) King, and James Gutierrez; 7 grandchildren; mother, Kathryn; sisters, Carol Wiener, Margaret Parks, Pat Dunlap, Mary Blackwell-Howes; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Cremation Society MN Mpls.  

Published in Pioneer Press on Oct. 2, 2004
(Note: We have heard that Nancy had passed, but could not find an obituary. We believe this is the correct one, but if you know otherwise, please let us know.)


Ed Lewis
Edward Everett Lewis, 64, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 in Denver, Colo. following complications after surgery at the Denver VA hospital due to his 2-year battle with Agent Orange-induced leukemia.  
Ed was born Oct. 1, 1947 in Duluth, Minn. to Everett Edward and Shirley Fern (Brownell) Lewis. He attended Arnold Elementary in Duluth where he graduated from 8th grade. He went on to Washington Junior High and graduated from Duluth Central High in 1966. He attended Lake Superior College aka Psalter Technical School in Duluth. 
Ed enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served as a jet aircraft mechanic. While stationed in South Vietnam, he met Doan Thu Quynh. They were married Oct. 22, 1970. To this union were born three children, Edward, Nathalie and Robert. They later divorced yet somehow later in life became friends again. 
After his discharge from the Air Force, he attended Duluth Area Voc Tech Institute, graduating as a welder. He worked at American Hoist and Derrick Company in Duluth.
He moved to Wyoming after his children were grown and worked at various times for Holly/Wyoming Sugar Company, U.S. Forest Service and Big Horn Enterprises.  
He was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and Family of God (Arnold) Lutheran Church near Duluth. Ed was a life member of the NRA and the North American Fishing Club. He was very active in Fishing Has No Boundaries for many years. He loved to hunt and fish, visit with his many friends, and help people whenever he possibly could. More than anything, he liked to spend time with his grandchildren and young nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; both parents; and a brother, David Ralph Lewis. 
Ed is survived by his son, Edward M. (Lisa) Lewis of Duluth, daughter, Nathalie Worley of Longmont,, Colo. and son, Robert H. (Masumi) Lewis of Osaka, Japan; brothers, Grant Lyle (Pam) Lewis of Fairbanks, Alaska, Mickey Lewis of Stanwood, Wash. and Danny (Gloria) Lewis of Thermopolis; five grandchildren, Micheal Floyd, Eric Worley, Amber and Ashly Lewis and Makayla Lewis; nine nieces and nephews; eight great-nieces and great-nephews; his former wife, Thu Quynh Lewis; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and many friends in both Wyoming and Minnesota.
Cremation has taken place.


Scott Martin Overland, 68, of Duluth, passed from this life on Sunday, Oct. 9, at St. Mary's Hospital. He had struggled with the effects of a stroke for a number of years.

Scott was born in Duluth, on June 20, 1948. 

He was a 1966 graduate of Duluth Central High School and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 294 of Hibbing.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Overland Everett, in July of this year; and his father, Arthur E. Overland, in 1977. 
Scott is survived by his son, Scott (Darcy) of Forest Lake and their daughters, Miranda and Jesseca; his brothers, Wayne (Mary), Mark (Cathy) and Greig (Valerie) Overland. He is also survived by a daughter Kelly and her three children. 
At his request there will be no memorial service. If you would like to honor Scott in some way, a donation can be sent to the Salvation Army. Arrangements provided by Cremation Society of Minnesota.


James Richard Wagner

Beloved husband, adoring father & grandfather, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on August 8, 2017. Preceded in death by his father, Richard Wagner. Survived by his loving wife of almost 47 years, Linda (nee Kari) Wagner, daughters, Kristi (Bill) Steh, Pamela (Chris) Foster and Heather (Kevin) Ringersma; 5 grandchildres; mother, Evelyn (Wagner) Schwanz; brothers, Steven (Sandra) Wagner and Ronald (Kris) Wagner.
Memorial service 11AM Monday, August 14 at North Heights Lutheran Church, 1700 W Hwy 96, Arden Hills.

Robert LeFavor


July 10, 1948 - July 20, 2017  

Robert LeFavor, Jr., 69, Duluth, died Thursday, July 20, in his home.  No services will be held. Arrangements by Cremation Society of Minnesota in Duluth


Dan Nick


Daniel Groves Nick  

April 21, 1948 - January 25, 2018 

Daniel Groves Nick of Pleasanton, passed away Thursday, January 25,  

2018 at the age of 69. 

He was born in Duluth, Minnesota on April 21, 1948. 

Daniel is survived by his loving wife, Kathryn (Hendrickson) Nick; son, 

DJ Nick; daughter, Kim Schuchart and husband Tony; siblings, Gary 

Nick of Duluth, Minnesota, Nancy Linsten and husband Rick of Duluth, 

Minnesota and David Nick and wife Tammy of Boise, Idaho and brothers 

and sisters in law, Sandy Tagg of Minnesota, Linda Andrews and husband 

Carl of California, Rusty Hendrickson and wife Non of Minnesota, Jeff 

Hendrickson and wife Diana of Minnesota and John Hendrickson also of 


 He is also survived by his grandchildren, Brody Nick, Megan Nash and 
husband Blane, Dillan Schuchart and wife Kallie, Cheyenne Jahns and 

husband Matthew, Colton Schuchart and Kaylee Schuchart and six 


Visitation will be conducted at Hurley Funeral Home at 118 W. Oaklawn 

Road in Pleasanton on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 


Funeral service led by Pastor Scotty Smith, will be at Cowboy Fellowship 

in Jourdanton on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 10:00 am. 

For anyone wishing to leave condolences for the family, share memories 

or sign the online guestbook, you may do so at


Lyle A Westendahl


Lyle A. Westendahl, 70, of Duluth, passed away Friday, January 19, 2018, in Superior, Wisconsin.  Lyle was born in Duluth on August 14, 1947.

Lyle graduated from Duluth Central High School.  He served in the army during Vietnam; which was a defining moment in his life, something that he took pride in.


Lyle loved music, concerts, watching sports, talking politics, most importantly spending time with his beloved wife Jeanie.


Lyle was preceded in death by his parents.


He is survived by loving wife, Jeanie; and many close friends.


The family would like to thank the staff at the Superior VA, and the staff at St. Luke’s.

Memorial service will be 1PM, Thursday, February 1, 2018, with visitation one-hour prior, in the Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E 2nd Street, Duluth, MN 55805

Claudia Mae (Tangen) Thoreson


Claudia Mae Thoreson, 70 of Duluth died Friday, February 16, 2018 in her home.  Claudia was born January 28, 1948 in Duluth to Orland and Evelyn Tangen.  She was a graduate of Duluth Central and attended UMD.  While at UMD, Claudia met Jim Thoreson and they were married in 1969 at First Lutheran Church in Duluth.  She began working at First National Bank, which became Wells Fargo, retiring in 2012 as a Mortgage Loan officer.  She attended Salem Lutheran Church and was a former member of Corvette’s North; she enjoyed mixed doubles bowling, fishing, boating, four wheeling, spending time at the cabin on Half Moon Lake, but most of all, spending time with her family. One of Claudia’s favorite sayings was, “As we get older, I really believe in the old saying, Life’s short – we have to live, laugh and enjoy every day!”


She was preceded in death by her parents, Orland and Evelyn.


Claudia is survived by her husband, Jim; son, Brian (Traci) Thoreson and their children, Abbi, Tyler, and Trevor; daughter, Shelley (Joe) Scott and their children, Lauren and Johnny; siblings, Gary (Teri) Tangen and Cindy Seguin; several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends; and her faithful companion, “Molly Mae”.


Visitation will be Wednesday, from 5-7pm in the Dougherty Funeral Home.  Visitation will continue Thursday from 10am to the 11am services at First Lutheran Church, 1100 E Superior St. Duluth.


Donna Sue Wegen


Donna Sue Lundgren "Susie", 69, of Duluth went home to be with her Lord and Savior surrounded by family and in her daughter's arms, after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, March 5, 2018. Donna was born December 1, 1948 to Richard and Jo Anne Wegen in Fall Lake Township, which is part of Winton, Minnesota. Donna was raised in Duluth where she was a member of the Duluth Central High School graduating class of 1966. Following high school, Donna joined the Air National Guard and was a member of the 148th Fighter Wing, stationed in Duluth. Donna served our country for three years and was honorably discharged in May of 1977.  

On May 26, 1976, Donna was united in marriage to John Lundgren Sr. in Duluth. Donna and John raised seven children together. In 1983, Donna started her home- based business Secretary on Call, which later became Barcodes Plus, which is celebrating its 35th year in business and is still family owned and operated.  

Donna left a positive and loving impression on everyone she met. Donna will be remembered for her beautiful quilt work, her quick wit, her ability to make others smile, her beautiful gardens and her love of knitting. Donna was rarely seen without her knitting needles in hand or nearby. Donna was proud of her Christian faith and desired to grow closer to God daily. Though her time at Mount Royal Pines III assisted living and Solvay Hospice House were short, she touched many hearts in her last days.  

Donna is survived by her husband of nearly 42 years, John Sr.; children, Karen (Bruce) Smith of Isanti, MN, George (Tina) Olson of Proctor, Patrick (Rhonda) Olson of Duluth, Brian (Laurie) Olson of Superior, Jackie (Ryan) Sather of Duluth, John Jr. (Jessica) Lundgren of Superior, and Andrew (Kristi) Lundgren of Cottage Grove, MN. Donna is also survived by her mother, Jo Anne Wegen of Duluth; siblings, George (Jean) Wegen, Janny (John) Loop, Peggy (Steve) Johnson, Keely Wegen and Kerrie (Tim) Blattner. Donna was an amazing grandma to 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Her dad, Richard and one brother, Donald, precede Donna in death.  

We would like to thank the Essentia Health Oncology & Hematology Staff, as well as the amazing Hospice team, Solvay Hospice house and Mount Royal Pines III for their outstanding care.  

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the Solvay Hospice House in Donna's honor. Donations can be sent to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 98018 Washington, DC 20090-8018 or Solvay Hospice House, 801 Baylis Street Duluth, MN 55811.

Visitation from 5pm-7pm Thursday, March 15th at Duluth Gospel Tabernacle (1515 W. Superior Street, Duluth). The visitation will continue from 10am until the 11am Funeral Service Friday, March 16th at the church. Please leave a memory of Donna or words of support for the family at

Dr. Peter Austin

 Peter Samuel Austin, 69, passed away Thursday May 10, 2018. He was born in Duluth on August 1, 1948, to Walter  

and Irma (Spitzer) Austin.


He graduated from Central High School (1966) and then attended UMD for two years before completing his BA in Political Science at the Twin Cities campus (1970). Peter graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical


School (1974), where he served as class president. He then completed an intern year in Portland, Oregon


before returning to the Twin Cities for an ophthalmology residency at the U of MN. While at the University of


Minnesota he met Sarah Bonney Kincaid. They were married on July 1, 1973 in Rochester, Minnesota. Peter


moved back to Duluth in 1978 and established an ophthalmology practice in the Medical Arts Building,


later known as Austin and Treacy. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Duluth, a past president of the


Lake Superior Medical Society, and served as a board member at Northland Medical Associates and Temple


Israel. He helped coach his children’s sport teams and was a cub scout pack leader. He enjoyed downhill


skiing, fishing, water sports, being at the cabin, and spending time with family and friends. Peter also cherished


frequent travel adventures and fishing trips with his lifelong friends, Mike McLish and Ron Abernethy.


His parents, uncle Egon Spitzer, and grandmother Gisela Spitzer preceded him in death. Peter is survived


by his wife, Bonney; children Bryan (Jessica), Jonathan (Bren Elizalde), Nicholas (partner Kendra Coonse), and Alexandra Austin (Nick Ullrich); sister Ruth (Arthur) Hafner of Chicago, IL; nephews Zachary, Ethan, and Jeremy Hafner; niece Tamar Waller; sisters-in-law Linda (Richard) Dick and Elizabeth (Brian) Stinson; and his faithful canine companions, Piper and Charley





























LeAnn Ferdon

LeAnn Jean Nielsen 70 of Anoka, Mn. is at peace after her battle
with cancer. LeAnn was born in Duluth, Mn. to Robert and
Jeanne Ferdon. She graduated from Duluth Central High School
and attended UMD and studied Art. LeAnn will be lovingly
remembered by her husband Robert and three children,
Michelle(John) Panger, Mark, Sean(Marcia), siblings, grand
daughter, nieces and nephews and many friends.
Memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at
Presbyterian Church of the Master, 789 Northdale Blvd., 
Coon Rapids, Mn.
Flowers or memorials can be sent to the church.

John Haller


John “Jack” Haller 70, Passed away peacefully at St.Luke’s Hospital Hospice Care Unit on November 3rd Upon his final mo ments he was sur rounded by many loved ones. Jack will be remembered by his extensive family as he joins his beloved wife Elizabeth Haller at their final resting place. Per his request there will be a private ceremony held at his home in McGregor.


A celebration of life will be held Friday November 16th from 2-5 at Fosters Sports Bar & Grill. 4767 W Arrowhead Rd, Hermantown.


Kenneth “Ken” M. Hansen


God and the angels needed another mentor and someone to be a "big brother", and Ken left us suddenly on Wednesday November 13 following a medical procedure that afternoon to fill that role. Ken had major heart surgery two weeks ago and was in the St. Luke's ICU receiving wonderful care. No one knew how much his heart condition was impacting his life until his surgery. He entered the hospital weaker than we knew and only got weaker as his body could not keep up.
Ken was born and raised in Duluth, played youth hockey and was a member of the 1962 Bantam City and State championship team. He attended Central High School; where he met his wife Elaine; played football and hockey; sang in the choir; and was part of the Class of 66. Boy Scouts were a big part of his life - he attained the rank of Eagle Scout; attended the 1964 National Jamboree, known to watch over the younger Scouts; was an Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 9 and volunteered to be with the youngest Scouts for a week at summer camp; he was found at Grandma's Marathon Mile Marker 24 with Troop 9 for a number of years; cooked for weekend camps; and mentored new leaders and scouts. His professional life in drafting and engineering gave him the opportunity to design large and small hydraulic systems. He loved his work and was proud of the contribution he made to efficient and productive manufacturing and business operations. While in South Dakota, he was active with the Optimist Club and contributed back to the community and youth activities.
Youth hockey became a passion and he was a youth hockey coach who was recognized for encouraging players to improve their skills and play as a team, even if they were not at the highest levels. His teams had great fun, built character, and produced some very good hockey players. He has been on the Duluth Amateur Hockey Board (DAHA) and served several terms as President, as Chair of the Rules and Grievance committee, and donated time each year to tournaments and DAHA fundraising activities. He was also an avid UMD Bulldog fan and enjoyed his season tickets.
Outside activities were important to him and he was the perennial organizer and cook for Opening Fishing, fishing trips to Canada, late December and February ice fishing trips to Lake of the Woods. He enjoyed pheasant hunting in South Dakota and deer hunting in Minnesota. At Moonlight Bay on Leech Lake where he liked to spend most of the summer fishing and playing golf, he coordinated the cooking for the beef bar-b-que and the Labor Day pig roast each year.
Ken was given 9 lives and they ran out. He will be remembered as kind, honest, independent, compassionate, helpful, encouraging, and full of love. His memory will live on with his family - wife Elaine; children Sharon, Kristine and Ken Jr.; grandchildren Tony, Sean, Becci and Tyler; brothers Bill, Tom and Tim and their wives; special friends Terry, Eileen, and Ralph; his Moonlight Bay family; Kathy Angelos the mother of Kristine and Ken Jr.; and many other relatives and friends. His dog Buddie hastened her trip over the rainbow bridge to be waiting for Ken, leaving Shadow without his two best friends.
Visitation is 3pm to 5pm on Sunday November 18, and one hour before the 11 am Monday November 19 remembrance at Dougherty Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations to the DAHA Hank Jensen Fund, 120 S 30th Ave W., Duluth, MN 55806, to help all youth be able to experience hockey, would be very much appreciated. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral home






Ralph Bowen

Ralph Thomas Bowen, 72, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away July 6, 2020 in Apache Junction, AZ. 

Sandra Marie Hobbs

Sandra Marie Hobbs Cooke passed away in 2019 in Colchester, Essex, England

Raymond Frankowiak

Raymond J. “Ray” Franckowiak, 72, of Gnesen Township died on Wednesday January 6, 2021 at Chris Jensen Health & Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Duluth on January 27, 1948 to Joseph and Helen (Wengrin) Franckowiak. Ray graduated from Duluth Central High School, Class of 66. He married Marie Leyes on October 22, 1977 in St. Benedict Catholic Church, Duluth.


Ray started his career as a welder and a glass cutter working at various shops in Duluth. He eventually found his home at MN/DOT as a plow driver and highway construction and maintenance worker. He retired from MN/DOT after 22 years of dedicated service from a job he loved. He often said that his only regret from his time at MN/DOT was that he would have liked to be able to have another 10 years there. Upon retirement, Ray decided he wanted to spend his time at home in the garage while Marie decided she wanted to spend the time they had to do some traveling. So, travel they did. Western Canada, Utah & New Mexico, Washington DC, and Cape Cod were some of their favorites. He was a lifelong parishioner of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Gnesen. Ray was very adept at all things mechanical. He loved working in his garage on building, modifying, or restoring everything from plow trucks and classic cars, to snowmobiles and track vehicles, to skid steers, wood processors and many other hydraulic-powered toys. He prided himself in his ability to build just about anything from only a picture. Ray raised his 3 boys to share his passion for fixing things, and always took the time to help out or give advice to anyone in need. He was never bashful to tell anyone that would listen about how proud he was of his sons. Ray was always happy when he had a wrench in his hand and dirt under his fingernails.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


He is survived by his wife Marie, sons Michael, Mark (Laura), and Matthew (Christie), and many cousins.

Kurt Peter Haldorsen

March 16, 1948 - May 23, 2018


Kurt Peter Haldorsen, 70, of Saginaw, MN, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family, on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. He is preceded in death by his father, Karl Haldorsen. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Haldorsen; daughter, Colleen Haldorsen; son, Robert Haldorsen; brother, Dr. David (Elaine) Haldorsen; sister Konnie (Robert) Ellis; mother, Lilly Haldorsen, and many relatives and friends.

John Michael Anderson

John Michael Anderson, 73, passed away July 16, 2021, with his loving wife of 50 years by his side, after a long battle with cancer.


John was born February 29, 1948, in Duluth, MN. He grew up in the central hillside and remained in Duluth most of his life; spending his last few years in Brownsville, TX. John served in the Army reserves then soon after started working at Barko Hydraulics where his love for the industry began. John married Sharon Ann White on June 24, 1971. They had an adventurous fifty years together.


In the late 70’s he ventured off to start his own manufacturing business in Two Harbors, MN. This company was his pride and joy and he poured his heart and soul into making it a success. The employees he counted as family and he treasured his partners, Bruce Pierce and Bob Madison.


John made it a priority to bring donuts to his grandkids every Saturday morning. He loved each of them dearly and was so proud of them. John loved fishing on Lake Superior with his family for many years. Mud racing with his girls and watching Nascar were his favorite pastimes. John was generous, ambitious, stubborn, and trusting beyond measure. He also had a special love for animals of all kinds. Anyone who knew John was blessed to be a part of his unique adventures. He was a born leader and this was evident in anything he was passionate about. John made a lasting impact in Brownsville, TX, where he semi-retired after his cancer diagnosis. He created a beautiful park for his Texas friends, and was the “go-to” for golf-cart repairs, and gave opportunities as well as friendship to anyone he met.


John is preceded in death by his mother, Geane Anderson, step-father Helge Anderson, brother Steven Anderson, and son-in-law/best friend, Andy McCubbin.


John will be greatly missed by his wife, Sharon, daughters Stephanie (Steve), Tricia (Jason), and grandchildren, Alexis, Paige, Sarah, Elianna, Jared, Abbey, and Ethan, and dog/partner-in-crime Millie.


VISITATION: 12 p.m. until the 1 p.m. memorial service Friday, July 30, at The Vineyard Church, 1533 W. Arrowhead Road, Duluth.

Linda LaTour Rhody

Linda passed away 3/5/2017

Steven Graham Lax

Steven Graham Lax. 73, loving husband, father, grandpa, and brother went to heaven to be with Jesus on July 23, 2021 with his familt by his side. He was born to John and Ada (Graham) Lax on April 20, 1948 in Duluth.
Steve graduated from Central High School and continues his education through a 5-yr apprenticeship to become a journeyman printer. He worked at Davidson Printing Co and retired after more than 30 years from his career as a supervisor for the ISD #709 printing department. 
He loved cooking for his family, enjoyed camping trips, hunting  and fishing.
He will be deeply missed by family, friends and all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Ada GFraham.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years Margaret; his son Jonathan; daughter Chrisine (Russell) Saigy; sister Bonnie (Roger) Rose; brother Robert; Sister-in-law Marilyn Olson; Granddaughter Caitlyn, Callie, Cara,  and Ceccelia Saigy; Nieces Jaclyn Shulz and Kaylee Rose; and Nephew Eric Lax.
It was Steve's request to not have a service.

John Fedorchuk

John passed away in 2012.
He is survived by his daughter, Jessica; son, Evan, four beautiful grandchildren, Clair, Gabriel, Caden, and Noah; three brothers, David, Greg, and Andy. 

Mike MacDonald

Michael James MacDonald, 69, of Eveleth and formerly of Duluth, died Tuesday , January 9, 2018 at St. Raphael Health and Rehab Center in Eveleth.  He was born September 4, 1948 in Duluth to Jerry and June (Wallin) MacDonald.

Mike graduated from Central High school.  He joined the armed forces and served his country as a medical corpsman which included a tour of Vietnam where he received the Medal of Valor for his courage in act of duty.  Mike loved Minnesota outdoor life as well as a passion for weightlifting which he excelled in to a point of setting 36 world records in bench pressing.  Two of these world records still remain unbroken after 40 years.  This inspired him opening a business in Duluth, Macs Gym, and later he went on to invent a revolutionary new cambered bar specific for benching which the sport now calls the “MacDonald Bar”.

Mike was preceded in death by his father Jerry, and his sister Diane Conant

John Hamilton
Dave Hietala

Passed away March 5, 2014 in Fountain Hills, Arizona

Ardell Michaelson

Ardell passed away 5/31/2020

Carolyn Drisko

Passed away in Houston, TX in November of 2011

Elizabeth Naslund

Elizabeth Naslund Anglemyer of Puyallup, Washington, was killed in a collision in Algona, Washington on September 6, 1980 at the age of 33. 

Alice Ainsleigh

Alice Ainsleigh passed away on February 22, 2012 in Minneapolis, MN 

Ricardo Swader

Ricardo “Ricky” T Swader 75, Duluth passed away peacefully at Miller Dwan Hospital April 30, 2022.
He graduated from Central High School then furthered his education in Mpls. He was an outdoorsman. He loved hunting and fishing, but he also cooked and baked. He was creative and sometimes secretive about his ingredients, such as adding bacon grease in chocolate cookie yumm. He loved his flowers always had them growing in his windows.
He retired from Fond-du-luth Casino. Where he was a Tech Supervisor. He made many wonderful friends who appreciated his sense of humor.
He was preceded by death by his parents Henry and Mayme, brother Rey, and daughter Renaye.
Survived by his daughters Lisa of Cologne, Rachel (Bob) of Holyoke Ashley (Dean) of Duluth Grandchildren, great grandchildren. brothers Dedo (Jeanne) Tony (Kathie) Mark (Tina) Carlos (Julie) sister Maria (Mark), cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Mary Waananen Magers

Mary Waanenen Magers passed away in Rochester  Minnesota on July 6, 2014

Mark Kleppen

Mark Kleppen, age 73, of New Brighton passed away on Sept. 29th.

Mark was preceded in death by wife, Shaun.

He is survived by daughter, Kirsten Kleppen; son, Steve (Kelly) Kleppen; granddaughter, Nora; brothers, Jon, David, and James Ole Kleppen; other loving family & friends

Donna Benson Melde

Donna Mae Melde, 74, of Duluth, Minnesota, died August 10, 2022 at Edgewood Vista in Hermantown. She was born January 7, 1948 in Duluth, the daughter of the late Olaf and Alice Benson. She was the 2nd of 5 siblings. On February 28, 1975, Donna married Robert James Melde. She graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1966, and earned a 2 year associates degree in accounting from DAVTI. She worked at the Duluth Target for 10 years before leaving her position to raise her children. Donna was elected as a Supervisor in Rice Lake Township and served on the town board for three years. She enjoyed knitting, cooking, and time spent with family. Donna is survived by her husband, Robert Melde; daughter Jennifer Melde of Sycamore, IL; son Andrew (Stacy) Melde of Superior, WI; son Ole Melde of Superior, WI; grandchildren Kelsie (Nick Olson), Ryley, and Sully Hopkins; great-grandchildren Adalyn Johnson, Lola, and Madden Olson; brother Dale (Linda) Benson of Duluth, MN; sister Delores Benson of Duluth, MN; brother Douglas (Duane Gajewski) Benson of Clearwater, FL; sister Christine (Erik Nelson) Glynn of Duluth, MN; mother-in-law Betty Melde of Proctor, MN; brother-in-law Douglas (Candace) Melde of Duluth, MN; sister-in-law Barbara Olson of Hermantown, MN; and sister-in-law Mary Melde of Proctor, MN. The family would like to thank the staff at Edgewood Vista Memory Care and Caring Edge for their love and support. A Celebration of Life will be held on September 10th, from 11am to 1pm at the Government Services Center at 5105 Maple Grove Rd, Hermantown, MN.

Sandy Franckowiak Watters

 Sandra “Sandy” J. Watters, 74, of Duluth, died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 25th at Essentia St. Mary’s, with her family by her side. A two-time cancer survivor, Sandy was adamant that she would not die of cancer, and she was right (as she usually was) - ultimately her body was unable to beat Covid-19.
Sandy was born Nov. 17, 1948, in Duluth to Stanley and Audrey Franckowiak. She embraced the role of oldest daughter, taking on anything that was expected or asked of her without fear or hesitation. As a child she could often be found alongside her family working at her grandparents’ store and tavern, the Normanna Inn. She was a doer and liked to make lists, much to the chagrin of her daughters who woke up to the dreaded to-do list every Saturday morning. 
Sandy graduated from Duluth Central High School and earned a degree in Teaching at UMD. She dedicated her life to children, first teaching at Park Point School, and after taking off time to raise her daughters, teaching 5th grade at St. John’s School for 28 years, specializing in Social Studies. She was a beloved teacher, always available to her students and focused on creating meaningful experiences for them. She taught her students to observe intently, think critically and believe there was nothing they couldn’t do. 
To support herself through college Sandy worked at Falk’s Pharmacy in Woodland. She never lost the large bicep she developed from scooping ice cream at the soda fountain for so many years and never forgave herself for accidentally dumping an entire milkshake in a woman’s purse. Sandy (the introvert) was convinced that she would never marry, but a mutual friend introduced her to her future husband, Pat Watters (the extrovert), saying he thought they’d be good together - they were married on July 26, 1969. Even after 53 years of marriage, she referred to Pat as her perfect partner, often explaining that certainly no one else would be able to put up with her. 
She had great faith, being a life-long member of St. John’s Church where she was baptized, married, and now laid to rest. She enjoyed having coffee with the retirees from St. John’s. Her quilting and sewing room was her happy place. She loved to bake, garden, read and shop, but most of all, Sandy loved being around her family, especially her grandchildren who often went to Grandma’s to create master pieces through arts and crafts .
She was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Audrey Franckowiak; in-laws, LaVerne and Ruby Watters, and her brother-in-law, Bill Walsh.

Sandy is survived by the love of her life, Pat; daughters, Amy Watters, and Jennifer Watters; grandchildren, Juniper and Finn Hansen; siblings, Mary Jo (Jerry) Lapcinski and Sharon Walsh; several nieces and nephews, and many cousins and friends. She will be greatly missed. Candidates for her replacement as matriarch of the family are currently under consideration. 
A very special thank you to the caregivers and staff at the Essentia ICU, Masonic Cancer Center (Dr. Desai), and Essentia Health Cancer Center (Dr. Kebbecus) who were always kind, empathetic and honest

Al (Tim) Eastman

Alva (Al) B. Eastman Jr. passed away unexpectedly on April 29, 2023 in Bradenton, FL. He was born on August 9, 1948, in Superior, WI, and grew up in Duluth, MN, on Park Point. He graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1966 and later married Linda Sieger from Duluth. He enlisted in the military at the age of 17 and had a distinguished career, retiring from the Duluth 148th Air National Guard as a Chief Master Sergeant after serving his country for over 29 years. He received the Air Force Achievement Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal during his service. One of Al’s passions was sharing stories about his military service and showing gratitude to fellow veterans. After retirement, he spent time raising his three boys, coaching basketball and soccer, going skiing, and enjoying the family cabin in Cromwell. Additionally, he found ways to stay busy by working as the Zoning Administrator for Lakewood Township and as a Business Agent for Duluth Stagehands where he organized the labor for concerts and events. After Linda retired, they became residents of Bradenton, FL, and enjoyed traveling to various destinations, including the Caribbean, Alaska, and Cuba. He was an active member of his retirement community, Gold Tree, where he enjoyed spending the winter playing a variety of sports, including tennis, pickleball, and golf. He also attended driveway parties and participated in many gatherings with the fun-loving folks of Gold Tree, where he enjoyed playing card games such as Pegs and Jokers. Known for his great sense of humor, Al had a way of putting others at ease and brightening their day with a well-timed joke. In 2018, he became a proud grandfather for the first time to Kallen. His joy doubled when Avery was born in 2020, and he was thrilled when he welcomed his granddaughter Kendall in 2022, the first girl in the family. Spending time with his grandchildren brought him so much happiness, and he cherished every moment he had with them. He would light up when talking about his grandkids and share stories about their latest adventures with everyone. Al was preceded in death by his parents, Alva (Sr) and Cyrillia Eastman, his brother Thomas (5), and his sisters Jan Sulerud and Jill Nordberg. He is survived by his wife Linda; sons, Thomas (Ruth) Eastman, Roseville, MN; Timothy Eastman (Krystal Iverson) Duluth, MN; Travis Eastman, Duluth, MN; his sister Joan Eastman (Ron Wahlsten) Duluth; his grandchildren, Kallen Eastman, Kendall Eastman, of Duluth, and Avery Eastman of Roseville, and the family Golden retrievers, Milli and Rex. A Military Honors Salute will be held on June 2nd at 11AM at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, located at 4777 Highway 53, Saginaw, MN 55779. Following the salute, there will be lunch and visiting at Cast Iron Bar and Grill, located at 5906 Old Miller Trunk Hwy, Duluth, MN 55811.

Barb Renick

Barbara Lee Renick of Duluth died Thursday May 18, 2023, in her home. She was born in Duluth to Irene and Frederick Renick on December 25th, 1947. 

Barb graduated from Duluth Central High School; she was in the Class of 1966. She worked at the Duluth Public Library for 39.5 years. She enjoyed her work at the library so much that after her retirement she continued as an active volunteer. In addition, Barbara was an involved member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, participating in Women of the ELCA, Altar Guild and chairing Eve gathering. Her most treasured role with the Church was that of a Sunday school teacher, she taught for 56 years stopping due to the pandemic. 

Barbara was a beloved daughter, sister, and aunt. She was an avid reader and loved adding to her many collections by treasure hunting at estate sales. A Christmas baby, she embodied the spirit of every holiday. She decorated every inch of her home and made handmade cards every holiday for those she held dear. She loved her family deeply and doted on her nieces and nephews. She was truly a ‘great’ Aunt.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Jill Bauer.

She is survived by her brother Jack Renick; sister Kathy Wimer; nieces and nephews, Tracy (Mike) Pearson, Chris (Amber) Bauer, Heidi Baker, Darci (Justin) Tessier, Sarah (Everett) Reynolds, Justin Renick; and great-nieces and nephews, Austin, Makayla, Morgan, Alyvia, Nick, Nadia and Teagen Tessier.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 27th, 2023, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 219 N. 6th Ave E. Visitation 12pm, Service 1pm and reception to follow. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 218-727-3555. Please visit to sign the online guestbook.

Dianne Wainio Liukkonen

Diane Lorraine Wainio Liukkonen (“Fig”), 75, passed away peacefully on July 06, 2023 in Madison, WI, while courageously battling cancer. She was born on March 06, 1948, in Duluth, MN. She is predeceased by her husband, Jim Liukkonen, parents Reino and Elsie Wainio, second parents Margaret (“Nanny”) and Edward (“Papa”) Erickson, and brothers William and Kenneth Wainio. She is survived by daughters Kara Capaul, Darcy Keppers, and Tracy (Jody) Ruotsalainen, granddaughter Nora Capaul (13), grandsons Nathan (15) and Christopher Capaul (7), her beloved dog Maggie, childhood friends Judy (“Auntie”) Hurtig and Dianne (“Forsy”) O’Keefe, and the extended Erickson family.


Diane spent her career as a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, MN. She finished her nursing career at Duluth Detoxification Center. After retirement, she moved to Waunakee, WI to be with her grandchildren. Diane led her life to the fullest. She was blessed with so many talents - artist, musician, storyteller, and cook to name a few. During her entire life she embodied the Finish term Sisu - strength of will, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of diversity. She deeply touched the lives of all those who knew her. She was a very kind, generous, and compassionate person.


Diane will be desperately missed by all those that she’s left behind. Our hearts are so broken by her loss. She was one of a kind and to be loved by her was to be truly blessed. We are comforted that she is now reunited with Jim, the love of her life.


At her request, there will be no funeral by her immediate family. There will be a celebration of life in late summer/early fall in Duluth, MN. She wished to be remembered and acknowledged as a loving mother and grandmother, and a loyal friend.

Marsha Maki LaMontagne Keuten

Marsha Diane Keuten, 75, passed away on September 18, 2023. She was born July 26, 1948, to Leo and Elma Maki. Marsha was a 1966 Duluth Central HS graduate and worked for the US Post Office for 35 years, retiring in 2011. She was happy reading and watching movies at her Island Lake home. She loved attending the MN State Fair, cheering on her MN Vikings, talking politics with everyone and watching her favorite political shows. She also loved visiting with her friends, family, and anyone she came into contact with in the medical field, especially Dr. Erik Sather.




She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Roger Lee Maki, and the love of her life, Donald Keuten. Marsha is survived by her sons, Shane LaMontagne and Lance Keuten; her daughter, Summer LaMontagne (Angie); beloved dog, Molly; grandchildren, Michael, Jaden, Anthony, Trey, Ben, Christina, Alan, Trinity, Seth, Henry, Declan, and great-granddaughter, Everly; her sister, Patty (Tapio) Toivonen and her brother, Scott Maki (Eda Kangas); nephews, Brian and Kevin, and nieces, Brooke and Jennifer.




We are having a celebration of life at her home on September 30th, 2-4 p.m.

Henry Koski

Henry Nickolas Koski, 75, of Duluth, Minnesota passed away in November of 2023. Henry grew up in Duluth, attended university out of state, later returning to his beloved Duluth. Henry walked his beautiful city daily. He was a member of bible studies, the Swedish Cultural Society and Holy Cross Lutheran Church where he strengthened his strong belief in Jesus, his Lord and Savior. He will be dearly missed by his friends and family. Henry was predeceased by his parents, Oscar and Dagmar, and his brothers, Morty and Raymond. Henry is survived by his sisters, Martha (Wellington, CO) and Josephine (North Pole, AK) and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial Services will be January 21, 2024 at 11 am at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Duluth, MN.

Jean Bjorklund Rasanen

Jean Bjorklund Rasanen died on December 31, 2023

Nancy Dulinski House

July 23, 1948 — March 22, 2024

Buckeye, AZ
Nancy Mae (Dulinski) House, 75, passed away Friday March 22, 2024 at The City of Hope in Goodyear, AZ surrounded by her family.
Nancy was born July 23, 1948 in Duluth, MN to Leonard (Bud) and Shirley Dulinski. She was a graduate of Duluth Central High School, Class of 1966. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Family was the most important thing to Nancy, followed by being a good friend to many, as a close second.  Her love of children was not lost on her 3 daughters, 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren to whom she was entirely devoted to. Nancy retired in 2018 from Richfield Bloomington Credit Union. She then moved to Buckeye Arizona to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine. In her spare time she loved to play cards, crochet, do puzzles, and spend time with family.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Kenneth Dulinski.
She is survived by her daughters, Rhonda Ozzello, Candace (Greg) Jackson, Melody (Doug) Robison, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

Jim Christoferson

In the early morning of May 1, 2024, James "Jim" Steven Christoferson was called home by his Heavenly Father and at First Light, awoke to his beloved wife, Pam, in Heaven.

Always exceptionally affectionate, generous, and loving, Jim was born the definition of a Friday's Child in Duluth, Minnesota, on July 16, 1948. He was the youngest of three boys born to William and Angeline Christoferson. Raised in Duluth, Jim began his career in radio at age 14, operating a pirate radio station from a 2-transistor radio in his bedroom and swapping 10-inch tapes of religious shows every Sunday morning on KAOH AM in Duluth.

In high school at Duluth Central, Jim was active in journalism and worked as a waiter at the Pickwick Restaurant & Pub while dreaming of becoming a full-time Disc Jockey in college. Even though they grew up just miles apart, it was not until college at the University of Minnesota Duluth when A Guy Like Jim noticed the Girl in the Pink Sweater. This was when the Story of Jim and Pamela Anne Christoferson began to unfold. On June 27, 1970, their first beautiful chapters began when Jim married Pam and embarked on their faithful and Christ-filled lifetime adventure.

Continuously driven, Jim was a major market DJ in California by the time he was 25, a radio manager at 30, and a radio station owner by 40. His strong entrepreneurial spirit led to many broadcasting endeavors, awards, and accolades. While those things fulfilled him professionally, his true passion was building a strong family with his wife and raising his five children.

Throughout their 47-year marriage, Jim's career in radio took the couple from Duluth to Ft. Worth, to Los Angeles, Monterey, and back to Texas. Amidst all the moves, Jim's charm and self-deprecating humor allowed him to make lifelong friends in each of those cities. Jim and Pam established roots in Abilene and built a home where they raised their family for the last 38 years.

Whether it was managing a radio station, establishing one of his own, serving on countless non-profit boards across Abilene, reading the voice of God at Easter Mass, acting as Eucharistic minister at Holy Family Catholic Church, or attending countless baseball, football, volleyball, debates, concerts, or plays for all those he loved, Jim was the true embodiment of a businessman, family man and servant leader.

Jim's hobbies included reading, walking Maggie endless miles, talking creative with his kids, working on his podcasts, Radio…What Happened? and The Fumbling C's, fantasy football, continuing his work at the Delta Group, helping to plan his high school reunions with friends and fellow Trojans, and endless hours of Beatles Trivia. Jim worked tirelessly to serve his clients, friends, and family. A devoted father, Jim would humbly boast his proudest accomplishment was raising his five children alongside Pam.

He left this earth after a day of laughter, hope, and contentment. Jim is survived and forever missed by his daughter Jennifer Christoferson and partner Robert Olson; son James and wife Lee-Douglass Christoferson; daughter Melissa and husband Christopher Hawn; daughter Patricia and husband Jeff Dressen; son William and wife Laura Christoferson; and grandchildren Jacob and Allie Zindler, Joshua, Lucy, and Samuel Hawn, Kelton Tobin, JR and Kate Dressen, and Brooks Christoferson. He is also survived by his brothers Ole and Bill, their spouses Maureen and Kathy, and in-laws Peter, Kit, Debbie, Mary, and Judy. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Angeline, and his loving and faithful spouse, Pamela.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you for the gentle support and love so many have generously offered these last four months. A very special thank you is expressed to Jim's friends at the Delta Group, Townsquare Media, Cumulus Broadcasting, and the amazing care and direction received from Carl, Leticia, and Deanna at Lincare, as well as Shandra Oden and the excellent staff and friends at Kinder Hearts Home Health and Hospice.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Abilene with Rev. Msgr. Frederick Nawarskas co-officiating, directed by Elliot-Hamil Family Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 South, Abilene.

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Michael McLish

Mike was born in Duluth, MN to Barbara and Donald McLish.
He grew up in Chester Park with his older brother Donald and his younger sister Patty. He enjoyed family lake vacations in the summer and was an avid fisherman his whole life. Mike graduated from Central High School in 1966 and felt a strong connection to his class and community. Mike was a talented piano player who played by ear. As a child, he hid the fact he could not read music by asking his teacher to play newly assigned songs for him. Once he heard it, he could play it. Mike helped build community with his playing and in his younger years played at the World-Renowned Murphy’s Lounge in downtown Duluth. He used his musical talent to connect with friends and family and often played with others. For most of his career, Mike was a salesman, manager, and owner at Lindor Piano; and later a salesman and manager at Lindor Ward Piano.
Near the end of his career, he sold real estate in Northern Wisconsin. Mike was a kind and generous man. He was quick to share a laugh and did not hesitate to show up for the people that he loved. He married Kay in 1995 and found much happiness in the life they built together in Solon Springs, WI. They hosted theme parties with the Magnificent Seven, created beautiful gardens, and fished together. He also stayed connected with old friends and spent most Wednesdays eating lunch with Peter Austin, Ron Abernethy, and Stan Gershgol. Mike was a dedicated parent who did everything he could for his family.He moved to Maryland 4 years ago to be closer to most of his children and grandchildren. He adored his grandchildren and shared many happy moments with them. His unconditional love was a constant in their lives.
Surviving loved ones include: his loving wife Kay McLish, his sister Patricia McLish, and her husband Medric Godbout; his children including Jennifer McLish, Steve Wimer, and his wife Melinda Wimer. He leaves behind his grandchildren Bradley (Nicole) Wimer and Timothy (Samantha) Wimer; Samuel and Violet Roecker, and greatgrandchildren Easton, Austin, and Danielle Wimer.


There was no one quite like Mike McLish and we will miss him dearly.

June Gee (June Thau Huie)

Age 76 of Lino Lakes, died May 5, 2024. Preceded in death by parents, Joe and Lee Huie. Survived by brothers, Wing Ying (Lilly) Huie, Wing Kwong (Winnie) Huie and Wing Young Huie; many other relatives. Visitation Thursday, May 16th from 11-1:00pm at Forest Hill Cemetery; 2516 Woodland Avenue, Duluth. Interment to follow at 1:00pm