In Memory
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






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.


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.




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





























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

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.


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

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


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


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.


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.


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.

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.)


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.


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.

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."

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.

Linda Grann

Linda passed away on October 2nd, 2015.

Harold Wallace

Harold passed away on July 4th, 2014

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.   

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


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

Allen Wiseman

Al passed away November 3rd, 2004

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.  

Marlene Ahrendt Anderson

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Doug Working
Leslie Williams
Jeffre Wallner Pfuhl
Ken Vann
Linda Thompson
Randi Tesdahl
Nova Stelman
Jan Simonson
Bob Sero
Ross Saarela
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.

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.

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. 

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. 

Toni Radice
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.

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Dorothy Morinville Solomonson
Janet Montgomery Harvey
Diane Montgomery Cullen
Danny Moen
Devin Mathison
Mike Manninen
Roger Maki
Doug Lofquist
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)

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. 

Connie Linge Sutherland
Bill Korpela
Larry Johnson
Gloria Johnson
Dianne Johnson Baumgardner
Dave Jensen

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

Linda Jacobs Slotness
Jim Hood
Barb Hill

Barb passed away in August, 2011

Frances Hey Weiss
Jim Hedberg
Dick Harris
Tom Harasmisz
Don Green
Glenda Gilmore Handley
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.


Jim Caine
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.


Gene Franckowiak
Jeanne Esterbrooks
Dan Ekstrom
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.


Gordon Carter
Jane Cackowski
Jerry Burke
Jeff Boldt
Jerry Anderson

Jerry passed away on September 23, 2011

Randy Antcliff
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.