Robert “Bob” John Pernat



Robert “Bob” John Pernat, 72, of Cook, passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at St. Luke’s in Duluth.  Robert was born August 12, 1944 in Hibbing to John P. and Ina (Koskela) Pernat. On September 22, 2008, he was united in marriage to Elsie Pater … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. […]

Rosie Valentini



 Rosie Valentini, 95 years young, died Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing. She was born on January 5, 1921, in Chisholm to Pasquale and Anna (Baratto) Altavilla. She was a Chisholm High School graduate, class o… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Roger H. Martinson Jr.



 Roger H. Martinson Jr., 72, of Cook, passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Cook Care Center. He was born Roger Hugo Martinson  on February 27, 1944 in Virginia, MN the son of Roger and Virginia (Balke) Martinson Sr. He grew up&nbs… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Eero A. “Eric” Ruuska



 Eero A. “Eric” Ruuska, 80, of Angora, passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Cook Community Hospital, with his family at his side. Eero was born on May 18, 1936 at Haapajarvi, Finland the son of Vaino and Hilja (Jussila) Ruuska. He moved … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Mary Elaine Erchul



 Mary Elaine Erchul, 86, of McKinley, died Monday, June 27, 2016 at St. Michael’s Health and Rehab in Virginia, MN. Mary was born August 15, 1929 in Eveleth, MN to Myles and Florence (Gardiepy) Furlong.  Following her father’s death, the f… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

John Edwin “Big John” Shaleen



John Edwin “Big John” Shaleen, 68, of Fayal Township died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in his home.  He was born September 3, 1947 in Wabasha, MN the son of Edwin and Theresa (Goering) Shaleen. John was a graduate of Mt. Iron High School… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Joseph V. Bonach



 Joseph V. Bonach, 67, of Murphy Lake, left this earth on the 21st of June, 2016. Joe’s passion for golf, wood working and card playing was immensely outshined by the love he shared for his family, friends and even strangers. From laying railro… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Esther Marie Myers



Esther Marie Myers, 80, of Embarrass, died Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the Chestnut Grove Assisted Living Facility in Virginia. Esther was born on March 21, 1936 to Lewis and Mayme (Knutson) Wheeler in Brainerd City, MN.  She grew up and attende… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Anna Linder



 Anna Linder, 89, of Gilbert, died Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at the Boundary Waters Care in Ely. She was born in Chicago, IL the daughter of William and Rose (Augustyniak) Mack. Anna was a graduate of St. Joseph’s High School, was married to Marti… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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In our June 17 edition of Hometown Focus, we published a story by HTF Contributor Betty Manseau about her trip to Ireland. She and her friend Mary Mohar were hosted there by Father John O’Donnell. She noted in her story that Father O’Don… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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