Obituaries

Kevin J. Kutsi

Kevin J. Kutsi, 56, of Ely and formerly of Hoyt Lakes, passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at Essentia Health-St Mary’s hospital in Duluth. He was diagnosed with a thyroid cancer a month ago and passed away from complications. Kevin was born May 11, 1963, in Duluth to Wesley and Connie (Germ) Kutsi. He graduated from Aurora-Hoyt Lakes high […]

Ann E. “Granny Annie” Silda

Ann E. “Granny Annie” Silda, 75, of Embarrass, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at her home with family by her side. She was born on Nov. 13, 1944, in Omaha, NE, and attended school in Aurora. Ann worked for St. Louis County as a heavy equipment operator and was a motorcycle enthusiast. Survivors include two daughters: Leann Johnson […]

Sylvia K. Troseth

Sylvia K. Troseth, 92, a lifetime Iron Ranger, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2020, at Carefree Living in Orr. Sylvia Katherine Troseth was born June 23, 1937, in Mahnomen, MN, to Orie and Julia (Guyon) Potter. On Feb. 2, 1949, she was united in marriage to Clifford M. Troseth in White Earth, MN. Sylvia worked at the Eveleth Nursery. […]

Debbie A. Pekkarinen

Debbie A. Pekkarinen, 64, of Makinen, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s in Duluth. Debbie Alena Pekkarinen was born on June 5, 1955, in Virginia, to John and Helen (Suomi) Lamprecht. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Virginia in 1973. Following high school, she attended Duluth Business University, obtaining her medical secretary degree. On […]

Craig A. Linsley

Craig A. Linsley, 74, of Virginia, MN, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2020, at his residence. Craig Anson Linsley was born May 13, 1945, in Detroit, MI, to Scott and Virginia (Gadbois) Linsley. Most of his growing up years took place in the Como Park area of St. Paul, MN. He enjoyed having Como Park as his playground. He […]

Derek Nathan Klingfus

Derek Nathan Klingfus, 35, crossed over from medical complications on Monday, March 30, 2020, at St Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN. He was born on June 7, 1984, at St. Olaf Hospital in Austin, MN, the son of Deaune (Dehler) and David Klingfus Jr. Derek was a natural athlete and played many sports in his youth. He loved hockey […]

James Richard “Jim” Vesel

James Richard “Jim” Vesel, 79, of Biwabik, died on Saturday, April 4, 2020, at Essentia Health-Virginia. He was born on June 1, 1940, in Eveleth, the son of Louis and Angela (Kozina) Vesel. He lived in Leonidas, Ft. Sill in Oklahoma, South Grove, and Parkville before moving to Biwabik in 2010. Jim was a metal fabricator for Vidmar Iron Works […]

Dolores A. Pietz

Dolores A. Pietz, 83, of Virginia, died on Saturday, April 4, 2020, while in Essentia Health-Virginia. She was born on July 18, 1936, in Superior, the daughter of Porter and Hannah (Lund) Cockerham. Dolores married Andrew “Andy” Pietz on Sept. 8, 1956, in Superior, and was a longtime Virginia resident. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Dolores […]

Timothy R. Johnston

Timothy R. Johnston, 35, was called home to be with the Lord on March 29, 2020, at Essentia Health- Virginia. He died of complications from his long battle with type 1 diabetes, since the age of 4, and kidney failure, since June 2015. Tim lived in Mt. Iron his entire life. He was born in Virginia to Roger and Gail […]

Benjamin R. Kaiser

Benjamin R. Kaiser, 37, died on Monday, March 30, 2020, from injuries sustained in a utility side-by-side vehicle accident near his home in Gilbert. Ben was born on Nov. 6, 1982, and was a lifelong Iron Range resident. Ben attended Hibbing Community College and completed coursework and training that led him to his career as a union electrician. Ben always […]


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