Obituaries

LaVerne Newton

LaVerne M. Newton, 90, died on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at Essentia Health-St Mary’s in Duluth. She was born September 6, 1930, in Biwabik and lived there all of her life. Her parents were Frank and Jennie (Anderson) Guimont. She graduated from Horace Mann High School in Biwabik in 1948 and Duluth Business School in 1949. She married Bob Newton […]

Dorothy Marlene Johnson

Dorothy Marlene Johnson, 78, passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020. Marlene was born on November 28, 1941, in Virginia, MN, the daughter of William and Martha Turki. She graduated from Virginia High School and attended Mesabi Community College where she earned her Associate of Arts degree. Marlene worked at Mesabi Range College from the age of 19 years until […]

Joie Swenson

Joie Pauline (Anderholm) Swenson, 80, of Britt, MN, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 16, 2020, at The Waterview Woods Rehabilitation Home in Eveleth, after a long battle of Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease. Joie was born on January 2, 1940, in Duluth, MN, to Fred (Fritz) and Agnes Anderholm and was raised in Duluth. Joie graduated from Duluth […]

Robert Padgett

Robert Frank Padgett, 66, of Silverdale, MN, completed his life’s journey on Sunday, October 11, 2020. Bob was born on December 29, 1953, in Virginia, MN, to Robert Roy Padgett and Rita Jean (Ohmann) Padgett. He graduated from Virginia High School in 1972. Bob worked at MinnTac for several years; later becoming a real estate agent. Bob owned and operated […]

Lois Kachmarzinski

Lois Lorraine Kachmarzinski, 84, of Babbitt, MN, died on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at Carefree Assisted Living in Babbitt. Lois was born on May 23, 1936, in Crosby, ND, to John and Rosa (Warman) Baker and was raised on a farm near Noonan, ND. Lois married Aloysius “Al” Kachmarzinski on January 23, 1967, in Babbitt, and was a member of […]

Josephine Phifer

Josephine Ann Phifer (Samsa) (Novakovich) “Little Gramma,” 91, went home to Jesus on Saturday, October 10, 2020. She had dementia and passed away from COVID-19 at The Waterview Woods in Eveleth, MN. She was born in Elcor, MN, on May 30, 1929, to Joseph and Mary (Bombich) Samsa. She married Anthony (Tony) Novakovich and they had six children. They divorced, […]

Edwin Mattila

Edwin Leroy “Butch” Mattila, 75, of Virginia, MN, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 2, 2020. Butch was born on June 21, 1945, to Eino and Effie Mattila in Becker County, MN. He attended Cherry schools. Butch started his working career at the age of 14 picking vegetables for the Chun King Corporation for $1 a day. He enjoyed many […]

Matt Laine

Matt Laine, 76, longtime resident of Makinen, MN, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at Mala Strana Nursing Home in New Prague, MN, of cancer. Matt is survived by his loving wife Janice (Hammer); stepchildren, David (Annette) Sellner and Jill (Jim) Burg; four grandsons; and cousin Nancy Hill. Matt is preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, […]

Kay Lach

Kay Marie Lach, 67, of Britt, MN, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN. Kay was born in Virginia, MN, on April 21, 1953, to Karl and Helen (Novlan) Turk. She graduated from Aurora-Hoyt Lakes High School in 1971. After graduation, Kay attended Cosmetology School in Virginia, MN. Kay married Edward […]

Todd Borden

Todd Martin Borden, 69, of Tower and formerly of Virginia, MN, died on Friday, October 2, 2020, in Essentia Health-Virginia. Todd was born on Augugst 30, 1951, in Virginia, MN, the son of Earl and Gayle (Anderson) Borden. He was a graduate of Virginia Roosevelt High School and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Todd married Kathryn Ann Omerza on May 3, […]


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