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Obituaries - Apr. 20, 2018


Frank S. Stepan

Frank S. Stepan, 89, of Superior, Wis., died on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 20 from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Funeral Mass at Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior. Rev. Fr. Andrew P. Ricci will officiate. Burial will be in St. Williams Cemetery at a later date. The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at Villa Marina Health and Genesis Rehab and Essentia St. Mary’s Medical Center staff in Duluth. In lieu of flowers, please send a gift to Essentia Hospice. Downs Funeral Home of Superior is assisting the family with arrangements.

Frank was born on Nov. 16, 1928, in Breitung Township, Minn., the son of Martin and Katherine Stepan. He graduated from Tower-Soudan High School. Frank served his country in the U.S. Army as a medic from 1946-1949. Following his service, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and his Master’s Degree from Texas A&M. He taught at Superior Central High School and Central Junior High School.

Frank was a member of Cathedral of Christ the King and the Polish Club. He enjoyed gardening and fishing and loved polka music.

Frank is survived by his children, Terri (Bill) Cranmer of Tempe, Ariz., and Allan (Wendy Johnson) Stepan of Superior; brother, John Stepan of Seattle, Wash.; and sister, Mary (Len) Greving of Crystal, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dolores (nee Chudecke); son, Gary Stepan; brothers and sister, Martin, Joseph, Paul, John, Jacob, Aloys and Katherine.

Jane M. Shoden

Jane M. Hendrickson Shoden, 94, of Virginia, died on Friday, April 13, 2018, at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church in Virginia. Pastor Nathan Sager will officiate. A gathering time for family and friends will begin one hour prior to the service at the church. Spring inurnment will take place in the Greenwood Cemetery. The family would like to thank Dr. Keith Peterson, the East Range Hospice Staff, and the staff of St. Michael’s for their compassionate care. Family services are provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia.

She is survived by her children, Diane (Dan) Carlson, Pat Sleeman, Cheryl (Craig) Aluni, Debbie (Terry) Carpenter, Ron (Sandi) Shoden, Steve Shoden and Darrell Shoden, all of Virginia; grandchildren, Kathy (Rusty Olson) Carlson, Beth (Willie, Jr.) Spelts, Troy Sleeman, Heather Gulbranson (Gene Flaim), Brad (Diane) Sleeman, Lisa Shoden-McNamee, Stacy Shoden Russell, Holly (Jason) Semerad, Derek Shoden, Lindsey (Brent Turner) Shoden, Casey (Courtney) Aluni, Danielle (Matt) Seppi, Michael Shoden, Brittany (Dominic) DelCaro and Jenna Sandnas; 26 great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Aronen of Lake Vermilion-Tower and Ruth (Joe) Jeanette of Arizona; extended family and friends.

James E. Shaleen

James Edward “Kyd” Shaleen, 71, of Britt, died on Nov. 20, 2017, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth after a courageous battle with lung cancer. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the VFW in Cook, of which he was a member.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mona; daughter, Carrie (Stephen) Sarazine of Ramsey; son, Michael of Mt. Iron; stepdaughter, Stacey Vesel of Vero Beach, Fla.; siblings, Margo Hammerstad of Plymouth, Laurie (Allen) Hanson of Cherry, Carol (Gary) Thompson of Baxter and Walter Shaleen of Minnetonka; seven grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Brynhild Kishel

Brynhild “Bryn” Holmesland Kishel, 77, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 13, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. Her children, two granddaughters, daughter-in-law, and sister from Norway were present during her hospital stay. A Celebration of Life was held on Thursday, April 19 at the Elks Club in Virginia. Inurnment will be in Norway. Memorial donations may be made to

She is survived by her children, A. Eric (Lori) Kishel of Florida, Karen (Jim) Adler of Colorado, Bud Kishel of Britt and Paul Kishel of Florida; nine grandchildren; two siblings in Norway, Olaf K. (Mari) Holmesland and Anlaug (Herman) Heibek; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Colette (Peter) Johnson of Tower and Deane (Diane) Kishel of Golden Valley.


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