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Obituaries - Feb. 2, 18

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Kristian C. Alarcon

Kristian Charles Alarcon, 21, of Vermilion Lake Township, was delivered into the arms of Jesus Christ, his Savior, on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4 at the North Star Church in Virginia with Pastor Terry Sonnentag officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.

Kristian was born on April 30, 1996, in Virginia, to Ronald and Laura (Rzewnicki) Alarcon and grew up in Tower. He was home educated and attended Lake Superior College, attaining his associate degree in Automotive Technology. He was planning to pursue an Engineering degree at UMD and to design performance automotive parts. Kristian had a driving passion for cars, trucks, motorcycles, four-wheelers, and anything motorized or that could go fast.

Kristian was active with Boy Scouts and was an Eagle Scout in Troop 128 of Cook. He also was a Den Chief for Cub Scout Pack 165 of Tower for many years. His hobbies included music (he played bass guitar), mountain biking, German Shepherds, cooking, welding, custom fabrication and helping anyone whenever he was given the opportunity. He especially enjoyed being with his family and friends.

Kristian worked as an automotive technician for Miller Hill Subaru in Duluth, and was renowned in the automotive community for his custom automotive builds, as well as his helping hands.

Kristian is survived by his parents, Ron and Laura Alarcon; brother, Matthew (Miranda); nephews, Collin, Logan and one on the way; maternal grandparents, Eleanore and Raymond Rzewnicki; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; and Grendel, his beloved German Shepherd.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Elinore and Edward Alarcon; uncle, Steve Alarcon; aunt, Sandy Arras; cousins, Casey and Ronnie Ray; and his first German Shepherd, Gambit.

John G. Holmstrom

John G. “Bud” Holmstrom, 90, of Babbitt, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at the Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Babbitt with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Fr. William Skarich will be the celebrant. Military Honors will be accorded by the Babbitt Color Guard. Spring burial will be in Argo Cemetery in Babbitt. Arrangements are with Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.

He was born on May 21, 1927, in Greaney, to Oscar and Bessie (Paulson) Holmstrom. Bud attended Orr High School and Duluth Vocational Institute. He served in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II, from 1945-47 in Korea, and again in Korea from 1950-51 on active duty. Bud married Jeanne Novak on Dec. 26, 1953, and they were married for 64 years. They had resided in Babbitt since 1959. Following his military service, Bud worked for several mining companies on the Iron Range. In 1955 he was employed by Reserve Mining Company and became a Foreman, retiring in 1986.

Bud was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church of Babbitt, Maki-Pinola American Legion Post 535 and VFW Post 1539 of Babbitt, and was a former Respite Care Volunteer. Bud was a great “Homestead Days” storyteller. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, and family gatherings at his Greaney farm.

Bud is survived by his wife, Jeanne; son, John II “Jack” (Cindy) Holmstrom; daughters, Deb Holmstrom and Diane (Lynn) Huseby; sister, Doris Brunette; sister-in-law, Arlene Novak; grandchildren, Jamie (Andy) Linden, Dr. Jennifer (Jon) Hovey, Dr. Jeana (Brenan) Collins, John Holmstrom III, William Holmstrom and Nicholas Funk; and nephew, Glenn (Sally) Goski.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ida Goski and Dolly Boyer; and son, Ned Christopher Holmstrom.

Mary Ann Hill

Mary Ann Chiabotti Hill, 92, of Eveleth, formerly of Tower, died on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 2 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower with Rev. Fr. Nick Nelson as celebrant. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at church. Spring burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Tower. Arrangements are with Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.

Survivors include her three daughters, Danielle (Robert) Stevens of Cloquet, Karen (Claire) Hill of Virginia and Peggy (Kurt) Goodwin of Aurora; son, Jeff Hill of Tower; eight grandchildren, Brad Stevens, Barb Krzenski, Stephen Bell, Jason Bell, Sean Goodwin, Lisa Toller, Amy Hill and Alan Hill; ten great-grandchildren; and sister, Agnes Mesojedec of Virginia.

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