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Obituaries - Jan. 26, 18


Ann Mobilia

Ann Mobilia, 101, of Ely, passed away on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely with visitation being held one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Martha D. Wirta

Martha D. Hutchins Wirta, 76, of Superior, Wis., passed away with her family by her side on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Solvay Hospice House in Duluth. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 26 at Nelson Funeral Care Chapel in Cloquet, with visitation for one hour prior. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Cloquet.

She is survived by her daughter, Anna (Scott) Wirta Kosobuski of Superior; son, Les (Zina Micklewright) Wirta of Cloquet; grandchildren, Levi Wirta, Savannah Kinsman, Lucas Kosobuski, Jonah Kosobuski, Logan Wirta and Elizabeth Vandecar; two great-grandchildren; sister, Sara Grogg of LeRoy, Kansas; brother, Robert (Carolyn) Hutchins of Emporia, Kansas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Al Podominick

Al Podominick, 83, of Ely, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at the Boundary Waters Center in Ely. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely. Burial was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing. Family arrangements were entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

He is survived by his sons, John (Margie) Podominick of Lakeville and Ray (Kari) Podominick of Ely; daughter, Vicki Podominick of Ely; grandchildren, Liz Podominick of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Ashley Coombe of Duluth; sisters: Evelyn (Jim) Anderson and Janice (Dean) Fairbanks; and brother, Dick (Karen) Podominick.

Mark E. Wakefield

Mark E. Wakefield, 78, of Wuori Township, died on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Essentia Health-Virginia. At Mark’s request, no formal services will be held. A private inurnment will take place in the spring of 2018. Family services provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia.

He is survived by his mother, Clara Wakefield of Island Lake; wife, June Hagen of Pike-Sandy Township; sons, David Wakefield of Virginia and Scott Wakefield; stepson, Keith Hagen of Tower; siblings, Bob, Joe (Sue), Clifford (Nan), Don (Linda), Edie Gelineau and Judy (Tom) Ferrell; numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.


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