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Obituaries - Jul. 13, 2018


Carol S. Riggs

Carol Susan Riggs, 74, passed away at her home on Saturday, June 30, 2018. You are invited to join the family in a Celebration of Life honoring Carol at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 27 at The Junction, 5536 Hwy 11 in International Falls. A lunch will be served.

Carol was born on Oct. 3, 1943, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Donald and Patricia Wilson. On March 19, 1960, she married Stephen Jerry Riggs. They moved to Ash River Trail in 1962 where they operated the Sunset Resort with her parents. In 1975, Carol attended the first nursing program offered by Rainy River Community College. She then worked as a nurse at the Littlefork Hospital. In addition to this she wore many hats, such as a mom to four children, a hockey coach, a release time teacher at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr, and a cook at Ash Ka Nam Resort. She then began her cake business called “Cake Creations by Carol’. She was well known from Orr to International Falls and in the surrounding area for her beautiful wedding cakes and gingerbread houses.

In 1983, the family moved to International Falls where she continued creating her beautiful cakes. She was involved in many activities within St. Thomas Church, including as Church Choir director for several years. In 1992, Carol and her youngest son, Tim, opened Top Ten Video. She co-owned the video store until she retired in 2010.

Carol enjoyed many activities, such as fishing, cooking, baking, spending time with her family, and helping raise her great-granddaughters, Crystal and Karina. Carol will be remembered by family and friends for her ability to teach, her activities in St. Thomas Church, her cakes, her quick humor, and as the “Movie Lady” who truly enjoyed those special Saturday Movie Nights with her group of lady friends.

Left to honor Carol’s memory are her brother, James (Tina) Wilson; children, Brenda Marquez, Daniel (Lisa) Riggs, Steve (Lisa) Riggs and Tim (Dianne) Riggs; eight grandchildren, Jonathan (Nikki) Marquez, Raquel (Angel) Sanchez, Katrina Marquez, Derrick Marquez, Nicole (Josh) Coates, Nathan Riggs, Justin Riggs and Jordan Riggs; six great-grandchildren, Crystal Marquez, Karina Marquez, Eli Marquez, Serenty Marquez and Ethyn Marquez.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Patricia Wilson; sister, Marilyn Zieke; and husband, Stephen Jerry Riggs.

Deon L. Lasart

Deon Lynn Lasart, 69, of Embarrass, passed away on Friday, June 29, 2018, at Miller-Dwan Hospital in Duluth. Funeral services were held on Friday, July 6 at the Babbitt Evangelical Lutheran Church. Family arrangements were entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

Jack J. Zollar

Jack Jerome Zollar, 82, of Virginia, originally of Tower-Soudan, passed away on Friday, July 6, 2018, at Edgewood Vista in Virginia. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, July 11 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Fr. Brandon Moravitz officiating. Burial was at Lakeview Cemetery in Tower. Arrangements were with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

He is survived by his children, Lucia Snodgrass (Howard Parkhurst), Jacquelyn (Steven) Blaskey, Rebecca Filius (Doug Diedrich), James (Stephanie) Zollar and Patrick (Bethanie) Zollar; grandchildren, Jeremiah (LanaJo) Johnson, Jessica Johnson, Joseph (Janelle Perrizo) Johnson, Julia Johnson, Jordan Blaskey (fiancé Casie Moore), Stephanie Blaskey, Joshua Zollar, Tanya (Fred) Fielder, Christopher Braun, Alexander Zollar, Isabella Zollar, Courtney Wickham, Joshua Volk, William Zollar, Benedict Zollar and Grace Zollar; eighteen great-grandchildren; twin sister, Terese Moraski; sisters, Marcella Rooney and Ruth Gottlieb; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lorraine M. Jaeger

Lorraine Margaret Snell Jaeger, 87, of Babbitt, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, surrounded by family. A funeral service was held at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Babbitt on Monday, July 9. A celebration of life followed at the Junction Inn Convention Center. Family arrangements were entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

She is survived by her husband, Frank; children, Connie (Curtis) Koivisto of Babbitt, Carleen (John) Flint of Grand Forks, N.D., Michael (Sandy) Jaeger of Babbitt, James (Kevin) Jaeger of Bloomington, Mary (Mark) Bodine of Babbitt and Rick (Theresa) Jaeger of Victoria; grandchildren, Jennifer (Tony) Bee, Joseph (Chandra) Koivisto, Eric Flint, Karl Flint, Ryan (Robecca) Jaeger, Nicole Jaeger, Isabella Doheny, Kelly Bodine, Kari Bodine and Emily Jaeger; great-grandchildren, Aili, Else, Tracker, Abby, Hunter, Colton, Ashdon, Easton and Miikko; and sisters, Joan (Harold) Boege and Ena Eckert, both of Marcell.


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