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Obituaries: June 19, 2020


Richard A. Stern
Richard Allan Stern, 88, of Austin, Minn., passed away at his home on Thursday, June 11, 2020. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 20 at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin with Reverend Mark Van House officiating. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary of Austin is handling arrangements.  
Richard was born on Oct. 27, 1931, in Iowa City, Iowa, to Harry and Edna (Moothart) Stern. As a child, his family moved to Austin, where he attended Austin Schools and graduated with the Class of 1950 from Austin High School. Following high school, Richard served in the U.S. Army.
On July 21, 1956, Richard was united in marriage to Clarice Maybeth Pembrook. They were blessed with a son, Randy, and had lived their entire married life in Austin. Following a 20-year career with Weyerhaeuser, Richard went back to school in Hibbing and earned his Associate of Arts degree in Small Business Management. At the same time, he began doing carpentry work and remodeling.  
In 1984, Richard began spending time with his son in Crane Lake, where he continued his work as a carpenter and builder. The Crane Lake area allowed him to take advantage of his love of the outdoors. From a young age, he was a passionate deer hunter, and he also enjoyed fishing. In his later years, Richard stopped hunting deer, and enjoyed watching the young bucks grow.  
Richard was a person who gave of himself, and was always willing to help anyone in need. He had a soft spot for animals and the family’s hunting dogs. He was a conceptual person, full of ideas, with a “can do” attitude. He was a wonderful role model to his son, and had a positive influence on the lives of many others.       
Richard is survived by his wife, Clarice of Austin; son, Randy Stern of Crane Lake; sisters, Joanne Iverson of Rochester and Lorraine (Eldon) Tlam of Dunnell; and many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.  
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold, Roland, GG and Gerald; and sisters, Maxine and Dorothy.

Michael D. Novak
Michael “Mike” Donald Novak, 53, of Greaney, passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at his home. A Celebration of Life will be held from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 at the Cook VFW. Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.
Mike was born on July 12, 1966, in Bemidji. He attended Orr High School, graduating in 1984. After graduation, he started his lifelong career as a logger, working for Freyholtz Logging and Rutar Logging. Mike was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed everything the great northern outdoors offered. He was an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman.
Mike will be remembered as a man with a big heart, a man who was loyal to a fault, and a man who always put his family first. He enjoyed family holidays and insisted on family Christmas celebrations that brought everyone together.
Mike is survived by his mother, Susan Thompson; father, Gary Novak Sr.; siblings, Debbie (Galen) Johnson, Lisa (Tom) Corbitz, Gary Novak Jr., Wade (Lorrie) Novak, Clint (Janelle) Novak and Terry (Chris) Novak; numerous nephews and nieces; and his beloved dog, Jasper.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; and his dog, Porky.

JoAnn Carlson
JoAnn Carlson Carlson, 70, of Embarrass, passed away on Saturday, June 6, 2020, at her residence. Per her request, no services will be held. She will be inurned in Argo Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Bob. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.
She is survived by her son, Jeff (Jonelle) Saranpaa; daughter, Julee Borg; grandchildren, Zach (Bethany) and Gracie; and brother, Charles “Chuck” Carlson of Pennsylvania.

Richard J. Jaeger
Richard Jon Jaeger, 49, of Victoria and Babbitt, passed away on Friday, June 12, 2020. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 22 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely with visitation for one hour prior. Deacon Greg Huter will officiate. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Theresa Klassen Jaeger of Victoria and Babbitt; daughter, Emily Jaeger of Victoria and Babbitt; father, Frank Jaeger of Babbitt; sisters, Connie (Curt) Koivisto of Babbitt, Carleen (John) Flint of Grand Forks, N.D., and Mary (Mark) Bodine of Babbitt; brothers, Michael (Sandra) Jaeger of Babbitt and James (Kevin) Jaeger of Bloomington; father-in-law, Jim (JoAnn) Klassen; mother-in-law, Gail Best, sisters-in-law, Patty and Jenna; brothers-in-law, Bart and Michael; numerous nieces and nephews; and his faithful companions, Astro and Gut.

Joseph E. Jamnick
Joseph Edward Jamnick, 60, of Silver Bay, died on Friday, June 12, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, after a two-month battle with cancer. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 20 at Beaver Bay Cemetery in Beaver Bay. A celebration of life will take place from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday at the Johnson residence, 1003 S 2nd Ave E in Ely. Arrangements are with Cavallin Funeral Home of Two Harbors.
He was survived by his children, Donald Jamnick and April Jamnick; grandchildren, Madison, Jackson, Adeline and Carter; mother, Theresa Jamnick; siblings, John (Diane) Jamnick, Theresa Harris, Matt (Shelly) Jamnick and Ann (Warren) Johnson; sister-in-law, Debbie Jamnick; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Judith K. Johnson
Judith K. Fredrickson Johnson, 78, of Babbitt, passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020, in her home surrounded by family and friends. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Contributions to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Babbitt are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with Kerntz Funeral Home in Ely.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Darrel; son, Christopher (husband Hal Lebo); sisters, Marlyn Allen and Christine (Robert Monetti); and many nieces and nephews.

Gary H. Hauta
Gary Henry Hauta, 68, of Cook, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2020, at his home after a fourteen-month battle with cancer. A public graveside memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 20 at Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Patricia King Hauta of Cook; stepson, Forrest Pearson of Cook; sons, Nolan (Amanda) Hauta of Dubuque, Iowa, and Evan (Hannah) Hauta of North Branch; grandchildren, Hugo Hauta and Milo Gary Hauta of Dubuque, Iowa, and Aubriella Franzmeier of North Branch; mother, Pearl “Sunny” Dishneau Hauta Hecomovich of Angora; siblings, Kathleen Snell of Angora, Justin (Laura) Hauta of Cook, Jason (Jan) Hauta of Elk River and Jennifer Hauta of Coon Rapids; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.


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