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Obituaries: June 26, 2020


Joseph J. Jamnick
Joseph “Joe” J. Jamnick, 76, of Duluth, and formerly of Soudan, died in his home on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, following a decade-long struggle with cancer. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, a Funeral Mass open to family members will be held on Saturday, June 27 at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 610 99th Ave. W in Duluth, with Father Richard Kunst as celebrant. Inurnment will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Tower. Arrangements are by the Cremation Society of Minnesota in Duluth.
The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the Essentia Department of Urology physicians, nurses and support staff; Dr. Daniel Nikcevich, Department of Oncology; and the Essentia Home Hospice Team for their amazing care and support during Joe’s final days. 
Joe was born in Soudan in August 1943, the son of Angela (Koprivnik) Jamnick and Joseph Jamnick Sr. Joe attended school in Soudan and Tower, graduating from Tower-Soudan High School in 1963. Joe worked for Reserve Mining, was self-employed, worked at Fortune Bay Resort Casino, and was the maintenance supervisor for Breitung Township.
Joe was united in marriage to Helen Seeberger in 1982 in St. Cloud, and they made their home in Soudan. The couple was blessed with two children, Stephen “Steve” and Katherine “Kate”. The couple moved to Duluth in 2014, and the joy of Joe’s later years was providing care to his grandsons, Will and Troy.
Joe is survived by his wife, Helen; son, Steve Jamnick (Kristi Cresap),;daughter and son-in-law, Kate and Jesse Quick and their sons, Will and Troy Quick; sisters, Janet (William) Hill and Nancy (Fred) Kallio; brother, John Jamnick (Jeanne Ceglar); and many extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Frank Jamnick; and infant son, Patrick Jamnick.

Leona E. O. Taapa
Leona Elizabeth Olga Korpela Taapa, 91, of Embarrass, died peacefully surrounded by family on Jan. 27, 2020. Due to the coronavirus, a celebration of her life will be scheduled and announced in the future, to be held at Leona’s home.
She is survived by her daughters, Darcy (Dale) Reed and Candy (Steve) Anderson; grandchildren, Kristin (Philip) Parendo, Shawn (Julie) Reed and Kyle Anderson; and great-grandchildren, Charlie and Henry Parendo, and Tyler (Nicki) Anderson.

Douglas C. Thiel
Douglas Clark Thiel, 63, of Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Visitation for family and friends was held on Tuesday, June 23 at Ziemer-Moeglein Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert, followed by a graveside service in the Gilbert Cemetery.
He is survived by his sons, Douglas (Allison) Thiel of Cook and Joshua (Ashley) Thiel of Eveleth; grandchildren, Cole, Avery, Evalyn, Jonathon, Camielle and Brielle; siblings, Barbara (Eldon) Etter of Zim, Marilyn Dimberio of Virginia, Nancy Domiano of Gilbert, Pam (Steve) Biondich of Makinen, Roger Thiel of Hutter, Darlys (Jon) Jacobson of Cook and Shelly Thiel of Duluth.

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 at the Cook VFW on Saturday, June 27 from 2-6 p.m.


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