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Obituaries - Nov. 16, 2018


Larry H. Saukko

Larry Harold Saukko, 70, of Duluth, formerly of Tower, passed away on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 at United in Christ Church of Eveleth with visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Art Dale will officiate. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home of Virginia.

He is survived by his sister, Leone (Millard) Kendrick and their children Chris (Kelly) Kendrick and Julie (Mike Koskovich) Kendrick; brother, Richard (Jane) Saukko and their children Ben (Annie) Saukko, Lindsey (Edward Downs) Saukko and Michael (Kelly) Saukko; sister, Anni (Mike) Knutson and their daughter Beth (Paul) Giddings; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Jacob Varoga

Jacob Varoga, 85, originally of Ely, lost his battle with Alzheimer’s disease on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. The family wishes to thank the staffs at St. Michael’s Health and Rehab and St. Raphael’s Health and Rehab for all the kindness and care extended to Jake and the family during this difficult time. At his request, there will be no funeral service. Private interment will be in the Vermilion Cemetery. Arrangements are with Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Millie Sandnas; sons, Ken (Lana) Varoga and Chris (MaryAnn) Varoga; daughters, Patty (Rick) Cooper and Kelly Varoga; Terry (Dolores “Toots”) Sandnas and Tammy (Ron) Mastin; grandchildren, Rebecca, Benjamin, Caleb, Sean, Eli, Brianne, Jacob, Evan and Miranda; and great-grandson, Gavin.

Joan K. Deslauriers

Joan Katherine Tamminen Deslauriers, 84, of Currie, originally of Ely, passed away on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at Ava’s House Hospice in Sioux Falls, S.D. A celebration of life was held on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Community Center in Currie. Interment will be in the Fort Snelling Cemetery at a later date. Stephens Funeral Service - Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

She is survived by her husband Ed’s siblings, Bobbi Vaughan of Wayzata, Gloria Schmidt of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mary Ellen (Ivan) Krizan of Hastings, Lucille (Bill Maher) Deslauriers of Currie and Joel (Carla) Deslauriers of Rochester; and many nieces and nephews.


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