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Obituaries - Jul. 6, 2018


Roman John Reichensperger Jr.

Roman John Reichensperger Jr., 82, ofÊEly, and San Antonio, Texas, passed away peacefully in the arms of his wife on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth.ÊJohn had battled Hodgkins Lymphoma for 20 years. His family wishes to extend sincere thanks to the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth and the Ely Area Hospice Program for providing exceptional care as well as providing comfort and support to the family during this time.

There will be a gathering to celebrate John’s life at their lake home on Eagles Nest Lake 3 at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 8. Formal funeral services will be held later in July in San Antonio. Burial will follow in late July at the Reichensperger family plot in St. Joseph, Minn.

John was born to Roman and Theresa Reichensperger on Jan. 20, 1936, in Waite Park. He graduated from St. Cloud Technical High School and furthered his studies at IBM, Honeywell, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Institute and was a veteran of the United States ArmyÊReserve.

ÊHe was an active member of the Knights of Columbus until his passing and was a member of St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in San Antonio.ÊHe owned and operated a business in Ely for many years. In Ely, John was the director of Emergency Management, and a member of the Eagles Nest Township fire department.ÊHe was a past president of the Rotary Club in Ely. After a move to Superior, Wis., in 1992, he was the Director of Emergency Management for the City of Superior as well as Douglas County. He was also aÊDeputy Sheriff for Douglas County.

Retirement just wasn’t for him, so he continued on with Emergency Management, working for FEMA on deployment for federal emergencies. He also became a reservist for the Department of Homeland Security. He truly enjoyed his time with his grandchildren, fishing, traveling, woodworking and motorcycling.

ÊJohn is survived by his loving wife, Karen; sons, Robert (Jodi) and Thomas (Theresa); daughter, Anne (Greg) Flaim; stepdaughter, Andrea MokrosÊ(Brian Dare); stepson, Peter (Melissa) Mokros; brothers, Charles (Connie) and Eugenio (Cathy; beloved grandchildren, Duane (Jenny), Chad (Mallory), Elizabeth (Jason) Curtis, Robert Jr., Samantha, Hannah, Greyson, Nathan, Chester Mokros, Tigue and Shane Dare; and great-grandchildren, Tatum, Pejah, Kyla, Brayden, Emerson, Gabriel and Conor Dare.

John was preceded in death by his mother and father; brother, Frederick; sister, Julienne Schreifels; and first wife, Mary Erchul Reichensperger.

Drew W. Schwarz

Drew William Schwarz, 33, of Cook, formerly of Sandstone, passed away on Friday, June 29, 2018. A funeral service was held on Thursday, July 5 at First Presbyterian Church in Pine City with Rob Spahr officiating. After lunch, burial took place at Spring Park Cemetery in Sandstone.

Drew was born on March 22, 1985, and graduated from Sandstone High School in 2003. He had been living in Cook and was employed by Lake Country Power as a lineman.

Allen Kosir

Allen Kosir passed away on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Bethany Skilled Care in Fargo, N.D. Funeral services were held on Monday, July 2 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely. Family arrangements were entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

He is survived by Mary Cazin; son, Michael (Kristen); grandson, Colin; siblings, Susan (Jerel) Lamoureux, Martin (Marilyn) Kosir, Vance Kosir and Lorene (Scott) Johnson; many good friends; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Leslie L. Patrow

Leslie L. “Buck” Patrow, 70, of Cook, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, surrounded by family and friends at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 at the Cook VFW. Burial will be at Lake View Cemetery in Buhl at a later date.

He is survived by Mary Jane Erchul Patrow of Gilbert; his children, Kim (Fred) Hendrickson of Blaine, Josh (Michelle) Patrow of Gilbert and Danielle (Matt) Brunner of Virginia; grandchildren, Dalton (Bridget) and Annika Hendrickson, Destiny (Matt) and Sydney Patrow, Heather Hill, Kristen (James) Best, Thomas, Nick, Nathan and Jesse Brunner; six great-grandchildren; brother, LaVerne Patrow; sister, Edith (Alan) Paine; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Renee Radford and Charlene Hanson.

Cisa Amitrano

Narcisa “Cisa” Bandoni Amitrano, 95, of Babbitt, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Babbitt on Tuesday, July 3. Family arrangements were entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

She is survived by her son, George (Patty); Patty’s children, Jenny, Jessie, Jack, Ben, Courtney and Autumn, and their children, Tom, Michael, Jacob, Camilo, Vanessa, Henry, Luke, Paul, Claire, Philip, Nicholas and Kate; grandson, Michael Sjoquist of Babbitt; six great-grandchildren, Danielle, Kristen, Jonathan, Beverly, Thomas and Brandon; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Lois G. Stainbrook

Lois G. McNeilly Peterson Stainbrook, 82, of Babbitt, passed away at St. Michael’s Health and Rehab Center in Virginia on Monday, June 25, 2018. There will be a celebration of life service at Kerntz Funeral Home in Ely at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. Interment will be Grandin, N.D., at a later date. Family arrangements are entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

She is survived by four children, Kerry (Steven) LaFavor, Carl (Leann) Peterson, Brian Peterson and Jerry D. (Teresa) Stainbrook; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many extended family members.

Richard W. Olson

Richard W. Olson, 74, of Ely, passed away on Monday, July 2, 2018.

A Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, July 5 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely. Family arrangements were entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.


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