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Obituaries: February 17, 2023


Mark Leustek
Mark Leustek, 53, of Ely, died on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely. Arrangements are with Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.
He is survived by his mother, Cissy; brother, Aaran (Vicki); Aaran’s children, Nathan (Ashley) and their son Ronan and baby girl due in three weeks, Nicolette, Patrick and Preston (Kristine); aunts, Candy, Geraldine, Patsy and Mary; uncles, Tim and Joe Thompson; numerous cousins and friends.

Henry Goodsky Jr.
Henry “Hank” “Whiz” Goodsky Jr., 82, of Nett Lake, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023, at his home. The family would like to thank all the nurses at Cook and Virginia for taking such good care of him. A wake was held on Tuesday, Feb. 14, and a Traditional Service was held on Wednesday, Feb. 15, both at the Bois Forte Government and Services Center in Nett Lake. Arrangements were with Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.
Hank was born in Nett Lake to Henry Sr. and Helen (Burnside) Goodsky. He attended Orr High School, and shortly after joined the Marine Corps in 1959. He honorably served his country for four years, and then another two years in the Marine Corps Reserves. After his service, he went to UMD, earning his Bachelor Degree in CD Counseling. He went on to teach at UMD as a CD counselor and as a teacher in Ojibwe culture. After leaving teaching, he became a carpenter, working for many companies; Bois Forte being his last before he retired.
In his younger years, Hank enjoyed duck hunting and ricing and was an avid basketball and softball player. He enjoyed bowling and loved to bring his kids with him to bowl. Hank loved to attend Pow Wows and often would MC and sing at the gatherings. In later years, he enjoyed watching the game show network, and was a dedicated fan of the Vikings and the Twins.
Hank enjoyed laughing and making people laugh, and he liked to flirt with women. Hank’s most treasured moments were time spent with his family and grandchildren. He was a lovable and adorable man; he will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his children, Leon (Yvonne) Goodsky, Lana (Vincent Ellis) Goodsky, Tammy Strong, Natalie Goodsky, Brandon (Nicole) Benner, Trasi Porter-Goodsky, Kelly King and Erica Johnson; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and the Barto family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Karen Goodsky; brother, Gene Goodsky; sisters, Alma Lumbar and Bonnie Guenthner; and grandson, Dillon Goodsky Sr.

Jeremy M. Hoagland
Jeremy Marck Hoagland, 47, of Virginia, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023. A wake was held on Thursday, Feb. 9, and a Traditional Service was held on Friday, Feb. 10, both at the Bois Forte Government and Services Center in Nett Lake. Arrangements were with Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.
He is survived by his lifelong partner, Oneka Wilkerson of Orr; mother, Rhonda Hoagland of Nett Lake; brothers, Joseph Hoagland (Ruth Porther) of Nett Lake, Jacque Love of Rush City and Juan Love of Virginia; sister, Renika Love of Minneapolis; sister/cousin, Toni Wakemup; children, Justin Wilkerson of Fayal Township, Audriana Cook and Jordaan Wilkerson, both of Alabama, LaShae Brooks of Wisconsin, Marcus Hoagland and Malcolm Hoagland, both of Orr; 13 grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.