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Obituaries: February 5, 2021


William B. Mollard
William Brown “Brownie” Mollard, 78, of Mt. Iron and Lake Vermilion-Cook, died on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, at Waterview Woods in Eveleth, after a courageous battle with thyroid cancer and dementia. He was in the care of East Range Hospice. At his request, no service will be held. Memorials can be made to the Cook Lions Club, c/o Mark Eyre, 2672 West Vermilion Shores Road, Cook, MN 55723. Family services are provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Fraser Mollard; children, Kerry Mollard and John Mollard; grandson, Dylan Hilton; and a few cousins.

W. Roger Metsa
W. Roger Metsa, 79, of Alango Township, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at his home. A memorial service will be announced for a date this spring, with burial at the Alango Cemetery. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. 
He is survived by his son, Adam (Gretchen) Metsa of Buhl; grandchildren, Mialynn, Ezra and Emma; sister, Kathy Ikola of Trout Creek, Mont.; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Carolyn J. Begich
Carolyn J. Bastianelli Begich, 89, originally of Eveleth, moved on to peace on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. A memorial service will be held in July 2021 in Eveleth. The date will be announced in the future. Carolyn was loved and will be missed by many family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 67 years, Joseph Begich. 
She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca and husband, Bob Heye of Spring, Texas; sisters, Janice Nelson and Sandra Voydetich; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews of the Bastianelli and Begich families.

James M. Pinckney
James M. Pinckney, 63, of Ely, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. Funeral arrangements are pending with Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.