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Obituaries: January 1, 2021


Roger E. Marjamaa
Roger Edward Marjamaa, 65, of Angora, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. A funeral service was held on Monday, Dec. 28 at Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
He is survived by his brother, Jim Rinne of Sparks, Nev.; ex-wife and friend, Laurel Marjamaa; sister-in-law, Joy McKenzie; nephews, Eddie Rinne and Jason Rinne; niece, Elaine Donavan; and numerous cousins and friends.

Ruby D. Adams
Ruby Delores Adams, 92, of Cook, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. Per her wishes, there will be no memorial service. Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.
Barbara L. Lassila
Barbara Lois Nelson Lassila, 84, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at Carefree Living in Babbitt. Per her wishes there will be no funeral services. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Family arrangements are with Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.
Survivors include her daughters, Cynthia (Frank) Dilegame of Clermont, Fla., and Kathy (Lonnie) Salo of Babbitt; sons, Russ Salo of Embarrass and Billy (Julie) Smith of Babbitt; sister, Patricia B. Olson; brother in-law, Bob Olson; grandchildren, Brian (Betsy) Johnson, Dave Salo, Stacy Johnson, Angie (Tobias) Dilegame, Laurel Salo, Katie Dilegame, Erin (Corey) Burch, Colton Salo and Jenna Smith; great-grandchildren, Aliah, Faith, Ayden, Logan, Keegan, Thomas, Jude and Saani; nephews, Bob (Kathleen) Olson, Mark (Margie) Olson and Bruce Olson; and nieces, Patty (Gerald) Niskala and Chris (Larry) Urbus.

Devon M. Richter
Devon Marie Richter, 48, originally of Ely, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. Due to COVID, a celebration of life will be held at a later date in 2021. Arrangements are with Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.
She is survived by her mother, Sue Mauser; father, Art (Patty) Richter; brother, Brand (Shannon); fur babies, Rusty, Kimba and Theo; many uncles, aunts and cousins.

Dorothy J. Tomonovich
Dorothy Jean Omarzu Tomonovich, 90, of Virginia, died on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at Edgewood Vista in Hermantown. A private family Mass of Christian Burial was held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia with Rev. Brandon Moravitz as celebrant. Burial was held in Calvary Cemetery in Virginia. A memorial service will be held later in 2021. Arrangements are with Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.
Survivors include one son, Mark Tomonovich of Orr; four daughters, Kim (Robert) Farden of Duluth, Kathy (Karl) Sisson of Zion, Ill., Mary (Dr. Hal) of Bath, Maine, and Sally (Paul) Lombard of Anoka; 14 grandchildren; and brother, Allan “Jr.” Omarzu of Virginia.