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Obituaries: July 2, 2021


Donald Joseph Erchul Sr.
Donald Joseph “Don” Erchul Sr., 90, originally of Soudan, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Thanks to Kathy and the New Journey staff and the crew from hospice and everyone who visited and cared for Don. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Memorial Service on Saturday, July 10 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia with Reverend Brandon Moravitz officiating. Inurnment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Instead of flowers, a memorial to the Mesabi Humane Society would be preferred. Family services are provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. 
He is survived by his sons, Don Jr. (Chris) and Steven (Sandra); daughter, MaryBeth; nine grandchildren, Heather, Tara, Lindsey, Sean, Cory, Carly, Jessica, Katie and Mackenzie; nine great-grandchildren, Bailey, Grant, Brookelyn, Bryar, Brynley, Bristyl, Taylor, William and Wesley; brothers, Rod (Joan), Gary (Janet) and Terry (Maree); and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Michael F. Sjoberg
A memorial service for Michael Frank “Mike” Sjoberg will be at held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 2 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower. Burial and lunch will follow the service.

Norman Riihiluoma
Norman F. Riihiluoma, 80, of Virginia, passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2021, surrounded by family.
A funeral will be held Friday, July 9, at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Virginia, officiated by Pastor Don Stauty. Condolences can be sent to P.O. Box 403, Tower, MN 55790.
Norman was creative, adventurous, had sisu, and lived out his Christian faith. He was a long-time resident of Lake Vermilion and Kugler Township. Norman is survived by his wife Nancy, daughters Tiina (Lyle) Eidelbes and Lizana Riihiluoma, sons Paul (Lisa) Riihiluoma and Charles (Kirstie Kern) Riihiluoma, 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, brother Ray, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Norman was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert, sister-in-law Marilyn, granddaughter Amanda, grandson Robb Eidelbes and numerous aunts and uncles. He was a loving, supportive husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who will be greatly missed.