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Obituaries: July 29, 2022


Carrie Cazares
Carrie Henrika Folz Cazares, 59, passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2022, surrounded by family at her home in Hillsboro, Ore. A memorial service will be held on what would have been her 60th birthday, Thursday, Aug. 4 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. followed by an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass. Carrie will be interred with her parents at the Ely Cemetery. A celebration of Carrie’s life and 60th birthday will take place after the service at Zaverl’s Bar in Ely.
Carrie was born on Aug. 4, 1962, in Ely, to Jon and Carolyn Folz. She was a graduate of Ely Memorial High School and Duluth Technical College. Carrie was united in marriage with Efren Cazares on July 10, 2004.
Carrie was a loving, fun, and spirited wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, and a special friend to many. She was an adoring mother to her many fur baby Schnauzers and cats. She spent her career working in the hospitality industry in Minnesota, North Carolina and Oregon. She enjoyed retiring to St. Petersburg, Fla., before moving back to Oregon last year to be closer to family.
Carrie was a warrior, having battled several forms of cancer beginning in 1993. She never let her illness define her and she lived a very active life, filled with travel, family, friends and fun. Carrie had a zest for life like no other. In fact, her illness hospitalized her in Duluth in December 2019 where she unexpectedly passed away, and to the amazement of her doctors, she came back to this world to fight back her cancer and live a full and active life for another two and a-half years. She was an indomitable spirit and such a special person to so many. 
Carrie is survived by her husband, Efren Cazares; daughters, Paula Wideman and Amanda (Ryan Vuylsteke) Cazares; grandchildren, David McGee, Conner McGee, Isobella Wideman and Mia Wideman, all of Hillsboro, Ore.; siblings, Barbara Folz of Duluth, Virginia Anderson of Ely, Joan (Peter) Weckman of Ely, Jon Folz Jr. of Ely, Jamie (Russell Lende) Folz of Vernonia, Ore., and Kathleen (David) Hood of Aloha, Ore.; special aunt, Karon Mobilia; special uncle, Jim Folz (Lorene Pucel); many nieces and nephews; and many dear friends. She is also survived by her beloved dogs, Trixie and Buddy.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father; niece, Alison Folz; brother-in-law, Brian Anderson; and several aunts and uncles.

Gerald Morrison
Gerald Lloyd “Gerry” Morrison, 82, of Cook, passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2022, at Carefree Living in Virginia. A special thanks to all the caregivers at Carefree Living who took this colorful personality into their hearts and made him feel part of a family. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1 at Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, with visitation held one hour prior to the service at 1 p.m. Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.
He is survived by many close friends.

Harold Leustek
Harold F. Leustek, 77, a lifelong resident of Ely, died on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, doing what he loved to do…moving dirt. At his request, there will not be a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. A gathering will be held at his home in Ely, 1336 Hwy. 169, on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 1-6 p.m. with a Taps tribute at 4 p.m. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mercedes “Cissy” Thompson Leustek; sons, Aaran (Vicki Himmelright) and Mark; sisters, Mary Pryatel, Geraldine Corsiatto and Patricia Marty; grandchildren, Nathan (Ashley), Nicolette, Patrick and Preston; great-grandson, Ronan, whom he was anxiously waiting to meet; sister-in-law, Candy; brothers-in-law, Timmy and Joe; and many nieces and nephews.

Ange Bernard
Ange Bernard, 92, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 24, 2022, at Beehive Homes in Frisco, Texas, with family by his side. Family and friends will hold a celebration of Ange’s life at Nelson’s Resort on Crane Lake on Thursday, Sept. 8. A committal service and burial will be held at the Eveleth Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Ange’s name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (, 322 Eighth Ave., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home of Eveleth is handling arrangements.
He is survived by his children, William Bernard (Debra) of Red Lodge, Mont., Robert Bernard (Maria) of El Paso, Texas, and Joan Johnson (Stuart) of Prescott, Ariz.; sister, Andrienne (Bernard) Keennon; grandchildren, Katie, Michael, Kate, Erin, Kristen, Elizabeth, Alex and Lauren; and great-grandchildren, James, Jackson and Eli.