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Obituaries: March 19, 2021


John E. Turk
John Edward Turk, 74, of Lake Vermilion-Tower, passed away surrounded by family at Abbott Heart Hospital in Minneapolis on Thursday, March 4, 2021. A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, June 26 at Fortune Bay Resort Casino for anyone wishing to share the love and life of a truly great man. There is no greater honor than to be remembered as kindness, as love, as the light in others’ time of darkness. Family services are provided by Bauman-Vermilion, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Tower.
John was born on Sept. 26, 1946, in Hibbing, to Henry and Elaine (Deger) Turk. He was joined in marriage to his best friend, Sally Trenti, at their home on Sept. 17, 2011.
John was the ultimate outdoors man; he enjoyed fishing all year round and hunting (rifle, bow, and muzzle loader). He also traveled out west and to Alaska to pursue his dream hunts.
John’s selfless dedication to help others recover their lives, his compassion, and love for family and friends will truly be missed.
John is survived by his wife, Sally; children, Jena Jamison, Stefanie O’Neil, Dustin Turk (Sarah), Jameson Turk and Brandon Turk (Stacy); bonus children, Rebecca Kimbell (Michael) and Dan Frosaker (Stephanie); grandchildren, Dylan Jamison, Sydney Jamison, Jackson Turk, Alayna Turk, Henry Turk and Henley O’Neil; bonus grandchildren, Mason Kimbell and Owen and Noah Frosaker; great-grandchild, Delilah; sister, Jean Johnson (Ron); niece, Terra Boldt; and nephew, Jason Boldt.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Elaine.

Julie A. Fogelberg
Julie Ann Floyd Scheuring Fogelberg, 60, of Cook, loving wife, mother, sister, daughter and grandmother, passed away on Thursday, March 11, 2021, with family by her side. A celebration of life was held on Monday, March 15 at First Baptist Church in Cook. Memorials may be made to Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry or First Baptist Church in Cook. Memorials to VLM will be directed to the Patti Alt Campership Fund to make sure that every kid who wants to go to camp has the opportunity to do so. Memorials made to First Baptist Church will also be used to fund camper scholarships to Trout Lake Camp. Arrangements were with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
She is survived by her mother, Audrey Floyd; husband, Steve Fogelberg; daughters, Rochelle (Ryan) Rentschler and Katie (Joe) Lorenz; stepdaughter, Amy (Steve) Stepec; stepson, Nels Fogelberg; sister, Jill (Mike) Klapatch; brother, Gregory (Sandy) Floyd; sisters-in-law, Kay Johnson and Chris (Dean) Walden; brother-in-law, Rick Fogelberg; grandchildren, Audry and Rex Rentschler, Madden and Allie Lorenz, Jack, Henry, Evelyn and Lucy Stepec.

Vienna V. Takkunen
Vienna Virginia Anderson Takkunen, 94, of Orr, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. A celebration of life will be held later this summer, followed by a family burial in Orr. Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.

Kenneth M. Colbenson
Kenneth M. Colbenson, 85, of Kannapolis, N.C., died on Sunday, March 7, 2021, at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis after complications from COVID. Ken was cremated and an informal graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 4 at Argo Cemetery in Babbitt. All are welcome to attend the burial and share memories and parting words. Depending on the Minnesota COVID restrictions at that time, an informal gathering will be held after the service at the Sawmill Saloon and Restaurant in Virginia.
He is survived by his son, Robert (Cindy) Colbenson; daughter, Cheryl (Michael Holmes) Colbenson; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers; and two sisters.