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Obituaries: November 17, 2023


Robert G. Thomas
Robert George Thomas, 84, of Cook, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023. The family is grateful for the compassionate care he received at Carefree Living and Cook Hospital. A visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19, with a prayer service at 4 p.m., at Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Interment will be at Willow Valley Cemetery at a later date. Memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook or the St. Louis County Rescue Squad.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Nieters Thomas; daughter, Debra (Randy) Bradt of Ely; daughter-in-law, Susan Thomas of Cook; grandsons, Erik (Raya Aspinwall) Thomas and Nathan (Isabelle Benson) Bradt.

Dorothy Pelto
Dorothy Zaic Pelto, 84, originally of Ely, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023, at Eden Prairie Senior Living with family present. A private family burial will be held at the Ely Cemetery. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.
She is survived by her children, David Pelto, Sheryl Pelto and Kristen (Jerry) Arntson; many nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Mike Pelto; and good friends, especially those from her early years in Ely.

Kathleen Iverson
Kathleen “Kathy” Iverson, 68, longtime resident of Tower and Virginia, died on Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, at Hilltop Healthcare Facility in Duluth. A celebration of life will be held next summer at Lake Vermilion. Arrangements are with Affordable Cremation of Duluth.
She is survived by her nieces, Sharon Tawyea (David) Antikainen, Michelle Iverson, Maria Tawyea and Bobbie Vaudrin (Jim) Adamiak; nephew, Michael J. Tawyea; grand-nephews, Joshua Antikainen, Michael J. (Chrissy Stone) Tawyea, Steven R. Tawyea and Andrew Antikainen; great-great-niece, Trinity Tawyea; stepsisters, Kathy Liukkonen (Jim) Sarff and Kay Liukkonen (Bob) Trevena; stepbrother, Kevin (Jamie) Liukkonen; many step and great-step nieces and nephews; and special friends, Mary Alice Johnson, David and Sandy Wallin, and the Schleppegrell family.

Raymond Marolt
Raymond Marolt, 78, originally of Ely and Babbitt, departed this world on Monday, Nov. 6, 2023, in Ocala, Fla. Arrangements are with Baldwin Brothers Funeral and Cremation Society in Ocala.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carol; children, Scott (Amikco) Marolt, Danielle (Eric) Hunt and Todd (Vanessa) Marolt; eleven grandchildren; sisters, Marcia (Bob) Tholen and Monna (Tony) Marolt-Garvey, and many more friends and family.