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Obituaries: November 18, 2022


Pearl E. Aronen
Pearl Esther Salo Aronen, 100, formerly of Lake Vermilion, originally of Embarrass, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at Edgewood Vista in Virginia, surrounded by family.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 21 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Virginia with Rev. Amy Janssen officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow in the East Pike Cemetery in Pike Township. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Caring Edge Hospice. Arrangements are with Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert.
She is survived by three daughters, Sue (Mike) Blaeser of Virginia, Evelyn (Don) Ferguson of Gallatin, Tenn., and Lee (Terry) Croteau of Lake Vermilion; grandchildren, Kelly, Michele, Carol Anne, Paul, Theresa, Becky, Donny, Jason and Tara; brother, Jack (Joanna) Salo; numerous great- grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Timothy E. Trygg
Timothy “Tim” Edwin Trygg, of Hibbing, a longtime resident of Cook, passed away on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022.
A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 1-3 p.m. at Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. A reception and lunch will be held immediately after at the Old Muni in Cook. To honor Tim’s love of the song “Forever in Blue Jeans”, the family requests that attendees please wear blue jeans.
He is survived by his mother, Lois Trygg; wife, Colleen Paolo; children, Scott (Nicole) Trygg and Tracy (Greg) LaPatka; grandchildren, Jasmine Trygg, Logan Luecken and Lexiss Trygg; sisters, Karen McCue and Harriet (John) Martinez; stepdaughter, Kelly Leinonen Lind; step-grandchildren, Kaelea Leinonen, Jack and Ben Lind; and dogs, Richie, Maddie, Daisy and Pink.

Helen C. Miller
Helen Caroline Pederson Miller, 102, of Babbitt, died on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, at Carefree Living.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Babbitt with visitation one hour prior. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.
She is survived by her children, Joyce (Alan) Berglund of Anoka, Linda (Bud) Conklin of Eugene, Ore., and Karen (Darryl) Cameron of Sartell; daughter-in-law, Nancy Miller of Hudson, Wis.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren plus one on the way; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Joseph Baltich Sr.
Joseph Baltich Sr., 90, of Ely, a proud United States Veteran of the Korean War, passed away peacefully in the presence of his wife on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, at Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 with visitation one hour prior at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely. Lunch will follow. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.
He is survived by wife of 63 years, Paula; children, Joseph W. Baltich (Annette), Bernie Baltich (Sally Schulz) and Sue Kittams (Fred); grandchildren, Ben Baltich (Morgan), Zack Baltich (Maggie), Danny Baltich, Cullen Kittams and Regan Kittams.

Marja L. Viikinsalo
Marja Leena Koskela Viikinsalo, 82, of Ely, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, at Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely, after a long battle with dementia. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Boundary Waters Care Center and Carefree Living for the amazing love and compassion they provided in caring for her during her golden years.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Kerntz Funeral Home in Ely with Pastor Craig Haberman officiating.
She is survived by her son, James (Kellie) Viikinsalo of Trussville, Ala.; sister, Ritva Koskela of Rauma, Finland; brother, Mikko (Riita) Koskela of Rauma, Finland and Fuengirola, Spain; grandchildren, Amanda Viikinsalo of Homewood, Ala., Nicholas (Samantha) Viikinsalo of Anoka, Emily Viikinsalo of Fresno, Calif., Alex Oman of White Bear Lake and Maya Viikinsalo of Trussville, Ala.; nephew, Otto Koskela of Barcelona, Spain; great-grandson, Landry Macedo Jr. of Fresno, Calif.; and other dear family and friends.

Brian C. Bakk
Brian C. Bakk, 66, of Minneapolis, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. Services are pending with Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.