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Obituaries: September 17, 2021


William Lilya
William “Bill” Lilya, 90, of Virginia and formerly of Soudan, died on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Vermilion Senior Living in Tower. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower. A gathering time for family and friends will begin one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will take place in Lakeview Cemetery in Tower. Family services are provided by Bauman-Vermilion, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Tower.

Kirby C. Mathson
Kirby Carlyle Mathson, 61, a longtime resident of Embarrass, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in his home, of natural causes. A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20 at the Evangelical Free Church in Embarrass. Pastor Marlin Bjornrud will officiate. Interment will follow in the Embarrass Cemetery. Family services are provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia.
Kirby is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Tammi Cain Mathson; children, Lukas (Amanda) Mathson of Virginia and Brooke (Evan) Officer of Virginia; daughter-in-law, Cera of El Paso, Texas; grandchildren, Jeremy, Zoey, Avery, Easton, Aiden, Cora and Jaxon; mother, Virginia DeBoer of Cambridge; mother-in-law, Phyllis Cain of Virginia; brothers, David (Renae) Mathson of Pahoa, Hawaii, and Jon (Kim) Mathson of Cambridge; sisters-in-law, Deb (Steve Bartolus) Braford of Chisholm and Candi (Tim) Blomberg of Babbitt; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews; extended family and friends.


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