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  • Obituary: Ida "Fern" Anderson

    Jul 12, 2024

    Ida “Fern” Anderson, 98, of Carlton, passed away on Thursday, July 4, 2024, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. Fern was born Oct. 29, 1925, to Gus and Mary Zimmerman in Fort Worth, Texas. She graduated early from Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth in January of 1943, then wentnorth on a Greyhound bus to St. Paul Bible Institute. She earned a diploma in missions. While attending the institute, she met George Anderson. On June 27, 1947, they were married. Together they served in the m...

  • Obituary: Donald "Jack" Carter

    Jul 12, 2024

    Donald “Jack” Carter, 91, of Cloquet, passed away peacefully with family at his side on July 7, 2024, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. A lifelong resident of Cloquet, Jack was born Oct. 17, 1932, to Art and Lois Carter. Jack is known by many as the owner of Carter’s TV and Appliance, which opened in 1957 and served Cloquet and the surrounding communities for nearly 40 years. He was also a co-owner in the family businesses: Carter Trucking Company, Carter’s Inc., and the Carter Buildin...

  • Obituary: Carol Jean Gehrke

    Jul 12, 2024

    Our beloved mom, grandmother, and sister, Carol Jean Gehrke (Turnquist), 74, passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2024, after a courageous and hard-fought battle with colon cancer. Carol was born May 19, 1950 in Superior as the first-born child to Henry and Eleanor Turnquist. Carol was raised in South Range, where she was fortunate enough to live next door to her paternal family. She had many fond memories growing up in the country. Carol graduated from Superior High School as part of the Class of...

  • Obituary: Brandon James Pederson

    Jul 12, 2024

    It is with heavy hearts and tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of Brandon James Pederson. After many years of struggling with addictions and mental health issues, he passed away peacefully at his home in Cloquet Sunday, June 30, 2024, at the age of 50. Brandon’s mind and soul are now at rest. He was born on June 24, 1974, to Greg and Jeryl (Chartier) Pederson in Cloquet. After graduating from Cloquet High School he entered into the Marine Corps, where he proudly served his c...

  • Obituary: John Richard Vnuk

    Jul 12, 2024

    John Richard Vnuk, 57, of Cloquet passed away July 1, 2024. He was born in Duluth to Mary and Dick Vnuk on Nov. 18, 1966. John was a lifelong resident of Cloquet. He spent his early adult years working at Vnuk's Liquor Market. He later became a certified massage therapist and certified nursing assistant, and worked at the Cloquet hospital for many years as an operating room custodian. In addition, he worked briefly at Kwik Trip in Sunnyside. You'd be hard-pressed to run into anyone who didn't kn...

  • Obituary: Frederick William Branham Jr.

    Jul 12, 2024

    Frederick William Branham Jr., age 77 of Cloquet, Minnesota passed away on Monday, July 8, 2024, at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. He was born on March 7, 1947, to Frederick and Dorothy (Borgen) Branham. Fred received his education from Barnum High School and later attended the University of Minnesota – Duluth. Fred married Linda Burggraff on May 21, 1981. He loved camping, boating, playing cards, traveling, and trips to visit family and friends. Fred was also a talented stained g...

  • Obituary: Stephanie Rose Weller

    Jul 12, 2024

    Our beautiful and amazing daughter, Stephanie Rose Weller, left us to be with Jesus on June 30, 2024. Stephanie was born in Duluth at St. Luke's Hospital on May 2, 1994, to her proud and loving parents, George and Lisa Weller. She resided in Superior, Wisconsin with Shane Herrick and her 2-year-old son, Beau Herrick, whom she adored. Stephanie was a graduate of Denfeld High School's class of 2012. In her senior year, she qualified to attend an art school in Italy, and saw much of Europe; she...

  • Obituary: Michael "Mike" Lee Suronen

    Jul 12, 2024

    Michael “Mike” Lee Suronen, 68, of Barnum, Minnesota, took his last breath on Friday, June 28, 2024, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota. He was surrounded by loved ones with his favorite classic country tunes playing, as his short but mighty battle with cancer came to an end. Mike was born September 10, 1955, to Elmer and Lucille (Strandberg) Suronen in Cloquet, Minnesota, and grew up in Barnum as the youngest of three children. After high school, Mike married his first wife,...

  • Obituary: David McGovern

    Jul 5, 2024

    David Michael McGovern, 80, passed away on June 21, 2024, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. He was born on June 4, 1944, to Benjamin and Alice (White) McGovern in Duluth. David was raised in Hermantown and graduated from Hermantown High School. He entered the U.S. Air Force on Nov. 19, 1962, and completed his training in Amarillo, Texas. He later served in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Following his honorable discharge on Nov. 18, 1966, he returned to Duluth. David was u...

  • Obituary: Donald Robnik

    Jul 5, 2024

    Donald Louis Robnik of Cloquet, known to his friends and family as Donny, passed away unexpectedly Sunday June 23, 2024, at age 58. He was born in Duluth on May 13, 1966, to Dennis and Mary Ann (Hill) Robnik. Donny graduated from Duluth Cathedral High School in 1984, where he was a gifted artist and earned a scholarship. Donny wore many professional hats in his life. A jack of all trades, he started out working for his family’s towing business in Rochester, Minnesota, then moved to Tulsa, O...

  • Obituary: John Sibik

    Jul 5, 2024

    John R. Sibik, 81, of Cloquet passed away surrounded by his family on June 29, 2024, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. He was born June 13, 1943, in Duluth, the son of Louis and Dorothy (Looby) Sibik. John graduated from Morgan Park High School in 1961. He was united in marriage to Cheryl J. Smith on July 25, 1964, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Duluth. John worked as an optometrist for many years and at many locations. He served in the 148th Air National Guard for 23 years and also w...

  • Obituary: Josephine Prevost

    Jul 5, 2024

    Josephine G. “Josie” Prevost, 94, of Cloquet passed away peacefully in the presence of loved ones on June 26, 2024, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. She was born April 3, 1930, to Norbert and Hattie (VerBetan) Behl in Detroit. During her early years, Josie moved with her family to the Cloquet area and resided there for the duration of her life. She attended Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School and later graduated from Proctor High School. Josie began a career with a telep...

  • Obituary: Mark Pajari

    Jul 5, 2024

    Mark A. Pajari was born in Wadena, Minnesota to Arnold Pajari and Phyllis (Burnette) Pajari on Jan. 12, 1960. He passed away on April 30, 2024, at Essentia Health in Duluth. Raised in Cloquet, Mark enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing, and especially spending time with family and friends. Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Phyllis (Bernie Grindle); his maternal and paternal grandparents; nephew Benji Pajari; and beloved aunts and uncles. He is survived by his children, Nicole...

  • Obituary: Frederic Hackensmith

    Jul 5, 2024

    Frederic Arthur Hackensmith, 82, of Cloquet passed away June 25, 2024, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. He was born June 18, 1942, to Harold and Gladys Hackensmith. He attended school in Carlton. Frederic worked at several local automotive shops and was an over-the-road trucker. He was a member of the Barnum Methodist Church. In his early years, he enjoyed spending time at dirt-track races and later in life he enjoyed puzzles. Frederic loved taking day trips to visit family and friends or...

  • Obituary: James Prusak

    Jun 28, 2024

    James Prusak, 71, of Duluth and formerly of Cloquet, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2024, after a brief and valiant fight with cancer. Jim was the city engineer for Cloquet for 40 years, from 1975 to 2016, where he made many lifelong friends. Jim is survived by Dona, his wife of 43 years; a son, Matthew (Christine); a daughter, Lynzi (Tim); and six adored grandchildren, Morgan, Cole, Levi, Mason, Julia and Creed. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. In honor of Jim, plant...

  • Obituary: Janet Ann Adkins

    Jun 28, 2024

    Janet Ann Adkins, nee DeCaigny, 68, of Barnum and Sebring, Florida, passed away peacefully and unexpectedly in her sleep at her winter home in Florida on May 16, 2024. Janet was born on Dec. 13, 1955, in Duluth to George DeCaigny and June Galatz. She is survived by her loving husband, William; her children, Jefferey (Heather) Adkins and John (Tara) Adkins; her grandchildren, Danielle, Dillon, Haley and Amelia; her sister Cindy (Jon) Ketola; and brothers-in-law, Steve (Joyce) Tierney and Donald...

  • Obituary: Jamie K.DeRusha

    Jun 28, 2024

    Jamie K.DeRusha, 65, of Cloquet passed away after a brief battle with her third cancer. She was born June 21, 1958, to Dorothy and Michael Derusha, and graduated from Cloquet High School in 1976. Jamie worked at the Sawyer Store, several liquor stores and Goodwill. She was a very hard-worker who truly enjoyed working with customers — who adored her — and loved spending time visiting family and friends. Anytime you went somewhere with her, you knew she would know at least one person there and...

  • Obituary: Josephine "Josie" G. Prevost

    Jun 28, 2024

    Josephine “Josie” G. Prevost, age 94, of Cloquet, Minnesota passed away peacefully in the presence of loved ones on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at Essentia Health – St. Mary’s Campus in Duluth. She was born on April 3, 1930, to Norbert and Hattie (VerBetan) Behl in Detroit, Michigan. During her early years, Josie moved with her family to the Cloquet Area and resided there for the duration of her life. She attended Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School and later graduated from Proctor High School....

  • Obituary: Donald Louis Robnik

    Jun 28, 2024

    Donald Louis Robnik of Cloquet, known to his friends and family as Donny, unexpectedly passed away Sunday, June 23, 2024, at age 58. He was born in Duluth, Minnesota, May 13, 1966, to Dennis and MaryAnn (Hill) Robnik. Donny graduated from Duluth Cathedral High School in 1984, where he was a gifted artist. Donny wore many professional hats in his life. A jack of all trades, he started out working for his family's towing business in Rochester, Minnesota. He then moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and...

  • Obituary: Thomas Emanuel Erickson Sr.

    Jun 21, 2024

    Thomas Emanuel Erickson Sr., 78, formerly of Duluth, passed away from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on June 4, 2016, in Chester, Illinois. Services were held at Wilson Funeral Homes in Steelville, Illinois after cremation in 2016. Thomas was brought home to Duluth by his daughter, Tammy, and laid to rest June 5 during a family gathering in the veterans section at Sunrise Memorial Park Cemetery and Cremation Gardens in Hermantown. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Emmanuel...

  • Obituary: Skip Pelerin

    Jun 21, 2024

    Edward “Skip” Philip Pelerin Jr. died June 6, 2024, in his wife’s arms at his home in Cloquet. He was 88. Skip was born on April 14, 1936, to Edward Philip Pelerin Sr. and Cecelia Catherine (Douglas) Pelerin on the White Earth Reservation. He graduated from Cloquet High School and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving four years as an airborne radio operator in the Korean War. Following his service, he met Mary Jo Gooler, and they were married May 14, 1960, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church...

  • Obituary: Edward "Skip" Philip Pelerin Jr.

    Jun 14, 2024

    Edward "Skip" Philip Pelerin Jr. was born on April 14, 1936, to Edward Philip Pelerin Sr. and Cecelia Catherine (Douglas) Pelerin on the White Earth Reservation. Skip graduated from Cloquet High School and enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served his country for four years as a radio airborne operator in the Korean War. Following his service, he met Mary Jo Gooler, and they were united in marriage on May 14, 1960, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Duluth, Minnesota. Skip and Mary Jo...

  • Obituary: Ellen Lorraine Lane

    Jun 14, 2024

    Ellen Lorraine Lane, 91, of Cloquet, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, June 3, 2024 at her home. Ellen was born on October 27, 1932 to Anthony and Anna Vafias in Perch Lake Township, near Carlton, MN. She was married to LeRoy Lane. Ellen was the owner of Cloquet Transit and LCS Coaches for many years. She attended Cloquet Gospel Tabernacle, Journey Christian Church and was in the Red Hat Society. She was preceded in death by her husband LeRoy J.E. Lane. "I want you to know that there is...

  • Obituary: Elvie Marie Latvala

    Jun 14, 2024

    Elvie Marie Latvala, 91, of Cromwell passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. She was born at home on September 21, 1932, to Carl and Alvina Maijala of Tamarack, Minnesota. Elvie attended the Patrick School in Clark township (a.k.a. the Red Brick School) and McGregor High School. She married Lauri Latvala on March 31, 1949, and was a traditional homemaker for a number of years. She graduated from the American School of Correspondence in 1962 and from the University of Wisconsin,...

  • Obituary: Mary Jane Diver

    Jun 14, 2024

    RC JP Mary Jane Diver, 73, of Cloquet passed away on June 6, 2024, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. She was born on July 5, 1950, to George and Emma (Reed) Diver. Mary Jane gained a second family with the staff and other residents at Pine Ridge Homes, where she resided for many years. She was always up for an adventure and loved to observe the goings-on of those around her. Mary often spent time beading bracelets and other items and loved to barter her work for her f...

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