Obituary: Dawn Cher (Poehls) Maunu


January 6, 2023

Dawn Cher (Poehls) Maunu of Esko passed away peacefully on Jan. 1, 2023, in Proctor, at the age of 48. Dawn was born on March 23, 1974, in Mitchell, South Dakota. Adopted at the age of 2 with her siblings, she was the youngest of Art and Siri Poehls' four children. Dawn graduated from Cloquet High School in 1992. A lifelong resident of northern Minnesota, Dawn worked for many years at State Farm Insurance and RAM Mutual Insurance while earning her degree in organizational leadership and psychology, with honors, from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. Dawn later attended Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, earning a certificate in chemical dependency counseling, and worked at The Haven in Cloquet. Dawn married the love of her life, Eric Maunu, on June 12, 1998. They lived in the home they built together in Esko and enjoyed their time skiing, hunting and spending time at the cabin. Together they had one daughter, Hannah Pearl. All who knew or met Dawn were greeted with her infectious smile and great laugh. She will be greatly missed.

Dawn was preceded in death by her father, Art Poehls, and her sister Tonya Poehls. She is survived by her husband, Eric; daughter, Hannah; mother, Siri; brother, Darold "DJ" Poehls; and sister Cathy (Josh) Hall.

Visitation: 12 p.m. until the 1 p.m. Celebration of Life service Friday, Jan. 6 at the Apostolic Church in Esko. Arrangements have been entrusted to Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet.

Pine Knot News, Jan. 6, 2023


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