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Obituaries: January 19, 2024


Orrin A. Haugen
Orrin Arnold Haugen, 87, of Duluth, a former longtime Hibbing resident, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service at First Lutheran Church in Hibbing. It will be a combined service for Orrin and Janice. Janice passed away on Feb. 25, 2022, and their promise to each other was to wait and have a combined funeral. Inurnment will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery-Duluth at a later date. Arrangements are by Dougherty Funeral Home of Duluth.
Orrin was born in Thief River Falls to Arnold and Ida (Mostrom) Haugen on Oct. 15,1936. On May 9,1959, he married Janice Sunsdahl in Goodridge. Orrin was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving from December 1959 to March 1962. After his discharge, Orrin and Janice farmed for a short time near Goodridge before settling in Hibbing, where they made their home for 52 years and raised their family before moving to Duluth six years ago to be with their son, Keith.
Orrin worked for Hoover Construction in Virginia as a heavy equipment mechanic from 1966 until his retirement in 2000. He was a member of the American Legion, 49ers, International Union of Operating Engineers, Moose Club and The First Lutheran Church. Orrin enjoyed construction, fixing, building and remodeling projects, and he was a perfectionist in his work. Of course, Janice was right by his side helping no matter what the project was.
Orrin and Janice loved spending time with family and friends at their hobby farm in Goodridge. Janice and Orrin had a very special kind of love and respect for each other and were happily married for nearly 63 years. The two of them did everything together and never liked to be apart. Orrin was a devoted husband, caring father, loving grandfather and proud great-grandfather. Family was the most important thing in his life. He had such a special bond with his two granddaughters and his great-grandson Hunter. They brought so much joy and happiness to his life. He was beaming with pride when his great-granddaughter Julia was born a month ago.
Orrin is survived by his children, Keith (Mike Goerdt) Haugen and Debbie (Dan) Wiirre; granddaughters, Leah (Adam) Nori and Emily (Gregg) Malmgren; great-grandchildren, Hunter Hoopman, Julia Malmgren and Harper Nori; siblings, Ardith Kloth, Lois Burstad, Edna Hawk, Sharron Johnson and Linda Homme; four sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews, which include great and great-great.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Janice; brother, Floyd; and two sisters, Fern and Grace.

Brian Jarvi
Brian Jarvi, 57, of Ely, passed away at his residence on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely. 

Leigh Donald
Leigh Donald, 66, peacefully departed on January 14, 2024, surrounded by her family.
She is preceded in death by her mother and two sisters. She is survived by her dad, two daughters, and a sister; also survived by cats and numerous other family members. The family has opted out of traditional services at this time -- in lieu of, feel free to stop by her dad’s house to share any stories about this feisty woman’s life. Online condolences to

Bonnie R. Shroff
Bonnie Rae Lamppa Shroff, 78, of California, originally of Embarrass, passed away on Monday, Jan. 1, 2024. As per her wishes, she will be cremated at Mountain View Mortuary and Cemetery in Altadena, Calif. A celebration of life will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Alzheimer’s Association. Family services are provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia.
She is survived by her husband, Bansi Shroff; sons, Sean and Brennan; and grandchildren, Baron, Waylon, Sadie and baby Tadhg.

Jeffrey A. Rosati
Jeffrey A. Rosati, of Hermantown, died on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023, at Essentia Medical Center after a lengthy illness. A celebration of life will be planned for spring of 2024. A full obituary will be published at that time.
He is survived by his parents, Nancy (Voxland) and Charles Eichholz of Tower, and Richard and Lisa (Davis) Rosati of Eveleth.

Judy Armbrust
Judy Rhea Armbrust, 74, of Orr, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s in Duluth. Arrangements are pending with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

Mary Jo Tome
Mary Jo Lunquist Tome, 71, Ely, passed away at her residence on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024. A memorial service/celebration of life will be held during the warmer months when friends and family can enjoy the outdoors as much as she did. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.
She is survived by her sons, Jack (Kira), Joe (Alaina) and Brian (Helen); grandchildren, Summer, Jake, Madelyn and Ethan; mother, Ruth Lunquist; sisters, Renee (Rick) Martin and Jenny (Bruce) LaChance; sister-in-law, Randi (Dave) Tachney; mother-in-law, Vi Tome; several nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren; and a vast network of other relatives and friends.