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Obituaries: May 17, 2024


Jennie Woodenfrog 
Jennie Woodenfrog “Ge be-gah shig”, 94, longtime Nett Lake resident, made her journey to the spirit world on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. Traditional services were held on Monday, May 13 at the Nett Lake Government and Community Services Center. The spiritual advisor was Bill Blackwell and the spiritual advisor’s assistant was Vernon Adams. Pallbearers were Matthew Boney, Jeffrey Boney, Jason Boney, Anthony Juliano, Kyle Juliano and John Juliano. The honorary bearers were Jim Morrison, Pete Boney Jr., Vernon Boney, Andyr Warrington, Brad Johnson and James Wilde. Burial was in the Woodenfrog Cemetery in Nett Lake. Arrangements were with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
 She is survived by her nieces, Irene Boney of Roseville and Mary Ann Juliano of Lawrence, Kan.; and many grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. 

Ray D. Rahkola
Ray Dennis Rahkola, 74, of Panama City Beach, Fla., longtime resident of Embarrass, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2024. Services will be determined. Find information via Facebook family members or What’s UP Embarrass, Minnesota Facebook page.

Ralph L. Richtsmeier
Ralph L. Richtsmeier, 95, of Babbitt, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at his home. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 25 at Woodland Presbyterian Church in Babbitt, followed by a visitation with coffee at the church. Burial will be at the Argo Cemetery in Babbitt following the visitation.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Hoversten Richtsmeier; sons, Timothy Richtsmeier of Babbitt and Jeffrey (Irma) Richtsmeier of Rochester; daughter, Rebecca Richtsmeier of Woodbury; and many nieces and nephews. 

Frederick A. Lesemann 
Frederick “Fred” Allan Lesemann, 74, of El Paso, Texas, formerly of Embarrass, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. No public services will be held. Notes can be sent to Jennifer Nelson, 11976 Banner Crest Dr., El Paso, TX 79936. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, friends perform an act of kindness for a person in need.
He is survived by his daughters, Lyn (Shakeel) Kahn, Kristen (Vicente) Pantoja and Jennifer (Ronald) Nelson; siblings, Janet McKeon, Ellen Hitner, David Lesemann and Patricia Lesemann; grandchildren, Shaina, Dustin, Austin, William, Alexander and Adaam; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.