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Obituaries: May 31, 2024


June L. Swieringa
June Lee Hannula Swieringa, 70, of Vermilion Lake Township, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on Monday, May 27, 2024, surrounded by family at Essentia Health in Virginia. A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 at The Little Church on Hwy. 26 (Wahlsten Rd.) at the intersection of Wiseman Rd., Vermilion Lake Township. It will be a potluck, so bring a favorite dish to share. Cards and flowers can be sent to 8435 Swieringa Rd., Tower, MN 55790. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home of Virginia.
June was born in the Biwabik Hospital in 1944 to Leo and Laila Hannula of Embarrass. She went to Embarrass High School and attended the University of Minnesota where she met her husband of 61 years, Bruce Swieringa. June and Bruce were married in Embarrass in 1963. They lived for one year in Minneapolis, but then moved to Bruce’s family homestead in Vermilion Lake Township and lived in a log cabin for nine years, while Bruce built their current home on the land. It was there that they raised their family and had lived for over 50 years.
Few people know that June was a certified mechanic or that she jumped into the primary breadwinner role of her young family when the mines went on strike. She worked at Queen City Federal Credit Union in Virginia until the strike ended. Afterward, she got her accounting degree at Eveleth VoTech and took a job at Bonner and Mallsaid in Virginia. Later she moved to the Embarrass-Vermillion Federal Credit Union (Tower and Embarrass offices) where she spent the rest of her career and was seemingly known by everyone.
June was known for her caring and loving nature and treating others equally. She was always eager to spend time with friends and family. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was so loved and will be greatly missed.
June was a devoted mother to Erick (Jenny), Erin (deceased) (Kirk) and Daniel (Bobbi); grandmother to Josh (Ami), Shaun, Kelsey (Anthony) and Tyler; and great-grandmother to Owen, Theodore and Gwendolyn.
June is survived by her husband, Bruce Swieringa; sister, Joyce (Boyd) Halstead; and sons, Erick and Daniel and their families.

Kim M. King
Kim Marie King, 68, of Mt. Iron, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 23, 2024, on hospice at Waterview Woods in Eveleth. She was a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. A celebration of life was held on Thursday, May 30 at the Vermilion Wellness Center in Tower. The spiritual advisor was Vern Adams. Arrangements were with Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.
She is survived by her son, Jesse (Sheila); brothers, Daniel and Roger King; sister, Trudy King; grandson, Landon; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friend, John. 

Taryn L. Lindquist
Taryn Lynell Lindquist, 65, of Cook, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2024. A full obituary with service details will be posted soon. Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.

Philip J. Hway
Philip J. Hway, 77, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2024, in West Bend, Wis. A service will be held on Saturday, June 1 at Ely Gospel Church, with visitation at 10 a.m. before the 11 a.m. service. Pastor Tim Cook will officiate. Burial will be at the Ely Cemetery. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home in Ely.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Prudence Pick Hway; sister, Carole (Jim) Carter; brother, Jeff (Donna) Hway; sons, Derek and Ben Pieper; and numerous nieces and nephews.