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Obituaries - Oct. 5, 2018

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Frank P. Jamnick

Frank P. Jamnick, 68, of Virginia, died on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth after a battle with cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 at the church and again for one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.

 Frank was born in Soudan to Angela and Joseph Jamnick, the fourth of five children. He graduated from Tower-Soudan High School in 1968. Frank was married to Nancy Lakoskey and they were blessed with two daughters, Alesia and Jolene.

Frank was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed spending time at the shack. He was also a sports fan who coached his daughters in baseball, basketball, and hunter safety. Frank lived a full life and leaves behind many relatives and friends to share great stories of his life.

Frank is survived by his two daughters, Alesia (Jim Jacobson) Jamnick and Jolene Jamnick; and siblings, Janet (William) Hill, Joseph (Helen) Jamnick, Nancy (Fred) Kallio and John (Jeannie Ceglar) Jamnick.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mary A. Omerza

Mary A. Deyak Omerza, 96, of Ely and Babbitt, has died. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 8 at St. Pius X Church in Babbitt. Visitation will be for one hour prior and lunch will follow the Mass. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

She is survived by her daughter, Cindy (John) Stene of Grand Rapids; daughters-in-law, Barbara (Ron) Omerza of Ely and Judy (Gary) Omerza of Scottsdale, Ariz.; eight grandchildren, Tom (Heidi) Omerza, Tim (Patty) Omerza, Jane (Greg) Mosher, Daniel (Vicki) Stene, Alexandra Stene, Francesca Stene, Roxanna Stene and Mathew Stene; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Veronica Farkas

Veronica “Bonnie” Zgonc Farkas, 79, a longtime resident of Winton and Ely, passed away at her home on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely with visitation for one hour prior to the service at the church. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.

She is survived by her children, Jo Ann (Craig) Whitehill, Robert (Noreen) Farkas, Sue Navarro, Scott (Sheila) Farkas, Darryl (Kelly) Farkas and Duane (Nichole) Farkas; 19 grandchildren, Whitney (Landon) Parker, Kelsey, Caitlin, Jack and Aidan Farkas, Kevin Moses, Ashley (Chris Cisneros) Navarro, Katie (Steve) Jones, Cara (Joel) Clevenger, Loren (Austin) Lampson, Isabelle Farkas, Luke O’Neil, Logan and Landon Tuomala, Mackenzie and Annika Farkas, and Gretchen, Matt and Will Farkas; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Virginia (John) Trucano and Nancy (Rocky) Gaither; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Russell Elofson

Russell Elofson, 81, of Tallahassee, Fla., formerly of Virginia, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. Bevis Funeral Home of Tallahassee is assisting the family with arrangements.

He is survived by his sister, Sandie Carter of Tallahassee, Fla.; sons, Lon Lundstrom and Brett Lundstrom, both of Embarrass, Jeff Elofson and Brent Elofson, both of Tallahassee, Fla.; daughter, Kristiana Gregg (Shawn) of Fayetteville, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Marjorie A. Oelrich

Marjorie Alice Finckbone Oelrich, 85, of Ely, formerly of Babbitt, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at St. Raphael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Eveleth, with family by her side, after a short battle with cancer. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 at the Assembly of God Church in Babbitt with Pastor Ben Morgan officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. A lunch will follow the service and burial will be in Argo Cemetery in Babbitt. Arrangements are with Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations to charities such as Cancer Research Centers or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America are appreciated.

She is survived by her children, Sharon (Stephen) Bateman of Spirit Lake, Idaho, Curtis Oelrich of Smelterville, Idaho, Doreen Flynn of Ely and Tammy (John) Schubert of Missoula, Mont.; six grandchildren, Jennifer (Jesse) Brunner, Jeremy (Hope) Bateman, Chris Bateman, Shannon (Johnathon) Kelley, Eric Schubert and Rachel Schubert; five great-grandchildren; brother, Darrel (Charlotte) Finckbone of Guthrie; numerous nieces, nephews and friends, especially those at the Babbitt Senior Center.

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