Glenn W. Bertelson
Glenn Warren Bertelson, 85, of Duluth and Ely, died on Sunday, April 10, 2022. His family thanks the kind, caring and compassionate staff at Westwood, Benedictine Health Center, Essentia Health and Essentia Health Hospice. Memorials are preferred and can be directed to the Listening Point Foundation in Ely or Benedictine Living Community in Duluth. Funeral arrangements are with Dougherty Funeral Home of Duluth.
Glenn was born in Ortonville, and graduated from high school in Virginia. He loved and played basketball and was known to his teammates and buddies by the nickname “Stretch”.
A U.S. Army veteran, Glenn was stationed in Germany for three years during peacetime, after which he completed college and earned his master’s degree. He was employed in Duluth as a social worker for St. Louis County until his retirement in 1996. With his family, Glenn owned and ran a hobby farm, loved camping in the north woods, and went on canoe trips in the BWCAW. His love of wilderness and solitude led to his eventually living on a lake in Ely in his retirement.
Glenn will be remembered for his voice advocating for the wilderness, and his commitment to preserving it; for nurturing his relationships with people; for his dedication to God; for his determination to write his book; and for passing on to his children and grandchildren reverence for nature.
He is survived by his daughters, Nanette (Michael) Hillmeyer and Lise (Eric) Peltier; granddaughters, Claire and Sophie, Holly and Lauren; great-grandson, Rylan; brother, James (Sherie) Bertelson; first wife and the mother of his daughters, Lynn (James) Freeman; dear lifelong friends; friends at the lake; and Westwood friends.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn W. and Ada Bertelson.
Agnes “Ag” Chiabotti Mesojedec, 98, a lifelong resident of Soudan, died on Sunday, March 13, 2022, with family by her side at Edgewood in Hermantown where she had lived since June 2021. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower. Reverend Father Beau Braun will be the celebrant. A gathering time for family and friends will begin one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Spring inurnment will take place in Lakeview Cemetery in Tower. Family services are provided by Bauman-Vermilion, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Tower.
A complete obituary ran in the Timberjay edition of March 25, 2022.
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