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Hazel Schmitz

Jul 12, 2023 - Nov 19, 2023

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Duluth, MN

Hazel Mae Schmitz, born July 12th, 2023, to Alicia Milbridge–Scott and William Schmitz, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 19, 2023. In her four short months with us, she blessed the lives of all who knew her and knew about her. She came into the world smiling and shared that smile with everyone she met. She was ready to do all the things; smile, roll over, sing, giggle, hold her head up, and get teeth way before she was supposed to. She was ready to live life to its fullest, and...Read More

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Debra L. Marty

Jan 01, 1959 - Feb 20, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Debra L. Marty, age 64, of Nashwauk, MN passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center-Duluth, MN. Deb was born in 1959 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota to Glenn and Yvonne Feltus. She attended school in Coleraine, MN. Deb raised her family and was united marriage to Joseph Marty. Deb and Joe made their home in Nashwauk, MN. She was employed with Hibbing Fabricators and later Guyer’s Store in Nashwauk, MN. Deb enjoyed fishing, camping, horses, and riding her four-wheeler. She is preceded in death by her parents; and one daughter, Cassie Jo Marty. Deb is survived by her husband, Joe; three daughters, Stacy Feltus of Albany, MN, Erin (Paul) Leibold of Randall, MN, and Jamie Marty of Nashwauk, MN; one brother, Greg (Penny Jo) Feltus of Nashwauk, MN; 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Libbey Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, MN. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.libbeyfuneralhome.com.

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Linda J. Jezierski

Aug 30, 1948 - Feb 20, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Linda J. Jezierski, 75, of Superior, WI, formerly of Proctor and Staples, MN, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2024, in Essentia St. Mary’s, in Duluth. Linda was born on August 30, 1948, in Cloquet, MN to Gordon and Jean Caza. She graduated from Cloquet High School and on July 8, 1993, she married Clifford Jezierski. Linda worked as a school aide for the Proctor Middle School, retiring in 2001. Linda enjoyed fishing, camping, Christmas, and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Dwight Caza; and husband, Cliff. Linda is survived by her children: Brad (Niki) Laakso, Tracy (Mitch) Little, and Mark (Corrin) Laakso; grandchildren: Grace, Matthew (Karlie), Carissa (Tanner), Connor (Raena), and Lincoln; great-granddaughter, Avery, and one on the way; brothers, Tim Caza and Jack (Jae) Caza; and former husband, Rodney Laakso. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 1st, 2024, at 3 p.m. with a visitation one hour prior, at the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 4100 Grand Ave, in Duluth.

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Dennis Hedin

Jan 30, 1945 - Feb 17, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Dennis Hedin, age 79, passed away from natural causes on February 17, 2024 at St Lukes Hospital in Duluth. Denny was born in Duluth on January 30, 1945 to Arne and Edith (Seppanen). He was a 1963 graduate of Duluth Central High, and on January 15, 1966 married his high school sweetheart, Lorraine (Fenstermaker). After 25+ years in sales for Marvin Windows, he retired in January of 2010. He will be missed by his wife, Lorraine; son Cory; daughter Pam Thomasson (Scott); 5 beloved grandchildren; his sister Doris “Sissy” Greene (Stan); and his sister-in-law Avis, as well as many friends and family he treasured. He was preceded in death by his parents, and by his brother Elwood. In honoring his wishes no services will be held. Please raise a glass in his memory and always remember the good times!

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Eldora Ann Recksiedler

Jan 01, 1928 - Feb 15, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Eldora Ann Recksiedler, 95, of Duluth passed away at Diamond Willow Lester Park on February 15, 2024. She was born to Albert and Natalia (Mantie) Recksiedler and grew up near Morris, Manitoba in Canada. She taught in two country schools as well as in Selkirk Manitoba. Eldora was an elementary teacher in Detroit Lakes and Montevideo before moving to Duluth. She taught first grade at Lowell and Birchwood schools before assisting in Head-Start and Follow-Through, and the Coordinator of Early Childhood Education for many years. Eldora traveled extensively and enjoyed meeting people in Africa, India, Vietnam China and many other places in Europe, the US and Canada. As homes for the refugees were needed, she accepted 17 young Vietnamese to live in her home and helped them complete their education. She was an active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and was active in CHUM and other organizations in the Duluth community. Eldora was preceded in in death by her parents, sisters Dorthy (Wes) Blom, and Marion (John) Wuotila. She is survived by her sisters Verna Bergquist of Two Harbors and Alice (Ed) of Vancouver, B.C. as well as many nieces and nephews. The Vietnamese that lived with her for many years, will miss contacts with “Grandma”. Our family would like to thank the staff at Diamond Willow and St. Croix Hospice for their wonderful and compassionate care. Memorial Services will be held Saturday March 2nd at 11:00 am at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church with visitation an hour prior and a reception following. In lieu of flowers, contributions to CHUM or Gloria Dei would be appreciated. The link for the livestream is http://gloriadeiduluth.org/worship/worship-livestream/ Share

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Connie Kay (Blahna) Harstad

Jul 28, 1942 - Feb 18, 2024

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Duluth, MN

In loving memory of Connie Kay (Blahna) Harstad who peacefully passed away on February 18th, 2024 at the age of 81. Connie was born to Lance and Blanche Blahna July 28, 1942 in Jamestown, North Dakota. Connie attended and graduated from Jamestown High School where she met the love of her life Bert Harstad. Connie and Bert were married February 10th, 1961 and were happily married for 41 years. They were lucky in love. Bert moved her all over the Midwest. She had babies and he ran around promoting Union’s. She was the First Lady for UFCW Local #1116 for over 30 years. During this beautiful life adventure, they had five children Monty Harstad (Jeanne), Kari Kay Black (Leslie), Lane Harstad (Dee Dee), Ronda Kay Poe (Scott), Jodee Kay High (Drew). Settling in Duluth in 1972, they raised their family and became a strong part of Duluth’s West End community. Connie was the queen of snacks for neighborhood kids of 27th Ave West, her home was the stop for after school snacks daily. She spent 25 years as a lunch lady at Lincoln Elementary, spending every penny she made buying lunches for kids that forgot lunch money. She attended every single event her kids participated in and was their number one fan. She loved her children unconditionally. Being a grandmother easily became the highlight of her life. Her treasures Jessica, David, Tim, Daniel, Derek, Dustin, Jake, Jon, Sam, Kaydee, Tristen, Lauren & Steven were her pride and joy. Connie had a special gift of always making you feel special and loved, this was her talent. She promoted forgiveness and kindness before it was cool. She hosted the best Christmas Eve parties for anyone and everyone to enjoy. She is most famous for her Caramel Bars. She loved her flower garden in summer and oddly enjoyed obsessively cleaning her home. She enjoyed her family travel adventures, especially Hawaii, New Orleans and Las Vegas. Connie leaves behind her children, sisters, Darlis Reister, Mary (John) Wentzell, Arla “Red” (Paul) Emo, and Jeanie Tanata. The Blahna girls are infamous. She also leaves her in-laws Pete Schlenker and Linda Harstad. She is preceded in death by her parents, her forever love Bert, in-laws Willy Reister, Kenneth Tanata, Janet Acre, Joyce Schlenker and John Harstad. She was a special aunt to many nieces and nephews. Though Connie may no longer be with us in person, her spirit will forever live on in the hearts of those who were touched by her kindness, love, and generous spirit. A special thank you to Gentiva Hospice for her end-of-life care, and her everyday angels (Mason, Josh & Hilary) at Keystone Bluffs. Service for a Celebration of her life will be held Saturday, March 2nd, 2024, at 10 a.m. with visitation one hour prior, at the Cremation Society of Duluth, 4100 Grand Avenue, Duluth, MN 55807.

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Mara Halls

Aug 31, 2004 - Feb 18, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Mara Halls, 19, of Northfield, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 18, 2024, while attending college in Duluth.She is survived by her parents, Joel and Molly of Northfield; siblings, Owen and Naomi; grandparents, Judy Schotzko of Stillwater and Ed and Clara Halls of Northfield; and many other relatives and friends.A memorial service will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Northfield. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church and a reception will follow.Arrangements are with Bierman, Benson & Langehough Funeral Home & Crematory. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Rita Louise Brabec

Oct 09, 1948 - Feb 16, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Rita Louise Brabec, 75, of Mountain Iron, Minnesota died Friday, February 16, 2024 at The Solvay Hospice House in Duluth.A complete obituary to follow.

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Gwenn Padgett

Apr 11, 1941 - Feb 13, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Gwenn Padgett 82, of Grand Rapids MN, was called home by her Lord and Savior on February 13, 2024 at St. Mary’s in Duluth MN. Gwendolyn Ellen Holm was born on April 11, 1941 in Wirt Township. She grew up in Dora Lake, MN. Gwenn married James Padgett on September 24, 1955 in Mason City, Iowa. They made their home and raised their children in Dora Lake, MN. Throughout her life she had several endeavors such as Tupperware Dealer, bank teller at Woodland Bank for many years, but her main job in her life was helping her husband Jim. She planted thousands of trees, poled the rice boat, but would often get lost because she could’t see over the canoe much to the dismay of Jim. She bought boughs, bought rice, and loved to cook and bake. If you ever stopped by there was always room at Gwenn’s table for good food, cup of coffee, and great conversation, and if you were lucky you may have a hot cinnamon roll fresh from here oven. Gwenn loved her grandchildren who knew her as Gonga and on many nights she could be seen in the stands cheering them on to victory while at the same time trying to keep Jim from sharing his views with the refs.She also loved the Minnesota Twins and could name all the players and their positions . She is survived by brother Wes Waller (Sharon) and sister Cheryl Pike (Gregg). She will be deeply missed by her children Kimberly Lane (Andrew), Randy Padgett, Greg Padgett (Sue), and Kelly Padgett. The hearts of her grandchildren are broken. Ryan Giehler, Mandi Payment (Justin) Brandon Miller, Colby Miller, Jordan Padgett, Lindon Padgett (Kim), Step Grandchildren: Rachel Lane-Barto(Marcus), Tony Lane (Ona), Greg Lane (Lisa) and 16 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Jim, her parents Helen and Clifford Waller and sister Joan, and in-laws Charlie and Helen Padgett. The family of Gwenn Padgett would like to thank The Pillars for taking such good care of Gwenn for the last 13 months. She thought of everyone there as her family. Also a thanks to Grand Itasca Hospital and Meds 1 ambulance, St. Mary’s Duluth for the excellent care. It was at St. Mary’s that Gwenn became absent from her body and present with the Lord. Also, a special thank you to Lance and Karla for all of the care support and love they gave to Gwenn.

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Betty J. Drinnin

Jun 09, 1924 - Feb 12, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Betty J. Drinnin, June 9, 1924 – February 12, 2024. Mom was a lover of life and she was loved by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents George and Anna Grassor, husband Jim, son-in-law Brian Aho, and great-granddaughter Courtney Aho. Survived by daughters Betty Ann & Joyce (Karl), sons Steven & David, grandchildren Ryan (Natalie), Sherry, Merriah, Reed & Ned (Liv), great-grandchildren Katie, Timmy, Randy, Atticus, Sawyer, and August. A celebration of life will be held June 9, 2024, at 2 pm at Cremation Society, 4100 Grand Ave in Duluth.

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Bea Thompson

Jun 15, 1946 - Feb 09, 2024

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Duluth, MN

June 15, 1946 - February 9, 2024 Bea was born in St. Paul, MN daughter of Fred and Alice Thompson. She moved with her family to Duluth, graduating from Duluth East in 1964, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1968. She went on to teach at Washington Junior High in Duluth. Bea is survived by her husband of 55 years and high school sweetheart, Richard, children Dave (Christie) Levey and Mara (Tony) Proell. Bea also was Grandma Bea to four grandchildren: Ali and Madison Levey, Freddy and Finley Proell. She was “Great Aunt Bea” to many nieces and nephews. Bea was very active in the community serving as an officer with the Duluth Art Institute, Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth Friends of Tennis, Women’s Golf Association at North Country Club, and The Junior League of Duluth. In 1992, Bea and Dick took over ownership of Walker Display, a company which develops and manufactures hanging systems for art. This allowed Bea to combine her love of art with travel throughout the United States and Europe, while growing the business. Bea was a dedicated friend and was blessed with having friendships that lasted her entire life. She enjoyed her time spent with her friends: playing tennis, golfing, walking, and practicing Pilates. Bea loved children and young adults and made her home a welcoming place for all. She was known for filling the cupboards with food and hosting. She loved noise and laughter in the house, and made an impact on the lives of many that passed through the door. Always the teacher, she could be found playing on the floor with her grandchildren or helping teach a kid to become a golf caddie. Bea spent the last 5 years of her life living in the loving community of the BeeHive Homes of Duluth. We would like to thank everyone at BeeHive for their loving care of our “Queen Bea”. The family will have a private burial with the celebration of life at a later date.

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