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Joanne Coy

Dec 01, 1932 - Dec 01, 2023

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Duluth, MN

Joanne (Rude) Coy, age 91 of Duluth, MN passed away on November 28, 2023. She was born and raised in Duluth to Albert Rude and Helen (Holappa) on July 7, 1932. In her earlier years she was an active cross-country skier, roller skater, and ice skater. She graduated from Denfeld High School in 1950. Joanne raised her family in Hoyt Lakes, MN. She was a wonderful mom and friend to many. She worked for many years at Boase School in Hoyt Lakes as a playground monitor and was known as the "noon lady. ...Read More

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James "Jim" D. Wright

May 19, 1929 - Feb 27, 2024

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Duluth, MN

James “Jim” D. Wright, 94, died on February 27, 2024 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. Jim was born on May 19, 1929 in Fargo, North Dakota, the son of Arthur W. Wright and Edith Flack Wright. He graduated from Sutton, N.D. High School and the University of North Dakota. In the U.S. Air Force, he served with atomic testing task forces in New Mexico, Nevada, and the Marshall Islands. Jim married Gloria Quanrud on May 2, 1952 in Albuquerque, NM. In 1953 they returned to ND where he earned his Master’s Degree and CPA certificate. In 1957 Jim began a 29-year career with the U.S. Steel Transportation companies, assigned twice to the Chicago area, twice to Pittsburgh, and finally to Duluth where he served as Comptroller, and on the Board, of the Duluth, Missabe, and Iron Range Railway. After his retirement in 1985, Jim and Gloria relocated to Lake Havasu City, AZ. In 2015 they moved back to Duluth. Wherever they lived, Jim was active in their Lutheran churches, serving on councils, as congregation President, and Vice President, and in visitation ministries. For 30 years Jim taught Bible studies and seminars on prayer and healing. He was a member of the Order of St. Luke, serving for 12 years on its international board. He was involved in politics and community activities, including coaching and managing youth hockey. While in Naperville, Illinois, he served as President of All Seasons Sports, Inc. during the planning and building of its hockey arena. Jim enjoyed golfing, gardening, and landscaping. He was particularly proud of his Arizona citrus trees. Jim was a man of great integrity. He was bright, kind, hard-working, humorous, and generous. Above all he was a person who was saved by grace through the gift of God-given faith in Jesus Christ. Jim was preceded in death by his daughter Kathy (Dr. William Harris) in 2004; and his brother, Kenneth in 1957. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Gloria; sons, Thomas (Diana) of Fifty Lakes, MN, and Kenneth (Susan) of Duluth; six grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. Visitation to be held at 10:00 AM on Sat. March 9th at New Life Lutheran Church, 4320 Haines Rd, with Funeral Service at 11:00 AM and a reception to follow. Interment at the MN State Veterans Cemetery – Duluth in Saginaw, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to St. Luke’s Hospice Duluth, will be appreciated. To to the family or in memory of James "Jim" Donald Wright, please

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Richard John

Nov 02, 1926 - Feb 25, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Richard “Dick” John, 97 of Duluth, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, February 25, 2024. Dick was born in Duluth MN on November 2, 1926, to William and Myrtle John. He lived his entire life in this area, attending high school at Denfeld, graduating in 1944. Dick enlisted in the US Navy in 1945 during World War II as a Seaman, 2nd Class, spending time as a Signalman on ships that put him in the Asian Pacific. While serving his country, he contracted yellow jaundice and spent months in the hospital before being honorably discharged. As a WWII Veteran, Dick was able to go on an Honor Flight when he was in his 90’s. This was a highlight of his life and he really loved visiting Washington DC. Dick was employed at the US Steel Plant in Gary-New Duluth. His college experience gave him the opportunity to work as a Chemical Analyst. He was forced into early retirement in the 1970’s due to a tragic car accident. Dick was very active in his long life, being involved in a number of organizations that included the Masonic Lodge, the Aad Shriners (where he sang in the chorus), and the Damiano Center. He loved the Duluth Playhouse and the Duluth Symphony and was a season ticket holder of both for decades. Dick loved his family and friends and had many jokes and quips he’d use in conversation. He was a proud member of AA and wasn’t hesitant to share his experience with others. He remained sober for 40+ years, bringing many to the hope that he found in this organization. Dick was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, two of whom died as children in the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 (Grace and Melvin), his brothers and spouses, William (Hazel), Robert (Ilah), Ralph (June) and Lloyd (Catherine) and sister, Doris (Earl Tarnowski). His son, Daniel, passed away on May 8, 2020. Dick is survived by his son, Bruce (Adele) of Wrenshall, daughter-in-law Polly Wiita John of Duluth, grandchildren Erica (Kevin Korich) of Hermantown, Miranda (Tracy Mullen) of Duluth, Byron John of Wrenshall, and two great-grandsons, Dane John Korich and Gavin John. He has many nieces and nephews who affectionately loved their Uncle Dick. Thank you to the staff at North Shore Estates and St Anne’s Residence for taking good care of Dick in his later years. A memorial service for Dick will be held on Sunday, March 17th at 2:00 pm at the Masonic Center of Duluth, 4 West 2nd St. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Shriners Children’s Hospital and Clinics.

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Kathleen Thoreson

Sep 17, 1950 - Feb 24, 2024

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Duluth, MN

It is with deep sadness we share Kathy passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 24th at St. Luke’s Hospital surrounded by her family. Kathleen was born at St. Mary’s Hospital on September 17, 1950, to Raymond and Verna (Kochevar) Thoreson. She graduated from Morgan Park High School as part of the Class of 1968 and was awarded the Hunt Scholarship. She went on to attend the University of Minnesota - Duluth. Kathy retired after 35 years with Thies and Talle Management as their Property Manager. Kathy was an avid reader and loved nothing more than curling up with a good book or watching endless movies with her daughter, Janelle. Her travels with her dear work friends held a special place in her heart, but what she loved most, was her Friday night dinners with her devoted children - nothing made her happier. She had a great sense of humor and loved laughing at herself. She will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, older brother Jim Thoreson, who passed a mere 23 days before her, and her beloved dog, Diggy. She is survived by her children: Scott (RaeAnn) Jones, Jamie (Scott) Braaten, Janelle Jones; her former Husband, Eugene Jones with whom she shared 33 years of marriage; her brother, Tim (Julie) Thoreson, sister, Patti (Mark) Stenhammer; grandchildren: Camden, Carsen, Brady, Paige, Kadin, Tiara, and Reece; and several nieces and nephews. We will celebrate Kathy on Saturday, March 9th at Peace in Christ Lutheran Church, 5007 Maple Grove Road, Hermantown MN 55811. Visitation from 10-11am, service at 11am and luncheon immediately following.

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Father Lloyd Mudrak

Jun 21, 1936 - Feb 15, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Father Lloyd Mudrak, aged 87, died on February 15, 2024, while a resident at Bayshore Residence and Rehabilitation Center in Duluth, MN. He was born in Duluth, Minnesota on June 21, 1936, to Frank and Mary (Chapinski) Mudrak. Father Mudrak attended St. James School in Duluth, MN and Nazareth Hall Preparatory Seminary High School in St. Paul, MN, then went on to study philosophy and theology at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Father Mudrak was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Duluth on, June 2, 1962, by Bishop Francis J. Schenk at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosery in Duluth, MN. In his many years of faithful service to the Diocese of Duluth, Father Mudrak served at: St. Joseph Church, Chisholm; St. Francis Church, Brainerd; St. Anthony Church, Ely; St. Charles Church, Cass Lake; Holy Spirit Church, Virginia; Sacred Heart Church, Virginia; Sacred Heart Church, Mountain Iron; Mary Immaculate Church, Coleraine; St. Mary Church, Marble and St. Joseph Church, Taconite. He also served as the Director of Catholic Boy Scouts, Diocesan Director of the Newman Apostolate, Diocesan Director of Religious Education, Chaplain of the Minnesota National Guard, Episcopal Vicar, a member of the Priest Senate/Consultor, Personnel Board and was a member of the Presbyteral Council. Fr. Mudrack retired in 2011. As an inspiring priest, Fr Lloyd touched many lives in his service to the Lord. He was loving, kind and gentle. Despite his very busy life, he made time for family and friends. Father Lloyds favorite summer past time was picking berries. He was known for arriving at a family gathering with his fresh baked pies in hand especially at the family’s lake place in Aitkin, MN. And then for a quick swim with the kids or maybe paddling a canoe. He loved the great outdoors and took numerous canoe trips to the BWCA, always with a small group of campers and would start each day with Mass in the wilderness. Although your mind and speech left us years ago to the effects of dementia, we were always loving you and praying for you and now we say our goodbyes and pray you will forever enjoy the gift of heaven. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary Mudrak and his brother, Ron Mudrak. Survivors include his brothers, Gene Mudrak, Frank Mudrak; and nephews Kerry (Sarah) Mudrak, Kevin (Tara) Mudrak, and Rick Mudrak; niece, Laura; as well as many close Antus cousins. Visitation is scheduled at St. James Church, 721 N 57th Ave., Duluth, MN 55807, on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, from 5-7 p.m. Rosary at 6:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. James Church in Duluth, MN, on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour before. The burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Duluth, MN.Memorials can be made to St James Catholic Church, Duluth, MNArrangements by Williams Lobermeier Boettcher Funeral Home, 218-624-1059, please visit www.wlbduluth.com to sign the online guestbook.https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057452890892

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Omar Charles Heineman

Jun 30, 1931 - Feb 13, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Omar Charles Heineman"Omar STIHL" Heineman, age 92, of Hibbing, MN, passed away peacefully with family at his side on February 13, 2024, at Bayshore Nursing Facility in Duluth, MN. Omar was born in Aitkin, MN, to Conrad and Myrtle "Coyle" Heineman on June 30, 1931. He grew up in Togo, MN, and started working after 8th grade, farming and logging to help support his family. Omar went on to serve his country as a member of the U.S. Army and fought in the Korean War. Upon discharge, Omar came back to Minnesota where he met and married JoAnna Miller. Omar and his family moved to Burlington, WI, where he drove truck for J.I. Case and eventually moved to Hibbing in 1967. Omar was the epitome of a hard worker; he worked for U.S. Steel as an electrical shop foreman until he semi-retired in 1993, he started "Omar's Stihl" in 1968 and ran his STIHL service and repair business until 2015 and retired at age 84! When not at work, Omar enjoyed lawn mower racing, water skiing, gardening, having coffee and "chewing the fat" with anyone willing. He was known to be a big eater, always filling his plate to the brim and back for seconds, he was a meat and potatoes kind of guy. Omar was a member of the Nashwauk Masons and a fire Warden for the DNR for many years. He adored his family, was a father figure to many and was always available to anyone who needed him. Omar will be greatly missed. Omar is survived by his children Ed Heineman, Jere (Linda) Heineman, Pat (Chuck) Johnson and Marla (Tom) Vanek, son-in-law Dana Helgeson, brother Terry (Sandy) Heineman, 8 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.He is preceded in death by his parents, wife JoAnna, daughter Donna Helgeson, grandson Kevin Heineman, siblings Harley Heineman, Leona Raskovich, Rosemary Pelkey, Emmerton "Bubby" Heineman, Lois Foley, Chuck Heineman and Mona Kaufman.The family would like to extend a thank you to the staff at Edgewood Vista, Bayshore Residence and Rehab and Ecumen Hospice for all of the great care. Omar's family would also like to thank his daughter, Pat, for all of the extra love and care that she provided towards the end.The memorial service and celebration of life is at 11:30AM on Friday, March 8, 2024, at the Faith United Lutheran Church in Iron, MN. Visitation will begin an hour and a half before the service starting at 10:00AM. Pastor Christina Kadelbach will officiate. A reception and celebration following the service is scheduled at the Clinton Town Hall on Highway 37.

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Raymond Norman Sampson

Jul 02, 1943 - Feb 26, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Raymond Norman Sampson passed from this life to be with the Lord on February 26th, 2024, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. He was born on July 2nd, 1943, in Beaumont, Texas, the son of Raymond and Katie Sampson. He grew up in both east Texas and central Louisiana. Raymond served in the US Army for 3 years, where he was stationed for a time in West Germany at the Berlin Wall. While in the Army, he was selected as the soldier of the year for his division, representing them at the 25th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy. He also enjoyed success as an undefeated boxer in the Army. After the Army, he met the love of his life, Susan Smith, and they married shortly after in 1967. Raymond went on to receive his doctorate in psychology from the University of Houston, and then served his country for 17 more years in the US Navy as a clinical psychologist. During his time in the Navy, he was a professor at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) from 1981-1985. While there, he was the coach of the USNA rifle team and was the judge for the boxing team. Following his teaching years, he was a renowned clinical psychologist and treated thousands of soldiers and their families. On several occasions, he was also called upon by the FBI to use his psychology background to aid in the investigation of missing persons. After retiring from the military, he moved his family to Hibbing, Minnesota, where he began a successful private practice which lasted many years. He enjoyed the north country, and loved to go camping and fishing with his grandchildren and friends. For the last 22 years of his life, he served as a deacon at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Raymond was an active presence in the Diocese of Duluth, assisting at Masses, performing baptisms (including those of most his grandchildren), and doing many other services for his church. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Susan Sampson, his brother Greg, his sister Madeline (Massoud), his daughter Rachel (Michael) Cady, their children Ethan, Ryan, Adam, Annemarie, and John Paul, his son Matt (Amy), and their children, Amelia, Philip, and Charlotte. Raymond had an immense and contagious joy for life which he found through his faith and time spent with his children and grandchildren. He was a truly holy man, and he will be missed by the many of us that loved him.A Mass of Christian Burial to honor Raymond will be held at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hibbing, Minnesota on Saturday, March 2nd, at 11:00am. Visitation at Blessed Sacrament 9:00am-10:30 and a Rosary at 10:30am-11:00. Interment will be held at the Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby, MN.

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Fiorita Rachel (Cristiano) Ricci

Jun 28, 1923 - Feb 22, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Fiorita Rachel (Cristiano) Ricci, 100 years of age, of Hibbing, MN, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at St. Mary's in Duluth. She was born in Gilbert, MN, on June 28, 1923, to Joseph and Lucy (Vellella) Cristiano. Fio married Joseph B. Ricci in her hometown of Gilbert on June 14, 1947. They moved to the Brooklyn neighborhood of Hibbing and started their family. Fio was very involved with her community and especially with the church as her faith was important. She was passionate about good food and cooking as she showed her great love for her friends and family in that way. Fio was adored by her family and she will be greatly missed and never forgotten.She is survived by her children Claudia Hilde, Donna (Dave) Becchetti, Tom (Diana) Ricci, Trisha (Dennis) Lonnevik, sister-in-law Delores Gheen, grandchildren Elisa, Joseph T., Mariah, Leah, Noel, Veronica, Gina, Angela, Ben, Cristiano, Tiffany and eighteen great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Joseph B., son Joseph A Ricci and siblings John Cristiano and Josephine Campbell.Mass of christian burial will be held at 11:00AM on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hibbing. Visitation will take place one hour prior to mass starting at 10:00AM. Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing.

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Carol Gladys Pearson

Dec 29, 1932 - Jan 28, 2024

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Duluth, MN

With heavy hearts and cherished memories, we pay tribute and say our farewells to Carol Gladys Pearson, who peacefully passed away on the morning of January 28th, 2024, at the age of 91.Carol's life began on December 29th, 1932, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota but her earliest years were spent in a small cabin on Crane Lake in northern Minnesota before moving to Stoney Point. This marks the beginning of her lifelong love for and connection to the north woods and Lake Superior. She spent much of her adult life in central Wisconsin but found her way back to her North Shore roots, spending her last two decades appreciating the grandeur of Lake Superior from her 4th-floor residence at Chateux Du Lac Apartments in Duluth, Minnesota; a home that consistently served as a sanctuary for her and kept her connected to the lake she loved so deeply.Driven by her deep love for serving others and value of connection with people, Carol pursued nursing at St. Luke's, the hospital she was born in, and crafted a meaningful career as a Hospice Nurse in Stevens Point, WI until her retirement. Her love for fostering and maintaining connections reflected her unconditional positive regard for others; she made space for those she encountered, irrespective of their differences or circumstances.?Carol was known for being a vibrant woman who enjoyed a number of hobbies— gardening, traveling, volunteering, cooking, entertaining, reading, and continuous learning—Carol's diverse interests proved her dedication to a life of perpetual growth and exploration. Yet, while she enjoyed and explored life, nothing was more important to her than her family. In her roles as a mother, grandmother, "Gongo," "Gigi," sister, daughter, and confidant, Carol cherished familial bonds above all else. A phone call or visit with a family member held far more significance for her than any material possession.??Reflecting on Carol's remarkable life, we pay tribute to her unwavering compassion, her love of learning, and her deep appreciation for life's simple beauties. May we draw inspiration from her graceful approach to life's experiences and learn to embrace the subtle, simple beauty that surrounds us, especially in relationships with one another. As we celebrate and remember the legacy of this remarkable woman, may we not forget these valuable lessons she leaves behind.??She is preceded in death by her beloved father, Carl Rasmussen, her dear mother, Margit Johnson, and sister Johanna Lutman. She is survived by her four siblings; Johnny Rasmussen, Margie (Robert) Lucas, Winston (Carol Anne) Rasmussen, and Char Ojard; Carol also leaves behind her four children; Gary (Michele) Pearson, Cathy Walters, Sandra Masterson (Jeffery), and John Pearson (Molly), her six grandchildren; Jenny Masterson, James Masterson, Ryan Walters, Kristen Hale, Chrissy Grammel, and Nathan Walters, as well as her nine great-grandchildren. Services to celebrate the life of Carol will be held on Saturday, February 24th at 11AM followed by lunch and coffee at the French River Lutheran Church in Duluth, MN.

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Gladys Samuelson

Feb 17, 1926 - Feb 16, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Gladys Samuelson, 97, of New London, MN, passed peacefully with family at her side on February 16, 2024 in Duluth, MN, just six hours short of her 98th birthday. She was born in New London on February 17, 1926 to Knute and Janie (Gunn) Gjerde. She married Daniel Samuelson of Willmar in 1944 and they raised three children. Gladys is preceded in death by her parents, husband, a daughter and a granddaughter. She is survived by her son, Kiff Samuelson; a daughter; 6 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the caring staff of Benedictine Westwood Terrace and St. Lukes Hospice. There will be a private ceremony at Minnesota Veterans Cemetery-Little Falls. Funeral arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E. 2nd St., Duluth, MN 55805 (218) 727-3555

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Sister Theresa Jodocy

Died : Feb 20, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Sister Theresa Jodocy, 93, died on February 20, 2024, at St. Mary’s Medical Center after a brief illness. Born in Escanaba, Michigan to Peter and Clemence (Nizette) Jodocy and baptized Mary Theresa, she entered the Community of St. Scholastica Monastery as Sister Matthias. She made her Perpetual Monastic Profession in 1957 and celebrated her Golden and Diamond Jubilees in 2004 and 2014. She earned a BS in Elementary Education at The College of St. Scholastica, MA in Education from University of Minnesota Duluth in 1968, and MA in Theology from University of San Francisco in 1983. During her long career, she taught at elementary schools in Minnesota; Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ, and Illinois, then moved into pastoral care and religious education at churches and schools in Arizona and California. After a full life of service, she returned to the Monastery in 2012 and was Eucharistic Minister for the Benedictine Living Community of Duluth.Sister Theresa is survived by the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, brother in-law Joseph Mottillo, and many nieces and nephews. She is proceeded in death by her parents and all of her siblings.Wake service/Morning Prayer with visitation at 9:45 a.m. Monday, February 26, in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth MN, 55811. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:45 a.m., Father William Fider presiding. Burial in Gethsemane Cemetery at St. Scholastica Monastery. Funeral arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Duluth MN. Ceremonies will be livestreamed at: https://www.facebook.com/dfhduluth beginning at 9:45 a.m. Memorials to St. Scholastica Monastery preferred. Full obituary www.duluthbenedictines.org

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