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Margaret Werner

Aug 18, 1932 - Nov 08, 2023

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Two Harbors, MN

Margaret "Peg" Werner, 91, Two Harbors, MN and formerly of Bellevue and Toledo, Ohio, died Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at Lake View Memorial Hospital in Two Harbors, surrounded by her family. She was born August 18, 1932, to Allen and Marguerite (O’Mara) Wilhelm in Ohio. She grew up in Bellevue, graduated from Bellevue High School in 1950 and St. Vincent School of Nursing in 1953. She was employed as a registered nurse at St. Vincent Hospital until retiring in 1987.In Ohio, Peg was a m...Read More

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Kathleen Anderson

Jul 21, 1953 - Jan 30, 2024

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Two Harbors, MN

Kathleen Anderson, 70, of Two Harbors, died Tuesday, January 30, 2024. Kathy was born July 21, 1953, to Robert and Esther (Salakka) Pelander in Two Harbors and grew up and attended school in Clover Valley. She was employed as a cook for many years at the former Sunrise Home and later Lake View Hospital. In her free time Kathy enjoyed camping and motorcycling with Sonny. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; and her long-time companion Sonny Roff. She is survived by her son, Kevin; a granddaughter, Ayden; a brother, Brian (Sharon) Pelander; and all the Salakka cousins. Thank you to the caring staff at Agate Bay Assisted Living for the care they provided to Kathy for the past 3 years. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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Bradley James Jones

Jan 17, 1967 - Feb 24, 2024

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Two Harbors, MN

Bradley James Jones, age 57, passed away surrounded by his family on February 24th, 2024, after a courageous fight against a brief illness. Brad was born on January 17th, 1967, to Paul and Nancy (Erickson) Jones in Two Harbors, MN where he grew up and attended school. A memory he always held close was working at his grandparents' Korner store growing up. When Brad turned 18, he began his career as a proud member of Laborers Local 1091, his most memorable jobs being the years he spent drilling and blasting; and spending the past 27 years working for the City of Two Harbors, most recently in the Water and Gas Department where he was a proud AFSCME union member. Brad married Janelle (Bianco) in 1996 in Two Harbors and they began to build their life here. They started their successful business in 1998 Jones Cleaning, now known as North Shore Management, and North on 61 vacation rentals. Brad spent many years dedicating his time to his community. Serving on the Two Harbors City Council from 2003-2005 and then as a Lake County Commissioner from 2007- 2015. He served on multiple boards and commissions throughout the county and region. Brad was a person who would always volunteer or help however he could. One of his great accomplishments he was very proud of was his continued sobriety of nine years. Brad’s greatest pride and joy was his children, Macey and Brjen. He coached their soccer and hockey teams for many years. He would do anything for his children. Brad also had a great love for his dogs, especially the dog he had in his twenties, Quad. We know they are rejoicing in their reunion. In his free time, you would often find him tinkering with his equipment up on his family property. He is preceded in death by his Father-in-law Chester Bianco. Brad is survived by his Wife Janelle, and their children Macey (Chad) Nordean, and Brjen Jones. His brother Gus Jones. His parents are Paul and Nancy Jones. His Mother-in-law Judy Bianco. Sister-laws, Karen Hoover, Debbie (Dennis) Beveridge, and Jody (Gary) Hepola. Many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving family and friends. And of course, his beloved dogs, Blu, Bella, and Baxter. Visitation will be held from 10 AM until the 11 AM funeral service on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Two Harbors. Lunch will follow at the Moose Lodge. .

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Judith Ann French

Aug 22, 1940 - Jan 21, 2024

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Two Harbors, MN

If you are reading this, I must have died. It doesn’t matter how, what, when, where or why because we all have to go sometime.Judith Ann French, 83, of Two Harbors died Sunday, January 21, 2024, at Lake View Hospital.Judy was born August 22, 1940, to Howard and Lois (Larson) Loraas in Duluth. She graduated from UMD with bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Psychology and was employed as a computer programmer and analyst for many years. She also operated "Proofit, a proof-reading business from her home. Judy held two U.S. patents and was the primary researcher and second author on two peer-reviewed, published scientific papers in Inorganic Chemistry. She also held another patent for fabric gift wrap.She was a former member of the Two Harbors Rotary and enjoyed her dogs and proofreading. In recent years, her enjoyment was telling jokes to neighbors and with people she met at the waterfront parking lot.Judy was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Richard (Judy) Loraas.She is survived by her husband, Brad; sons, David and Daniel (Sarah) Drummond; grandchildren, JJ, Lena, and Mary; step-daughters, Kristine French and Jill (Duncan) Angove; and step-grandchildren, Clay, Nicholas and Abby.Services will be held in Spring 2024 at Cavallin Funeral Home in Two Harbors, followed by burial in Lakeview Cemetery. A brief notice will be published beforehand.

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Irja O. Kari Pederson

May 03, 1924 - Jan 14, 2024

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Two Harbors, MN

Sadly we announce the passing of our sweet mom and grandma, Irja O. Kari Pederson, who left us peacefully in the early morning of January 14 at the age of 99. After enjoying Christmas, she failed fast. Even her legendary sisu was no match for congestive heart failure. Now she has her heart’s desire, to be home with Arne. Irja Olga was born on May 3, 1924, the youngest of ten children born to Finnish immigrants Maija (Mary) and Antti (Andrew) Kari. She had a happy childhood on the family farm in Brimson with her blond bowl-cut hairdo, farm animals, many brothers and her best friend, Ruthie, who lived on the next farm. Having Finnish as her first language, she learned her English at Toimi School, which she attended through 8th grade. After that, she attended Two Harbors High School, graduated in 1942 and moved to Duluth for training as a stenographer at Duluth Business University. This began a happy decade of work in various offices, sharing apartments with girlfriends, affording nice clothes, much nicer hairstyles and occasional trips. She gave up this glamorous lifestyle on August 14, 1954, with her marriage to WW2 flyboy turned railroad man, Arnold Pederson of Knife River, who once referred to her as "the prettiest of all those Brimson girls." She had observed the kind way he treated his mother and knew he was a catch. Within the next four years, three daughters were born and they were all settled into their cute bungalow on East Wadena Street in Duluth. Irja loved her house near the woods and was a skilled homemaker and devoted mother, if a little strict at times. She made a priority of reading to her girls, and they were quick to learn a love of books and school. Around 1970, she rejoined the workforce, this time at the Glass Block, a well known Duluth department store. She was determined to help finance her girls’ college educations. When this was accomplished, she happily retired and resumed her true calling as a homebody. Now living her best life, she would get up early to enjoy her coffee and daily crossword puzzle in the company of her dog or cat. Arne also retired young, and together they shared a good 40 years of retirement. They were lucky to have good health and plenty of energy for many years. They enjoyed yard work and created beautiful gardens. They were active volunteers at Concordia Lutheran Church and delivered Meals on Wheels together for 35 years. Irja especially loved her long years of membership in the Elizabeth Circle, serving food at wedding receptions and funerals and making lifelong friends. They took up cross country skiing and square dancing. They walked in their neighborhood and on the Lakewalk. They travelled as much as they could. As they grew older, they sat more often on their front porch and loved visits from their neighbors. They moved to Barross Cottage II in Two Harbors when Irja was 97 and Arne was 99. They hated to leave their home, but it was time. Irja grew to love her new room and the companionship of her housemates. She was a big fan of lunchtime desserts. She was content even as her memory became more clouded. She had trouble realizing that Arne was gone after he passed in December 2022. Many months later, she began to long to go home "where Arne is." Those who went before her include her husband, Arne; parents; sisters Saima and Aileen (Sam) Sottile; brothers Wayne, Elmer (Evi), Toivo, George (Madge), Arnold (Lorraine), Eino and an earlier Eino who died in childhood; four nephews, in-laws and other extended family and friends. Left to remember her are her daughters: Mary (Al) Behrends of St. Peter, Sandra Pederson of St. Paul and Lori Pederson of Duluth; her granddaughter Kari Pederson Behrends (Matthew Kjellgren) of Redmond, Washington; her grandson Christian Hans Pedersen of St. Peter; nieces and nephews and their families; and many extended relatives in Finland. Pretty girl, coffee enthusiast , animal lover, crossword pro, loving mom, strong Finn. Now she rests with her dear Arne in God’s eternal love. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service on Monday, January 22, 2024 at Concordia Lutheran Church, 2501 Woodland Avenue, Duluth. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Memorials to the church would be most welcome.

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Eugene E. Smith

Jan 06, 1928 - Jan 03, 2024

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Two Harbors, MN

Eugene E. Smith, 95, Two Harbors, died peacefully Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center, just three days before his 96th birthday, with his wife of 57½ years holding his hand. Gene was born January 6, 1928, to Edwin and Agnes (Spillum) Smith in Minneapolis, grew up in Knife River, and served in the U S Navy during World War II. After the war he returned to Two Harbors and was employed as a police officer for many years for the City of Two Harbors, retiring as Assistant Chief in 1983. Gene was a member of the American Legion, the Loyal Order of Moose and the VFW, where he was a Past Commander. He was also a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, where he had served on the Church Council and enjoyed singing in the choir. He enjoyed clearing trails in the woods for snowmobile and ATV riding, and summers fishing and boating on Lake Vermilion. Gene was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jim; sisters, Andrea, Marilyn and Barbara; a son, Brad Smith; and son-in-law, Glen Wolf. He is survived by his wife, Alice, children, Stefanie (Jim) Feralin, Suzette Smith, Bruce (Kim) Smith, Bryan (Jan) Smith, Julie Wolf, Stacey (Mike) Socha; 14 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren. The family would like to acknowledge, Dr. Susan Anderson, Kyle Costley, and the amazing Dr’s & nurses on the 10th & 11th floor of Essentia Hospital. We will be forever grateful for your compassionate care. Visitation will be from 1 PM until the 2 PM service on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Two Harbors. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery.

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Tony J. Lieffring

Mar 31, 1960 - Dec 25, 2023

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Two Harbors, MN

Tony J. Lieffring, 63, Two Harbors, died Monday December 25, 2023, at Essentia Health – St. Mary’s Medical Center, after a series of strokes. Tony was born March 31, 1960, to Donald and Marlene (Hill) Lieffring in Frederic, Wisconsin and moved to Two Harbors shortly after. Growing up he was involved in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, played trombone in the high school band, and later the Two Harbors City Band. After graduating from high school in 1978, Tony went to work in the construction industry, starting with Lake Superior Erection as a laborer and later transitioned to a cement finisher with various construction companies. Tony dabbled with many hobbies: gunsmithing, beekeeping, taxidermy, cribbage, golf, fishing, and curling, where he also worked and made the "best ice in the area". In his younger years, he spent summers on the farm with his grandparents. He was preceded in death by his father, Don and children, Evelyn and Alex. Tony is survived by his wife of 40 years, Liz; a daughter, Anna Lieffring; his mother, Marlene; brothers, Jerry (Leesa) and Dan (Cindy); a sister, Jeanne (Edward) Miller; and many nieces, nephews. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Two Harbors. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery.

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Janice Klein

Nov 06, 1933 - Dec 01, 2023

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Two Harbors, MN

Janice M. Klein, 90, Two Harbors, died Friday, December 1, 2023, in Two Harbors. Jan was born to Emil and Louise (Maas) Engen, November 6, 1933, in Ashland, Wisconsin, grew up in the Sanborn-Mason area and graduated from high school in Drummond in 1951. As a young lady she worked for Munsingwear Company in Ashland. She and Gordon Klein married in 1953 and lived in Milaca, Mellen, and Silver Bay, until moving to Two Harbors in 1966. Jan was a homemaker through the years and with Gordy, enjoyed operating their family farm. Jan was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and in her earlier years was a Sunday School Teacher and church officer. As a mother she was involved with the PTA, 4 H Club, Brownie Scouts, and Cub Scouts. Later she became involved in the Lions Club and Two Harbors Curling Club. Jan was preceded in death by a brother, Gordon Engen and sister, Shirley Ledin. She is survived by her husband, Gordon; a son, Lee; daughters Kay (Greg) Libby and Kim (Chris) Burke; grandchildren, Steven (Brittany) Libby, Stephanie (Mike) Granke, Hallie Klein, Aria Lucarelli, Matthew Klein, and Ali Burke. The family would like to thank the staff at Barross Cottages and St. Luke’s Hospice for their loving care. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM service on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Two Harbors.

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Margaret Werner

Aug 18, 1932 - Nov 08, 2023

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Two Harbors, MN

Margaret "Peg" Werner, 91, Two Harbors, MN and formerly of Bellevue and Toledo, Ohio, died Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at Lake View Memorial Hospital in Two Harbors, surrounded by her family. She was born August 18, 1932, to Allen and Marguerite (O’Mara) Wilhelm in Ohio. She grew up in Bellevue, graduated from Bellevue High School in 1950 and St. Vincent School of Nursing in 1953. She was employed as a registered nurse at St. Vincent Hospital until retiring in 1987. In Ohio, Peg was a member of St. Vincent’s Alumni Association, St. Michael’s Catholic Church where she served on the Altar Rosary Society and was a Eucharist Minister. She enjoyed hiking, needlework, and Cedar Point Amusement Park. Moving to Two Harbors in 2006 to be closer to her family, Peg was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church where she sang in the choir until age 89 and was a very active volunteer. Peg was preceded in death by parents; first husband, Paul McMahon; second husband, Jack Werner; sisters, Joan Christian, and Mary Louise Abell; and brother, John D. Wilhelm. She is survived by her children, Debbie (Mike) Slago, Shawn (Kathy) McMahon and Susan Sonday; step-sons and daughter, Tim (Nancy) Werner, Charles (Beth) Werner, Robert Werner, and Diane Harroff; brother, Andrew (Agnes) Wilhelm; sister-in-law, Gerry Wilhelm; grandchildren, Maggie (Ryan Roe) McMahon, Patrick (Natalie) McMahon, Maire (Nate) Osterberg, John (Patricia) Slago, James (Jocelyn) Slago, Dan (Kaitlin) Sonday, Matt (Megan) Sonday, and Paul (Danielle Tikalsky) Sonday; 5 step-grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 10 AM until the 11 AM Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, December 4, 2023 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Two Harbors. Burial at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Milan, Ohio at a later date. Memorials preferred to Holy Spirit Catholic Church or Toledo Firefighters Museum.

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Phillip Wright

Nov 08, 1958 - Oct 20, 2023

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Two Harbors, MN

Phillip J. Wright, 64, of Two Harbors went home to glory on Friday, October 20, 2023, passing peacefully at his home. He was born November 8, 1958, to Archie and Jean (Bredahl) Wright and grew up and attended school in Denver. He was self-employed as a plumbing contractor as Big Dog Plumbing in Denver for many years. In October of 2003 he and his family moved to the Two Harbors area where he operated as Phil Wright Plumbing. Phil enjoyed time spent with family, playing cards, chess, boating and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Michael. Phil is survived by his wife, Kathleen; children, Christopher (Shirley), Matthew (Jenalyn), Daniel (Rachael), and Elizabeth; grandchildren, Dante, Lucas, and Adriella; a sister, Pauline (Jon) Forsyth; brothers, David (Beth), Tim (Carla), and Mark Wright; and many nieces and nephews and their families. Private graveside services will be held at Silver Creek Cemetery. To share a memory or leave an online condolence visit www. cavallinfuneralhome. com.

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Leon Jacobson

Feb 22, 1948 - Oct 07, 2023

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Two Harbors, MN

Leon "Jake" Irl Jacobson, 75, of Two Harbors, MN went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 7, 2023 after suffering a tragic fall. He was born on February 22, 1948 to Lawrence and Goldie (Anderson) Jacobson in Duluth, MN. Leon grew up in Two Harbors graduating from Two Harbors High School Class of 1966. He attended Bible College in Aberdeen, SD and later at Duluth Business University. Leon was enlisted in the United States Coast Guard from 1969 to 1973 and after returning from serving his country he moved to Willmar, MN to work for Central Sheetmetal. In 2000, Leon moved back to his hometown of Two Harbors to be closer to his family. Leon was a man of many talents and could fix anything. At one point he was instrumental in getting the Two Harbors Lighthouse recommissioned. He was a known animal whisper to many different horse ranches throughout the state. Leon had a passion for all animals and could train them to do the impossible. He was featured in the New York Times with viral photo of he and his dog, Duke, riding a 2-person bicycle. Leon ultimately was a man of adventure and he loved to push it to the limit. He took numerous motorcycle trips across the country and was an active scuba diver. While he had many talents and passions, his biggest passion was the love he had for Jesus. Every conversation Leon would have with someone always came back to his faith. He showed Christ's love not only through words but through actions. Leon was a prayer warrior, would show up when someone needed it (or even when they didn't know they needed it), and always had an encouraging word. Leon's faith in Christ left a lasting impression on everyone. Leon is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Goldie; infant sister, Cindy Renae; and sister-in-law, Jeannie Jacobson. Leon will be greatly missed by both brothers of Two Harbors, Mike (Brenda) Jacobson and their children Jason, Kristi, and Nathan Jacobson and Larry (Louise Fransen) Jacobson and his children, Christopher (Laura) Jacobson, Kimberly (Greg) Moe, Katie (Mark) Kliegle, and Kristi (Cory) Svihla; his loving significant other, Alisha Rocklin of Two Harbors; her children, Jessica, Dylan, Andrew, and Laura; and many other relatives and friends. Visitation: 5:00pm until the 6:00pm Memorial Service Friday, October 13, 2023 at First Baptist Church in Two Harbors with Pastor Scott Nelson presiding. To to the family or in memory of Leon "Jake" Irl Jacobson, please

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