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Sheila Taylor

Feb 19, 1950 - Nov 22, 2023

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Duluth, MN

Sheila Rae Taylor, 73 of Duluth, MN passed away on Nov. 22, 2023, in her home. She was born on February 19, 1950, to George & Louis Skorich. Sheila was born legally blind and throughout her younger years, she attended Jackson, Emerson and Lincoln elementary schools. She learned Braille in the first grade and learned how to type in the third grade. During her junior and senior years of high school, Sheila attended the Minnesota Braille and Sight Saving in Faribault, MN. where she graduated in 196...Read More

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Robert Thomas Daugaard

May 14, 1946 - Feb 28, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Robert “Robbie” Thomas Daugaard, 77, of Duluth, passed away on Wednesday, Feb 28, 2024, at Essentia Health Duluth, surrounded by his loving family. Robbie was born May 14, 1946, in Duluth, the son of Thomas and Delores (Erickson) Daugaard. He grew up and attended school in Duluth, graduating from Central High School in 1964. Robbie then enlisted in the National Guard and served 3 years. He worked for BNSF Railroad for 31 years. Robbie made his home in Duluth and Hermantown Robbie was an avid pool player, motorcycle enthusiast, golfer, and volunteer at Keystone Bluffs Assisted Living for many years. His favorite places to be was on his bike, in his garage, at the pool hall, or out at a local establishment with his friends. Robbie is survived by his children, Scott (Sally) Daugaard of Shakopee, MN, Melissa Torkelson of Duluth, MN, Mary (Steve) Raj of Hermantown, MN, and Pauli (Shane) Custer of Pike Lake, MN; grandchildren, Jaxon, Morgan, Mya, Bella, and Noah; siblings, Cathryn (Robert) Egger of Spokane WA, Sandra (Robert) Banks of Naples, FL, and Jamie (Beth) Daugaard of Savage, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date this Spring. To to the family or in memory of Robert “Robbie” Thomas Daugaard, please

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Frank R. Vegar

Oct 05, 1926 - Feb 29, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Frank R. Vegar, 97, of Duluth, died Thursday, February 29, 2024 in the Solvay Hospice House with family by his side. Frank was born on October 5, 1926 in Duluth to John and Katherine Vegar. He was a Navy Veteran serving in World War II and worked for U.S. Steel in Morgan Park until it closed in 1979 at which time he retired. He was a talented accordion player. Frank was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John and Joe; wife, Louise; and son-in-law, Ron Seguin. He is survived by his son, Kevin (Sue) Vegar; daughter, Kim Seguin; granddaughters, Heather (Alan) Herman, Jenna Seguin (Ryan Dodge), Katie (Sam) Rosen; grandson, Mike (Nicole) Vegar; great-grandchildren, Carter, Braden, Dorian, Mila, Jackson, Keenan, Jack, Bellamy, Luke and Jesse. Memorials to Solvay Hospice House would be appreciated. A celebration of Frank’s life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Williams Lobermeier Boettcher Funeral Home.

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Jean Ellen (Cook) Whelan

Mar 01, 1934 - Feb 27, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Jean Ellen (Cook) Whelan, 89, of Duluth, MN, passed away February 27th, 2024. She spent her final days at home surrounded by the love of her family looking out onto Lake Superior and listening to Willie Nelson albums. Jean was born March 1, 1934, in St. Paul, MN to Clifford and Bernice Cook. She graduated from Graceville High School and then Moorhead State Teachers College. In 1954, she met Clarence in Silver Bay, MN where she was hired to teach first grade. On August 28th, 1956, they were joined in marriage at St. Michael’s Church and together raised four children. In 1964, Jean and Clarence built their family home on the Northshore of Lake Superior where she spent time in her flower and vegetable gardens. Jean worked as the Director/Teacher of the St. Michael’s Raggedy Ann Pre-School. She had an abundance of patience for all, especially children. She shared her compassion for others by caring for those in need; volunteering for meals on wheels, St. Michael’s funeral lunch ladies, Used A Bit, and after retirement helping to rebuild Bayou La Batra, AL for a decade following Hurricane Katrina. Jean loved camping on the Sawbill Trail with friends, visiting national parks, knitting, birding, going to the "40", fishing on Isle Royale, and closer to home; baking pumpkin pies, making "grandma jam" and eating chocolate. She considered her four children and their families her greatest accomplishment. She leaves a legacy of happiness, grace, and love of family.She was preceded in death by her loving son Joe; her parents; and sister’s Patty and Sharon. She will be deeply missed by her husband of 67 years, Clarence; children Kathy (Michael) O’Rourke, Jim Whelan, and Patty (Steve Preckel) Whelan all of Duluth, sister Joyce Degree of Santa Ana, CA, grandchildren Kevin, Ryan, David, Nicole, Josie, Monique, David, Ellen, Adam, Ross and great-grandchildren Athena, Arren, Ruby, Clara, Brighton, Lila, Rowan, Kyla, Wesley, Jack, Lola, Avril, Zane, Lennon, and Sunny.Visitation on Thur., March 7th from 5-7 p.m. in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 4901 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55804, and continues Fri., March 8th at 10 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Calvary CemeteryMemorials are preferred and may be directed to the Early Childhood Programs at Stella Maris Academy.

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Richard E. Wales

Mar 10, 1947 - Feb 25, 2024

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Duluth, MN

"Richard E. Wales, 76, of Quinnesec, MI, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, MN. He was born on March 10, 1947, in Iron Mountain to the late William F. Wales Sr. and the late June B. (Larsen) Wales. Richard grew up in Quinnesec where he attended the Quinnesec Junior High School and graduated from Kingsford High School in 1965. He was an active member of the KHS Varsity Club and was the manager for both the boys football and basketball teams, helping both to win championships. After graduation, Richard worked as a truck driver, delivering prefabricated houses for Dickinson Homes for 34 years, driving over a million miles in six different states. During this time, Rich also served on the Quinnesec Volunteer Fire Dept. for many years. After his retirement in 2012, he worked on/off with the Dickinson County Road Commission, keeping the roads plowed as needed. He also had many local friends, businesses, and churches that contracted him to keep them plowed during the harsh U.P winters. Richard absolutely loved deer hunting and was successful yearly. He also enjoyed bird hunting and was a member of Ducks Unlimited for many years. He enjoyed fishing whenever he could and loved spending time with family and friends at his cottage on Sundog Lake where he would cook his annual Labor Day fish fry from the fish caught in the lake. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved working in his garden. Richard also grew cherry tomatoes for several years, which he would sell to the local community. He served on the Township Board of Trustees for several years and loved being involved in the community. He was also a devoted member of the Quinnesec United Methodist Church for many years where he practiced his faith. He loved watching NASCAR racing and always cheered for anyone who was driving a Ford. Lastly, he loved all the dogs that he owned throughout the years, especially his latest dog, Thor. Richard is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Deborah J. (LaPointe) Wales; one step-son, Paul LaPointe of Quinnesec; two step-daughters, Cheri LaPointe of Quinnesec and Nicole (Joe) Gasper of East Grand Rapids, MI; a niece, Amy Wales of Lakeview, MI; and two grandchildren, Naya and Elli Gasper. In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his brother, William Wales Jr.; a sister-in-law, Sandy (Groenleer) Wales; and one nephew, William Wales III. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm on Friday, March 15, 2024 at the Erickson-Rochon \u0026amp; Nash Funeral Home. A Service will follow at 2:00 pm at the Funeral Home with Pastor Walter Reichle officiating. Condolences to the family of Richard E. Wales can be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhome.com. The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon \u0026amp; Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements."

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Patricia Ann Bray

Apr 01, 1942 - Mar 01, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Patricia Ann Bray, 81, of Chocolay Township, passed away peacefully Monday morning, March 1, 2024 in Duluth, MN. Arrangements and a complete obituary will be announced by Koskey Funeral Home.

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Darla J. Fox

Dec 09, 1938 - Feb 27, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Darla J. Fox, 85, of Duluth, died Tuesday, Feb. 27th at St. Luke’s Hospital. Darla was born Dec. 9, 1938, in Duluth to George and Lucile Lindstrom. She graduated from Minneapolis Central High School. Darla worked as a secretary at First & American National Bank, Duluth; Oliver Mining Co.; Duluth Avionics; Duluth Typewriter; was a legal secretary at, Edwards & Bodin and Hanft Fride PA for 20 years, retiring in 2003.She met James Timothy Fox, and they were married on March 31, 1973, they enjoyed cooking and entertaining their many friends and family. Darla enjoyed golf, knitting, she was a vivacious reader, crossword puzzles; she was a huge MN Twins fan and enjoyed spending her Saturdays listening to Jazz at the Saratoga.She was preceded in death by her parents, George, and Lucile; and her brother Ronnie Lindstrom USAF pilot, MIA, shot down over Loas on Jan. 2, 1970.Darla is survived by her sister, Gail (Mike) McGivern; sister-in-law, Judy Fox; niece, Jamie (Jake Nohl); nephews, Shawn, and Kal; great nieces and nephews, Griffin and Cade McGivern and Chloe` Cederstrom and Lucinda Nohl and many cousins and many dear friends.Visitation will be Tuesday, March 12th from 5-7pm in the Dougherty Funeral home, where visitation will continue Wednesday from 10am to the 11am Services. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. Sign the online register book at, www.dfhduluth.com. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral home, 600 E 2nd St. Duluth, MN, (218) 727-3555.

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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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