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Shelia 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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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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James H. Webb

May 20, 1931 - Feb 05, 2024

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Duluth, MN

James H. Webb, 92 of Duluth, MN passed on Monday, February 5, 2024 in the Franciscan Health Center. Jim was born on May 20, 1931 in Duluth, MN to Burt and Anna Mae Webb. He attended Central High School and on October 20, 1949 entered the Armed Forces. He served four years in the Army and was honorably discharged on January 17, 1953. Jim worked at Moland Brothers, and 29 years at Sears Roebuck and 10 years for The City of Duluth. Gary Doty, Mayor of Duluth, presented Jim with two plaques: one for employer of the month, and one for recognizing his ten-year service to the City of Duluth. Jim played in a Ping Pong Tournament and took third place. He was a wiz at working jigsaw puzzles. What he loved the most was telling stories and making people laugh. After living alone for 22 years Jim met and married Bernadette (Bernie) Johnson on April 23 2014. He loved telling the story how they met. He referred to Bernie as “his joy”! Jim and Bernie are members of Living Word church in Esko, Minnesota. Jim’s children are: Susan Classen (Greg), Kim Roberts (Mac), Phillip Webb, Mark Webb (Dina) and JoAnna Webb. Grandchildren: Wendy Neuerburg (Dirk), Shawn Rehbein (Meghn), Stephen Webb (Jackie), Dawn Webb, Josh Gornik, Elizabeth Gornik, Ben Gornik, Heather Kaisershot and five great-grandchildren. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Burt and Anna Webb. Sister Jeanne Porslin and two grandchildren Christopher and Bernadette. Celebration of Life on Saturday, March 9, 2024, 2:00 Visitation with a 3:00 Service with the Duluth Honor Guard at Cremation Society of MN, 4100 Grand Ave in Duluth.

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Nancy Catherine (Lilliquist) Begley

Dec 30, 1936 - Feb 07, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Nancy Catherine (Lilliquist) Begley, 87, of Hayward, WI passed away peacefully at Essentia-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN on February 7, 2024, knowing her children were there. Nancy was affectionately known as “Grandma Nancy” to many. Nancy was born on December 30, 1936, at Pingree Hospital in Detroit, MI to Alvin and Jeanette (Coburn) Lilliquist. She attended St. Henry’s Parochial School through the 8th grade and graduated from Lincoln Park High School in Lincoln Park, MI in June 1954. She married Bennie E. “Ben” Begley on January 12, 1955. The couple traveled extensively during his service in the United States Air Force and retired in Hayward in 1975. They immediately became active in the community through various organizations, including the Moose Lodge and the Jaycees, for whom they transported the Musky Queen Float for several years. Nancy was a hard worker who dedicated her life to the service of others. In 2002, she was recognized as the Veterans Auxiliary Member of the Year and Volunteer of the Year in 2012. She coordinated the Hayward call center for the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon to benefit Muscular Dystrophy for 20 years and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. However, Grandma Nancy’s most significant community contribution was as the Past President and Founder of the non-profit organization, Christmas 4 Kidz (C4K). She wanted every child to experience the joy of Christmas and was devoted to that mission for 47 years. Aside from her family, Christmas 4 Kidz was her pride and joy, and a meaningful legacy to leave behind in the community she loved. Nancy enjoyed reading, jigsaw puzzles, and playing games - especially Bananagrams and Skip Bo. She was an avid football fan and loved cheering for the Hayward Hurricanes. She could often be seen sitting on the sidelines shouting, “Grandma wants a touchdown!” She loved dancing and music, especially Elvis and “the oldies”. Her outgoing personality, infectious laugh, and pure authenticity will be missed. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister Judy Wahl, brother-in-law Jim Wahl, and nephew James Wahl. She is survived by her two children, son Michael “Mike” (Anna) Begley of Hudson, and daughter Catherine “Cathy” (Todd) Weis of Stratford. She is also survived by seven grandchildren Adam Begley and Marie Begley of Hudson, Ryan (Abby Johnson) Begley and Matthew (Madeline) Weis of River Falls, Lauren Weis and Amy (Rodney II) Harper of Madison, Jenna (Christian Peters) Weis of Eau Claire, and great grandchildren Kaylee Thomas, RJ Harper III, and Baby Weis due in May. She is further survived by nephew, John (Kathy Vittum) Wahl, great-niece Jill (Donovan) DeGaetano, Minneapolis, MN, and the DeGaetano children Adina, Madison, Genevieve and Louden and very dear friends Jon and JoAnne Powell. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, February 19, 2024, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hayward with Father Karunakar Madanu officiating. A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 18th, at Hayward Funeral Home and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Hayward. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Christmas 4 Kidz, PO Box 13076, Hayward, WI 54843.

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Joan M. Shevich

Mar 07, 1940 - Feb 09, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Joan M. Shevich, 83, rural Nashwauk, died Friday, February 9, 2024, St. Luke’s Hospital, Duluth. Born March 7, 1940, in Nashwauk, she was the daughter of Frank and Edna (Fraederich) Gangl. Joan lived most of her life in rural Nashwauk and aside from being a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, she was a member of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church of Nashwauk and had been a school bus driver in the Nashwauk area for over 25 years. Joan and Robert Shevich were married on January 24, 1959, in Nashwauk. Her parents, Frank and Edna Gangl and siblings, Betty Marsh, Noreen Bemrose, and Jerome Gangl preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband, Bob; children, Mike (Nancy) Shevich, Greg (Amy Baumchen) Shevich, Jan (Mike) Edman, and Lisa (Henry) Meyers; grandchildren, Matt Shevich, Rob Shevich, Bethany Goshtasbi, Jake Shevich, Michael Edman, Eric Edman, Jonathan Meyers, Zach Meyers, and Michael Cuadra; and ten great grandchildren. Visitation will be 11:00 AM until the 12:00 PM Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, in St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, Nashwauk. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine with a luncheon to follow at MJ’s Lodge and Resort. To to the family, please

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Harold LaPlante

Jan 23, 1932 - Feb 08, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Harold LaPlante (92) died Feb. 8, 2024 in Duluth. He was born Jan. 23, 1932 in Litchfield, MN to Rose (Vacek) and Victor LaPlante. Harold graduated from Litchfield in 1949. He married Mary Lou Adamek in 1957. They lived on their farm near Darwin, MN for 10 years. After that he began working for J.C. Penney and was transferred to Duluth where he spent nearly 50 years greeting and becoming friends with many shoppers. He grew up on a farm that bordered a lake where he mastered the art of fishing. He went to Alaska, the West Coast and Canada where he was supplied with many fish stories. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Mary Lou and their 4 children Ed (Jo Ann), Mark, Teri (Denny Barwald who passed 2 days before Harold), Lisa Kuberra (Mike) 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

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Carolyn Lee Doerfler

Jul 09, 1933 - Jan 28, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Carolyn "Lee" Doerfler, age 90, of Crosslake, went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, January 28, 2024, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. Carolyn was born on July 9, 1933, in Minneapolis.Lee lived a life dedicated to her faith in Jesus and telling His truth. She believed in Him and as God's only son, that he paid for her sins on the cross for her, which is the only way into Heaven. She was a truly amazing woman and mother. She will be incredibly missed by all who knew her. Carolyn is survived by her children, Christina (Ouma) Aboge, Roni Peterson, Sherry (Greg) Marcellus, Renee Schissel, Luana (Carl) Reed, and Bruno (Lisa) Doerfler; many grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.She is preceded in death by her parents; siblings; children, Rick Doerfler, Steve Doerfler and Jeannie Oxborough.A celebration of Lee's new life in Christ will be held privately with her children.

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Bruce Leino

Dec 23, 1939 - Feb 05, 2024

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Duluth, MN

Bruce Leino, 84, of Squaw Lake, MN, passed away Feb 5, 2024 surrounded by his family at St. Mary’s in Duluth, MN. He was born to Eino and Ellen (Kananen) Leino on Dec 23, 1939. He graduated from Blackduck High School. He attended UMD-Duluth. He then enlisted in the US Army in 1963 and was Honorably Discharged in 1965. He graduated from Bemidji State College and earned his master's degree from St. Cloud State. In the summers during college, he fought forest fires in California. Bruce married Sandra Kay Schaefer Sept 16, 1967, while both were attending Bemidji State. Together they had two children: Michael and Kari. After graduate school, Bruce became Executive Director of Head Start for Itasca and Koochiching Counties for 15 years. In 1972, Bruce and Sandy purchased the Squaw Lake Liquor Store changing the name to “The Hill” which they expanded over the next 29 years. They sold The Hill in 2001. After semi-retirement, Bruce and Sandy owned and operated his parents’ resort from 2001 to present. He also was on the Board of Directors for North Itasca Electrical Co-Op for 37 years and Great River Energy for 22 years. Bruce was very involved in his community. He was instrumental with starting the Squaw Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Squaw Lake Snowmobile Club and the Squaw Lake Ducks Unlimited Chapter. He was an avid duck hunter but also enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, and had a passion for traveling. After having grandchildren, his main focus was spending time with them, feeding the birds, gardening and watching sunsets with his wife, Sandy. He is survived by his wife, Sandy; son, Michael (Brigitte) Leino, grandchildren Brock and Kennedi, of Squaw Lake; daughter, Kari (Cory) Smith, of Squaw Lake and step-grandchildren Grace, Ryan and Sam Smith. Sister-in-law: Lynda Leino and children Shelley (Leino) Berven, Drew Leino and Dan Leino. Brother-in-laws: Don (Nancy) Schaefer, Jim (Krista) Schaefer, Bob (Darla) Schaefer, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents: Eino and Ellen (Kananen) Leino; brother, Eldon Leino. Services will be held at 11 am at the Sand Lake Alliance Church 55581 Cty Rd 4 Spring Lake, MN 56680. Luncheon to follow at the Squaw Lake Community Center 51272 State Hwy 46 Squaw Lake, MN 56681. In lieu of flowers, memorials given directly to “Doctors Without Border” at Doctorswithoutborders.org or “Shriners” at ShrinersChildrens.org

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