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Michael George Coombes

Jun 24, 2022

 

Michael George Coombes, 70, passed away peacefully on June 24th at St. Luke's Hospital. Michael was born November 9, 1951, in Duluth to Jules and Patricia Coombes. He was a graduate of Denfeld High School class of 1969. Michael enjoyed the outdoors, was an avid reader of history and appreciated classical music.  Michael took pride serving as Union President...

Dorothy A. "Diddo" Rackliffe

Jun 17, 2022

 

Dorothy A. “Diddo” Rackliffe, 91, of Duluth, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday June 17, 2022 in North Shore Estates surrounded by her family. She was born on August 1, 1930 in Duluth to John and Harriet (Brown) Swensen. Diddo grew up in the Norton Park Neighborhood where she lived her entire life. She was...

Charles Michael "Mike" Boyle

Jun 10, 2022

 

Charles Michael “Mike” Boyle age 71 of Duluth formerly of Greensburg PA, passed away on June 10, 2022, following a long illness.

Mike was born on March 17,1951 at St. Luke’s Hospital Duluth to parents Thomas Neil Boyle and Marion Elaine Boyle. He graduated from Denfeld High School Class of 1969 and attended UMD, The University of Pittsburg-Greensburg and...

Lt Col Edward"Ed" C. Sink

Jun 8, 2022

 

Lt Col Edward “Ed” C. Sink (Ret.), 81, of Duluth, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2022 in St. Luke’s Hospital. Ed was born on May 25, 1941 in Duluth to Clement and Cecelia (Blazejak) Sink. Ed’s parents died when Ed was very young, so his grandparents, Frank and Hedwig Blazejak raised him. Ed attended St Peter and Paul Catholic...

Leonard Herman Luoma

Jun 5, 2022

 

Leonard Herman Luoma passed away on June 5, 2022 at the age of 91 with his family by his side. Preceded in death by parents; wife, Cleone; son, Leonard A.; two brothers; and two sisters. Survived by children, Cathy (Jerome) Ziells, Jeannie (Shelley Klinga) Hicks, Randall (Jillaine) Luoma, David Luoma; grandchildren, Dale McRae, Kimberly (Mike) Coughlin, Jessica (J.D.) Halley,...

Lee Thomas Fawcett

Jun 5, 2022

 

Lee Thomas Fawcett Jr, 80, of Duluth, died Sunday, June 5, 2022 in Edgewood Vista surrounded by his family. Lee was born on September 6, 1941 to Lee Thomas Sr and Nellie (Valentine) Fawcett in Duluth. He was a 1960 graduate of Central High School and attended Duluth Business University where he received an accounting degree. Lee worked in...

Elizabeth "Liz" Ann Hendrickson

Jun 5, 2022

 

Elizabeth “Liz” Ann (Telega) Hendrickson, 49, of Duluth, died Sunday, June 5, 2022 in Essentia Health. Liz was born on December 29, 1972 in Duluth to Larry and Judith (Schmitz) Telega. Liz grew up in Duluth, graduating from Denfeld High School in 1991. After college, she worked at Georgia-Pacific for 19 years until they closed their doors.  Liz then...

Scott Alan Klund

Jun 4, 2022

 

Scott Alan Klund Passed away on June 4, 2022 at the age of 64. Preceded in death by his grandparents; father, Bruce; and brother, Brian. Survived by wife, Charlene; daughters, Marly Maciejeski, and Jean (Sean) Klund; sons, Scott Alan Jr., Thomas (Kayla) Klund, Timothy (Alis Sua) Klund; grandchildren, Jackiy, Jessica, Alina, Emma, Owen, Wyatt, Olivia; great-grandchildren, Zayden, Jason, Andi;...

Renee Kathy Van Nett

Jun 3, 2022

 

Mashkiikii Makwa Ikwe - Renee K. VanNett was born January 6, 1970, in Big Fork, Mn to Victoria Yellow Earrings and James VanNett.  She spent a majority of her life in and around the Duluth area and settled into Duluth as a permanent home.

 

Throughout her whole life Renee had a strong connection and commitment to her...

Lorraine Louise Vanderport

May 31, 2022

 

Lorraine Louise Vanderport passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2022 in Duluth, Minnesota at the age of 97. She was born February 18, 1925 in Duluth, Minnesota, the daughter of Lewis and Ruth Flood. Lorraine spent most of her youth with her family in Kansas City, Missouri and in her late teens moved back to Duluth, Minnesota. Lorraine was united...

Beverly Jean Altonen

May 30, 2022

 

Beverly Jean Altonen, 91, of Duluth, passed away Monday, May 30, 2022 at the BeeHive Homes in Duluth. Bev was born on September 26, 1930 in Duluth to Arnold and Ruth Anderson. She was a graduate of Denfeld High School and married Jack Altonen on October 13, 1950 in Duluth. Bev earned her nursing degree and worked at St....

Priscilla J. Olson

May 30, 2022

 

Priscilla J. Olson, of Duluth, passed away peacefully after a brief illness at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was born on April 27, 1933 in Duluth to Walter and Jennie Skarman. Priscilla was a 1951 graduate of Denfeld High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Equivalent from UMD. She married the love of her life...

Carl "Corky" Melvin Swanson

May 26, 2022

 

Carl “Corky” Melvin Swanson, 86, of Duluth died Thursday, May 26, 2022 on his 70th wedding anniversary with his wife Donna, at home surrounded by his wife and children. Corky was born in Chicago, IL the youngest of four children, and lived in Duluth the rest of his life. He attended Hermantown High School where he enjoyed playing goalie...

Susan Jean Hughes

May 21, 2022

 

Susan Jean Hughes of Duluth, MN  passed away on May 21, 2022 at the age  of 71, from complications of ALS, with her husband, Mike by her side.

Susan “Sue, Susie” graduated from Denfeld High School in 1968. She went on to study business at Duluth Business University.  She was a dedicated member of the Catholic Church, a member...

Robert Ernest Hall

May 18, 2022

Robert Ernest Hall passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 18th 2022. He was a ridiculously talented, loving soul who collected friends everywhere he went. His super powers included but were not limited to: playing the piano by ear, picking up any instrument and figuring out how to play it (except the trombone), restoring painted molding and bannisters, quilting,...

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