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Sharla Ann Koski
Sharla Ann Koski, 50, of Duluth, died Friday, Dec. 5, 1997.
She was born March 16, 1947, in Cloquet, the daughter of Eino and Mae (Hedin) Vaineo. She was a 1965 graduate of Cloquet High School and a 1969 graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, with a bachelor's degree in home economics. On Aug. 24, 1968, she married Gary Koski in Cloquet. She was employed as a social services specialist for St. Louis County Social Services since 1988.
She was a member of the Saturday Morning Singles; a former zoo docent; a leader for Beginning Experiences; a member of the Kitchi Gammi Ski Club; a volunteer for the Salvation Army, American Cancer Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Society; a former Girl Scout leader; a Special Olympics trainer; a former 4-H volunteer; and a past member of Carlton County Homemakers.
She enjoyed skiing, golfing, canoeing, race walking and all recreational outdoor activities, knitting, sewing and handwork, and was currently in training for the Birkebeiner. She also enjoyed traveling, having traveled to Finland in 1997 and Japan in 1994. She was a frequent visitor at her daughter's home in Wyoming and enjoyed a Caribbean cruise with her daughters in 1992.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Gene Vaineo.
An exceptionally caring and devoted mother, Sharla is deeply loved and will be greatly missed by her daughters, Sherri (Chris) Bromen of Cheyenne, Wyo., Stephanie Koski of Minneapolis and Stacey Koski of Duluth; and their father, Gary Koski of Duluth; her sisters, Lorayne (Nick) Hietalati of Duluth and Cheryl (Robert) Brander of Cloquet; two special nephews, Marc and Scott Brander; several other nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Visitation: 6-8 p.m. today in Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet. Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Tuesday in the funeral home. Interment in Pine River Cemetery.

Alleyne Bennett
Alleyne Bennett, 80, of Grand Avenue, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 1997, in Lake Haven Manor.
She was born Jan. 1, 1917, in Hutchinson, Minn., where she lived until after graduating from high school when her family moved to Sidney, Mont. She attended the University of Montana at Missoula, where she met Rev. J. Gordon Bennett. They were married June 4, 1939, and she graduated June 6, 1939, with a double major in English and sociology.
Mrs. Bennett was a loved and respected minister's wife, as her husband worked for churches in Missoula; Minneapolis; Antigo, Wis.; and Duluth. While in Antigo, she taught at Langlade County Teachers College (1959-68). In 1966, after attending summer sessions and completing a thesis, she received her Master of Arts degree in English education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Her health, but not her spirit, was diminished by Parkinson's disease, beginning about age 50. She enjoyed attending Parkinson's support group meetings.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her five children, Jim Bennett of Grand Junction, Colo., Allyn Bennett of Carroll, Ohio, Gordee Bennett of Duluth, Patrice Bonner of Roseville, Minn., and Elyse Russell of Rochester, Minn.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and her sister, Lee Thompson of La Habra, Calif.
Visitation: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral Friday in United Protestant Church of Morgan Park. Burial in Oneota Cemetery. The family prefers memorials to the American Parkinson Disease Association Inc., 1250 Hylan Blvd., Suite 4B, Staten Island, NY 10305-1946. Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors, Bell Brothers Chapel, 601 N. 56th Ave. W.

LeRoy H. Olson
LeRoy H. Olson, 91, of North Ugstad Road, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997, in St. Luke's Hospital.
He was born in Princeton, Minn., to Joseph and Emma Olson. His mother died when he was 2 years old and he was raised in a foster home. He was employed with the Board of Education in Minneapolis for 45 years, retiring in 1971 as an engineer. He moved to the shores of Lake Superior near French River in 1971, where he was the owner/operator of the Olson Resort. He moved to Proctor in 1976. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
He was a member of Euclid Lodge #198 AF&AM, Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Duluth, Zurah Shrine in Minneapolis, Legion of Honor in Minneapolis, All-American Club in Duluth, Moose Lodge #1478 and the West Duluth American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, in 1992.
Survivors include a nephew, Dennis Olson, and his children, Brandon and Derick, all of Minneapolis; a niece, Darcy Gibson, and her children, Shannon, Michelle and Todd, all of Mesa, Ariz.; a stepson, George Munter of Savannah, Ga.; two stepdaughters, Joyce Luhm of Gwinn, Mich., and Donna McNulty of Duluth; five stepgrandchildren; eight great-stepgrandchildren; and friends and neighbors.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday in Bell Brothers Chapel, and will continue from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service Wednesday in the chapel. Interment will be in Sunrise Memorial Park. Military honors will be accorded by the Duluth V.F.W. Honor Guard. Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors, Bell Brothers Chapel, 601 N. 56th Ave. W.

Gladys L. Puglisi
Gladys L. Puglisi, 80, formerly of Spirit Lake Manor, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, in Park Point Manor.
She was born to Warner and Anna Stafstrom on Aug. 5, 1917, in Duluth. She was a lifelong resident of Duluth and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by a son, Leonard.
She is survived by sons, Frank (Marian) and Bruce of Duluth; daughter-in-law Carol Puglisi of Duluth; daughter Judy (Don) Fencil of Duluth; brother Roy Stafstrom of Duluth; sister Myrtle Johander of Bloomington, Minn.; stepsisters Clara Clancey of Duluth and Lillian Ritzinger of San Diego; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Private family services will be Tuesday. Burial in Oneota Cemetery. Arrangements by Hegstrom Family Funeral Homes, Foley Chapel.

Hunter C. ``Buzz'' Como
Legendary broadcaster
Hunter C. ``Buzz'' Como, legendary Twin Ports broadcaster, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 1997, in St. Mary's Medical Center. He was 81.
Mr. Como was one of the all-time veterans of Twin Ports radio. He was KDAL Radio's ``Morning Man'' and co-host of the popular radio telelphone contest, ``I've Got Your Number,'' for 32 years. His career at KDAL spanned 40 years, including time as a sales account executive.
When he left the air in 1980, then KDAL General Manager John R. Snee said, ``I believe Hunter has set a mark for longevity as a radio personality that will probably never be equaled again in this market.''
Mr. Como was born in Minneapolis and lived most of his life in Duluth. He resided on Oneida Street.
He was a member of the Arrowhead Civic Club, West End Businessmen's Association, past president of Duluth Boys Chorus and the Duluth Owls Club, and was past exulted ruler of the Duluth Elks Lodge 133.
His parents were Nat and Rosetta Como.
Survivors include his daughters, Melanie (Tim) Mornard of Cottage Grove, Minn. and Adrienne (Richard) Haugen of Olivia, Minn.; sons, Lance Como of Minneapolis and John (Colleen) Como of Maplewood, Minn.; stepson, John (Judie) Elliot of Salem, Ore.; seven grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.
Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday in Jarvi-Dowd Chapel.
Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors, Jarvi-Dowd Chapel, 925 E. Fourth St.

Daniel James Pawlowicz
Daniel James Pawlowicz, 53, of West Morgan Street died Friday, Dec. 5, 1997.
He was born in Duluth and graduated from Denfeld High School in 1963. In 1964, he married Janet Mae Alvar. He was a painter for the City of Duluth for 13 years, and was the owner of Danny's Dandys.
He was a member of Moose Lodge 1302. Danny enjoyed fishing, especially with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed camping, golfing, cross-country skiing and singing karaoke. He liked to attend friend and family gatherings.
He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley; and his wife, Janet Mae Pawlowicz.
Danny is survived by a son, Todd D. (Debbie) Pawlowicz of Duluth; daughters Tammy S. (Dave) Couture of Saginaw and Teressa M. Pawlowicz of Duluth; his mother, Doris of Duluth; sisters Peggy, Cathy, Mary, Sue and Judy; five grandchildren; and many other close friends and relatives.
Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in Crawford Funeral Chapel. Memorial service 1 p.m. Thursday in Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hermantown.
Arrangements by Crawford Funeral Service.

Paul E. McVann
Paul E. McVann, 73, of Minnesota Avenue died Sunday, Dec. 7, 1997, in St. Luke's Hospital.
Paul was born to James and Helen McVann on Oct. 23, 1924, in Peabody, Mass. Paul was a graduate of Lawrence Academy and Providence College, and attended Georgetown University. Paul was a staff sergeant in the Marine Corps during World War II. He went to work for Travelers Insurance in 1950, which brought him to Duluth in 1961 when he became office manager of its Duluth branch. After his retirement in 1978, Paul became a partner in the Century Insurance Agency in Superior, retiring in 1996. He still served as the treasurer. He married Ruth Harris on Nov. 24, 1949.
Paul was an active member of Our Lady of Mercy Church and Park Point Community Club, and was an active supporter of the Duluth Rowing Club. He also belonged to VFW Post 6320 and the American Legion.
Paul is survived by his wife, Ruth; sons Mark of Romeoville, Ill., Neil (Karen) of Rock Hill, S.C., and Owen (Laura) of Milwaukee; a daughter, Norine McVann of Bloomington, Minn.; a sister, Helen Welch of Peabody, Mass.; and six grandchildren.
Visitation: 4 p.m. Wednesday with wake prayers at 6:30 in Dougherty Funeral Home. Services 10 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Mercy Church. Burial in Calvary Cemetery.

Fern J. Setterlund
Fern J. Setterlund, 76, of Grand Avenue died Monday, Dec. 8, 1997, in Lake Haven Manor.
She was born in Lakota, N.D., and had been a Duluth resident for most of her life. She had been an employee of St. Mary's Medical Center for 20 years until her retirement. Fern married Orville N. Setterlund on Aug. 24, 1940, in Carlton.
Her parents were John and Helma Olson Granlund. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville, in 1975; a daughter, Debra Kay Setterlund, in 1959; brothers Ralph and John Granlund; and sisters Amy Abrams and Violet Raissonen.
Survivors include her daughter, Sandra Zimm of Duluth; a son, Orville of Duluth; sisters Esther Gunderson and Lydia Thompson; grandchildren, Deborah (Curt) Packingham, Daniel (Michele) Hager, Paul Setterlund and Corey Zimm; and a great-granddaughter, Jenna Marie Hager.
Visitation: 10 until the 11 a.m. service Thursday in Redeemer Lutheran Church. Rev. Lewis R. Reinemann officiating. Burial in Park Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors, Bell Brothers Chapel, 601 N. 56th Ave. W.

Nick A. Zime
Nick A. Zime, 52, of West Fifth Street died Sunday, Feb. 1, 1998, in his home.
He was a lifelong West Duluth resident. He married Beverly Becker on Sept. 7, 1963, in Duluth. He was a member of Iron Workers Local 563 for over 31 years. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting and golfing. Nick was a well-loved man and will be missed dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Antonette; and sisters Rosalie Moore, Josephine Brown, Betty Neiding and Claire Thompson.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly; a daughter, Dena Zime of Minneapolis; a son, Nick (Debbie) Zime Jr. of Barnum; granddaughters Brittany and Tori Zime; sisters Roberta Cashin of Duluth, Genevieve Henrickson of Duluth, Judy Miles of Ramsey, Minn., and Patricia Olson of Tracy, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
Gathering of friends and family will be from 10 until the 11 a.m. memorial service Wednesday in Bell Brothers Chapel. Burial in Oneota Cemetery. Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors, Bell Brothers Chapel, 601 N. 56th Ave. W.

LeRoy Larson
LeRoy Larson, 52, of Fourth Street in Proctor died Sunday, Feb. 1, 1998, in St. Luke's Hospital.
He was a lifelong Duluth area resident and active with the United Day Activity Center for over 30 years.
Surviving are his parents, Clarence and Bernice Larson of Proctor; a sister, Gloria Borst of Hermantown; and a niece, Robyn Borst of Proctor.
No services. Memorials to United Day Activity Center Inc.
Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors, Bell Brothers Chapel, 601 N. 56th Ave. W.

Richard D. King
Richard D. King, 57, formerly of Duluth died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, in Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas.
He was a 1958 Duluth East graduate and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in advertising in 1962.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lewis R. King in 1991; and his mother, Beverly (Altman) King in 1993.
He is survived by his wife, Samantha; brother Robert (Courtney) of Duluth; three daughters, Lori (Ian) Weintraub of Seattle, Wash., Jodi (David) Rosen of Canyon Country, Calif., and Michelle (Don) Kieffer, also of Canyon Country; and eight grandchildren.
No local services will be held.

Margaret M. Johnson
Margaret M. Johnson, 87, lifelong Duluth resident died Thursday, Jan. 29, 1998, in St. Luke's Hospital.
Margaret's husband was a piano tuner in the Duluth area for many years, who also happened to be blind. She would assist him by driving him to his appointments and in any other way needed.
She was an active member of Temple Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E., in 1976.
Margaret is survived by one brother, two sisters, two nieces and one nephew.
No service at this time. Spring burial in Bethany Cemetery.
Arrangements by Fred Olson Mortuary.

Ethel T. Morisette
Ethel T. Morisette, 96, long-time Duluth resident died Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998, in Viewcrest Health Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; a sister, Delia Mallroth; a brother, Emil Johnson; and nieces Doris Mallroth and Harriet Nys.
Ethel is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Visitation: 12:30 until the 1:30 p.m. service Wednesday in Fred Olson Mortuary. Interment in Oneota Cemetery.
Arrangements by Fred Olson Mortuary.

Ella A. Porter
Ella A. Porter, 85, of Woodland Gardens, formerly of Homecroft, died Monday, Feb. 2, 1998, in Chris Jensen Nursing Home.
She was born in Essexville, Mich. While growing up, she performed with her family band, the Bailey's Traveling Band. She played the ukulele, violin, guitar and sang. They traveled and performed throughout many states, including Michigan, Wisconsin, California and Minnesota. Ella married Mylie E. Porter on Sept. 26, 1934, and was married to him for 62 years. After marriage, she became a homemaker, raising eight children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Grace (Rundell) Bailey; her husband, Mylie in 1997; her son, Philip and her granddaughter, Lonna Porter in 1982; her daughter-in-law, Lola Porter in 1995; and brothers, Nolan and Norman Bailey.
Ella is survived by daughters Virginia (James) Hammarlund of Duluth and Edith (Gene) Hansen of Detroit Lakes, Minn.; sons Miles (Ann) Porter, Tom (Eleanor) Porter, Paul (Debbie) Porter, John (Betty) Porter, all of Duluth, and James (Kathy) Porter of Seattle; a sister, Dorothy Babcock of Valencia, Calif.; 17 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
Visitation: 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Crawford Funeral Chapel, where it will continue from 10:30 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Thursday. Burial in Forest Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Crawford Funeral Service.

Amy (Falconer) Fox
Amy (Falconer) Fox, 87, formerly of Duluth died Saturday, Jan. 3, 1998.
She graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1927. She retired from the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads in 1965.
Amy was a 50-year member of the Eastern Star, White Shrine and the Amaranth, all in St. Paul.
She is survived by her brother, Douglas (Jeanne) Falconer of Duluth; three nephews; and four nieces.
Interment: in Acacia Park Cemtery in St. Paul.

Elsie Agnes Leona Degerman
Elsie Agnes Leona Degerman, 78, of East Superior Street died Sunday, Feb. 1, 1998, in St. Luke's Hospital.
She was a resident of the area for most of her life and was a cook for many different restaurants along the North Shore. She also worked as a nanny in Lutsen.
Elsie was a member of the Senior Coalition and spent three years on the advisory board for the Senior Citizen Law Project. She was very active in her neighborhood and especially enjoyed the Rose Garden.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Freda (Bong) Lindstrom; her husband, Clarence Degerman Sr.; sisters Adela Dahl and Violet Chalberg Wilcut; a niece Berniece Spicer; and a nephew, Walter Chalberg.
Elsie is survived by her daughters, Karen (Floyd) Burghard of Maple Grove, Minn., and Sharen (Tim) Larson of Duluth; a son, Clarence (Trudy) Degerman Jr. of Chisholm; grandchildren Karmen and Karolyn Burghard, Kim Larson, and Shawn, Noel and Jody Degerman; and nephews Frank (Carol) Chalberg of Culver and Gary Dahl of Cloquet.
Visitation: 10 until the 11 a.m. memorial service Wednesday in Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Coffee and fellowship will follow in the Greysalon Plaza Club Room. Spring inurnment in Culver Cemetery.
Arrangements by Johnson Mortuary.

Mary B. Majerle
Mary B. Majerle, born March 3, 1912, in Duluth, passed away Friday, Jan. 30, 1998, in Lancaster, Calif.
Mrs. Majerle was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Mardis Majerle; and a grandson, Jeff Barbacovi.
She is survived by her children, William (Karen) Majerle and Carol (Jack) Barbacovi; a brother, Joey (Betty) Zmyslony; sisters Charlotte Nesgoda and Josephine Greely; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation: 3-7 p.m. Wednesday in Chapel of the Valley Mortuary Palmdale, where services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday. Rev. William Vail officiating. Interment to follow in Desert Lawn Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Chapel of the Valley Mortuary Palmdale Directors.

Joyce Erma Johnston
Former teacher
Joyce Erma Johnston, 77, of Duluth, former longtime resident of Crosby, died Friday, Sept. 18, 1998, in Benedictine Health Center after a long illness.
Joyce Hedin was born Dec. 10, 1920, to John and Julia Hedin in Elmdale Township. She attended and graduated from the Upsala, Minn., school system. She received her teaching degree from St. Cloud State College. She enlisted in the Navy (WAVES) during World War II and was stationed in Cleveland. Upon her discharge, she taught at Kathio School on the Mille Lacs reservation. In 1946, she married Earl Wood and moved to Crosby. Following Earl's death, Joyce taught kindergarten from 1958-1987 in Deerwood and Ironton. She also taught music while in Deerwood. In 1967, Joyce married Bruce Johnston, who died in 1986.
Joyce was active as a Girl and Cub Scout leader, a member of her church council and choir, a PTA member, a supporter of the arts, a Women's Club member and a wonderful mother, grandma, aunt and sister. She loved decorating for holidays, serving smorgasbords, baking cookies, traveling, visiting with her friends and teaching kindergarteners.
Joyce was preceded in death by a daughter, Jacquelyn Williams; a brother, Leo; and her parents.
She is survived by a daughter, Gayle (Robert) Gilmore of Duluth; a son, John (Connie) Wood of Detroit Lakes, Minn.; a sister, Gladys Hedin of Duluth; a brother, John (Lorraine) Hedin of Simi Valley, Calif.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Visitation: 11 until the 11:30 a.m. memorial service Friday in Benedictine Health Center. Visitation for family and friends noon until the 1 p.m. service Saturday in First Presbyterian Church, Crosby. Burial in Lakewood Cemetery, Crosby.
Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors, Duluth.

Edward Joseph Meyer Sr.
Edward Joseph Meyer Sr., 75, of North Eighth Avenue East died Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, in St. Mary's Medical Center.
Ed was born April 18, 1923, in Duluth to Nicholas and Mary Weidig Meyer. He was a 1942 graduate of Central High School. He was a staff sergeant in the Air Force during World War II, serving as a waist gunner in a B-17. He flew more than 50 missions over Germany while stationed in Fogia, Italy. He received the Air Medal, Three Oak Leaf Clusters and Good Conduct Medal. After almost 40 years as operations coordinator for Minnesota Power, Ed retired Dec. 31, 1981.
Ed was a member of St. Anthony's Church and more recently, St. Benedict's Church. He was active in East Hillside Community Club and coached Babe Ruth League and elementary school basketball at St. Anthony's Church.
Ed was preceded in death by his siblings John Meyer, Rose Windus, Sr. Mary Peter Meyer O.S.B., Hank Meyer and Mary Elizabeth Anderson.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Janice; sons Richard (Jane) of Duluth, Robert (Marcy) of Almelund, Minn., Edward (Jane) Jr. of Grand Forks, N.D., and Thomas (Susan) of Duluth; a daughter, Sharon (Raan) Aalgaard of Troy, Ill.; brothers Fr. Nicholas Meyer O.F.M. of St. Paul, Ted (Bernice) of Carmichael, Calif. and Nicholas Meyer of Duluth; a sister, Sr. Mariella Meyer O.S.B. of St. Scholastica Monastery; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Meyer; eight grandchildren; and a great grandson.
Visitation: 4 p.m. today with wake at 7 p.m. in Dougherty Funeral Home, and 9 until the 10 a.m. service Wednesday in St. Benedict's Church. The Rev. Fr. Nicholas Meyer and the Rev. Fr. Jon Wild officiating. Burial with military honors accorded by Duluth VFW Combined Honor Guard in Calvary Cemetery.

Dr. Douglas H. Bernhardt
Longtime dentist, inventor
Dr. Douglas H. Bernhardt, 49, of Shorewood, Minn., died Thursday, Sept. 24, 1998, in Minneapolis.
He was born March 30, 1949, in Duluth. A University of Minnesota alumnus, he practiced dentistry in Hopkins for many years and was a former University of Wisconsin hockey team physician. He founded and was at the time of his death president and CEO of MPSC, a scientific research and design company. He was an inventor and holder of many U.S. and international patents. He was also an avid golfer and pilot.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara.
Survivors include his wife, Tammy; his father, Warde (Ruth) Bernhardt; brothers Gregg (Tami) and Stephen (Gale); and nieces and nephews.
Memorial visitation:5-8 p.m. today in Huber Funeral Home Chapel, 520 Second St., Excelsior, Minn. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to donor's choice.

Eleanor A. Lauletta
Eleanor A. Lauletta, lifelong resident of Duluth died Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998, while in Viewcrest Nursing Center.
She was a graduate of Duluth Central High School and worked for many years at First Bank, Duluth, retiring in 1981.
Eleanor had been a member of Outlook Club, Stroke Club and AARP.
Eleanor is survived by sisters Frances and Marjorie Lauletta; and nieces Peggy (Joseph) Rich of Duluth and JoAnn (Selwyn) Presnell of Bartow, Fla.
Visitation: 1 until the 1:30 p.m. service Wednesday in Crawford Funeral Chapel. Entombment in Forest Hill Mausoleum. Memorials preferred to St. Luke's Foundation-Heart Care Center of First United Methodist Church, Duluth.
``The end is where we start from.'' T.S. Elliot
Arrangements by Crawford Funeral Service.

Thomas Joseph Mackey
Thomas Joseph Mackey, 72, of North Arlington Avenue died Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998, in his home.
Tom was born May 4, 1926, in Duluth to John and Bessie Seeley Mackey. He was a Marine veteran of World War II, was in the battle of Iwo Jima and received a Purple Heart. He came back to Duluth and went to work as a sheet metal worker and boiler maker, working for Frazer Shipyards, U.S. Steel and Minntac, retiring in 1984.
Tom was a member of St. Joseph's Church and Disabled American Veterans.
Tom was preceded in death by a son, Keith Thomas Mackey in 1979.
Tom is survived by his wife, Helmi (Leppala) Mackey; daughters Linda (Thomas) Poulin of Duluth, Debra (Michael) Poulin of St. Paul and Karen Neurath of Duluth; a brother, James R. Mackey of Duluth; a sister, Therese Oswald of Portland, Ore.; grandsons Jason, Jonathan and K. Patrick Neurath, and Brian and Matthew Poulin; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation: 4 p.m. Wednesday with rosary at 7 p.m. in Dougherty Funeral Home. Service 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Joseph's Church, Duluth Heights. Burial with military honors accorded by Duluth VFW Combined Honor Guard in Calvary Cemetery.

William Turpin
William Turpin, 71, of Tacoma, Wash., formerly of Duluth, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998, in his home in Tacoma.
He is survived by his wife, Nadine; sons Edward (Sue), Dale and Lonnie (Mary); a daughter, Karen (Tom) Foreman; and a sister, Eunice ``Tooney'' Connor.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday in Mountain View Funeral Home, Tacoma.


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