Miscellaneous St. Louis County, Minnesota Obituaries

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Elizabeth V. ``Betty'' Bussa
Elizabeth V. ``Betty'' Bussa, 97, formerly of East Toledo Street and West Ninth Street, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1997, in Chris Jensen Nursing Home.
She was a lifelong Duluth resident. Betty was a seamstress and began her career in 1920 at Burns Boutique in the former Christie Building. From there she went to work at the Laton Boutique in the former Fidelity Building, then worked for CZ Wilson Manufacturing. Betty worked the last 27 years of her career for MMC Manufacturing, retiring in 1966.
She was a member of St. Josephat's Polish National Catholic Church.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, John and Anna Kwapick Bussa; a daughter, Diane Rubin; a sister, Virginia Bussa; and brothers, Michael, George, Stanley, Walter, Ted and Chester.
She is survived by a sister, Wanda Bussa Trano of Duluth; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great great-nieces and great great-nephews.
``Auntie Betty'' will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday with wake prayers at 6:30 in Johnson Mortuary Chapel, where the service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Burial in Polish Catholic Cemetery.

June Zepherine (Gernett) Thygeson
June Zepherine (Gernett) Thygeson, 74, of North 54th Avenue West died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1997, in Viewcrest Nursing Home.
She was born in Duluth on Oct. 26, 1923, to George and Rose Ann (Gagne) Gernett. She attended St. Jean's Catholic School. June was employed as the first butcherette with Gershgol's Grocery Store, and later went on to work for Western Electric. She married Harold A. ``Joe'' Thygeson on May 23, 1959.
Mrs. Thygeson was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, ``Joe'' on Dec. 23, 1994; and two sisters, Jeanette and Jane.
Survivors include her daughters, Shelley Thygeson of Duluth and Kelly (Donald) Newman of Fridley; a sister, Joyce Penkert of Duluth; and eight grandchildren.
Visitation: 4-6 p.m. Sunday, and 10 until the 11 a.m. service Monday in Bell Brothers Chapel. Burial in Oneota Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors, Bell Brothers Chapel, 601 N. 56th Ave. W.

Leona M. Johnson
Leona M. Johnson, 87, of Park Point died Thursday, Dec. 4, 1997, in Franciscan Home.
She was born in Duluth on July 6, 1910, and resided in Duluth her entire life, having spent 32 years on Park Point. She graduated for St. Jean Baptiste High School in 1926. She had two years nurse's training at St. Mary's Hospital. She was a stenographer for Duluth Ice and Fuel Co. for two years. As a child living in Woodland, she was one of the last people to get on the tram leaving Woodland during the 1918 fire. She married Dalphe Johnson in 1933.
She was a past member of Lincoln Park Garden Club and its past president. She was a member of the Northern Pine Council as program chairman and Girl Scout leader. She was a volunteer at St. Mary's Hospital. She was a member of the Buoys and Gulls Club on Park Point. She was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Telesphore and Seraphina Pinsonnault; and brothers Rene and Roland.
Survivors include her husband, Dalphe; sons Bernard (Bette) of Mesa, Ariz., and Peter (Bonnie) of St. Paul; a daughter, Vera (Rene) Vandendries of Kensington, Md.; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Visitation: 2-5 p.m. Sunday with wake prayers at 4 p.m. in Dougherty Funeral Home. Services at 10 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church on Park Point. Burial in Park Hill Cemetery.

Arvo E. Kuusisto
Arvo E. Kuusisto, 76, of Chambersburg Avenue died Thursday, Jan. 29, 1998, in Viewcrest Health Center.
He was born in Whiteface, Minn., on March 6, 1921, the son of Anton and Aurora Lyyluoja Kuusisto and was a graduate of Cotton High School. Arvo was an Army veteran of World War II, during which he served as a military policeman. He married Helen Johnson in Duluth on Feb. 23, 1946. He had worked at Montgomery Ward, the Kirk Minnesota Co., Duluth, and Kirk Co., Wautoma, Wis. He later worked as a welder for Industrial Weldors and Machinists, from which he retired in 1986. Arvo was an avid woodworker and outdoorsman, enjoying his leisure time at Comstock Lake.
He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and past member of the West Duluth American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Arne.
He is survived by his wife, Helen J.; son Ronald (Janet) Kuusisto of Duluth; daughter Vickie (Roger) Malvick of Hermantown; and grandchildren Todd Kuusisto and Alison Kuusisto and Kelly Malvick and Reed Malvick.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Sunday in Williams-Lobermeier Funeral Home and continues from 9 until the 10 a.m. funeral service Monday in Christ Lutheran Church. Burial in Hazelwood Cemetery, Blackberry, Minn.

Olaf ``Ole'' Nesje
Olaf ``Ole'' Nesje, 81, of 66th Avenue West died Friday, Jan. 30, 1998, in Lakehaven Manor.
Ole was born in Bowman, N.D., and lived in Duluth since 1925. He served in the Army during World War II in the European Theater. He worked for U.S. Steel and West End Iron as a burner.
Surviving are a brother, Goodman of Duluth; sisters Inga Bakke of California and Borga Kolenda of New Mexico; special friends, the Ina and Charles McKerrihan family of Duluth; and nieces and nephews.
Service: 1 p.m. Tuesday in Bell Brothers Chapel. Inurnment will be in Oneota Cemetery. Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors, Bell Brothers Chapel, 601 N. 56th Ave. W.

Sister Delia Louise (Anna Brossard)
Sister Delia Louise (Anna Brossard) died Sunday, Jan. 4, 1998, in the Convent of the Holy Names in Los Gatos, Calif.
Born in Duluth, she attended St. Jean Baptiste school and church. She entered Home Names Convent in Montreal, Quebec, where she made her profession in August 1936. During her teaching career, she was director of Holy Names Business College in Montreal and taught in Rome, N.Y., Silver Spring, Md., and Tampa, Fla. She received a grant from the Consulate General of France to study in Paris. In 1966, Sister Delia transferred to St. Andrew's High School in Pasadena, Calif., where she organized five tours for students to study in France. She also taught at Ramona School in Alhambra, Calif.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Rock and Delia Brossard; one sister; and two brothers.
She is survived by a sister, Pauline; and a brother, Edward; nieces Sandra Isackson and Carol Micetic; grandnieces and grandnephews; great grand-nieces and great grandnephews.
Mass of Christian burial: was Jan. 8, 1998, in Holy Names Chapel in Los Gatos, Calif. Interment in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery. Arrangements by Chapel of the Hills, Darling-Fischer Mortuary in Los Gatos.

Allan W. Herstad
Allan W. Herstad, 80, of West Second Street died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998, in Chris Jensen Nursing Home.
He was born in Duluth to Thomas and Gena Herstad, served in the Navy during World War II and was a meat cutter with Hermantown Locker Plant and Herstad and Benson Meats for over 30 years. He also owned and operated Al's Garbage Service before retiring in 1978. He was a member of Duluth Gospel Tabernacle, VFW Post 137, AFL-CIO, Garbage Haulers Association and the Square Dancing Association.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy; a son, the Rev. Dr. Wayne A. of Daly City, Calif.; a brother, Ward T. Herstad; and sister Blanche Oswald, both of Duluth; and grandchildren, Kirsten and Britt.
A family interment service will be in Sunrise Memorial Park, with a memorial service 11 a.m. Monday in Duluth Gospel Tabernacle.

Mary J. ``Nonnie'' Langevin
Mary J. ``Nonnie'' Langevin, 85, of Church Street formerly of Pennel Park, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998, in Viewcrest Nursing Home.
She was born in Dodgeville, Mich., on Feb. 13, 1912, and had been a Duluth resident since 1928. She was formerly employed as an order filler for Minnesota Woolen Mills and in the dietary section for the Duluth School District. She married Jerry Langevin on June 5, 1930.
She was a former member of Sacred Heart Church, a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Duluth Heights, and the Daughters of Isabella. She was a volunteer at the Damiano Center and also for Meals on Wheels.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Dragica Mrvosh Mamula.
She is survived by a daughter, Geraldine (Bill) DeRosier of Two Harbors; a brother, Michael Mamula of Flint, Mich.; a sister, Dorothy Scaglione of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; grandchildren Geri (David) Martens, Michael (Kristy) DeRosier, Karen Nicholaison, Cheryl (Gregg) Martin and Richard (Lisa) DeRosier; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Visitation: 1-4 p.m. Sunday with wake prayers at 3 p.m. in Dougherty Funeral Home. Service at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Josephs Catholic Church, Duluth Heights. Burial in Calvary Cemetery.

Donna G. Magnus
Donna G. Magnus, 77, of St. Paul, formerly of Duluth died Jan. 2, 1998.
Survivors include her loving husband, Marlow; daughters Lynnette Rowe and Laurel Olson; grandchildren Jana, David, Jeff, Japheth and Alisha; a great-grandson, Andrew; sister Jeannette Raudenbush; a brother, Grant Hipp; and nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral service was Jan. 7 in Grace Church of Roseville, Minn. Interment in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

George M. ``Pete'' Hill
George M. ``Pete'' Hill, 91, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 1998, in Maplewood, Minn.
He was born Sept. 2, 1906, in Brainerd and was a retired school teacher of Proctor schools.
He is survived by nieces, nephews and many friends.
Memorial services at a later date. Memorials to the American Cancer Society or Homestead of Maplewood, 1890 Sherren Ave., Maplewood MN 55109. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd.
Arrangements by Cremation Society of Minnesota.

Paul David Humann
Paul David Humann, 84, of Minnesota Avenue died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998, in St. Luke's Hospital.
Paul was born Oct. 11, 1913, in Lincoln, Neb. He lived in Santa Maria, Calif., for many years, moved to Beatrice, Neb., then moved to Duluth in 1994.
Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine in 1983.
Paul is survived by his daughters, Sandra A. (Osby) Frazier of Santa Maria, Calif., and Deborah (Michael) Medlin of Duluth; a son, John David (Diane) of Santa Maria, Calif.; a sister, Frieda Thelander of Lincoln, Neb.; a brother, Clarence Humann of Santa Maria, Calif.; grandchildren Douglas Scott Frazier, Terrence Shawn Frazier, Justin Marshall Medlin, Lynden David Medlin, Kristi Lynn Humann, Kelli Lauren Humann, John Paul Humann, Kari Leah Humann and Kyle Jordan Humann; and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation: 1 until the 2 p.m. services today in Dougherty Funeral Home. Burial in Santa Maria Cemetery in Santa Maria, Calif.

Charles J. Cox
Charles J. Cox, 66, of Sunny Lane, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998, in Viewcrest Health Center.
He was a lifelong resident of the Duluth area. He was a veteran of the Air Force and went to work as an iron worker after his enlistment. He married Sylvia Pekkala in Duluth in December 1972 during a snow storm. He retired from Lakehead Constructors Inc. in 1993 after 37 years of employment through Iron Workers Local 563. He was a member of Iron Workers Local 563 and worked for many years for Lakehead Constructors Inc. He was also an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Maude; a brother, Francis; and sisters, Genivive and Eileen.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Sylvia; a son, John (Lisa) Pekkala of Duluth; a sister, Mary (Wilber) Erickson of Duluth; granddaughters Dawn Pekkala of Denver, Kathy (Scott) Henning of St. Paul, LeeAnn Pekkala of Kissimmee, Fla., and Lindsey Pekkala of Duluth; and a great-grandson, Brendan.
Memorial service: 1 p.m. Monday in Bell Brothers Chapel. Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors, Bell Brothers Chapel, 601 N. 56th Ave. W.

Otto T. Hogan
Otto T. Hogan, 93, of East St. Marie Street died Thursday, Jan. 29, 1998, in Chris Jensen Nursing Home.
He was a lifelong Duluth resident, having lived in Duluth Heights for 84 years before moving to Hunters Park in 1988. He spent his entire working life in the wholesale paper business. He was vice president, treasurer and general manager of the former Paper Products Co. until selling the business in 1963 and retiring in 1966.
Mr. Hogan was a life member of Duluth Elks Lodge 133 and was an honorary life member of North Central Credit and Financial Management Association, headquartered in Minneapolis. He was a member of First Lutheran Church and the Ridgeview Seniors bowling league. He also bowled in the Elks Lodge Bowling League for 45 years, bowling through 1991, all on the same team.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy; and a grandson, Jonathan.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; one son, David (Shirley) Hogan of New Brighton, Minn.; one daughter, Cheryl Poindexter of Texas; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation: 12:30 until the 1:30 p.m. service Monday in the Bethesda Chapel of First Lutheran Church. Interment in Park Hill Cemetery. Memorials to donor's choice appreciated. Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors, Jarvi-Dowd Chapel, 925 E. Fourth St., Duluth.

Catherine R. LaBuda
Catherine R. LaBuda, 78, of Rice Lake Road died Thursday, Jan. 29, 1998, in Chris Jensen Nursing Home.
She was born in Duluth and had been a Gnesen Township resident for most of her life.
She was a former member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Gnesen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Martha Jaski LaBuda.
She is survived by a sister, Josephine LaBuda of Duluth; and several cousins.
Visitation: 1 until the 1:30 p.m. service Monday in Chris Jensen Chapel. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Gnesen. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home.

Matti E. Kaups
Honored UMD professor emeritus
Matti E. Kaups, 66, of East First Street died Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, in Hennepin County Medical Center of Minneapolis. He was a professor emeritus of University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Matti was born in Tallinn, Estonia, Sept. 23, 1932, to Richard and Salme (Tahe) Kaups. The Kaups family moved to Sweden when Matti was 11 and remained there until 1949 when they emigrated to the United States, settling in Queens, N.Y.
Following graduation from high school in Queens, Mr. Kaups went on to receive a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California-Los Angeles, a master of arts degree in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1959, and a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Minnesota. From 1965 to 1968, Professor Kaups taught at Macalester College in St. Paul until moving to Duluth, where he was a geography professor at the University of Minnesota-Duluth for 32 years, retiring this spring.
Matti married Vaike Kaasik March 28, 1959, in Toronto, Canada. In addition to serving his country during the Korean War, Mr. Kaups was honored by the government of Finland for his research of Finnish immigrants who settled in the United States and also was awarded the Silver Medal from King Gustaf of Sweden for his historical studies and publications. He was a Knight, First Class, Order of the White Rose of Finland.
Mr. Kaups was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Vaike; a son, Michael Kaups of Roseville, Minn.; a daughter, Kristi Kaups of Bellingham, Wa.; brothers Taavi (Esther) Kaups of Naperville, Ill., and Kalle Kaups of Long Beach, Calif.; a sister, Aili Kaups of Los Angeles; and many other relatives and friends in Toronto.
A gathering of Family and Friends: 1 until the 2 p.m. memorial service Tuesday in Jarvi-Dowd Chapel. Memorials preferred to: Matti E. Kaups Geography Scholarship Fund, UMD.
Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors, Jarvi-Dowd Chapel, 925 E. Fourth St.

Shirley Filiatrault
Shirley Filiatrault of Pasadena, Calif., formerly of Duluth, died Friday, Nov. 21, 1997, in her home in Pasadena.
She was born in Duluth, the daughter of the late Alice and A.C. Filiatrault. She served with distinction for 28 years as Chief Deputy to Richard Nevins, a member of the California State Board of Equalization. She was the first woman appointed to serve in such a capacity. Her prior professional services included being administrative secretary to Hubert H. Humphrey when he was the mayor of Minneapolis and later in his Washington D.C. senatorial office.
Shirley displayed her lifelong civic concern for the improvement of her community, state and country by her active service to the democratic party and by the energy and support, during her retirement years, devoted to the Pasadena Foothill Valley YWCA and The Pasadena Playhouse. Her concern for women and their children was demonstrated by her commitment to the YWCA, especially in its services to the Y's Hestia House shelter program for women and their children. A member of the Diamond Jubilee Circle, Shirley was a lifetime member and generous supporter of The Pasadena Playhouse. As one of the founding Friends of The Pasadena Playhouse, she served in several areas including creating and heading the costume shop volunteers.
Shirley was an accomplished needlepoint artist. She was also active as a member of the President's Circle, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and in her support of the Pacific Asia Museum and KCET. She served as an early member of the Pasadena Senior Commission.
She is survived by her cousin, Bette Demeria of Florida and Wisconsin; her sister-in-law, Mary Filiatrault of McLean, Va.; and her many friends, including special friends Toby Osos of Pasadena and Elmer Foster of Front Royal, Va.
A memorial celebration of her life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in The Pasadena Playhouse. Those wishing to remember Shirley are encouraged to send contributions in lieu of flowers to the YWCA, Foothill Valley, 939 E. Walnut, Pasadena, CA 91101, attention Toby Osos, or to Friends of The Pasadena Playhouse, 82 S. El Molino, Pasadena, CA 91101.

Elizabeth V. ``Betty'' Bussa
Elizabeth V. ``Betty'' Bussa, 97, formerly of East Toledo Street and West Ninth Street, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1997, in Chris Jensen Nursing Home.
She was born in Duluth Nov. 3, 1900, to John Bussa and Anna (Kwapick) Bussa. Betty was a seamstress and began her career in 1920 at Burns Boutique in the former Christie Building. From there she went to work at the Laton Boutique in the former Fidelity Building, then worked for CZ Wilson Manufacturing. Betty worked the last 27 years of her career for MMC Manufacturing, retiring in 1966.
She was a member of St. Josephat's Polish National Catholic Church.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, John and Anna (Kwapick) Bussa; a daughter, Diane Rubin; a sister, Virginia Bussa; and six brothers, Michael, George, Stanley, Walter, Ted and Chester.
She is survived by a sister, Wanda Bussa Trano of Duluth; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
``Auntie Betty'' will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
Visitation: 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, with wake prayers at 6:30 p.m. in Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Services at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Burial in Polish Catholic Cemetery.

Grace Varik Cassidy
Grace Varik Cassidy, 72, died Thursday, Nov. 6, 1997, in Phoenix.
She was born in New York City and was a former resident of Chisholm, Hibbing and Duluth. Cassidy was an actress on and off Broadway in the 1940s and 1950s, and earned membership in Actors Equity while at the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J. While in Minnesota she appeared as a television and radio personality, and was very active in community theater groups, including the Duluth Playhouse. She was employed at U.S. Steel in Duluth and on the Iron Range. After moving to Phoenix in 1972, Cassidy attended Arizona State University and graduated magna cum laude in 1977. She then joined the staff of the Center for New Directions and retired after 19 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Cassidy, in 1970.
Survivors include her sister, Rita Guess and niece, Sharon Ireland, both of Marion, Mass.; nieces, Mary Ann Opalanik and Eileen Guess, and a nephew, Brian Guess, all of New Jersey; and a brother-in-law, Tom Cassidy of Lowell, Mass.
Memorial services were held in Phoenix.

Ruth E. Johnson
Ruth E. Johnson, 85, formerly of North 12th Avenue East, Duluth, died Friday, Dec. 5, 1997, in Beverly Manor Nursing Center in Laguna Hills, Calif.
Ruth was born June 12, 1912, in Denver to Frank and Anna (Heiser) Gosman. The Gosman family moved to Duluth when Ruth was a young girl, and she later graduated from Central High School. She married John Albert ``Al'' Johnson April 23, 1938, in Duluth.
During World War II, Mrs. Johnson did volunteer work with the Red Cross. Ruth worked as a part-time secretary with a local insurance company, was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and enjoyed playing bridge. In 1977, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson moved to Laguna Hills.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, ``Al,'' who died July 19, 1997.
Survivors include her daughter, Lynne (John ``Tib'') Thibedeau of Valley Center, Calif.; and two grandsons, Todd Thibedeau of Boulder, Colo., and Dave Thibedeau of Avon, Colo.
Visitation: 10:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Memorial service Monday in Jarvi-Dowd Chapel. Inurnment in Forest Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors, Jarvi-Dowd Chapel, 925 E. Fourth St.

Nora J. Aronson
Nora J. Aronson, 87, formerly of 22nd Avenue West, died Friday, Dec. 5, 1997, in Chris Jensen Nursing Home.
Born Oct. 10, 1910, in Duluth to Henry and Hannah Mason, she was a lifelong resident. She married Harry William Aronson in 1952. She attended Bryant and St. Clements Schools. She worked at Ideal Market for 31 years.
She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and its Rosary and Altar Society, the Golden Age Club of Midtown Manor, and Retail Clerks Club #1116.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Harry in 1983; sister, Mary Hill; and brothers, John, Patrick and Henry Mason.
She is survived by a nephew, Edward (Marianne) Hill of Succasunna, N.J.; great-nephews Jonathan (Lynn) Hill of Philadelphia, and Christopher Hill of Lincoln Park, N.J.; sister-in-law Ruth Amy Kuchta of Duluth; nieces Charlotte (Bud) VanGuilder of Duluth, Betty Simpson of Portland, Ore.; nephew Bill (Shirley) Kuchta of Gilbert; and other great-nieces and nephews.
Visitation: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, with a 6:30 p.m. rosary recitation by Holy Family Rosary and Altar Society in Lenroot Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Family Catholic Church, fifth Street. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Duluth. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Holy Family Catholic Church Building Fund. Arrangements by Hegstrom Family Funeral Homes, Lenroot Chapel, 2231 W. Third St.

Walter Lewis Bateman
Longtime Duluth teacher
Walter Lewis Bateman, 81, died Monday, Dec. 1, 1997, in his home in Rochester, Minn.
He was born in Duluth Jan. 5, 1916. He graduated from the former Duluth Junior College and the University of Chicago, and earned a master's degree in history at the University of Minnesota, with further graduate work in anthropology. He taught several years in Duluth high schools, then served as a first lieutenant in the infantry in the European Theatre from 1942-1946. In 1947, he began teaching at Rochester Community College and taught history, anthropology and sociology for 34 years until his retirement in 1981.
He was active in civic affairs in Rochester, and traveled extensively with his wife of 54 years, the former Sue Sturm of Duluth. He published a number of books and articles and was most proud of his last book, ``Open to Question: The Art of Teaching and Learning by Inquiry,'' which culminated his teaching career.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert; and a son, William.
He is survived by his wife, Sue; a son, Ned, and a daughter, Nancy, both of Dallas; brothers Henry of Zellwood, Fla., Richard of North Waterboro, Maine; and a sister, Margaret (John) Thomas of Duluth.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 1997, in Unitarian Universalist Church in Rochester. Memorials preferred to Rochester Community College Scholarship Fund for the Social Sciences, 851 30th Ave. S.E., Rochester, MN 55904-4999.

Edwin P. Johnson
Edwin P. Johnson, 90, of London Road, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997, in St. Luke's Hospital.
He was a lifelong Duluth resident and a 1927 graduate of Central High School. He was owner-operator of the Kenwood Texaco Station for 40 years, retiring in 1967. He was a member of East Ridge Community Church and a member of the former Bethel Baptist Church. He competed in the Minnesota Senior Olympics in 1986 and 1988, and was a gold medalist in the 1986 discus competition. He also competed in the National Senior Olympics in 1987 and 1989 in St. Louis, Mo.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred; two daughters, Anita Johnson of Minneapolis, and Elizabeth Koehler of Gilbert; a son, David C. of Palm Springs, Calif.; four grandchildren, Pamela and Danial Koehler, Justin Johnson, and Nicole Wood.
Visitation: noon until the 1 p.m. service Tuesday in Jarvi-Dowd Chapel. Burial in Park Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors, Jarvi-Dowd Chapel, 925 E. Fourth St.

Merlee Rae McEnary
Merlee Rae McEnary, of Bloomington, Minn., formerly of Duluth, died Friday, Dec. 5, 1997, in the Minnesota Masonic Home, Alzheimer's Care Center.
Mrs. McEnary was born in Hibbing and had been a resident of Duluth for 43 years. She had attended public schools in Chisholm, Hibbing and Minneapolis. She graduated from Junior College in Hibbing. She owned and operated Telephone Answering Bureau and Letter Service in Duluth for 18 years before retiring in 1975. Prior to that she had worked for Oliver Iron Mining Company.
She had been a longtime member of Zonta Club of Duluth.
Mrs. McEnary is survived by her husband, Robert of Bloomington.
Memorial service: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Minnesota Masonic Home, 11500 Compass Drive, Bloomington. Memorials preferred to the Minnesota Masonic Home.

Ingrid M. Phillips
Ingrid M. Phillips, 76, of Duluth, died Friday, Dec. 5, 1997, in St. Mary's Medical Center.
Ingrid was born Dec. 10, 1920 in Stockholm, Sweden, to Ruben and Wallborg Wadenius. She came to the United States in 1927 at age seven. She grew up and attended school in Minneapolis. She later worked as a secretary at General Mills. Ingrid met and married Bill Phillips at First Baptist Church in 1943. Ingrid, along with her husband and daughter, moved to Duluth in 1958, where she was active in singing solos and in church choirs. She loved composing songs and making melody for the Lord.
Ingrid was an active member of Temple Baptist Church and was the solo voice for ``Scripture Time'' TV program.
She is survived by her husband, Bill of Duluth; her daughter, Marianne Ritari of Duluth; a sister, Margaret Backstrom, and a brother, Stanley Wadenius, both of Napa, Calif.
Visitation: Noon until the 1 p.m. services Monday in Temple Baptist Church. Burial in Forest Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Johnson Mortuary.

Joanna ``Jenny'' Forneris
Joanna ``Jenny'' Forneris, 86, of North 14th Avenue West, died Friday, Dec. 5, 1997, in Franciscan Health Center, Duluth.
She was born Feb. 18, 1911, in Ely to her parents Joseph and Johanna (Gline) Zeleznikar. She was employed at Diamond Tool Co. during World War II.
She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony, in 1986; a brother, Frank, in 1994; and a sister, Mary Bachar, in 1986.
Surviving is a son, James Forneris of Duluth; brothers Joseph, Walter, Robert and John Zeleznikar of Duluth, and Jack Zeleznikar of Casa Grande, Ariz.; and sisters, Mollie Trano, Angela Mantel and Frances Kosanovich of Duluth.
Funeral services were held Dec. 6, 1997, in Dougherty Funeral Home. Interment in Calvary Cemetery.


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