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George Robert Johnson, Vaux Road, died peacefully at Viewcrest Health Center from the complications of Myasthenia Gravis. George was born December 3, 1927, in the family home in the Duluth Heights. He was the youngest son of Alfred M. and Jenny A. (Anderson) Johnson. He worked on several Great Lakes ships including the William Irvin. He also worked in the shipyards and Duluth Coolerator plant before serving in the Military Police for the 11th Airborne during the occupation of Japan immediately following WWII. On his return from military service, he married Shirley M.
Shirley May (Archambeau) (Earls) Koneczny, 77, of Duluth, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2002, after an eight month stubborn and courageous battle with cancer, at her home with her loving family by her side. She was born on September 6, 1924, in Duluth, MN., to Fred and Helen (Murphy) Archambeau. Shirley worked at Lakeside Plastic, Chun King, and Garon's Knitting Mill. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary #6320. Shirley loved to sing and loved being the guardian angel over her daughters, sons, and grandchildren.
Margaret E. 'Mugs' Trunnell, 80, longtime resident of Duluth, was set free to be with Jesus on Tuesday, August 20, 2002. She was born in Brainerd, MN., October 22, 1921, to Albert and Ida Converse. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Sherman, all of Brainerd; her first husband, Vernon B. Olson; her second husband, Donald Trunell, and a special friend, Charles Dowell, all of Duluth. She is survived by a daughter, Karen 'Punkin' Evanson (Richard Hendrickson); son, Vernon 'Butch' Jr.
Rose Holm St. Vincent, 101, a longtime resident of Soudan and Ely, died Thursday, August 15, 2002, in a southern California hospital where she had been a patient for about two weeks. Rose was born on April 3, 1901, in Chicago, IL. She moved to Duluth at an early age and graduated from Denfeld High School. Following graduation from high school, she was employed as a sales clerk at the Glass Block Department Store in Duluth. Rose married Edwin St. Vincent in Soudan on June 4, 1921.
Pearl Eva Peterson, 96, Marble, died Tuesday, August 20, 2002, in Leisure Hills Health and Rehab., Grand Rapids. Born October 24, 1905, in Spirit Lake, IA., she was the daughter of Lewis A. and Daisy D. (Wilson) Farr. She was a 1923 graduate of Greenway High School and a lifelong resident of Marble. She had been a resident for five years at the Manor House in Grand Rapids before moving to Leisure Hills one year ago. Pearl and Lawrence Peterson were married on November 9, 1923, in Marble.
Marilyn J. Peterson, 71, of Iron River, WI., passed away Monday, August 20, 2002, at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 19, 1931, in Superior, WI. Marilyn was a person who fought Mesothelioma with tremendous strength and courage, she never gave up. We are proud of her for battling through her disease. We are angry at the disease for conquering her. This disease took a woman who was full of beauty, strength, humor, wisdom, kindness, forgiveness, selflessness, and generosity.
William B. 'Bill' Nelson, 73, Superior, died Sunday, August 18, 2002 He is survived by sons, William C. Nelson, Steven Nelson; daughters, Judy Larson, Dianne Nelson; ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and four sisters. VISITATION:after 5 PM Thursday, in Downs Funeral Home. Funeral 12 PM Friday, at the Funeral Home.
John V. Malkovich 90, of Long Beach, CA., died Monday, August 5, 2002, in Regency Oaks Nursing Home. He was born January 14,1912 in Chisholm, MN., to Mary & Joseph Malkovich Sr,. and grew up in Duluth. As a young man he joined the Armed Forces and served in the 2nd Marine Division during WWII. After the War, he moved with his wife to Long Beach where he worked as an auto body repair man until his retirement. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Richardson) in 1986. He is survived by his brothers, Michael (Long Beach) and Joseph Jr. (Duluth).
Henry J. (Heggie) Koski, 87, formerly of Mt. Iron, died Tuesday, August 20, 2002, at Lake Winona Manor in Winona, MN. He was born on May 28, 1915, to Henry and Selma (Perala) Koski in Virginia. He grew up on a dairy farm in Mt. Iron and attended Mt. Iron public schools. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving with the Third Armored (Spearhead) Division during WWII. On February 2, 1946, he married Eva Weckstrom in Reno, NV. After residing in California for a number of years, the couple made their home in Mt. Iron. He owned and operated Koski heating and Sheet Metal Company.
Lawrence 'Shorty' G. Kotaska, 87, of Grand Rapids, MN., died Tuesday, August 20, 2002, at the Itasca Medical Center in Grand Rapids. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; two daughters, Rita Nelson and Janice Hill, and two sons, Robert and David. VISITATION:will be 5-7 PM with a Wake Prayer service at 5 PM on Friday, at the Rowe Funeral Home in Grand Rapids. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM Saturday, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grand Rapids.